It'd be difficult to place Dr Meaker into any one genre, but as you journey through their music and watch them play live, a theme evolves that can be best described as the New Bristol Bass Music. “Dr Meaker splices dirt with soul to fire up the soundsystem”
Dr Meaker started their journey in 2004 as a Bristol based sound system comprising of electronic and acoustic musicians. The band soon built up a strong following and quickly gained the attention of the BBC resulting in a play of their popular track ‘Rubber Gloves’ on Rob da Bank’s BBC Radio 1 show. Clive Meaker then successfully won funding from the BBC’s Urban Talent Bursary award scheme, which he used to fund the making of the bands debut album ‘A lesson from the Speaker’.
Following this funding triumph, Dr Meaker entered the Glastonbury Festival Unsigned Competition and were the outright winners of the Dance Music category. This gained them an interview with Huw Stevens on BBC Radio 1, a nod from the mighty Zane Lowe on his show and a prime time slot in the Dance village at Glastonbury Festival. The biggest achievement for the band, who are keen fans of the Glastonbury Festival, was to have Michael Eavis himself comment on how much he enjoyed the bands performance at Glastonbury.
“Fantastic!” – Michael Eavis
After winning the prized Glastonbury slot a flurry of gigs and festivals followed as the band released their first single 'Moving And Grooving’ in August 2007. The song featured Dr Meaker vocalist Lorna King and was mixed by Howie B at Miloco Studios, London. The track was released both on vinyl and digital and included a remix by Drum and Bass producer and friend of the band - Interface. The debut album 'A Lesson From The Speaker' and the single “Bad Boy Calling” were both released on 17th November 2008.
"Oozing quircky funk from every corner 4/5" - iDJ magazine
The album received critical acclaim and was played on many Radio stations including BBC Radio 1, 1XTRA, BBC6, XFM and Jazz Fm. Music from the album was also featured on several TV programmes including Skins (Channel 4) and Come Dine with me (Channel 4).
"A vibrant, promising debut" - Clash magazine
The band have released 3 singles since their album; Double Bass, The Fix ft. Pyrelli and Higher Ft. Redskin. Dr Meaker remixed a track for William Orbit in early '09 for his Optical Illusions album. They remixed Mr Fogg’s Moving Parts and The King Blues single “Headbutt”. Dr Meaker was then asked back to the King Blues camp and co-produced “We are Fucking Angry” and “Futures” for their 2011 album “Punk & Poetry” and remixed their single “Set the World on fire”. Dr Meaker have taken a break from remixing to concentrate on building their second album which is nearing completion. Check out Fighter on V Records taken from their forthcoming second album.
The band consist of the following members: Clive Meaker (producer, keyboards & vocals), Lorna King (vocals), Tom Wheeler (Drums), Dexter Edmund – DJ (Bass), Jon Winder (Trumpet) & Ben Wood (Sax).
BBC Radio 1: Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Pete Tong (interview with Mr Tong), Rob da Bank, Mistajam, Edith Bowman, Nick Grimshaw, Friction, Annie Mac.
BBC Radio 1xtra: DJ Bailey, Twin B, Ace and Vis, Ras Kwame, MistaJam, DJ Target, Sarah Jane Crawford, Trevor Nelson, Crissy Criss.
BBC Radio 6: Tom Robinson, Don Letts.
Independent Radio: Rinse FM, XFM, Jazz Fm, Kemet FM Ujima Radio, Passion Fm, Ministry of Sound - Music In The Night Playlisted, Kiss FM.
The band have performed a BBC Radio live lounge sessions for MistaJam at Maida Vale Studios and Tom Robinson at BBC Radio 6 studios.
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