Dr Meaker are one of the hottest Live UK Dance act right now.
They started their journey 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’.The song featured vocalist Lorna King and was mixed by Howie B at Miloco Studios, London. The track was released both on vinyl and digital.
The debut album ‘A Lesson From The Speaker’ and the single “Bad Boy Calling” (Flightcase Recordings) were both released on 17th November 2008. The album was distributed by Absolute Distribution, the subsidery of the Universal music group.
“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
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”.
Releases and remixes then followed on:
Sludge Recordings, Ramajam Recordings, 3 beat (Preditah), Ministry Of Sound, Spinnin Records (Fox Stevenson), Sony (The Dealer) Exceptional Records (Submotion Orchestra), New State Music (Don’t Think It’s Love ft. Romaine Smith) and the legendary V Recordings (Music In the Night & Fighter) gaining the band BBC radio playlisting and gigs across the World.
The band were asked to play a BBC Maidavale live lounge session for Trevor Nelson and their cover of Adele’s Skyfall was featured on the UK number 1 selling album ‘BBC Live Lounge’.
The band followed this with a hugely successful single release on Circus Records in 2014 which then led to a full album record deal. “Right Back ft. Sian Evans” took then band into the mainstream arena with BBC radio and commercial radio play listing and a UK top 40 dance hit. ‘Right Back’ was featured as Annie Mac’s most played track on her BBC Radio 1 show. The track is a firm favourite at Festivals throughout the UK.
A flurry of major record label offers and remixes flowed through 2014-2016 culminating in the release of the bands second studio Album entitled “Dirt & Soul”, which was released in July 2016. The album went straight to number 3 in the iTunes Electronic charts and was the number 1 selling Drum & Bass album in the World on it’s release.
The band have toured both the U.K and Europe with their infectious sound, mixing beautiful Soul vocals with heavy production and a raw energy that is extremely rare to find. They have played many of the biggest and most prestigious festivals across europe including Glastonbury, Bestival, Isle Of Wight Festival (UK), Colours Of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Outlook Festival (Croatia) and the European Snowboarding Championships (Switzerland). Their fanbase continues to grow and gig offers continue to roll in from across the World. The band are set for huge success in 2018-19.
Dr Meaker have just won the “Best Live Act 2017” award at the Bristol Pride awards.
The band have a new album “Dirt & Soul – Collaborated” coming out in March 2018 on Circus Records.
Dirt & Soul. Made In Bristol.