16 Février 1971 (âge 46)
Montmorency, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France
MeeK is a Franco-British Indie pop songwriter and he's one of the first European artists to have utilized the Internet as a marketing tool and a mass media to expose his music to the general public, long before the advent of MySpace, Facebook and the likes.
MeeK (birth name Stephane-Franck Pascal; born 16 February 1971 in Montmorency, near Paris, France), is a Franco-English Alternative pop singer-songwriter, musician and producer. His stage name (always spelt with a capital "M" and a capital "K") is a homage to 1960s British pop producer Joe Meek. A multi-instrumentalist, MeeK plays all the instruments on his recordings through a multitracked/multi-layered method of recording and provides all vocals including multi-layered backing harmonies.
Since his first album in 2002 and an ever strong presence on the Internet right from its very early days as a mass medium, MeeK is part of the European pop/rock Indie music scene. Over the years and through word-of-mouth some have come to consider him a “cult-artist” because of his ever dedicated worldwide fanbase, his rather non-typical and enigmatic persona and the fact that he is one of the very first few artists in Europe who have pioneered in utilizing the Internet as a marketing tool and a medium to publicize and/or expose their music to the general public in the late-1990s, long before the advent of social networks like MySpace, Facebook or YouTube.
After having briefly been a member of London based Indie acoustic-pop bands Tin Can Heart and Elsewhere in the mid-1990s, MeeK was signed as a solo songwriter by Stephane Berlow of BMG Music Publishing France in 1996.
MeeK released his first album titled “Psychotique" (Psychotic) in 2002 on the record label Bedroom to a warm critical reception in France. The CD created what was not yet called an Internet buzz (the Web still being in its infancy as a mainstream media in the early-2000s), and was well noticed in the French Indie music scene of the time. MeeK”s “Psychotique” album was also released in a deluxe digipack version in Japan by Tokyo Indie record label MINF Records with an introductory essay by leader of Japanese pop group Pizzicato Five Yasuharu Konishi, drawing a camparison between the Franco-English songwriter and Paul McCartney amongst others. Since then, all MeeK albums have been released in Japan by the same record label.
In 2003 and at the request of his Japanese label, MeeK released the album “Sleeping with Big Ben” composed of fourteen Lennon-McCartney songs recorded in an all-acoustic and vocal treatment. The tribute album’s release was limited to the Japanese market only and soon became a popular collectable amongst curious Beatles fans around the world. The album was finally released in a digital form worldwide in 2011.
In 2004, his second album of original songs “Margaret Et Ses Bijoux" (Margaret And Her Jewels) was released and can be defined as a concept album. It confirmed the “MeeK buzz” on the Internet and scored excited reviews in the French music press as well as on many professional music blogs.
In 2008 and after a two-year hiatus due to serious health concerns, MeeK recorded his third album “Sortie De Secours" (Emergency Exit) which he co-produced with Maxime Monegier Du Sorbier. Collaborating for the first time with a dozen musicians during the recording sessions, MeeK used no machines, synthesizers nor samplers at all during the album production that spanned more than 10 months. A real string section appeared on several tracks as well as a Celtic bagpipes section for the title “Je Vous Aime Immediatement”.
The album lead single “Six Feet Under” is MeeK's most commercially successful hit so far and a nod to the HBO TV series of the same name. The single entered hundreds of campus and college radio stations playlists around the world and was the first independent music production to have cracked the Swiss state radio station Radio Suisse Romande’s Top 20 while its promo video created a remarkable YouTube buzz.
In April 2011, the album “Archives 97/07” compiling 15 unreleased tracks recorded during sessions from MeeK’s four previous efforts was released in digital form worldwide. MeeK began recording sessions for his next album in April 2011 in Paris and the album titled "Aristocracy" will be entirely in English, co-produced by American partnership Ramses & Beaumond (group pseudonym of Christopher Hannover-Klein and Andy Ambrose) and will be released in late 2012. The first single "So Fresh" off the new forthcoming "Aristocracy" album was released worldwide in May 2012, with 2 official videos directed by Ramses & Beaumond.
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