In 2007, while bartending at the Hotel Cafe, ground zero for the new wave of young, folksy songwriters, Meiko finally landed a coveted opening slot. From there she gigged relentlessly, performing wherever and whenever she could, eventually becoming the artist to see at the popular club and at venues around town. The self-released first album arrived that year later reissued by MySpace Records — making sure to include “Boys With Girlfriends,” a new song that quickly became a Top 15 hit at Triple A radio in 2008. Heavy airplay at stations like KCRW, Santa Monica’s influential NPR powerhouse, led more notice and glowing press. The high profile exposure also caught the ear of key music supervisors, which led to song placements in many television shows and films, including Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars and 10 Things I Hate About You among others. She joined us before her show tonight at Eddie’s Attic.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
I saw The Allman Brothers Band in high school – it was awesome! I won tickets from a local radio station. It’s the only thing I’ve ever won!
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?
I played a show in Chicago at Shubas, and everyone started singing along. I had never experienced that before, and it was amazing feeling! I’ll never forget how happy I felt.
What is the best gig you have ever been to?
I saw Sade perform in London. She was breathtaking! I’ve been a fan of her’s for a long time. It was my first time seeing her and I was in
Gig you would most like to play?
I’d like to play Madison Square Garden one day – it seems like a big place to dream for, and the best of the best play there!
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Me, Patty Griffin and Death Cab For Cutie!ng with Jimmy Page, David Gilmore, and Steve Morse sitting in on guitar with Patrick Smith on keys and Count Mbutu on the cussions!!!!
Catch Meiko tonight, Dec.23 at Eddie’s Attic