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Dr Meaker - About



Dr Meaker splices dirt with soul to fire up the soundsystem

Dr Meaker are 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’ 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” (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 Trevlor Nelson and their cover of Adele's Skyfall was featured on the UK number 1 selling album 'BBC Live Lounge'.


2016 Press Release

Dr Meaker 
Album: ‘Dirt & Soul’ 
1st July 2016 
Circus Records

“Glorious”  Mixmag

 "Fantastic”  Michael Eavis

“Things are looking bright for the Bristol band”  The Sun

“Dr Meaker could only really have come from Bristol”  Clash Magazine

“Set to follow in the footsteps of Chase and Status and Rudimental into arena-sized D&B superstardom”  Thump

“One of the most consistent acts in Drum & Bass"  Mistajam

“Uplifting d ‘n’ b that’s destined for crossover success”  Hyponik

“Big up Dr Meaker - banging!”  SBTV

“Their blend of pop straddling drum and bass has us predicting big things”  Data Transmission


One of the most exciting live dance music acts in the UK, Bristol dons Dr Meaker are set to drop their killer new album ‘Dirt & Soul’ through Circus Records on July 1st 2016. This effervescent 8 piece band combine live instruments with samples, studio electronics and huge vocals to create a seamless fusion of what the band have themselves described as their own, unique sound; "We splice together Dirt & Soul to Fire up the Sound System".   

‘Dirt & Soul’ follows a string of four massively successful singles; ‘Fighter’, ‘Right Back’, ‘Good Fight’, and ‘Freaks’, the latter three of which were all playlisted on BBC Radio and are featured on the album. 
But despite super producer Clive Meaker’s deft hand at delivering such crowd-pleasing anthems, a key component in ‘Dirt & Soul’ is a demonstration of a stylistic diversity and new, previously unexplored sounds.  This is a Classic sounding Bristol album for today's disenfranchised youth.
More info to follow soon.
Dr Meaker are Clive Meaker (producer, synths), Laurent John (vocals), Tenisha Edwards (vocals), Ben Wood (sax), Sam Brown (sax), Simon Alexander (trumpet), Tom Wheeler (drums) and Mike Prince (bass guitar). The band are joined on the album by a bevy of awesome vocalists and musicians: Yolanda Quartey (Duke Dumont, Chase & Status, Route 94), Sian Evans (DJ Fresh, Kosheen), Sharlene Hector (Basement Jaxx. Blonde), Mark Crown (Rudimental), Romaine Smith, Lorna King, Celestine and Laurent John all feature.  

Fans at radio are many, with the groups singles dominating playlists and gaining hundreds of plays across BBC Radio 1, 6Music and 1Xtra, with club DJs equally in thrall to their music, ranging from Andy C, Friction, Pendulum, Flux Pavilion, Simon Bassline Smith, Bailey, Grooverider, Doc Scott, Roni Size and most notably Bryan Gee - who discovered their productions and released two of their early singles on his legendary label V Recordings.


Radio Support:
BBC Radio 1: Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Pete Tong (interview with Mr Tong), Rob da Bank, Mistajam, Edith Bowman, Nick Grimshaw, Annie Mac, Toddla T, Phil Taggart,
BBC Radio 1xtra: Twin B, Ace and Vis, Ras Kwame, MistaJam, Crissy Criss, Bailey, Target. Trevor Nelson, Sarah Jane Crawford
BBC Radio 6: Tom Robinson, Don Letts
Independent Radio: Jon Kennedy (XFM), Helen Mayhew (Jazz Fm), Ujima Radio, Passion Fm, BCFM, BBC Introducing (Bristol)

The band have performed BBC Radio live lounge sessions for Trevor Nelson and Mistajam at Maida Vale Studios and Tom Robinson at BBC Radio 6 studios.