Dr Meaker

Bristol collective Dr Meaker are fine purveyors of the bass music their home town is so famous for. We get to the roots of their sound in our 30 seconds interview…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 6 Aug 2014
  • min read
From trip hop pioneers Massive Attack to the futuristic rhythms of producer Pinch, Bristol is well known as the UK destination for all things bass.

While it’s certainly a melting pot for many different styles, club and sound system culture is particularly prevalent in this part of the south-west.

Dr Meaker have been one of the city’s speaker-loving stalwarts since they first rose to prominence in the mid-2000s through winning the BBC’s Urban Talent Bursary award scheme. This financial boost enabled the group to make their debut album Lesson From The Speaker back in 2008. The record won them many fans as well as much love from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 1XTRA, BBC6 and XFM.

Led by Clive Meaker (producer, keyboards and vocals), the group have since released a slurry of remixes and singles but their latest release - Right Back featuring Welsh singer Sian Evans - is expected to do some serious damage in the charts and in the raves this summer.

Backed by the likes of Annie Mac and Mistajam and with Sian’s smash hit collaboration with DJ Fresh (Louder) under her belt, this mixture of soul and jump up jungle should be soundtracking a festival somewhere near you…

We first started writing music because…
It's an escape. A different world you can get lost in. And to be able to share that feeling with others, as others have done with us, it's a buzz. A connection.

We have been making music since…
As a band, somewhere between three and 10 years as different members have joined at different times. Individually though, we all started making music when we were young.

Our music is…
Original and true to ourselves - not what the industry want us to be.

You'll like our music if you listen to...
Soulful music, dance music, music with feeling and music with meaning.

Our favourite venue is…
Glastonbury Festival. Playing Sonic Stage at Silver Hayes last year was amazing. We've played Glastonbury for the last six years and can't wait for next year. It's magical. There are loads of new places we wanna play too, especially in Europe and the US.

Music is important because…
It allows people to take time out from their own experiences and to experience someone else's viewpoint, to escape and get on another level. Music can both energise and calm you. The perfect drug.

Our biggest inspiration is…
There are seven of us so naturally some of our inspirations are from the same sources but each person is individual. The range of music we listen to on the road is really varied. From Karl Jenkins, Frank Sinatra to the newest music (not even) out. Personally my three biggest inspirations are Massive Attack, French band AIR and the Prodigy.

Our dream collaboration would be…
I'd love to work with one of the great producers and make some next level, huge budget recording with full orchestra and the whole works. The kind of production budget that is now reserved only for James Bond films! I currently have to sample stuff to get that authentic big sound but it would be great to do it for real at some point. Also I'd love to work Randy Crawford.

To try us out, listen to my song…
Right Back ft. Sian Evans.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Expressing it in other ways.

In 10 years time we want to be...
Accomplished.

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