Hey TWIST readers!
We recently hung out with folk artist Meiko, who is releasing her second album, The Bright Side on May 15th! She chatted with us about what inspires her to write songs, who she'd love to play music with, and the quirky thing that makes her stand out! Check out Meiko's exclusive shout-out to TWIST readers and an special performance of "Stuck On You" below!
TWIST: Can you tell us a little about yourself and your upcoming album, The Bright Side?
Meiko: Well, I'm from Roberta, Georgia, which is a really small town. About 800 people. This is my second record called The Bright Side. The first album was on more slow, kind of on the sad side, and in between records I fell in love and wrote a bunch of happy songs. I spent about two years working on this record and decided to name it The Bright Side because it kind represents how happy I've been lately. TWIST: So hopefully you won't get sad again!
TWIST: How did you get started in the music business?
Meiko: I started playing open mic nights here and there and I was a waitress at a really cool, underground kind of singer-songwriter music venue in L.A. called the Hotel CafÃ©. The owners, anytime that someone would cancel, they would call me and say "Oh can you play this spot?" and I would and I ended up opening for a lot of really cool people. TWIST: Do you write your own music? What would you say that the writing experience is like for you?
Meiko: I do! Usually the best time for me to write is just sporadically whenever a melody comes into my mind, I'll break away from whatever I'm doing and write. So I don't really have like a set schedule type thing. I kind of write whenever it kicks in.
TWIST: Is there anything specific that inspires you to write?
Meiko: Relationships and other people. I love people watching and I write a lot about love and being annoyed.
TWIST: Do you have any plans for a tour?
Meiko: Right now, I'm doing like a small radio tour. I have a new single called "Leave the Lights On" and I'm going to be going to different cities and playing for radio stations and stuff. I'll probably do a proper tour in May.
TWIST: When you're on tour, what's the weirdest thing that you have to bring with you in your suitcase?
Meiko: The weirdest thing... a blender! It's really hard to eat healthy on the road, but every time I have a green room it's filled with lots of fruit. I just figured I would start making smoothies, and I actually got this idea from Jason Mraz, because I read somewhere that he takes a blender with him on the road. I got a small, handheld blender and the last tour that I did with Hanson, I made everybody smoothies and they thought that I was like the coolest person in the world. You waste the fruit at the end of the night. It's not like you want to eat fruit all night so I made smoothies after every show and it was awesome and came in handy. I felt healthier on the road. TWIST: That must have been funny!
Meiko: Hey! Look at me with my blender. It was dorky at first, but everyone realized how cool I was. TWIST: I bet everyone just goes to you for smoothies now!
Meiko: Haha, yeah. It's awesome.
TWIST: Thanks so much Meiko!
Meiko: Thank you, TWIST!