Nathan Meckel admits it:
he gets bored easily. He likes to wear a lot of musical hats and celebrate the diversity of his happily schizophrenic resume. On any given day, or sometimes at the same time, he’s a songwriter, producer, touring musician or front man. He has no interest in limiting himself work or genre-wise—as long as the music he’s working with has uniqueness, a pulse to it. Like all guys who make their magic in a dark studio (or “The Lab,” as he calls his place) and get paid for it, he says, “I love making stuff up and calling it work.”
Part of the secret to Meckel’s success is his humility. But let’s get to his credits anyway. Be prepared, they’re pretty extensive—starting with over 80 cuts on major and indie labels (distributed by Universal, Sony and BMG) and over 25 film/TV licensing placements with well known shows produced by Lions Gate, Sony, Columbia, MTV, VH1, ABC, Oxygen, E!, Bravo and CBS (including “Flashpoint”).
When MTV reality shows were all the rage, tracks he wrote and produced for various artists were used on shows like “The Real World” and “Road Rules.” Then there was the Paris Hilton show “The Simple Life,” “Top Model” and the film “Center Stage 2.” “Shut Up,” a track he co-wrote for singer Leah Turner, appeared in National Lampoon’s “Cattle Call” and was #1 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart for seven weeks. “No Mercy,” which he co-wrote and produced for singer Mike Robins, was #1 on iHeartRadio for five weeks; a second Meckel-produced Robins single, “Bleed Like That,” was #2 for three weeks.
Over the years, he has written and done studio collaborations with artists signed to Warner Bros., Universal, Capitol, Curb Records, Sony and other labels, in addition to contestants from “The Voice” and “American Idol.” He splits his time between working alone and collaborating (as one of “The Buzz Brothers”) with his brother in law, Grammy nominated drummer, engineer and mixer Mark Niemiec. On the occasions his wanderlust has taken over, he emerged from the control room, strapped on his axe and performed with other artists throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel and Latin America.
“At the end of the day,” Meckel says, “I play guitar with a healthy dose of angst and write songs from the heart. I was born with a predisposed condition for rebellion and am usually half cocked on a harmless amount of piss and vinegar most of the time. For me, it’s all about writing great songs and helping other artists elevate their game. I did not invent rock and roll or claim to be the best—though it could use a new savior. I’m just trying to garner a moment where I can stand on her shoulders and take a look at the view. No matter who I’m working with, I love that moment when a track is done, it sounds great and you want to crank that speaker up!”