Dec 10, 2017
Ciaran McMeeken On Co-Writing
In this episode, Yasamin speaks to CIARAN McMEEKEN prior to the release of his debut self-titled album. Since our interview, Ciaran has gone on to open for Ronan Keating, play a successful nationwide tour and co-write with countless other musicians.
- Daily routine as a songwriter
- Co-writing as a tool to improve your own songwriting
- Finding your team as an independent musician
Dec 1, 2017
Spanish Steps (Official Music Video)
'Spanish Steps'. A nostalgic song about hopes and dreams. Filmed by my best mate MADE by WADE, starring my dear mum. This is incredibly special to me, I hope you enjoy it.
Nov 26, 2017
Sharing The Creative Space
Sharing The Creative Space. By Ciaran McMeeken
(Edited by Chelsea Evans + Abby Wolfe)
I used to be an opening batsmen. I traveled to India and the UK to play and I kept the bench rather toasty on the side of the footy field too. I drank rather large with my mates on Saturday nights and I smoked a lot of cannabis. I was sitting alone in a damp flat when I had an epiphany. The next day I unenrolled from university and set off to pursue music. It all started off well but the world can be a heavy place for an 18 year old. I got lost and I lost myself. I moved home with mum and dad. I started writing songs. I shared those songs with the world, which changed the game.
Songwriting and the creative process for me has been an incredibly cathartic exercise. The act of innovating, expressing and sharing is therapy for me and has enabled me to pull myself out of the mud.
I moved to Auckland from Dunedin in late 2014 to take the next step in my music journey. There I met esteemed producer Greg Haver. He introduced me to the world of co-writing and encouraged me to go and write songs with other people. I took this advice and ran with it. Over the last 3 years I have written over 200 songs and I’d say for about 70% of them, I have shared the creative space with other humans.
Last week, 5 of us jumped into a Corolla station wagon armed with guitars, pens and notebooks for a week of connection and collaboration. We arrived, unpacked our things, put our phones on flight mode and dove in. Typically, a session starts with what we like to call the psychology hour. An open and safe space is created for us all to talk honestly about what the hell is going on in our lives. Addiction. Spirituality. Sex. Relationships. You name it, we go there. Warts and all. We offer contributions and delve deeper into things we resonate with. Generally, we are all going through similar stuff, so we all have an abundance of ideas to throw in the mix. Within the scribbles on our 1B5s is pure gold. Filled with metaphors, chorus hooks, rhymes and juicy content. You’d be surprised how much goodness comes from expressing yourself! That then becomes the blueprint of an incredibly powerful, authentic song.
I can’t emphasize enough how special it is to be able to express my most, shall we say, colourful secrets, in a safe communal environment. Where not only am I supported and accepted, but because it is a creative environment, a tangible product is born from the content, that can then be shared.
I am now a full-time professional musician and songwriter. I collaborate and connect deeply with writers several times a week. I don’t often drink (except for the odd beer and whiskey with the old man), I practice yoga, meditate daily, and I have a beautiful friend group. I’m stoked to say that I’m thriving.
What I see possible for New Zealand is a creative, collaborative culture of musicians who are connected, empowered and working together. I see tall poppy syndrome being a story of old. I see the ‘poor musician’ mantra being abolished. Mark my words, no longer will artists be asked: “aww cool, soooo do you make a living from doing that?”. To be a songwriter will be as respected as being an All Black and New Zealand will be up there with Sweden and the US as big players in the music export industry.
This will be the model of the future and New Zealand will lead as an example. An absolute hub of creativity, collaboration and community. There will be no need for musicians to leave our shores in pursuit of the dream because the dream will be right here. Ingrained in our culture and being.
No more DIY. No more tall poppy bullshit. No more isolation. Let’s start a new wave of connection and write some incredible songs.
Nov 20, 2017
I'm excited to announce that I will be attending Homegrown 2018! Amazing line-up of Kiwi artists. See below for further information.
Oct 29, 2017
Who I Am (Feat. Sahara Skye) - Live Acoustic
Acoustic live video of 'Who I Am' (feat. Sahara Skye) is available now. I know what this song means to me, would love to hear what it means to you! Give me a feedback on Facebook.
Shot by Christian Tjandrawinata
Oct 20, 2017
New Zealand Summer Tour 2018
NEW ZEALAND! I'm so excited to announce I'm touring our beautiful country this summer!! Tickets are on sale now!
Ciaran McMeeken "Which Way Shall We Go?" New Zealand Summer Tour 2018
Jan 5, 2018 / The Refinery / Paeroa
Jan 6, 2018 / Waihi Beach Hotel / Waihi Beach (Free Entry)
Jan 7, 2018 / Lukes Kitchen / Whitianga (Free Entry)
Jan 12, 2018 / Old School Arts Centre / Raglan
Jan 14, 2018 / Totara St. / Mt Maunganui
Jan 18, 2018 / The Dome Theatre / Gisbourne
Jan 19, 2018 / The Common Room / Hastings
Jan 21, 2018 / Vine Eatery & Bar / Taupo (Free Entry)
Jan 25, 2018 / Nivara Lounge / Hamilton
Jan 27, 2018 / Caroline / Wellington
Feb 2, 2018 / Mt Eden Village Centre / Auckland
Feb 9, 2018 / Dog With Two Tails / Dunedin
Feb 10, 2018 / Sherwood / Queenstown
Feb 11, 2018 / Village Green / Arrowtown
Feb 15, 2018 / Blue Smoke / Christchurch
Feb 25, 2018 / The Mussel Inn / Takaka
Join the Event page for direct tour updates:
Poster by Ogino Design
Oct 6, 2017
New Single "#GiveAHome"
I wrote this song #GiveAHome for the 22 million refugees who are currently displaced on our planet. All available proceeds will go directly to Amnesty International. Shout out to Sofar Sounds for all your amazing work!
Purchase/Stream here - http://smarturl.it/cm-giveahome-single
Aug 31, 2017
"Give A Home" Show
Donate here for a chance to win a pair of tickets: http://bit.ly/GAHCiaran
We all deserve a home, not just the memory of one.
Aug 4, 2017
Self-Titled Full-Length Out Now!
My debut album is in stores and online now! - http://smarturl.it/ciaran-mcmeeken
You can find it below or at JB Hi-Fi, Marbecks, Real Groovy Auckland and other good music stores. I can’t wait for you to hear it!
I wrote “My Kin” in October 2014 and this was the first of over 50 songs that I wrote for this album. 17 were recorded in mid-2016 and the 12 that lay before you are the songs that best represent me as an artist and human being. Creating them on my own, with my friends and fellow writers was one of the most joyous times of my life. I wholeheartedly adore this album and I invite you to enjoy it knowing that its intention was to help make this world an ever so slightly more pleasant rock to live on!
New Zealand Tour also starts today. Hope to see you all then! - http://showsnear.by/cm-debut-nz-tour-17