I am in love with your new single “Good Love”! It made me feel all warm and cozy inside and I can’t get enough! Can you share the story behind this track and a bit about the songwriting process?
Meiko: Thank you! I wrote it because I was feeling very grateful to be in love and to live this life in love with my husband and son (and baby on the way…) I dont write a ton of happy songs, but this one just flooded out of me. I wrote it in under 20 minutes…
What is one of your favorite memories from when you were younger and music first found its way into your life?
Meiko: I used to practice playing guitar with my dad at the kitchen table. He would show me a couple of chords and I’d come back in a few days with the chords memorised and with a song written. I would play it for him and he’s get teary eyed… This was my way of communicating to him what I was going through at the time.
I saw on your Instagram you recently moved to London which is so cool! Definitely on my bucket list of places to visit! How have the last few months been since you made the big move?
Meiko: I love it here! It’s very busy. Lots of things to do and people to see… You really have to have a ton of energy to be here or you’ll burn out. I’m trying to take it easy… Overall- It’s my happy place and I can see being here for a while.
I know you’ve had a bunch of your songs over the years featured on popular TV shows, like Grey’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill, so is there a show currently airing you’d want “Good Love” to be featured in?
Meiko: I don't watch much current TV but any show would be great haha.
What would you say is the proudest moment in your career thus far?
Meiko: Having a #1 song on the radio in Japan and going there to perform multiple times and reconnecting with my grandmother's side of the family and my heritage.
Do you have any advice for anyone just wanting to start their career in music and not knowing where to begin?
Meiko: Play as much as possible to anyone and everyone who will listen...
Interviewed By Sarah Curry