GOOD LOOKING ANIMALS
Mike Steimel is a Los Angeles-based songwriter/producer/sometimes maker of videos who is originally from St. Louis, MO. After years of performing and writing with bands like Just Add Water, Jonathan Cour, and Spur, he stumbled into TV song placements after being approached by a major LA library.
In 2014, he got his first big TV commercial placement for Hello Products (toothpaste and oral care) of his song, Smile, which was co-written with Mike Sullivan. The spot is receiving widespread airplay in the US and UK.
Other placements, both solo and with the band Good Looking Animals, include American Idol, CSI Miami (UK), Dateline NBC, Keeping up with the Kardashians, The Fosters, Restaurant Impossible, Auction Hunters, SyFy’s Face Off, Giuliana & Bill, Real World (Portland & St. Thomas), Best Ink.
Early songwriting influences include the Beatles, Led Zeppelin - and hugely – Tom Petty, whose songs captivated him while feeling homesick while working as a treasure diver on Spanish shipwrecks off the coast of Florida in his late teens and early 20s.
He is currently hard at work on songs with multiple songwriters, including Shannon Nicole, Ethan Okamura, Mike Sullivan and Steve Waller, when not working in IT or catching a little St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
* Best Ink
* Keeping Up with the Kardashians
* Love Games
* The Real World
* The Challenges
* The Kardashians Take ___ series
* Total Divas
10/3/12: A little ukulele ditty we did called This Dance will be featured this month on PBS' series Roadtrip Nation - Season 9/Episodes 1 & 2 (check local listings for airdates).
They also added the song to their soundtrack, which is being given away for free for a limited time to promote the show. Get it here: http://noisetrade.com/
See the trailer for season 9: http://youtu.be/
9/11/12: Sunday morning in the studio was fun! We tracked drums and gang vocals on How You Do It, our favorite new song. Here's a little behind the scenes clip: http://youtu.be/b3kg-B_L37E
7/30/12: Thank you so much for the support in the Dodge Inspired By You contest. Due to your support, we finished in 1st place in Rock! Now we write our final song that we'll pitch for their new commerical by August 20th. Time to buckle down.
We just designed some brand new shirts for you. Check them out in the Merch Store page listed above.
6/29/12: For not having our new EP done and release yet (due in approx 1 month), we are on quite the lucky streak. We just found out that American Idol used a clip of Mike's song There's a Road back in February. Millions of people heard that! Unfortunately, we did not, because we were writing new stuff. We can't wait to get that to you in July. Be in the know (and get special benefits) by joining the email list above!
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6/15/12: We were so surprised when we got the Reverbnation.com Blog email blast that went out to their 2+ MILLION users, and it included a congratulations to us on our recent song placement on TV via their partnership with APM Music. Thanks so much for the shout out! We can't wait to get these new songs with Steve Waller on vocals out to you all very soon!
6/12/12: The first GLA photo shoot on June 3rd was a success. We did two locations, Los Angeles' Chinatown and hilltop right next to Dodger Stadium, overlooking downtown LA at sunset. Now the hard part, picking the right shot. Photographer Paul Gronner does amazing work!