GOOD LOOKING ANIMALS
Mike Steimel is a St. Louis, MO based songwriter/producer/sometimes maker of videos. 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 while he lived in Los Angeles for 8 years.
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 received widespread airplay in the US and UK.
Other placements, both solo and with the band Good Looking Animals, include American Idol, Blood & Oil, The Fosters, Arrow, CSI Miami (UK), Dateline NBC, Big Brother, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Restaurant Impossible, Auction Hunters, SyFy’s Face Off, Giuliana & Bill, Real World (Portland & St. Thomas), Best Ink, American Ninja Warrior, White Collar Brawlers, America’s Worst Tattoos, and many more!
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, when not working in IT or catching a little St. Louis Cardinals baseball.