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.