Mickey J. Meyer
|Mickey J Meyer|
|Origin||Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|Occupation(s)||Film composer, music director, singer|
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboard, violin, piano|
Mickey J Meyer is an Indian music composer and singer known for his works predominantly in Telugu Cinema, and few Kannada films. An alumnus of Trinity College of Music, His Light music is noted for being a harmonious blend of traditional Indian music and Western instrumentation. He has received two Filmfare Awards South, and two state Nandi Awards for the Best music Direction in hits such as Happy Days and Kotha Bangaru Lokam.
The success of Happy Days led to remakes of the film in Kannada and Tamil and Mickey was retained as the music director for both movies (Jolly Days and Inidhu Inidhu respectively) marking his entry into other Indian film industries. Following this breakthrough album, he composed the score and songs for the Telugu films Hare Ram and Kotha Bangaru Lokam which slowly established him in the Telugu film industry and he second time received the best music director award Kotha Bangaru Lokam at the two major Telugu film award ceremonies (Filmfare Awards South, Nandi Awards) won consecutively.
He then delivered two musical entertainers Leader and Maro Charitra. He was one of the four music directors for Anaganaga O Dheerudu, composing the song 'Chandamamala'. He composed the title song for the Maa TV serial Yuva. Mickey has composed music for Life Is Beautiful for Sekhar Kammula, Routine love story for Praveen Sattaru, and Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu for Srikanth Addala. His work for the title track of Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu was widely appreciated by critics as well as audience. After Routine love story he again worked with Praveen Sattaru for a Telugu anthology film Chandamama Kathalu where his Background Music is appreciated by Critics. His work in both Chakkili Gintha and Mukunda especially his Background Music got critical acclaim. Later he again joined with Dil Raju for Kerintha and Subramanyam For Sale.
Early life and education
Mickey J Meyer was born and brought up in Hyderabad, India. He attended St. Marys college in Himayatnagar, Hyderabad. He started learning violin and piano in his childhood. He is also trained in Carnatic music. After his fifth standard, he got into the most prestigious Trinity College of Music, London. He graduated from the eight-year music course in 2002.
Mickey has stated that he became addicted to music because of A. R. Rahman who he hails as an inspiration and his most favourite musician and whose music he grew up listening to mostly. He decided to become a music director after graduating from Trinity College. He approached Tammareddy Bharadwaja who gave him his first break in the form of Pothe Poni (2005). This was succeeded by 10th Class (2006) and Notebook (2007). Thereafter, he was signed by Sekhar Kammula for the film Happy Days, which received widespread acclaim and was considered one of the best albums of the year. He received the best music director award at the three major Telugu film award ceremonies (Filmfare Awards South, Nandi Awards and CineMAA Awards) for the film. It was also the first film for which he composed the film score too.
|2007||Happy Days||Telugu||Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Telugu
Winner, Nandi Award for Best Music Director
Winner, CineMAA Award for Best Music Director
|2008||Kotha Bangaru Lokam||Telugu||Winner, Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu)
Winner, Nandi Award for Best Music Director
|2009||Inidhu Inidhu||Tamil||Remake of Happy Days|
|2009||Jolly Days||Kannada||Remake of Happy Days|
|2009||Cheluvina Chilipili||Kannada||Remake of Kotha Bangaru Lokam|
|2010||Leader||Telugu||Nominated, Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu)|
|2011||Anaganaga O Dheerudu||Telugu||Only one song; "Chandamamala"|
|2012||Life is Beautiful||Telugu||Nominated; Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu)|
|2012||Routine Love Story||Telugu|
|2013||Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu||Telugu||Nominated; Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu)|
|2015||Subramanyam For Sale||Telugu|
|2016||Okka Ammayi Thappa||Telugu|
|2016||Untitled Srinu Vaitla - Varun Tej film||Telugu|
- The films are listed in order of the music release, regardless of the film release.
- 2007: Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu) – Happy Days
- 2007: Nandi Award for Best Music Director – Happy Days
- 2007: CineMAA Award for Best Music Director – Happy Days
- 2008: Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu) – Kotha Bangaru Lokam
- 2008: Nandi Award for Best Music Director – Kotha Bangaru Lokam
- 2009: Big 92.7 Award for Best Love Song – Leader (Aunana Kadana)
- "Mickey's on a song". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
- "Interview with Mickey J Meyer". idlebrain.com. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
- "'I want to compose a song with A R Rahman singing it'". Rediff. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
- "Symphonic 'Happy Days' tops Telugu music charts". nowrunning.com. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
- "Telugu movie review – 'Happy Days'". idlebrain.com. Retrieved 28 March 2009.