“I[Andrew Meehan] go with Drew Meez on the Keys. It rhymes. The ‘Keys’ helps, because people have said when they try to Google it, they get Drew Brees memes. So I say go with ‘on the Keys’ and it’ll get you there every time.
I started [on piano] in third grade. Where I went to school, we started band in fourth grade, so my parents put me in piano lessons the year before. I played horns in some bands, but piano I’ve stuck with the whole time.
For PYMP, I use a lot of synthesizers and a laptop. There’s a lot of pre-programmed stuff that I do at home—loops and things—that I trigger on the laptop. I have a bunch of synthesizers and a [Yamaha] motif to incorporate on top of my loops.
Gravity A, I was asked to join about 11 years ago when I ran into Mike [Michael Fouquier, drummer for Gravity A, PYMP, Iko Allstars] at a bar. We went to grammar school and high school together and he just sort of mentioned something. I went by for a jam session and a week later we had a gig at the Dragon’s Den. I don’t know how we booked that—we didn’t have anything rehearsed. Drums-and-bass, jungle jams, was the idea.
With [Grateful Dead tribute band] Iko Allstars, there’s a lot less synthesizers, a lot less pre-programmed. But there are a lot of similarities, too—so many sections open for interpretation, long hippie jam-outs. One’s more of an electronica vibe, one’s more of a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. It’s not quite jazz, but it’s still improv, so that’s similar. KC & the Irresistibles, a new project, is different from anything I’ve ever done. I play a grand piano. We play a lot of swing—we’ll even do [rap artist] Big Punisher swing interpretations.
I have one solo album, Dressed, No Pickles, I put out in ’13. That was my first foray as a solo artist. It was really eclectic—some electronica, even had a ballad. Now I do more of a hip-hop thing. I do everything on these—the beats, the lyrics. It’s closer to 100 percent of my real personality. You don’t have to share the stage, literally or figuratively. I’m sure some of these ideas with the bands I’ve had would be seen as too silly, or not the vibe we’re going for.
I got [new singles] ‘Cast Iron Skillet’ and ‘$30k’ out right now and the idea is to put out a new track once a month. Not an album. My videos for these are getting some [YouTube] hits—between the two, more than 3,000 views, which I’m stoked about. I try not to be too egotistical about it, but it’s nice to be your own boss, even though it’s a bit more daunting. But try and fail or try and succeed, it’s all good.”