Mumbai: Mikey McCleary is a songwriter, composer, performer and producer working in Bollywood for a quite a long time. Born in Chennai, and having lived and worked in London, he is originally from New Zealand. Mikey’s recent release track ‘Ahista Ahista’ sung by Farhan Akhtar, from the film ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ is making rage. He has also done the background score for the film.
Priorly, Mikey has also created background score for some of critically acclaimed films like Dibakar Banerjee’s 2012 political thriller ‘Shanghai’ as well as contributing music for several other films including ‘Shaitan’, ‘Kahaani’ and ‘LSD’. He also composed the background score and 4 songs for Bejoy Nambiar’s second film ‘David’ as well as composing the songs and background music score for Rohan Sippy’s 2013 film ‘Nautanki Saala’. He is now working on several new feature films like ‘Margarita with a straw’, ‘Pizza’, ‘Fattack’, ‘Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Hogayi’, ‘Sonali Cable’ along with frequent TV ad work.
Mikey studied Composition and Orchestration at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music and at Victoria University, Wellington. He then worked as a music producer in London at Trident Studios London among other places.
Mikey began his career in the Indian industry with a collaboration with singer Lucky Ali. He was responsible for the music behind the album Sunoh and all subsequent Lucky Ali albums and has also worked regularly with AR Rahman.
Mikey is the talent behind some of the most successful and recognisable tracks for India’s biggest advertising campaigns including Vodafone, Coca Cola, Levi’s, Canon, Sony, Titan, Garnier, Lakme, Reliance, Pond’s and countless more.
In honour of Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, last year this Kiwi musician with his band ‘The Bartender – Classic Bollywood Shaken not Stirred’ launched an album ‘Seventy B’, a re-jazzed and revamped version of AB’s top performing hit tracks over the years. An album which was especially dedicated to bring back yesteryears original songs in a jazzy, sexy with a very Moulin Rouge meets Chicago ba-dum dum beat to boot!