The name MECK has been everywhere of late thanks to the UK number 1 smash
hit single Thunder In My Heart Again. The record gained the support of
among others Radio 1s Pete Tong, who went on to play it for 10 consecutive
weeks and made it his Essential New Tune.
As people have subsequently found out, Meck is the DJ and recording alias
of Craig Dimech, the head of free2air recordings, one of the UKs most
respected labels. Having set the label up a little more than 3 years ago,
his A&R skills have secured three UK top ..10 hits, four top ..20 hits and
countless scores of underground sensations which have placed free2air
firmly in the epicentre of cool, clubbing culture.
Craig started his career as a DJ in the early 90s and was club resident at
one of Londons most loved nights Peach which ran for a staggering 10 years,
leading to guest appearances worldwide and a position in DJ Mags Top 100
DJs in 1999 at ..90.
The natural process to Craig was to then develop a keen interest in the A&R
process of making and developing records, no longer content with just
playing them. He soon became A&R manager for Ministry Of Sound affiliate
label Incentive Music in 1999, where he went on to become Head of A&R,
signing and developing such diverse acts such as Mario Piu, Matt Darey,
Santos, Dino Lenny & The Genius Cru, all major hits in their own right.
After 3 very successful years there he was then asked by Edel Records to
start his own label. free2air was born in January 2003 and the rest is
history as they say, scoring hit after hit at a time when most imprints
were being forced to close. With the view that the best form of defence is
attack, Craig scored Top ..10 success with Jason Nevins, Narcotic Thrust &
Mousse T before producing (with Marc JB & Lee Dagger) and delivering the
..1 smash Thunder In My Heart Again.
The opportunity has now arisen for Meck to mix the first compilation on
free2air which is a blend of not only the hits but also provides a platform
for the more underground side of the label tastes. SET: MECK is the first
in what is hoped will become a series of compilation releases.
Putting together this compilation gave rise to the desire to get back to
his roots and focus on his DJ-ing once more. He simply missed playing
records! Having already played at Pacha London and giving them one of their
most busy Friday nights in their history, Meck is ready to take the world
by storm in 2006!!
2007: How do you follow up the only dance record to be the UK ..1 for 2
weeks in 2006? Well, for Meck it wasn't about resting on his laurels and
going down the same musical path again. 'Feels Like Home' utilises the
classic, unmistakable riff from Felix's 'Don't You Want Me' but is light
years away from what you maybe expecting. With vocals written & sung by the
much-underrated Dino (known to most of you as the talented Dino Lenny) and
road tested by Meck on his extensive dj travels around the world, this is a
true club monster.
Dino - the Italian based producer, known by more aliases than a criminal
overlord - Lenny's more verbally twisted alter-ego and contained the Pete
Tong championed 'Call Me' which become one of free2air's most downloaded
tracks ever in the UK, spawned a Top Ten hit in Italy and further
recognition of his talent worldwide.
The duo have actually known each other for over 12 years, dating back to
when Dino gate crashed one of Craig's studio sessions, where he was
finishing a remix. "He literally came in and said 'I heard what you were
doing through the door and think you can do it better if you listen to me'.
I was like who's this cocky bastard!" remembers Craig.
From that point on a strong bond was forged, with Craig running Dino's 'Age
One' label before being snapped up to work for Ministry of Sound imprint
Incentive and then leaving to set up free2air in 2003.
So Meck and Dino come full circle, providing a refreshing, sophisticated
collaboration - which results in the catchy, hypnotic, euphoric anthem
'Feels Like Home'. With remixes from TV ROCK vs Dirty South/Redanka/Marco V
and described as 'Faithless Meets Kasabian' this is already planting an
early marker as one of biggest club records of 2007.