Mikey McCleary

Mikey McCleary
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Mikey McCleary
Background information
Born (1969-01-08) 8 January 1969 (age 49)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation(s) Songwriter, composer, performer, producer, director
Years active 1993–present
Website mikeymccleary.com

Michael "Mikey" McCleary is an Indian-born New Zealand songwriter, composer, performer, producer and director living in Mumbai, India since 2007. [1] He has worked on a large number of advertisements such as for brands like Levi's, Coca-Cola, Vodafone etc. and films such as Waiting, Margarita with a straw, Shaitan, Shanghai, David, Bombay Velvet, Nautanki Saala, Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Shaandaar etc.

Besides his prolific work on soundtracks for ad-films, background scores and songs for Bollywood films, he is also well known for his re-interpretations of old Bollywood songs under the stage name of The Bartender, most notably Khoya Khoya Chand and Hawa Hawai from Shaitan, Neend Na Mujhko Aaye and Eena Meena Deeka from Shaandaar, [2] Fifi from Bombay Velvet, O Lal Meri / Mast Kalandar from David and Dhak Dhak from Nautanki Saala. [3] [4] He has also released a one-of-its-kind album of full-length versions of some of his most popular advertisement jingles called TV Dinners. [5]

Personal life

McCleary is a New Zealander who was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He lived and worked in London, England for nearly fifteen years and is currently based primarily in Mumbai, India. He studied Composition and Orchestration at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music and at Victoria University of Wellington, then worked as a music producer in London at the Trident Studios among other places. [6] He is married to writer and actor Diksha Basu. [7]

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