yorichika keiko, aka MEG, is a japanese singer, lyricist, fashion designer, and business woman. she was active in the music industry in the 2000s before going on an indefinite hiatus in 2010 after the release of MAVERICK, her 7th album, and BEST FLIGHT, a compilation album.
she then left japan for france, and in the next 3 years, she released 3 more albums (LA JAPONAISE, WEAR I AM, CONTINUE). her last album and major release, CONTINUE, was in 2013. most recently, she featured on the single STAY WITH ME by RAM RIDER in 2020.
in an interview with natalie for the release of LA JAPONAISE, she mentioned that she felt she was working at an impossible pace because nakata yasutaka was " very quick with producing."
"it's useless if I don't take a little more time with the lyrics, and without a stock of wide lyrical themes within myself, I can't be satisfied with my output. After working on MAVERICK, I thought I should take a break with the upcoming best album and rest for a little bit." —— read morenakata produced albums: BEAM (2007), STEP (2008), BEAUTIFUL (2009), MAVERICK (2010)
MEG's ventures outside of music include: operating maison du ruban, a cafe in hiroshima (closed in 2017); creating the skincare brands baw and PHY (both discontinued); and clothing design for the brand, CAROLINA GLASER (still going strong!).
MEG currently resides in london with her daughter, who she gave birth to in the UK in 2017.
i discovered MEG on tumblr when i came across a song off WEAR I AM on my dashboard at the end of 2012. if not for that post, i would have never discovered her music.
i listened to MEG primarily in the 2010s until i made the switch to spotify as my primary way of listening to music in 2017. i haven't really listened to MEG again until her catalog became available on spotify in 2020 (excluding the music she released before signing with universal music japan).
i remember pirating her albums (sorry) off JPDDL and changing the metadata for last.fm, adding her songs to mixtapes for my friends, and listening to MAKE LOVE on my walks home from class.
while i enjoyed her music, i never really knew much about MEG the artist or person. in the past, it was difficult for me to find any english sources or even other english speaking fans. i don't think i really tried or knew what to search for considering how easy it was for me this time around. i learned a lot about MEG that i didn't know prior to making this shrine.
my favorite MEG albums are WEAR I AM, BEAUTIFUL, and STEP.