Keiran Merrick is a composer, lyricist, producer, multi instrumentalist and writer. He began his musical career at the age of sixteen with Bristol hip-hop collective First Degree Burns as a scratch DJ, guitarist, and vocalist. The band went on to perform across Europe and has been described as “an essential inclusion to any party or festival” (Chris Rutherford – Boomtown Festival founder).
Later he joined forces with rapper and spoken word artist
Adam Kammerling both in the studio and for live shows. This collaboration led to the creation of a stage show titled Shall We Take This Outside, an exploration of violence and
masculinity that combined acro-dance, breaking, parkour, hip-hop and spoken word.
He is currently working with Hash Hiterji (Roots manuva, Banana Clan), Lena Cullen (TeddyKillaz, She Is Danger, Dreadzone) and Colin Smith (Krossbow) as part of the collective Alternate Species. They produce and perform a fusion of trip hop, cinematic music and electronica.
Alongside these projects he has worked extensively as a composer for award winning advertising campaigns, TV shows, theatre productions and short films. You can see more of this work here.
His musical theatre debut, as librettist and composer, is a modern day re-imagining of Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind In The Willows’ titled ‘In The Willows’. Created in collaboration with Pippa Cleary (Adrian Mole, Jet Set Go!) and Poppy Burton-Morgan (Jungle Book, Little Mermaid) it won the 2018 Viborg Award for new Musical Theatre and has a UK wide tour scheduled for 2019.
Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer