TEE-M (Tariq Mirza) grew up in Karachi, Pakistan hearing rock/pop on the short-wave radio, listening to street musicians playing the tunes of the land and learning to play on a hand-me-down guitar.
TEE-M recently completed his first album EARTHIOTIC...songsfromaoneroompalace, which made it's worldwide debut on "Rock 50" internet radio show on WPMD.org. The CD was reviewed and critiqued live by Bernard Baur (Music Connection) "TEE-M is a very, very solid songwriter...this album is a remarkable achievement," and Mike Stark (Author, Black Sabbath: An Oral History) "I'm a huge fan...I love this record."
This was the first time ever that an album by an unsigned artist was reviewed and critiqued live by two nationally known rock writers. Andrew T. Mackay of Bombay Dub Orchestra from London says "It's a great ROCK N ROLL album. Melodies that grab you, shake you and then caress you."
EARTHIOTIC...songsfromaoneroompalace is produced by Geoff Tyson and Tariq Mirza and released on coolvinylrecords with worldwide distribution through www.cdbaby.com/teem
TEE-M has had four successful tours of Pakistan, the highlight being three concerts at the jam packed sold out Royal Rodale Auditorium in Karachi. And shows at The Palm in Lahore and Saidpur Village in Islamabad. The shows were covered in the national daily THE NEWS, THE DAILY TIMES & DAWN. TEE-M was also interviewed by TAMMY HAQ on her show 24/7, her guest the previous week was the Prime Minister of Pakistan. TEE-M also performed on CNBC, HUM, AAG, GEO, DAWN NEWS TV and KTN NEWS TV where he was a special guest on Benazir Bhutto's First Memorial. Live performances and interviews on # 1 morning
radio show, CITY FM89, FM103, FM 91 & other radio stations. While in Karachi, TEE-M was interviewed by Carol Hills of BBC/WGBH Boston "The World" and Ahmed Raza of BBC World Urdu Service and also Radio Canada International's Wojtek Gwiazda from Montreal for his show "Masala Canada." Just recently "TEE-M's song "Aao Aao Aao (suji ka halwa)" reached the Top 10 and selected as one of "TOP 62 SONGS FOR THE LAST 62 YEARS OF PAKISTAN's INDEPENDENCE" by one of Pakistan's biggest radio station's City FM89.
In Los Angeles TEE-M has released the third video "Hallucination" directed by Chris Jean for Decipher Pictures. The video has been selected by Cannes Independent Film Festival in Cannes, France, winner of a 2011 Golden Palm Award at the 5th Annual Mexico International Film Festival. And now wins Von Gogh Award for "Best Avant-Garde" film in Amsterdam.
Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) in Asbury Park, NJ (home town of Bruce Springsteen), Memphis Film and Music Festival in Memphis,Tennessee (Elvis's Graceland), ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto, Canada (John Lennon's Live Peace In Toronto Concert '69) and Tampa/St.Petersburg's Sunscreen Film Festival where it's one of only three music videos selected and Los Angeles's New Wave Film Festival. The second video "Disappeared" was selected by the "The Other Venice Film Festival" in Venice, CA and was also directed by Chris Jean and is being watched in Canada, South America, Australia and heavily watched in Pakistan, US and Japan. TEE-M's first video "Aao Aao Aao (Suji ka Halwa)" has generated big surge in views around the globe. NBC reporter Doug Kriegel interviewed him after his performance at John Lennon's 25th Memorial at Capitol Records in Hollywood, where he also lit the first of the twenty-five peace candles.
TEE-M's performance clips were shown on local TV by all the major networks. TEE-M has performed in well known clubs like the Troubadour, Roxy, Cinespace and many others in LA. He has also performed in Boston, Texas, Asbury Park, New Jersey's The Saint and was selected for Atlantis Music Conference in Atlanta, GA.
TEE-M also co-hosts with Mike Stark on WPMD "TEE-M's UNsigned Music Show" (a genre busting show, where the UNsigned revolution is on) which celebrated its 1st anniversary with fourteen artists performing live (a first in internet radio) and capping off the party with an all-star UNsigned finale of TEE-M's song Aao, Aao, Aao (suji ka halwa). The show celebrated it's 6th Anniversary in 2010 with fourteen artists each covering a TEE-M song including one artist each from Budapest, Hungary and Toronto, Canada. The show can be heard on DEMAND at http://wpmd.org/ Mike Stark also co-hosts a monthly show with Bill Ward, drummer
of Black Sabbath. Bill Ward was also present at TEE-M's recent performance at the opening of Mike Stark's LA Radio Studio by the LA Harbor. Bill joined in to sing TEE-M's Aao Aao Aao, suji ka halwa khao.
TEE-M has toured for Starbucks all over Southern California and is featured in a short film, The Ultimate Song ("a real winner" New York Times) also includes Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Wayne Kramer (MC5) Tom Morello, Ice T, Steve Earle and others. The film has been shown at Farm Aid and SXSW.
All Access Mag selected TEE-M as Best Male Vocalist, Pop/Alternative and was nominated by the inaugural Southern California Music Awards (SCMA) in the Best Pop Rock category at the historic Warner Grand Theatre.
TEE-M has been selected Music Connection Magazine's 100 Hottest Unsigned Artists, 5 years in a row.