October 14, 2022 BY Jason Currell

Today, meija, aka the musical brainchild of twenty-nine-year-old musical prodigy Jamie Sierota, shares his new EP, Side A. Having launched his career at age 15 in the hit pop band Echosmith (he is currently writing and producing with them again, including the viral new version of their hit single “Cool Kids” but left the band in his early twenties), Sierota spent the better part of the last decade producing and writing singles in a very digital way for artists like Adam Lambert, Aly & AJ, JAWNY, and Quinn XCII. The new EP includes his synth-drenched, hazy alt-rock singles, “Pull Me To Pieces,” “No More Excuses” and “Not Sure How This Ends.”

After being inspired by The Beatles’ documentary and digging into his vinyl collection, he decided for Side A that he wanted to relearn how to write and record in a completely analog fashion. Explaining, “I set up a little cassette recorder in the middle of the room were we played live, and just hit ‘play.’ I was trying to see how far I could get without using a synthesizer so I put guitars through weird tape machines or through, like, loops. Vocals were put through a guitar amp. I’ve never done something like this before. I usually don’t work this way at all.” 

Following a September performance at The Airliner with The French Cassettes, meija announced he will headline It’s A School Night at Bardot in Hollywood on Monday, October 17th. To celebrate the EP release and performance, he plans to take fans on a “field trip” of LA by playing numerous pop-up shows at landmarks like Union Station, Grand Central Market, Griffith Observatory, and Hollywood & Vine before culminating with the full-length performance at School Night that evening. The exact times will be shared on socials as the day progresses.


Under the guise of meija, LA based producer and songwriter Jamie Sierota makes music for our collective inner child. His synth-drenched, indie pop adjacent brand of rock mines the simple moments we tend to ignore, those that tend to mean far more than we’d like to admit. With the release of his 2019 debut EP, So Long Kid, and the 2021 follow-up EP, Premonition, he has explored themes of nostalgia and naive love and what that all means in a messy and sometimes chaotic world. It has gained him a loyal fan following with over 15 million streams worldwide and praise from outlets like Flood, EarmilkComplexLadygunnKCRW, and more.

Stay tuned for more to come from meija.