Mike Steimel

Mike Steimel is a St. Louis, MO based songwriter/producer/sometimes maker of videos. After years of performing and writing with bands like Just Add Water, Jonathan Cour, and Spur, he stumbled into TV song placements after being approached by a major LA library while he lived in Los Angeles for 8 years.

In 2014, he got his first big TV commercial placement for Hello Products (toothpaste and oral care) of his song, Smile, which was co-written with Mike Sullivan. The spot received widespread airplay in the US and UK.

Other placements, both solo and with the band Good Looking Animals, include American Idol, Blood & Oil, The Fosters, Arrow, CSI Miami (UK), Dateline NBC, Big Brother, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Restaurant Impossible, Auction Hunters, SyFy’s Face Off, Giuliana & Bill, Real World (Portland & St. Thomas), Best Ink, American Ninja Warrior, White Collar Brawlers, America’s Worst Tattoos, and many more!

Early songwriting influences include the Beatles, Led Zeppelin - and hugely – Tom Petty, whose songs captivated him while feeling homesick while working as a treasure diver on Spanish shipwrecks off the coast of Florida in his late teens and early 20s.

He is currently hard at work on songs with multiple songwriters, including Shannon Nicole, when not working in IT or catching a little St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

STREAMING NOW: Our song How You Do It is used in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why! It's in season 2, episode 6, during the cafeteria scene at 1:25 into the episode.  

Forever In A Smile, a collaboration between Mike Steimel and Ethan Okamura will be heard on ABC's American Housewife on Tuesday, May 2nd!  Hear the song: Forever In A Smile

Our Song How You Do It is having a great week. It appeared in ABC's Blood & Oil (Season 1, Ep. 7) on Sunday night, 11/8/15!

Our song How You Do It keeps on chugging along - It'll be featured on ARROW on the WB on Wednesday, 11/4/15. Very cool!

We're excited that Good Looking Animals song How You Do It will be featured on The Fosters on Monday, March 2nd!

8/19/14: Smile is now available via iTunes! Click here to get it now: Smile

8/9/14: Mike Steimel (Good Looking Animals) and Mike Sullivan wrote a song called Smile that is being used on the US and International TV commercial for Hello-Products toothpaste and oral care / Walgreens. #GreetFreely

: Our song How You Do It is featured in the Season 3 debut of Best Ink at 7PT / 9CT on Wednesday night, 12/4.

Here's our our video playlist - our cover of Demons by Imagine Dragons, followed by our songs How You Do It (Deluxe Version) and Flames!


6/6/13: Songs from our new EP, EVOLVE (Deluxe Version), have caught the ears of the Producers of The Kardashians and other shows. Keep your ears open this summer for our songs on any of these shows (we probably won't know ahead of time):

* Bad Girls Club / Bad Girls All-Star Battle

* Best Ink

* Keeping Up with the Kardashians

* Love Games

* The Real World

* The Challenges

* The Kardashians Take ___ series

* Total Divas

3/19/13: Supercuts has added Good Looking Animals to the "Rock The Cut" Artist Ambassador program. They are spinning How You Do It in stores. Download it here for free!

1/13/13: Check out this music video for Smile, a side-project cowrite with Mike Sullivan: If you like it, please Like it, Comment and Share to help spread it!

Did you know you can follow us on Twitter?

10/22/12: We had a little writing fun in the studio yesterday morning, here are some photos!


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10/3/12: A little ukulele ditty we did called This Dance will be featured this month on PBS' series Roadtrip Nation - Season 9/Episodes 1 & 2 (check local listings for airdates).

They also added the song to their soundtrack, which is being given away for free for a limited time to promote the show. Get it here:

See the trailer for season 9:

9/11/12: Sunday morning in the studio was fun! We tracked drums and gang vocals on How You Do It, our favorite new song. Here's a little behind the scenes clip:

7/30/12: Thank you so much for the support in the Dodge Inspired By You contest. Due to your support, we finished in 1st place in Rock! Now we write our final song that we'll pitch for their new commerical by August 20th. Time to buckle down. 

We just designed some brand new shirts for you. Check them out in the Merch Store page listed above.
6/29/12: For not having our new EP done and release yet (due in approx 1 month), we are on quite the lucky streak. We just found out that American Idol used a clip of Mike's song There's a Road back in February. Millions of people heard that! Unfortunately, we did not, because we were writing new stuff. We can't wait to get that to you in July. Be in the know (and get special benefits) by joining the email list above!

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6/15/12: We were so surprised when we got the Blog email blast that went out to their 2+ MILLION users, and it included a congratulations to us on our recent song placement on TV via their partnership with APM Music. Thanks so much for the shout out! We can't wait to get these new songs with Steve Waller on vocals out to you all very soon!

The first GLA photo shoot on June 3rd was a success. We did two locations, Los Angeles' Chinatown and hilltop right next to Dodger Stadium, overlooking downtown LA at sunset. Now the hard part, picking the right shot. Photographer Paul Gronner does amazing work!


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