Bio

With over three decades in the music industry Simon has cultivated a diverse portfolio, showcasing his prowess in producing, writing and mixing music. His productions and compositions extend to an array of esteemed international artists including:

Shania Twain, Maxi Priest, Erasure, Apache Indian, Janet Kaye, Errol Reid (China Black), Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Swami, The Beat, Luciano, Desmond Dekker, Dillinger, Steel Pulse, Stereo Nation, Taz, Luciano, Martine Girault, Louie Rankin, Stan Campbell and more.

Simon is notably recognised for crafting the distinctive Apache Indian sound and spearheading the creation and production of his records. His journey began with the inception of Apache Indian’s earliest singles, “Movie Over India, Don Raja and Chok There” leading up to the monumental success of the triple-platinum Island Records album “No Reservations.” Preceding this, Simon composed, authored and produced the number one R&B hit “No More (Making Love),” performed by Aretha Daye.

Simon was a founding member of the popular band Swami, playing a pivotal role in the group’s success. He not only gave the band it’s name, but also composed and produced tracks for the groundbreaking album “Desi Nu Skool Beatz,” catapulting Swami to international recognition within the South Asian diaspora. One of the highlights of his composition and production was the inclusion of the album’s lead track “Mehbooba” in the Hollywood movie “New York Minute.”

Simon’s production contribution to Shania Twain’s “Up” album significantly contributed to its remarkable success, propelling sales to over 25 million copies worldwide, achieving an exceptional 11 times platinum status. This collaboration garnered widespread acclaim, reflected in the album receiving nominations for two Grammy Awards, marking a testament to Simon’s influential role in crafting this celebrated album.

Simon’s expertise extends to composing music for prominent brands like Pepsi, Intel, Toshiba, Etisalat, and Etihad. His compositions have also graced the screens, featuring in various international films, including the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen debut movie “New York Minute” and Gurinder Chadha’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Afterlife.’ Simon has also comoposed music for TV including title and incidental music for BAFTA winning CH4 drama Wingnut and the Sprog (Maverick TV), Blazed (Maverick TV) and more.

Moreover, Simon’s artistic versatility shines through in his work for theatre productions, including sold-out shows at prestigious venues like Birmingham Symphony Hall, The REP Theatre and The Drum.

The impact of Simon’s work has been lauded with accolades, with his produced records receiving nominations for 2 Grammy Awards, 3 Brit Awards, a Mercury Music Prize, and his own nomination for a coveted Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Contemporary Song, alongside Take That and M People.

Simon holds the distinction of being the first-ever songwriter signed to Sony Music UK to earn a prestigious Ivor Novello Award nomination. His remarkable achievements in the music industry, including his extensive body of work and collaborations with renowned artists, have cemented his place as a trailblazer in the field.

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In addition to his ongoing music composition and production endeavors, Simon contributes to the academic sphere as a distinguished university guest speaker and a specialized mentor for MA students. His expertise extends to sharing insights and guidance in the field of audio production. He has authored a book titled “Record, Mix and Master – A Beginner’s Guide to Audio Production,” published by Palgrave Macmillan, serving as a resource for beginners venturing into the realms of recording, mixing, and mastering music. This multi-faceted involvement underscores his commitment not only to artistic creation but also to the education and mentorship of aspiring talents in the industry.

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Some of the Labels Simon has worked with/ been signed to