Simon Duggal


About Simon

Producer : Composer : Mastering Engineer : Author : Mentor and Guest Speaker

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, Aretha Daye, 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 creating the distinctive Apache Indian sound and spearheading the creation and production of his records. Producing and co-writing Apache Indian’s first singles, “Movie Over India, Don Raja and Chok There” and the monumentally successful 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 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 on 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 adverts 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 composed music for TV including title and incidental music for the 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 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.

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.