Simon is one of the UK’s leading mix engineers. Over a career spanning 25 years he’s worked with several of the world’s top selling recording artists. In 2006, he was awarded a Grammy for his work on the U2 album “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb”.
Simon started out as a singer/guitarist with several London bands and playing keyboards on tour with electropop band Dead Or Alive. On the recommendation of an engineer friend, he landed a job at Mayfair Studios where he trained under John Hudson. During four years there he engineered hundreds of sessions and progressed to mixing the hits “Altogether Now” by The Farm and “Missing You” by Soul II Soul. Simon went freelance in 1992 and worked with Stephen Hague recording the New Order album “Republic” at Real World and RAK. This led to him touring with the band in 1993 as programmer. In the mid 90s his work continued with Stephen and other producers including Sly & Robbie (Maxi Priest, Suggs) and Boilerhouse (Texas, Stereophonics). He also worked on a large number of hip-hop remixes (Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Lil’Kim, Rakim & Mase included) with producer Syze-Up under the name Desert Eagle Discs.
At the end of the 90s Simon teamed up with Nellee Hooper in order to mix projects for Nellee’s label Meanwhile. This led to him becoming Nellee’s mix engineer of choice. Their on-going relationship has included work with No Doubt & Gwen Stefani, U2, Massive Attack and Paloma Faith. Through the 2000s Simon also mixed projects with producers Rick Smith (Underworld, Manic Street Preachers), Steve Lironi (Luan Parle), Rick Nowels (Yusuf) and Ewan Pearson (Tracey Thorn) along with production/additional production work for a variety of artists including King Creosote, Little Boots, Mumiy Troll, Operator Please and Boxes.
In 2007 Simon opened his own SSL equipped production and mix studio, Hub II. Recent projects include the Olympic Games opening ceremony and Danny Boyle’s “Trance” with Underworld and Paloma Faith’s “Fall To Grace”. Simon also produces selected development projects with new, unsigned acts such as F.O.X (who recently supported Depeche Mode).
Simon is a full member of the Music Producer’s Guild.
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“Working with Simon is nothing short of a pleasure. His attention to detail and ‘nothing is too much trouble to achieve maximum results’ attitude is inspiring”.
— Greg Brimson (Producer)
Utterly solid inspired mixing, with groove (it’s in his heart). Gifted, calm, with endlessly changing haircuts. We’ve completed four projects together now and I wish we’d met sooner. A man we can trust.
— Rick Smith (Underworld)
Simon is one of the most creative mixers I’ve worked with. He has great instincts and taste. He finds the energy in a track and pulls it out. I always love going to mix at Hub II. It’s like a deep breath, somewhere you can relax and enjoy making your music sound better!!
— Carey Willetts (Athlete, Boxes)
Simon gave me confidence and support on how to push my limits. He understood the essence of my work and helped me bring out the best in it.
— Bogdana Chivas (solo artist)
Simon’s mixes and credits obviously speak for themselves and his skill and ability there is unrivaled, but it is also his ability make a session relaxed and focused at the same time which, as a musician, is always hugely appreciated and respected.
— Darren Barker (Angry Vs The Bear)
Turn me up! Oh God! TURN ME UP! Hey you! I’m talking to you in the glasses, YOU! Engineer! Engineer! ENGINEER! ENGINEER!! Turn me up! Engineer. TURN ME UP! Come On! YEAH!!
— P.Diddy (producer/artist)