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Simon started his career as assistant at Livingston Studios in 1995 and worked on projects with diverse artists such as Placebo, Courtney Pine, Kula Shaker and Skunk Anansie. Three years later, after establishing himself as an engineer, Simon was invited to join Nick Gold and Jerry Boys in Senegal to work on the Cheikh Lo album Bambay Geej. Later that year, he made his first trip to Cuba whilst working on the soundtrack for the film Salsa at Egrem Studios in Habana, co-engineered with Jerry and mixed to picture at Studios Mega in Paris.

Since then, Simon has visited Habana more than twenty times, working on many of the Buena Vista Social Club albums, including Ibrahim Ferrer's Buenos Hermanos, Orlando 'Cachao' Lopez's Cachaito and Ry Cooder's Mambo Sinuendo.

Simon's work on the critically acclaimed Cachaito brought him to the attention of Damon Albarn, who asked Simon to step in as co-producer on Mali Music, the album recorded by Damon in Mali whilst working with Oxfam and put together at Damon's studio in West London.

The success of this record prompted Damon and Honest Jon's Records to ask Simon to organise and record two further albums on location in Mali with Lobi Traore and Ko Kan Ko Sata.



Simon continues to produce records, recording another album with Damon Albarn in Lagos and making an album with St. Petersburg megastars Aquarium.

Parallel to his work as a producer and engineer, Simon had been writing. His contribution to the First Direct advert, Little Fella, won him a D&AD award for best music. His band, Playpen, released an album, Downtime in 2001 on Poppy records. Tracks from the album feature on adverts for Rimmel and Hyundai, as well as the Brit-flick Essex Boys. Other works as Playpen include commissions to write the music for a The Bill mini-series, Beech Is Back, aired in 2001 and the film Dream.

Simon now writes and remixes with James Thompson under the name Delta Rhythm, playing live at Cargo, AKA (London), Batofar (Paris) and more. Delta Rhythm have produced radical re-rubs for Radio 1's Chris Coco, Kojack and Oi Va Voi (featuring KT Tunstall), whilst remixes of Oumou Sangare's Ne Bi Fe and Djorolen appear on her Best-Of compilation, Oumou. Recent TV work includes the 4Learning Graffiti idents, Match of the Day and Panorama.

As a musician Simon has played keyboards on several of the albums mentioned above including Cachaito and Mali Music. Other than gigs with Delta Rhythm, he has played live with Yoshi, formed by Mike Edwards of Jesus Jones. He joined Damon Albarn, Afel Bocum and others in Mali and on stage at the Barbican as well as in the studio for Later with Jools, as part of promotion for Mali Music.

In November 2005, Simon combined his production and live skills when he was a Musical Director for the phenomenally successful Gorillaz show at the Manchester Royal Opera House, featuring Neneh Cherry, Bootie Brown, Roots Manuva, De La Soul, Shaun Ryder and Ike Turner.



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