Singer-songwriter, guitar player and music producer | British Blues Award Nominee, 2011 | European Blues Awards NOMINEE 2017 WITH THE STARLITE CAMPBELL BAND
AS AN ARTIST
Since strapping on his first guitar at the age of 16, Simon has spent his life immersed in music, a passion which has given him a wealth of experience across decades, countries and genres.
He has always written his own material and following bands 'Whitefire' and 'Roadrunner', signed a major record deal with Polydor Germany in 1989 with his band 'Little Brother'.
2011 saw the release of Simon's first solo album, ThirtySix. The perfect showcase for his versatility and profound musical understanding, ThirtySix harnesses a wide variety of guitar styles while being grounded in a deep-seated love of Rock and Blues.
On the strength of the record, he was nominated for a prestigious British Blues Award.
Simon moved to Valencia, Spain in 2013 to complete work on his next album, The Knife, which was released on October 31st, 2014, reflecting his increasing love of acoustic music from both sides of the Atlantic. The album attracted great reviews with national radio play on Spain’s Radio 3 RNE and featured Suzy Starlite on lead and backing vocals.
In May 2014 Simon married bass player, singer-songwriter and musician Suzy Starlite on the shores of Loch Fyne, Inveraray in Scotland.
Simon and Suzy formed the Starlite-Campbell Band in 2016 and together have written a healthy catalogue of songs which could fill up the next three albums. Their debut album, 'Blueberry Pie' was released on 1st February 2017 to staggering worldwide critical acclaim and was nominated for Best Album in the 2017 European Blues Awards.
In 2021 Suzy and Simon will be concentrating on songwriting and a variety of recording projects at the band's semi-mobile studio near Lisbon, Portugal. These include the Starlite Campbell Band's second album release 'The Language of Curiosity' (British rock / British blues) and a new acoustic contemporary folk album 'The Coat'. They will also be touring internationally with a series of European and UK dates towards the end of 2021 both as an acoustic duo, trio and full four-band electric.
AS A GUITAR PLAYER, PRODUCER & ENGINEER
Simon has been a full-time musician for 46 years. He is hugely experienced in production and recording, specialising in vintage techniques and also everyone playing together in the same room.
In the '70s and '80s, he played session guitar on many studio albums and hundreds of live shows. It was in these venues and recording studios that he learned the old school engineering and production techniques that keep him very much in demand.
During his period with 'Little Brother' he worked with the legendary Big Jim Sullivan and Derek Lawrence, who co-produced their album for Polydor Records: a fabulous experience!
Always keen to keep up to date with the technical aspects of sound recording, Simon has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) since 1988.
In 2014, Suzy and Simon set up independent record label Supertone Records to release their own material with a vision to sign like-minded artists in the future; a vision that has now come to fruition. Biographies and music from Supertone Artists can be found on the artists page of the label's website.
In November of that year, they set up the Supertone Records studio, a world-class residential recording facility in the mountains close to Valencia, Spain centred around a Trident 40 channel analog console.
Following the success of the Starlite Campbell Band’s album ‘Blueberry Pie’ and a move back to the UK, they made the decision to relocate their studio to mainland Europe and have established a superbly equipped semi-mobile facility near Lisbon, Portugal based around a CADAC J series analog recording console.
Simon is now producing and engineering exclusively for the Starlite Campbell Band, special clients and signed artists in the studio.