SIMON HARRIS

A Brief History:

 

SIMON HARRIS STARTED MUSIC OF LIFE WITH THE HELP OF MORGAN KHAN IN 1986 WITH PARTNERS, UK FUNK DJ LEGEND, FROGGY, CHRIS FRANCE AND KEITH COHELLO. SUBSEQUENTLY, FROGGY AND KEITH LEFT TO PERSUE OTHER INTERESTS AND THE REST (AS THEY SAY) IS HISTORY. .

SIMON HARRIS WAS BORN IN LONDON IN 1962.

UPON LEAVING SCHOOL IN 1978 SIMON WAS EMPLOYED IN PROFESSIONAL RECORDING EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER "R.E.W" IN LONDON’S TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD. FROM HERE SIMON MOVED TO HIGH STREET RETAILER "DIXONS" IN 1979

SIMON WAS A DJ AT THE WEEKENDS AND HAD A REGULAR HOSPITAL RADIO SHOW AT "RADIO FOREST" IN EPPING, ESSEX.

HE THEN TURNED PROFESSIONAL IN 1980 WITH PARTNER STUART GAYLOR AND THE LAUNCH OF "HYLITES", IN ADDITION TO MOBILE DISCOS AT THE WEEKENDS STARTED PROMOTING SPECIAL EVENINGS IN LOCAL NIGHTCLUBS, WORKING WITH CAPITAL RADIO DJS SUCH AS GREG EDWARDS, JOHN SACHS AND MIKE ALLEN.  SIMON MET TOP CLUB DJ FROGGY IN 1981 AND A PARTNERSHIP WITH HIM WOULD BE NEXT.

FROGGY HAD CONTACTS AT RADIO 1 AND TOGETHER WITH SIMON WOULD DO SPECIAL REMIXES OF CURRENT HIT RECORDS FOR BROADCAST ON RADIO 1’S TOP SHOWS IN RETURN FOR ON-AIR CREDITS.

BRUNO BROOKES HELPED WITH AIRPLAY FOR THE MIXES AND CAPITAL RADIO WAS ALSO A GOOD PLACE FOR THE REMIXES AS SIMON HAD WON A CAPITAL RADIO MIXING COMPETITION ON GARY CROWLEY'S MAGIC BOX SHOW IN 1984. OTHER DJ'S SUCH AS JOHN SACHS AND MICK BROWN WOULD ALSO WORK CLOSELY BY FEATURING THE REMIXES ON THEIR SHOWS. THIS COMBINED WITH FROGGY’S RECORD COMPANY CONTACTS WOULD LEAD TO MANY OF THESE SPECIAL REMIXES ACTUALLY BEING RELEASED ON 12 INCH. AT THIS TIME SIMON ALSO WORKED AS A CLUB DJ AT LEGENDS AND THE CAMDEN PALACE IN LONDON.

MORE REMIX WORK WAS NEXT AND SIMON WAS INVOLVED IN THE EARLY DAYS OF TONY PRINCE’S DISCO MIX CLUB WHICH WENT ON TO BECOME THE WORLD’S LARGEST DJ ASSOCIATION.   ALL THE TIME SIMON’S REMIXES WERE GETTING MORE SUCCESSFUL AND AFTER THE RELEASE OF FROGGY AND SIMON’S REMIX OF "YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING" BY "THE REAL THING" REACHING NUMBER THREE IN THE CHARTS IN 1986, FROGGY AND SIMON DECIDED TO AT LAST LAUNCH THEIR OWN RECORD LABEL. THEY APPROACHED TOP INDEPENDENT RECORD LABEL OWNER MORGAN KHAN AND SET UP "MUSIC OF LIFE" WITH THEIR MANAGER CHRIS FRANCE.

CHRIS FRANCE SOUGHT A DEAL WITH TOP INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTOR "PINNACLE" IN 1987 WHERE CHAIRMAN STEVE MASON WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING MUSIC OF LIFE ACHIEVE FURTHER SUCCESS.

MUSIC OF LIFE BECAME SPECIALISTS IN RAP MUSIC AND MOVED INTO A TINY OFFICE BEHIND LONDON'S TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD WHERE THEY REMAINED FOR MANY YEARS.

SIMON WAS LIVING IN NEARBY MARYLEBONE AT THE TIME AND SET UP A SMALL 16 TRACK STUDIO. FROM HERE SIMON WOULD RECORD RAP RECORDS WITH ARTISTS HE HAD FOUND FROM DEMO TAPES AND WORD OF MOUTH AND STARTED TO BUILD A NOW HUGE CATALOGUE OF RAP DANCE AND SOUL MUSIC BY WORKING WITH TALENTED BRITISH ARTISTS SUCH AS THE DEMON BOYZ, M.C.DUKE, DEREK B , HIJACK, ASHER D, DADDY FREDDY AND MANY MORE.

SIMON WOULD PRODUCE AND CO-WRITE THESE RECORDS WHICH WERE LICENSED ALL OVER THE WORLD, EVEN IN THE USA WHERE RAP WAS INVENTED. SIMON ALSO RECORDED SOLO MUSIC AND IN 1988 MADE A RECORDING ON HIS 16 TRACK STUDIO EQUIPMENT THAT CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF SIMON'S FRIEND AND TOP A&R MAN FOR FFRR/LONDON RECORDS, PETE TONG, WHO THEN SIGNED SIMON TO FFRR RECORDS AS AN ARTIST.

BEFORE HE KNEW IT SIMON WAS IN THE CHARTS AS A POP STAR WITH HIS SONG "BASS, (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?)" AND APPEARED ON MANY TELEVISION SHOWS INCLUDING "TOP OF THE POPS". HE MADE A FEW MORE SINGLES AND AN ALBUM, AND USING THE RECORDING BUDGET FOR HIS ALBUM, SIMON TOOK THE THEN UNHEARD OF STEP IN SPENDING THE ALBUM BUDGET ON UPGRADING HIS OWN STUDIO TO 24 TRACKS AND RECORDING THE WHOLE THING AT HOME. THIS IS NOW COMMON PRACTICE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.

SIMON WOULD ALSO CONTINUE HIS REMIX CAREER AT THIS TIME AND WAS GETTING REALLY HIGH PROFILE WORK IN THE UK AND THE USA WITH MANY TOP ARTISTS BEING THE SUBJECT OF SIMON’S REMIXES INCLUDING: JAMES BROWN, TONI TONI TONE, JOYCE SIMS , EPMD , ICE T , THE STONE ROSES , ROB BASE , WAR AND MANY MORE. SIMON HAS RECEIVED MANY AWARDS AND ACCOLADES FOR MILLIONS OF RECORDS SOLD INCLUDING A BRITISH RECORD INDUSTRY CITATION OF ACHIEVEMENT AND MANY GOLD, SILVER AND PLATINUM DISCS. "BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?)" ALSO REACHED NUMBER ONE IN BILLBOARDS DANCE CHART AS WELL AS NUMBER 12 IN THE UK POP CHARTS.

SIMON ALSO CREATED THE WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF SPECIAL DJ ALBUMS "BEATS, BREAKS AND SCRATCHES" FOR WHICH HE WOULD RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM.

SIMON CONTINUED TO WORK WITH RAP ARTISTS AND WOULD BE SEEN WITH ARTISTS SUCH AS "PUBLIC ENEMY" AND "DADDY FREDDY". DURING THESE YEARS SIMON WOULD ALSO WORK WITH THEN PIRATE RADIO STATION "KISS FM" IN LONDON AND WOULD PRODUCE MOST OF THEIR ON AIR PROMOTIONS, AD’S AND JINGLES.  KISS HAS NOW GONE ON TO MASSIVE SUCCESS, SINCE WHICH SIMON HAS APPEARED ON KISS FM HOSTING A SHOW.

DURING THE 1990’S SIMON AND CHRIS WOULD CONTINUE RELEASING MUSIC ON "MUSIC OF LIFE" WHICH WAS BY NOW FIRMLY ESTABLISHED AS A WELL KNOWN INDEPENDENT MUSIC LABEL WITH MANY INTERNATIONAL DEALS AND A LARGE RECORDED MUSIC AND SONG COPYRIGHT CATALOGUE.

THERE WOULD BE DEALS WITH ESTABLISHED ARTISTS LIKE AFRIKA BAMBAATAA , GEORGE CLINTON , SAMANTHA FOX AND EVEN THE NOLAN SISTERS AND THIS WOULD LEAD TO MUSIC OF LIFE IN ASSOCIATION WITH EDEL OBTAINING "THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD" BY PRINCE. CHRIS FRANCE’S MARKETING SKILLS GAVE PRINCE HIS FIRST EVER UK NUMBER ONE HIT SINGLE AND SIMON HARRIS DID THE REMIXES ON THE TWELVE INCH SINGLE.

THERE WAS ALSO GREAT SUCCESS IN 1992 WITH SIMON’S ALTER EGO GROUP "AMBASSADORS OF FUNK" AND THE UK NO6 POP HIT "SUPERMARIOLAND" WHICH CAN STILL BE HEARD ON A DAILY BASIS ON BBC RADIO 1, PRODUCED BY SIMON, BASED ON THE POPULAR COMPUTER GAME CHARACTER "MARIO" AND ENDORSED BY NINTENDO.  SIMON AND CHRIS EVEN WENT TO NINTENDO’S HEADQUATERS IN KYOTO, JAPAN AND MET MARIO’S CREATOR SHIGIRU MIYAMOTO

AT THIS TIME SIMON DECIDED TO ENTER THE WORLD OF TELEVISION PRODUCTION HAVING EDITED AND PRODUCTION AND PRODUCED POP VIDEOS IN LOS ANGELES, LONDON AND NEW YORK. 

MUSIC OF LIFE’S FIRST TELEVISION SUCCESS WAS IN 1998 WITH THE BROADCAST OF THEIR FIRST COMPLETE ONE HOUR PROGRAMME ON MTV IN AMERICA . SIMON POST PRODUCED "RUN DMC-KINGS OF RAP".

SIMON HAS PRODUCED TELEVISION AND RADIO COMMERCIALS AND HAS FINISHED ANOTHER SHOW ALSO FILMED IN NEW YORK "REM!X", A DOCUMENTARY ON THE WORLD’S TOP MUSIC REMIXERS, MANY OF WHOM ARE SIMON'S PERSONAL FRIENDS.

IN 1999 SIMON BECAME INVOLVED IN DVD PRODUCTION AND HAS NOW PRODUCED OVER 36 CURRENTLY AVAILABLE DVD TITLES.

SIMON’S IN-HOUSE STUDIO HAS BEEN CONSTANTLY UPGRADED WITH STATE OF THE ART HARDWARE INCLUDING APPLE G4, G3, SILICON GRAPHICS AND SONY HARDWARE AND A HUGE AMOUNT OF THE LATEST SOFTWARE INCLUDING FINAL CUT PRO, MAYA, FLASH4, PHOTOSHOP, FIREWORKS, FRONTPAGE, COMMOTION, CUBASE VST, POWER ANIMATOR, COMPOSER AND MORE.

WEBSITE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION IS ALSO A HIGH PRIORITY AS SIMON HAS EXCITING AND INNOVATIVE PLANS WITH THE CONVERGENCE OF NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES AND THE INTERNET.

SIMON HARRIS CAN BE REACHED VIA E-MAIL AT:

 

simon@musicoflife.com

 

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