Simon Keats Biography
October 2011 will be the month Simon conquered LA with his music. It all started when he performed his song ‘Till The Year 2012′ at Ocupy LA.
His performance got picked up by entertainment magazine Social Hollywood Magazine..
He also managed to get in touch with the former A&R manager of Peer Music, who introduced him to his friend Rodney Gordy, who works at Opus 1, the biggest music library in L.A. This is a big deal for now Simon’s music can be pitched for Movies and Television.
Simon played over 20 gigs and performed at a few legendary venues, such as The Rainbow Bar and Silverlake Lounge.
With a little help from several friends back home he managed to record songs at the Secret World Studio’s. known for it’s exclusive sound.
He also recorded a few songs with well known composers / producers Jason T. Miller (worked with Kanye West) and Marc A. Jacobs (worked for Peter Himmelman).
Et voila; the EP ‘October’ is born. The truly unique thing is that all songs were written and recorded in LA.
On the last day Simon also had a photoshoot with the famous Paolo Mascatelli, which means that the artwork was also made there. Also contact was made with Lisa Richards, who is willing to look for more opportunities in London, UK.
The plan is to head back in May, 2012.
A BIT OF HISTORY
It all started with just me and my buddy Paul. We recorded the first album The Attic Tapes at Paul’s attic with minimal means. Though the album may have sounded less produced than others, people really fancied it. The songs sort of resonated with the things that people were worrying about. Though not many copies of the album were sold, Uncle Sam, Till The Year 2012 and Spirit Of The Times began to be local crowdpleasers.
Later, I contacted Moon Studio to record the album Time. When it was finished, I decided to put it online for free. Not only because I thought it was the best thing to do strategically, but also because I cared about the things I had written and I basically just wanted people to hear it.
FREE ALBUM TIME
It was in October 2010 that I spread the word on Facebook about Time. I saw the downloads rise from 0 to 5.000 within one month. It was an affirmation that money had nothing to do with why I became an artist, because I was overwhelmed by the idea that 5000 people had listened to my songs. It was an amazing feeling.
Soon enough I alerted the mainstream media and they were on top of the story. I got reactions from people all over the world, including one from an A&R manager* stationed in Los Angeles.
Around November 2010 I gathered the finest musicians in the field to start a band. Together with a team of excellent people, under the supervision of my brother, we made a live-recording, which turned into the DVD Into The Light. The songs were released one by one, once a week, including Till The Year 2012, Blue Marching Band and Spirit Of The Times.
Though the downloads keep rising and the music keeps spreading, in the end it’s all about the gift and the appreciation of that gift. For me it’s more than just playing music; I’m on a quest, in one of the most exciting times in my life.
So, as long as my heart is my compass and my voice remains sincere, I will make music as long as my lungs allow me to.
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