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 and together have written over 40 new songs!
Together, they formed the Starlite-Campbell Band in 2016, releasing their debut album, 'Blueberry Pie' in February 2017 to massive critical acclaim. It was nominated for Best Album in the 2017 European Blues Awards.
AS A GUITAR PLAYER, PRODUCER & ENGINEER
Simon has been a full time musician for 44 years. He is hugely experienced in production and recording, specialising in vintage techniques with everyone playing together in one room.
In the 70's and 80's he played session guitar on many albums and live shows. It was in these venues and recording studio that he learned the old school engineering and production techniques that keeps him very much in demand.
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 Supertone Records site.
In November of that year, they set up the Supertone Records studio, a world class residential recording facility in the mountains close to Valencia, centered around a Trident 40 channel analog console.
Following the success of the Starlite Campbell Band’s album ‘Blueberry Pie’, they made the decision to relocate the studio to mainland Europe and have established a pop-up studio in Germany. This both serves their needs as artists and producers and also has limited availability for selected commercial clients.
Simon is now producing and engineering exclusively for the Starlite Campbell Band, special clients and signed artists in the studio.
Having played, bought and sold musical gear for over 40+ years, Simon has managed to acquire an exciting selection of modern and vintage equipment. A self-confessed analog tone aficionado, he has a deep love for all things analogue, especially amplifiers! Most of the gear can be found on his website along with numerous articles about searching for the perfect tone, analog consoles and recording techniques.
Watch Simon’s new Rig Rundown Video below, filmed after soundcheck at The Met, Bury, UK as part of the Starlite Campbell Band’s UK Tour dates.