Birmingham, Britain (UK)
21st ANNIVERSARY RESIDENCY YEAR - NIGHTINGALE CLUB 1993 - 2014. With the UK house scene about to expode, Simon landed his club debut at what was to become one of Birmingham's legendary house clubs 'Tin Tins' in 1990. Joining the late great Tony De Vit and Dave Simmonds, the DJ trio launched 'HYPE' Birmingham's first weekly house all-nighter a few years later in 92 - which became a massive underground success... until its police shutdown in the late 90s...
Birmingham's leading gay superclub 'The Nightingale' head-hunted Simon for its Saturday residency in the summer of 93 to bring house music back to the Club following the departure of De Vit earlier that year. So began a special relationship with the venue, which would eventually lead to him to take on the club's Operations Director post.
During the 90s Simon also joined the residents at S-L-A-G @ The Steering Wheel Club, a funk/house Friday that was simply massive on the Birmingham house scene for 5 years. Then with the era of the big brand superclubs, he soon added big room guest appearances at 'God Kitchen' @ the Digbeth Institute in 99, and a residency with Sundissential @ The Pulse (later joining the Funkissential DJ lineup) during the late 90s. Simon was also one of the orignal 3 founding DJs of the 'Breakfast Club' at Kudos, Birmingham in 2000 (still running today at the now renamed 'Chic' venue).
At this time, Simon was also a presenter/producer with Mirror Group cable TV channel 'L!VE TV' hosting his own music/clubbing show in the Midlands - which featured interviews with the likes of Judge Jules, Boy George, Tall Paul, Brandon Block, Sonique and a whole host of big name DJs and music artistes from the latter half of the 90s dance scene.
With numerous DJ appearances at London, Birmingham & Manchester Pride events during the 00s, Simon moved into promoter territory with the successful launch of Brum dance bar 'Prague' in 2003 and the weekly Saturday night event 'HOM - 'House of Music'' at the Nightingale. This led to Simon taking on the Operations post with the venue and creating 'The Big Saturday Night Out' - with weekly major artiste PAs & live gigs from the biggest names in pop at the time, including performances from Taio Cruz, The Saturdays, JLS, The Wanted, Pixie Lott, Gabrielle, Katie Price & Peter Andre etc etc. Simon was also the first promoter in the UK to land the exclusive full season contract for the X Factor finalists featuring each act following their departure from the hit ITV show. During this time the weekly event won the Midlands Zone Award for best night, along with numerous readers awards annually from Gay Times and also the prestigious BEDA Best Club award in 2008.
The Nightingale Club job also involved a brief stint running its short lived record label 'Nightingale Global Recordings' - which resulted in 2 Top 40 hits with boyband 'Billiam' - who supported Girls Aloud on their arena tour in 2008. Plus a No 2 UK Club Chart smash with 'Pimp & Jam feat Norma Lewis' and their track 'Feel U Feeling Me'. Simon providing remixes for all the label's releases with producers Pete Martine and James Hurr.
In 2011, Simon celebrated his 21st anniversary year on the Birmingham club circuit by becoming the resident DJ at new dance venue 'The Core' - creating a new Saturday night commercial clubbing brand 'Anthem'.
Then in 2012 Simon returned to the legendary multi award winning Nightingale Club (now under private ownership) as resident Saturday night DJ , with a pre-club residency at the new 'Queer Street' bar on Hurst Street. In 2013 Simon joined the Loft Lounge in Birmingham to create the 'Saturday Sessions'