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About Simon

Hi I'm Simon, a drummer based in South East London. I have over ten years experience as a professional musician in a wide range of settings.
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Simon’s experiences in music over the past decade have made him a versatile musician. Having performed in a wide variety of styles, such as theatre work, Big Bands, Small group Jazz, Rock/fusion, functions and original music, he is confident in being able to step into any situation. Simon has also gained a vast experience of recording from free jazz for film soundtracks to singles for pop/rock bands. Simon’s education includes studying at Canterbury Christ Church University (BMus) under John Fisher, Mike Hamnett and James Dean as well as the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama (Mmus). Here he studied drums under Trevor Tomkins, Ralph Salmins and Andrew Bain. He also studied Improvisation under Martin Hathaway, Jazz Harmony with Malcolme Edmonstone and Arranging under Scott Stroman. Always keen to learn more about drumming Simon has also studied privately with Bob Armstrong. Simon is available for live work and recording. He is now able to offer remote recording for anyone needing live drums for their music.

Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Latin jazz, Swing, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Americana, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Motown, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Pop rock, Indie
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Event types:
Recording session, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Simon has experience of a wide ranging repertoire of music. Here is a list of music he has previously played.
Pop/Rock/Rock N Roll
Sledge hammer- Peter Garbriel
Uncaged- Zac Brown Brand
Here To Love You- Doobie Brothers
What A Fool Believes- Doobie Brothers
Long Train Running- Doobie Brothers
Johnny Be Good- Chuck Berry
All Right Now- Free
Honky Tonk Woman- The Rolling Stones
Brown Sugar- The Rolling Stone
Hard To Handle- The Black Crowes
Stand By Me- Benny E King
Place Your Hands- Reef
Stuck In The Middle With You- Stealers Wheel
Gimmie All Your Loving- ZZ top
Thats Alright Mama- Elvis Presyley
Jailhouse Rock- Elvis Presley
Rock Around The Clock- Bill Hayley And The Flying Comets
Play That Funk Music- Wild Cherry
Crazy Little Thing Called Love- Queen
We Will Rock You- Queen
Sweet Home Alabama- Lynyrd Skynyrd
I Saw Her Standing There- The Beatles
Come Together- The Beatles
Three little Birds- Bob Marley
Mama Told me Not To Come- Tom Jones
Kiss- Tom Jones/Prince
Lets Dance- David Bowie
Hero’s- David Bowie
I Shot The Sheriff- Bob Marley
Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison
Valerie- Amy Wine House AND Zutons version
You Can Call Me Al- Paul Simon
Happy- Pharell Williams
Don’t Stop Believing- Journey
Summer of 69- Bryan Adams
Livin On A Prayer- Bon jovi
500 Miles- The Proclaimers
Seven Nation Army- Gnarls Barkley
Proud Mary- Tina Turner
Purple Rain- Prince
How Long- Ace
Teasure- Bruno Mars
Heaven- Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk- Bruno Mars
24 Magic- Bruno Mars
Bootylicious- Destinys Child
Back Street’s Back- Back Street Boys
Money On My Mind- Sam Smith
Rock Your Body- Justin Timberlake
Can’t Stop The Feeling- Justin Timberlake
Sax- Fluer East
Canned heat- Jamiroquai
Virtual Insanity- Jamiroquai
Stop Me- Mark Ronson
Crazy In Love- Beyonce
Love On Top- Beyonce
Toxic- Britney Spears
This Girl- Kungs V’s Cookin’ on 3 Burners
Move your Feet- Junior Senior
Right Here, Right Now- Fat Boy Slim
Lola’s Theme-The Shapeshifters
Gotta get Thru This- Daniel Beddingfield
Wonderwall- Oasis
Don’t Look Back In Anger- Oasis
Wont Get Fooled Again- The Who
My Generation- The Who
I Gotta Feeling- Black Eyed Peas
Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana
All The Small Things- Blink 182
Don’t Look back In Anger- Oasis
Rolling In The Deep- Adel
Let Me Entertain You- Robbie Williams
Firework- Katy Perry
Rock With You- Michael Jackson
Domino- Jessie J
Next To Me- Emily Sand
One Step Beyond- Madness
It must be Love- Madness
Price Tag- Jessie J
You Got The Love- Florence And The Machine
Moondance- Van Morrison
Can’t Buy Me Love- The Beatles
I Saw her Standing There- The Beatles
Superstition- Stevie Wonder
Easy- The Comodores
All Night long- Lionel Richie
Signed Sealed Delivered- Stevie Wonder
Never Too Much- Luther Vandross
I Wish- Stevie Wonder
Lovely Day- Bill Withers
Ain’t No Sunshine- Bill Withers
Ladies Night- Kool And The Gang
Groove Is In The Hear- Deee Lite
Shake Your Body- Michael Jackson
Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough- Michael Jackson
Billie Jean- Might Jackson
Smooth Criminal- Michael Jackson
Thriller- Michael Jackson
Car Wash- Rose Royce
Best Of My Love-The Emotions
Bad Girls- Donna Summers
September- Earth Wind And Fire-
Love Train- The O’ Jays
I’m Every Woman- Chaka Kahn
Jungle Boogie- Kool And The Gang
Sir Duke- Stevie Wonder
I’ll Be There- Jackson 5
I Want You Back- Jackson 5
My Girl- The Temptations
Ain’t No Mountain high Enough- Marvin Gaye
Dancing In The Street- Martha Reeves
For Once In My Life- Stevie Wonder
You Can’t Hurry Love- The Supremes
Higher and Higher- Jackie Wilson
Respect- Aretha Franklin
Mr Pitiful- Otis Reading
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay- Otis Reading
Tears Of A Clown- Smoky Robinson and The Miracles
In The Midnight Hour- Wilson Picket
Lets Go Round Again- Average White Band
Love Town- Booker Newberry
Ain’t No Stopping Us Now- McFadden and Whitehead
Don’t Leave Me This Way- Thelma Houston
Million Dollar Bill- Whitney Houston
I Feel For You- Chaka Khan
Jump To The Beat- Stacy Lattisaw
Disco Inferno- The tramps
Stop- The Brothers Johnson
Shame- Evelyn King
Boogie Oogie Oogie- A Taste Of Honey
And The Beat Goes On- The Whispers
Somebody Else’s Guy- Jocelyn Brown
I Should Have Loved Ya- Narada Michael Walden
Teardrops- Womack and Womack
Wish I Didn’t Miss You- Angie Stone
Celebration- Kool and The Gang
We Are Family- Sister Sledge
Lost In Music- Sister Sledge
He’s The Greatest Dancer- Sister Sledge
Thinking Of You- Chic
Everybody Dance- Chic
I Want Your Love- Chic
Good Times- Chic
Le Freak- Chic
Son Of A Preacher- Dusty Springfield
Isn’t She Lovely- Stevie Wonder
I Heard it Though The Grape Vine- Marvin Gaye
Jazz Standards
In The Mood
How High Is The Moon
Mr Bojangles
Dream A lIttle Dream
All The Things You Are
Fly Me To The Moon
Come Fly With Me
Have You Met Miss Jones
It Don’t mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
Mack The Knife
Thats Life
My Way
All Of Me
Autumn Leave
My Favourite Things
Somewhere beyond The Sea
I Get A Kick Out Of You
All Blues
Alice In Wonderland
Body And Soul
Its Only A Paper moon
Lady Is A Tramp
Let There Be Love
Lullaby Of Birdland
Bye Bye Blackbird
So Nice To Come Home To
Mercy Mercy Mercy
Billies Bounce
My Funny Valentine
Night And Day
Nightingale Sang In Berklee Square
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Someday My Prince Will Come
So What
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
One Note Samba
Oyo Como Va
Mas Qua nada
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Nice N Easy
Old Devil Moon
Black Coffee
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Nature Boy
Basin Street Blues
C Jam Blues
It Never Entered My Mind
If I Were A Bell
Seven Steps To Heaven
Straight No Chaser
Round About Midnight
On Green Dolphin Street
So What
Freddie Freeloader
The Chameleon
Watermelon Man
The Chicken
All Or nothing At All
Central Park West
Giant Steps
But Not For Me
Straight No Chaser
Pennies From heaven
Stray Cat Strut
Ain’t Misbehaving
Ain’t Nobody Hear But us Chickens
Boogie All Day
Choo Choo Cha Boogie
Dirty Boogie
Rive Guys Names Mo
I Like My Baby Pudding
I Want My Fanny Brown
Mess Around
Rete PetiteRide Daddy RIde
Route 66
Saturday Night Fish Fry
Shakin Mother For Ya
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Stray Cat Strut
This Cat’s On A Hot Tin Roof
Simon has also performed in productions of these Musicals
Rock Of Ages, 9 to 5
Guys And Dolls
Jesus Christ Superstar
Bad Girls
Joseph and the Technicolour Dream Coat
Singing In The Rain
South Pacific
Phantom Of The Opera
Fiddler On The Roof,
Made In Dagenham
Legally Blonde
Sister Act
Full Monty
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Wedding Singer
American Idiot
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Not a problem please get in contact and we'll see what we can organise. timing on the day changes (eg moving set up from 5pm to 3pm) wont be a problem. Moving day will be subject to avalability.

How much time do you need to set up?

depending on the gig and get in anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half. The average time would be an hour.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

yes I have a range of drums which suit different styles and can tailor what I bring for to get the best possible sound for your music.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to learn new matierial for gigs. Please let me know the set list and if you've got any recordings I can use a a reference and I'll get learning!


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£30
Up to 1 hour£90
Up to 2 hours£180
Up to 3 hours£255
Remote recording session
This price is for remote recording drums for one track. You will receive: one mixed drum track for demos. 8 individual raw drum tracks plus any perc overdub (shakers, tambourine etc) if required. I am happy to do retakes to make sure you are 100% happy with my part for your music. What I'll need from you: demo track (please let me know if this will be a rough guide track or the final mix). separate click track. any references for the sound/style of drumming you want for your music. this can be youtube videos, spotify links, albums/singles or artists you like.
NEW!Virtual services
standard recording
Need some drums on your new track? I am now able to offer remote recording sessions for your new music. You will recieve up to 8 raw drum tracks for you to mix into your song. For more information please feel free to get in contact!


From customers:

Robin B, 1 year ago

I used Simon on a collab track, the drums were recorded very well indeed with good mic positioning. In addition to this the drum parts were accurate and precise along with his technique.

Phil H, 1 year ago

Simon consistently delivers professional tracks.  His personable approach is to be commended, along with his tailor-made products.  I have used Simon for new Musical Theatre writing and, with the opportunity to discuss my needs and his attention to detail, he has produced exactly what I’ve wanted.  He’s even brought his own creativity to the project when asked and has offered further suggestions on an instrument that he has clearly mastered.  Thank you, Simon!

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