Simon is one of the UK’s leading mix engineers. Over a career spanning 25 years he’s worked with several of the world’s top selling recording artists. In 2006, he was awarded a Grammy for his work on the U2 album “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb”.
Simon started out as a singer/guitarist with several London bands and playing keyboards on tour with electropop band Dead Or Alive. On the recommendation of an engineer friend, he landed a job at Mayfair Studios where he trained under John Hudson. During four years there he engineered hundreds of sessions and progressed to mixing the hits “Altogether Now” by The Farm and “Missing You” by Soul II Soul. Simon went freelance in 1992 and worked with Stephen Hague recording the New Order album “Republic” at Real World and RAK. This led to him touring with the band in 1993 as programmer. In the mid 90s his work continued with Stephen and other producers including Sly & Robbie (Maxi Priest, Suggs) and Boilerhouse (Texas, Stereophonics). He also worked on a large number of hip-hop remixes (Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Lil’Kim, Rakim & Mase included) with producer Syze-Up under the name Desert Eagle Discs.
At the end of the 90s Simon teamed up with Nellee Hooper in order to mix projects for Nellee’s label Meanwhile. This led to him becoming Nellee’s mix engineer of choice. Their on-going relationship has included work with No Doubt & Gwen Stefani, U2, Massive Attack and Paloma Faith. Through the 2000s Simon also mixed projects with producers Rick Smith (Underworld, Manic Street Preachers), Steve Lironi (Luan Parle), Rick Nowels (Yusuf) and Ewan Pearson (Tracey Thorn) along with production/additional production work for a variety of artists including King Creosote, Little Boots, Mumiy Troll, Operator Please and Boxes.
In 2007 Simon opened his own SSL equipped production and mix studio, Hub II. Recent projects include the Olympic Games opening ceremony and Danny Boyle’s “Trance” with Underworld and Paloma Faith’s “Fall To Grace”.
The first African female DJ to play on BBC 1Xtra, Akua has experience in A&R, licensing, publishing, management and PR.
She is a Music Consultant / Curator with an international DJ profile, and has an entrepreneurial, exciting and extensive music career varying from publishing/licensing, sync, music programming, curator, A&R to education. She curates tasteful, bespoke luxury/commercial and niche branding experiences alongside DJing internationally but also makes time for developing young people.
On Radio she has presented for BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1xtra, BANG FM, Break London Radio and SOUL FM UK. Her music centres around afro-beat, where she has built a formidable reputation, but now also includes influences from across world music.
Clients include; Lexus, SoleDXB, Al Serkal Avenue (Urban Market), Nike, River Island, Vodafone, Ghana Fashion Design Week, Blue Mountain Music Publishing, Music 4 Good / Livity, MPHO!, Small Green Shoots, AfroHeat GmbH, Ghana Kitchen, Infusion Magazine DXB, Rhian Benson and more.
Kaya is a singer, songwriter, festival director, harmony fanatic, promoter, singing teacher and self-confessed vocal geek with an interest in quirky instruments and new experiences. Originally from Norway, Kaya made England her home in 1999 and has become an established artist with a track record of performances from the Royal Variety Show and the BBC Songwriting Showcase, to Liverpool Sound City and BBC TV’s Last Choir Standing. She has toured the UK and abroad both as a solo artist and with her award-winning band, Science of the Lamps. Kaya has performed with artists such as Seal, Bon Jovi and Ringo Starr, and has supported Brett Anderson (Suede), Noah and the Whale, The Wombats, Lamb, The Farm and Marina and The Diamonds, to mention just a few. Her songs have been included in three plays, two short films and a full-length feature film for which she won a silver award for ‘Best Original Soundtrack’ at the International Independent Film Awards in Los Angeles. Over the past ten years she has firmly established herself as a highly sought after vocal coach specialising in artist development, voice science, music direction, choir/vocal group work, songwriting support and performance anxiety.
Career Credits: The Prodigy, Radiophonic Workshop and Dead Kids.
Kieron is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who has had the honour of performing on a global level, as drummer with The Prodigy (1997-2007). In 2013 he was invited to be a member of the prestigious Radiophonic Workshop and in his spare time in between touring, writing and recording, he mentors and produces upcoming bands and artists. Kieron has been involved in Music Education for well over 10 years, adding a PGCertHE to his skill set before teaching the likes of George Ezra, and many other acts that are just about to break through.
As a touring musician, Ace has lived, breathed and experienced the full extent of the music industry (including setting up his own business!) and thus will be an invaluable asset to ALL ACM students looking to carve out their career in music.
Ace is the guitarist in UK rock phenomenon Skunk Anansie. Formed in 1994, they went on to be one of the biggest rock bands in Britain and Europe throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s, selling over 6 million records and playing sell-out world tours. They still continue to tour today and release new music through their own independent record label.
He has earned a reputation as being one of the top guitarists in the rock world as well as an author, teacher, session player and musical entrepreneur. He has also been producing records professionally since 2001 and has worked on records with many European bands with varied musical styles.
As a tutor, Ace has taught Live Performance and A&R courses as a module leader and lead assessor. He is also a guest tutor and delivers masterclasses at various UK and European colleges and has an MA in Media and Project Management based in Music Education from London Middlesex University.
Career Credits: One Direction, Wheatus, Loick Essien, Leddra Chapman, Ben Montague.
Sandy specialises in Electric, Upright and Synth Bass. Having toured the world with One Direction over the past four and a half years, he has collected a lot of experience as a session and touring musician, playing many of the world’s biggest stadiums and arenas, including Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium. Sandy collaborated with Wheatus (Teenage Dirtbag) on a single release in the summer of 2014 and also worked with Loick Essien, Leddra Chapman and Ben Montague.