- Simon Harris
Simon Harris (born 1962 in
London) is predominantly known as the founder of the British hip hoprecord label Music of Life, although he is also an influential DJ, award winning producer, remixer of several Grammy Award winning artists and pioneer of electronic music.
Chigwell, Essex, Harris is a British producer of sample-based breakbeatand house music. Well known as both a remixer, music label owner and producer with a hit-making ability and an innovative style, Harris has enjoyed working with many well known and talented people in his 30 year career including Simon Cowell( American Idol), James Brown, Prince, Joyce Sims, Norman Cook ( Fatboy Slim), Paul Oakenfold, Tony! Toni! Toné!, War, Arthur Baker, Boyz II Men, Heatwave and many more including several number one hits ( Steve "Silk" Hurley, Prince, Bass) licensed and released in over 70 countries.Originally a DJ, Harris started selling professional audio equipment in London's Tottenham Court Road, then became a club promoter. In 1983 Harris was invited to become one of the original remixers for Tony Prince's DMC (now the world's largest DJ association). Harris then joined forces with the late BBC Radio 1DJ Froggy (1949-2008) and was commissioned for many hit remixes for major labels including Polydor (James Brown, Roy Ayers), Chrysalis ( Doug E. Fresh), A&M ( Jeffrey Osborne), EMI, BMG, Columbia, Island, London and eventually PRT for The Real Thing's 'You to me are everything' remix (UK number three pop hit). In 1986 Harris and Froggy started their own independent label 'Music of Life' managed by Chris France. The label was initially distributed by Morgan Khan's 'Streetwave' group and the first releases were from Cerrone(Supernature) and Michael Jackson's sister La Toya.
Within a short time Froggy left to pursue other projects and Music of Life became one of the UK's first rap/hip-hop labels, initially licensing US products, and then with Harris producing many British rap artists including Derek B (the label's A&R executive), followed by
Daddy Freddy, MC Duke, Tenor Fly, Hijack, Demon Boyz(Million Dan), and Einstein who later rapped on the UK top ten hit 'Supermarioland' ( Nintendo) (licensed into many European countries and Japan) for Harris's 'Ambassadors of Funk'. With sister label 'Living Beat', there were many projects with artists including Samantha Fox( A Song for Europe), Rolf Harris(BBC TV), Dina Carroll, Jocelyn Brownand Joyce Sims. Also, via Germany's Edel Group, Simon remixed the UK number one pop hit 'The Most Beautiful Girl in the World' by Prince.
Harris has produced many breakbeat albums designed for DJs and producers, including 'Beats. Breaks and Scratches' in 12 volumes. This was licensed and used by many
Grammy Awardwinning artists including R.E.M. and Luther Vandross. Other artists who produced similar albums for Music of Life include Paul Oakenfold, George Clinton and Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim).
Harris continued to remix and produce many artists. Simon Cowell (American Idol) commissioned him to remix
Sinitta's 'Window Shopping' for his Fanfare label, and shortly thereafter Pete Tong(BBC Radio 1) signed Harris as an artist to his Polygram FFRR label. The first release was a rap version of Michael Jackson's Bad (Bad on the Mike). This was followed by 'Bass (how low can you go?)' which achieved US Billboard Dance Number One status and became a pop hit in many countries including the UK where it was a number 11 pop hit with an appearance by Harris on ' Top of the Pops'. FFRR released Harris's 'Bass' album next followed by more singles including Marshall Jefferson's 'I've got your Pleasure control' (with Lonnie Gordon) and 'Here comes that Sound' (a UK top 40 pop hit).
BillboardNo1 hit ‘Bass (how low can you go?), this was a hit in many countries with major worldwide releases.
Producer of hit
Nintendo‘Supermario’ dance music release reaching top 10 status in the UK and released in Germany, Australia and Japan with an album and other Nintendorelated releases with the involvement of Mario’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
Founder of groundbreaking British Hip Hop label ‘
Music of Life’ with hundreds of productions involving new British, US and Jamaican rap and reggaeartists, released in over 70 countries. Music of Lifewas founded in 1986 with vinyl single and album releases followed by CD and now downloads featured on iTunesand other major internet download stores. Remixerfor many major artists and music companies and commissioned by Simon Cowell(American Idol) for Sinittaremix, projects with Norman Cook ( Fatboy Slim), Arthur Baker, War, James Brown, George Clinton, the first Elvis Presleydance mix (Bossa Nova Baby on RCA), Toni Toni Toneand for Prince’s first UK number one hit (The Most beautiful Girl in the World).
Responsible for production of groundbreaking fusion of reggae and hip hop with Asher D and
Daddy Freddy, ‘Ragamuffin Hip Hop’ began the ‘ragga’ revolution in 1987 with the initial release on US label Profile( Run DMC) followed by Chrysalis, this style of music has continued and influenced most of today’s major rap artists many of whom include ragamuffin hip hopstyle songs on their hit albums.
Well known music technology innovator at the forefront of the 80s dance music revolution in the field of using samplers on dance music productions, featured on many TV shows and documented in books and magazines as an influential innovative producer and remixer.
Recipient of many gold and silver discs awarded by the
British Phonographic Institutein recognition of high sales volumes.
Guest speaker and judge at dance music seminars and conventions including DMC world DJ championships (world’s largest DJ association).
Producer of ‘Beats Breaks and Scratches; series of albums – industry standard world’s best selling
breakbeatand sample album series licensed worldwide and featured by major grammyaward winning artists including Luthor Vandross, REM, Beastie Boys.
Celebrity DJ/demonstrator of
JBLspeaker systems at London’s APRS(association of professional recording studios) followed by special features in UK’s top rated in car audio magazine.
Member of British industry organisations BPI,
PRS, MCPS, PPL, VPL and AIM.
Work regularly featured by the
BBCand many other leading British broadcasters.
Harris has sustained a 30 year production career which has so far resulted in the sales of millions of records and CD's, greatly impacting the global music marketplace, his work is varied and has included music video (Daddy Freddy, Joyce Sims), Radio and TV commercial production (KISS-FM,
CD WOW!, Coca-Cola) and several TV documentaries including Run-D.M.C.(Kings of Rap, broadcast on MTVin the US) and REM!X (featuring Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Jason Nevins, Arthur Baker, Norman Cook, Paul Oakenfold and more). In addition Harris's productions are currently featured on many motion picture and TV soundtracks.
He continues to actively produce and latest projects include Simply Music (UK), with new remixes of 'Bass' and Sonic Zero featuring legendary NY rapper
Roxanne Shanté. In March 2008 Harris attended CRS in Nashville USA and is currently working on projects for US based KIC Media, Internal Bass, Honky Tonk TV, The Red Neck Crew and Nashville's Ty Williams. 2008 is looking like another busy year with many exciting productions already underway.
Remixes & Edits:
Tony Tony Tone – Baby Doll
The Real Thing – You to me are Everything
James Brown – The Froggy Mix
Prince – Beautiful (UK pop no1)
Doug E Fresh - The Show
Sinitta - Window Shopping (Fanfare / Simon Cowell)
Steve Silk Hurley – Jack Your Body (UK pop no1)
Chicago Trax House Megamix
The Stone Roses – I am the Resurrection
Joyce Sims – Come into my Life
EPMD – Because I’m Housin’
Boys II Men – Motownphilly
War – Me & Baby Brother / Galaxy
Criminal Element Orchestra – Opera House
Jackson Sisters – I believe in Miracles
McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t no Stoppin us Now
Heatwave – Boogie Nights
Tag Team – Whoomp (there is is)
Simon Harris - Bad on the Mike
Simon Harris – Bass (how low can you go?)
(UK pop No11 / Billboard Dance No1)
Ambassadors of Funk – Supermarioland (UK pop no6)
Simon Harris – Here Comes that Sound (UK pop no35)
Demon Boyz – Album (Music of Life)
M.C Duke – I’m Riffin (Music of Life)
Daddy Freddy – Ragga House (Music of Life)
Asher D & Daddy Freddy –
Ragamuffin Hip-Hop(Music of Life)
Beats Breaks & Scratches – 12 Volumes (Music of Life)
Bass! – album (London/FFRR)
CJ Macintosh/Einstein – The Tables are Turning (Music of Life)
Hijack – Style Wars (Music of Life)
Hard as Hell (Music of Life)
Simon Harris & Dina Carrol – Don’t Stop the Music
Simon Harris & Lonnie Gordon – Pleasure Control
Simon Harris – Turn up the Sound
Back in Black – I’m the Rapper
* [http://www.myspace.com/megalaser Simon Harris' MySpace Page]
* [http://www.discogs.com/artist/Simon+Harris Simon Harris at Discogs]
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