Born in Birkenhead near Liverpool, England, Simon comes from a very musical family and began playing piano at the age of 4. Already by the age of 7, he was performing on the piano at primary school and soon composing his own songs about love in year 4…
For his 15th birthday, as there was no longer a piano at home, his Dad bought him a KD28 acoustic guitar from Hessey’s in Liverpool so he could learn guitar with his 2 cousins. He learned guitar and then bass and started writing more guitar-based original songs.
While sudying languages at university, he honed his craft busking with his trusty guitar around Europe including 6 months in Oviedo, Asturias, in the north of Spain, and then 6 months in Paris.
1987 – 1991:After graduating in 1987, he headed back to Oviedo and formed a band with Abel Martinez (guitar), Alex Coloma (keyboards) and boy wonder Chema Fombona on drums. With Simon on bass & vocals (and songwriter for the band along with Abel), Dona Kebab won the Battle of the Bands in 1990 and secured a record deal for their first album “Hola Chica” (see below)
1991 – 1996: Simon embarked on projects with LA NAVE, releasing a single, a version of “Suzy Q” (vocals / harmonica); PALIDOS PILOTOS – the album (keys, backing vocals); BERTO VARILLAS with the ASTURIAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (slap bass); folk group LLIBERDÓN (keys), Latin jazz combo “Taboga Dreams” (keys) with Russian virtuoso Simon Glikman whilst also leading his own salsa band “SABOR” (keys / arrangements / vocals).
In 1992, he toured Spain with the rock band LOS LOCOS (backing guitar / keyboards / vocals) and 3 tours 1993-95 with ZAPATO VELOZ (bass / b. vocals) singing “Tractor Amarillo” and “Hay Un Gallego en la Luna” and appearing on all 4 Spanish national television channels and regional TV and radio.
1996 – 2004: Simon moved to Majorca originally to front an 8-piece band as male vocalist and bassist alongside jazz pianist Nacho da Cappo and drummer Dario Barbosa for a new cabaret venue. Soon after, solo artist Simonetti was born. He played at many of the island’s top hotels, clubs and private residences, also putting bands together (Latin salsa band, soul revival, jazz combo, etc) for special events working with such great musicians as singer Michele McCain, saxophonist Cacho Petrello and drummer Luis Manzotti.
Between 2002-04, he embarked on several 3 month tours in Sweden and Norway culminating in his performance February 2004 at the SAS Radisson Hotel, Lillehammer as piano entertainer for the official IOC 10th anniversary celebrations of the Winter Olympics. From there, it was on to Dubai and various private functions around the Dubai World Cup organised by Damian Calderbank and finally 2 weeks in Japan including a trip to the Budokan although this time just as a tourist. He returned to spend the summer in Majorca while still honouring private and corporate engagements in mainland Spain, Germany and UK.
2004 – present: Since returning to the Wirral in October 2004, Simon has performed at over 1000 weddings and events. Corporate clients have included:
Deloitte, Fiat, Man UnitedPlayers’ Awards, Nationwide, The Lowry, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Salford Rugby Club, GMEC Awardsat the Hilton Deansgate, IMHX trade fair events at Birmingham NEC, Cadbury Trebor Bassett Bertie Bassett’s wedding in Sheffield, etc.
Although the vast majority of his engagements are now weddings, corporate and private parties, he continues recording original songs, music for other artists and original compositions for a variety of media projects.
1990 LA NAVE: “Suzy Q”
Single/AS-1465-90/KP001 [Lead vocals & harmonica]
DONA KEBAB: “Hola Chica”
mini-LP/AS-4014-1990/FAM8721 [Vocals, bass, song-writing, arrangements]
PALIDOS PILOTOS: “Travesaos pe los Chigres”
LP/AS-4077-92/DX151 [Keyboards, backing vocals]
ALBERTO VARILLAS with the Asturias Symphony Orchestra: “Día de Fiesta n’Asturies”
CD/AS-3475-94/DX200 [Electric bass]
SIMÓN DE SIMONETTI: “One Night Only”
CD/PM-905-1999/DC011A [All programming, instruments & vocal]