- Simeon Ross
Simeon Ross has proven himself a tireless pop songwriter, having written and released more than 10 albums with various bands and solo projects including Red Autumn Fall, Charmer, Infighter, Shoot The Image, Uniter and currently under Simeon Ross (Solo). His recordings have dovetailed nicely with UK based bands and the rise of Canadian alternative pop allowing him to share the stage with Oasis, 54-40, The Watchmen, Secret Broadcast, The Pursuit Of Happiness, Peter Murphy, Fast Romantics, and Rob Dickinson (of The Catherine Wheel) among many others. December 2008 brought about a chance online friendship with Boz Boorer, guitarist and co-writer with Morrissey. Also a renowned producer (Adam Ant, Cut Chemist, Kirsty MacColl), Boorer invited Ross to record his project, Shoot The Image, at his studio based in the Monchique mountains of Portugal during the summer of 2010. The debut album from Shoot The Image, Cranes In The City, was self-released in 2011. Four official music video releases and tour dates in Canada and UK followed through to 2013. Critical acclaim was swift including Alan Cross calling them "slick, slinky coolness". In 2013, after losing a key band member, the project was renamed Uniter followed by the debut self titled EP release in 2016. Multiple live shows and music videos followed. 2017 saw Ross disappear into his rehearsal space to concentrate on writing songs, form a new film production company Green Boat Productions, and join the full time acting program at Toronto Film School. A year of focused work resulted in sixty new demos scaled down to twenty new tracks ready for the studio. Ross is now concentrating on recording and releasing singles for his solo work under Simeon Ross. The 'Westmount' EP is was released November, 2019. *Boz Boorer will be producing the full Simeon Ross album! Active band members are Simeon Ross (vocals/guitar/keyboards), Michael 'Mez' Dilauro (Bass), Heather Graham (Keyboards), and Gail Thompson (Drums). Currently based in Toronto, Canada.
(Apologies. I thought I'd replied to this earlier this week. It may not have gone through.) Clever video. So...Canadian (and I mean that in a great way.) It's a nice track, although I do have some notes--the kind that you'd get from a radio guy. 1. The bridge seems a bit empty. Perhaps a guitar or piano line? That would add some emotional energy to the latter half of the song. 2. The song has half a hook. I'm not a songwriter, so I can't tell you what more it needs, but if could use a little more of an earworm in the chorus. That's about it--and again, that's just me. I'd encourage you to see how far you can take this track via all the usual pathways, including social media. Can you convert early fans into evangelists?
Nice stuff. Nothing from me on songwriting or performance. I can, however, imagine a record label asking for several different mixes. That's just what they do. Now some questions: 1. What's your endgame? A recording deal? Radio airplay? Licensing and sync? Do you have a manager/agent yet? If not, you'll need to start thinking about bringing on someone who can deal with the business end of things while you work on the music. You should also think about a publicist to help get the word out. 2. You are on all the music streaming services, right? That's where you need to be these days. 3. How often do you play live? There's nothing like having a group of strangers tell you the truth about your music in real time. 4. You'll need a social media strategy to convert any new fans into evangelists. Good luck. I'll give this a share on my social media channels. That's worth about 100,000 people.
Solid song. I like the starkness of the black-and-white video, too. I have nothing to offer when it comes to performance, production and arrangement, so let's just move on to the next question: How are you going to rise above all the noise? 1. Your social media strategy will be key. Make sure that you reply to every comment that may come in. Turn early fans into evangelists. 2. If you don't already, get someone to handle getting your material on streaming music services, especially someone who knows how to get your songs on new music/new discovery playlists. They're becoming increasingly important. 3. If radio airplay is important to you, get a radio plugger. They know how to get to the right music directors. 4. Make friends with as many bloggers as possible. Even the smallest want to think that they can discover The Next Big Thing. 5. Play live as much as possible. Nothing is better than having a group of strangers giving you real feedback in real time. Let me post this on my social networks. The song deserves some exposure. Good luck!