Singer-songwriter, guitar player and music producer. British Blues Award Nominee 2011, Simon has been a full-time musician for 40 years. He is hugely experienced in production and recording, specialising in vintage techniques and along with his wife, runs one a super funky, analog recording studio based in Lisbon, Portugal.
Simon has played session guitar on countless albums and live shows and it was at these sessions (mainly in the 70's) that he learnt the old school techniques that that keeps him very much in demand.
Always keen to keep up to date with the technical aspects of sound recording he has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) since 1988.
Always writing and recorded his own work he landed a major recording contract with Polydor in the late 80's and was nominated for a British Blues Award in 2011 on the back of his first solo album ThirtySix.
He moved to Valencia, Spain in 2013 to complete work on his second solo album, The Knife, which was released on October 31st, 2014. This record reflects his increasing love of acoustic music from both sides of the Atlantic.
In November of that year, Simon and his musician wife Suzy, set up Supertone Studio, This both serves their needs as artists and producers but also has limited availability for selected commercial clients.
Since then they have recorded a number of world-class, Grammy-nominated artists in including their own album 'Blueberry Pie' which was nominated for a European Blues award.
In 2020 they moved their studio to Lisbon, Portugal - http://supertonerecords.com/recording-studio
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Interview with Simon Campbell
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Echoplex EP-3, Fender Nocaster, Speedshop tweed deluxe, Studer A80, Royer R-122 and Studer 761 - oh shit, that's six...
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Best to look here http://simoncampbell.com/about
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I focus on how the music makes people feel...
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Daniel Lanois. We share many of the same characteristics and would love to spark creatively together.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Embrace seeming errors in the recording process
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: '60s / '70s Rock, Blues, Roots, Folk and Americana.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Boundless enthusiasm
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity, experience and musicality.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the project but I do not mix in the box and hence revisions are limited to how long I have the mix up on the board.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We have a semi-mobile studio based around a CADAC J series console with piles of hardware outboard. Best look at http://supertonerecords.com/equipment
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Big question! My favourite producers are Daniel Lanois, Jimmy Page, Gyln Johns, Jimmy Miller, Sir George Martin / Geoff Emmerick, Tom Dowd and Tony Clarke - you get the picture.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work through Soundbetter has been recording, mixing and remote session guitar work.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: We have a mix for a number of clients and recording/mixing tracks for the new Starlite Campbell album - http://starlite-campbell.com
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: We record and mix everything analog, with no plugins but use Pro Tools to capture and playback at 24/96. I have never heard a plugin that sounds like the original outboard unit and mixing by feel cant be done in the box - you have the ability to fiddle around with it too much.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Their influences and expectations for the project
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Go with experience