Singer, rapper, instrumentalist, and songwriter who has been releasing original music since 2016. Berklee College of Music graduate (class of 2020) with a bachelors degree in Songwriting and a minor in Visual Arts and New Media Studies.
I am both a songwriter and a recording artist. I specialize in Pop, Rap, folk, jazz, and I have a passion for Kpop. I have over 10 years of classical and jazz training for both piano and voice, I spent my years at Berklee honing my songwriting and performance skills. I love taking a song seed and cultivating it, taking that initial idea and using my experience and my tools to flesh it out into a fully realized final product. I can top line and I can also start from scratch. I am also experienced with recording vocals, keys, and guitar in the studio as a session player. I’ve been recording and releasing music since I was in high school and I love bringing a song to life in the studio. Find me on Spotify as Simon Ramsay (rap) or as a part of my duo Sundry (folk/pop).
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Interview with Simone Brown
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently in the process of filming a music video for a collaboration I did with a fellow Berklee Student. Besides that I'm also recording some more songs to be released soon.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started with classical piano lessons in kindergarten which led to jazz piano lessons, several choruses, and private vocal lessons. In high school my friend and collaborator created our own class to learn about songwriting that lasted for two years. This led to the release of our EP What We Gotta Be under the name Sundry. After I graduated high school I went to Berklee College of Music to study Songwriting and I used that time to explore my love for lyric writing even further. I collaborated with amazing songwriters there and released several songs of my own under the stage name Simon Ramsay such as Gameboy and Playing With Fire. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Songwriting in 2020 and I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my career.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Kenny Beats. I think his production skills are so versatile that together we could make songs with a wide range of vibes.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: In my past I worked exclusively on pop/folk music with some jazz influence. Now I focus primarily on rap/hiphop/pop music but I love going back to basics and writing a song with just a guitar and my voice.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my lyric writing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think the biggest things I bring to a song are my lyrics and my voice. I try to infuse my lyrics with wordplay and vivid imagery while keeping cliches to a minimum. Then when I perform a song I always bring real emotions and feeling to bring it to life whether it's live in front of an audience or in a studio with just the producer/engineer.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm most inspired by artists like Rico Nasty, JID, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Kali Uchis, Denzel Curry, Baekhyun, and Sik-K.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually I'm either writing and composing the song from scratch or writing lyrics and toplining over a track.