With Sim's String Sessions you get the whole package. I can record, write and arrange strings for you! From solo string lines to full lush string sections, I'm here to help you find the perfect string sound to add to your work. I'm a professional violinist/violist who loves to bring performance into the studio and provides a sound like no other.
I'm a professional violinist that is equally at home on stage performing or in the studio. I am classically trained but have experience in many different areas and I believe this gives me my unique versatility and sound. My freelance career ranges from working closely with top jazz artists such as Chris Potter and Gwilym Simcock, to playing in chamber and symphony orchestras Manchester Camerata and Sinfonia Cymru, to leading my own crossover orchestra - Kaleidoscope Orchestra, to working with electronic producers such as BBC Radio 1's Benji B and Werkha, to leading my jazz/crossover string quartet, Amika, to composing my own music - and I love every part of what I do. Through my freelance career I have played with numerous world-renowned artists such as Michael Buble, Burt Bacharach, Idina Menzel and Chris Martin. With Kaleidoscope Orchestra, I have led recordings for Etherwood, Flux Pavilion and Dr Meaker. I have also appeared on recordings for Karl Jenkins, Kygo and New Order. I believe it is my wealth of performing and recording experience, combined with my open-minded approach, that helps me provide playing with personality and flair.
I am here to help you find the perfect string sound to your work, whether you want me to record string parts you have already written or would like creative input from me, I am here to help and look forward to working with you!
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Interview with Simmy Singh
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Working on an album with Gwilym Simcock which is to be released next year. His writing on this album is for me, the perfect mix between groove, classical and jazz and it was an absolute pleasure to lead the string quartet for it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My first release as a solo artist - a four track EP
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will do my best to show you why having a strong player is so important and can make so much difference to your recording.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The versatility that playing the violin offers. I count myself lucky to play an instrument that fits into so many different genres.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That string performers are not considered to be creative - I aim to change this perception wholeheartedly!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Freelance Violinist - it's all I have ever done and my career began whilst still at music college.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Stevie Wonder - because I love his amazing harmonies mixed with so much groove!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A warm yet strong sound and playing with personality.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never ask a player to keep playing something until it's perfect - fresh is always better!!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strong sense of musicality mixed with a unique sound
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Snarky Puppy, Sarah Neufeld, Michael Jackson, Brian Eno, Bill Laurance, GoGo Penguin, Ben Frost, Bonobo, Four Tet
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Every one is different! It ranges from recording a string quartet for a composer to putting down strings for a producer's track to writing parts for singer-songwriters!