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Record producer Simon Harris.
Record producer Simon Harris.

Simon Harris (born 28 November 1962) is a DJ, producer, remixer and electronic musician predominantly known as the founder of the record label Music of Life and producer of most of its catalogue of songs.[1]

Biography

Originally from London, England, Harris is a producer of sample-based breakbeat and house music. As a remixer, music label owner and producer, Harris has worked with Pete Tong, Simon Cowell, James Brown, Prince, Joyce Sims, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Paul Oakenfold, Tony! Toni! Toné!, War, Arthur Baker, Boyz II Men, Heatwave, as well as Steve "Silk" Hurley.

Originally a DJ, Harris started selling professional audio equipment in London's Tottenham Court Road, then became a club promoter. In 1983, Harris was invited to become one of the original remixers for Tony Prince's DMC (now the world's largest DJ association). Harris then joined forces with the late BBC Radio 1 DJ Froggy (1949–2008) and produced remixes for major labels including Polydor (James Brown, Roy Ayers), Chrysalis (Doug E. Fresh), A&M (Jeffrey Osborne), EMI, BMG, Columbia, Island, London and eventually PRT for The Real Thing's "You to Me Are Everything" remix (UK number three pop hit). In 1986, Harris and Froggy started their own independent label 'Music of Life'. The label was initially distributed by Morgan Khan's 'Streetwave' group and the first releases were from Cerrone ("Supernature") and La Toya Jackson.

Within a short time, Froggy left to pursue other projects and Music of Life became one of the UK's first rap/hip-hop labels, initially licensing US products, and then with Harris producing many British rap artists including Derek B (the label's A&R executive), followed by Daddy Freddy, MC Duke, Tenor Fly, Hijack, Demon Boyz (Million Dan), and Einstein. Sister label 'Living Beat' releases include Samantha Fox (A Song for Europe), Rolf Harris (BBC TV), Dina Carroll, Jocelyn Brown and Joyce Sims. Also, via Germany's Edel Group, Harris remixed "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" by Prince.

Harris has produced many breakbeat albums designed for DJs and producers, including Beats, Breaks and Scratches in 12 volumes. Other artists who produced similar albums for Music of Life include Paul Oakenfold, George Clinton and Norman Cook.

Harris continued to remix and produce for many artists. Simon Cowell commissioned him to remix Sinitta's "Window Shopping" for his Fanfare label, and shortly thereafter, Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1) signed Harris as an artist to his Polygram FFRR label. The first release was a rap version of Michael Jackson's "Bad" ("Bad on the Mike"). This was followed by "Bass (How Low Can You Go?)" which achieved U.S. Billboard Dance number one status. FFRR released Harris's Bass album next followed by more singles including Marshall Jefferson's "(I've Got Your) Pleasure Control" (with Lonnie Gordon) and "Here Comes That Sound".

Summary

Recent career

Harris has sustained a 30+-year production career. His work is varied and has included music video (Daddy Freddy, Joyce Sims), radio and TV commercial production (KISS-FM, CD WOW!, Coca-Cola) and several TV documentaries including Run-D.M.C. (Kings of Rap, broadcast on MTV in the US) and REM!X (featuring Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Jason Nevins, Arthur Baker, Norman Cook, Paul Oakenfold and more).

Discography

Singles

Year Single Peak positions Album
UK
[2]
GER
[3]
US Dance
[4]
1987 "Bad on the Mike" (featuring 3 Boom MC's) Single only
1988 "Bass (How Low Can You Go)" 12 47 3 Bass!
"Here Comes That Sound" 38 14
1989 "(I've Got Your) Pleasure Control" (featuring Lonnie Gordon) 60 23
"Another Monsterjam" (featuring Einstein) 65
1990 "Ragga House (All Night Long)" (featuring Daddy Freddy) 56 Disturbing the Peace
"Don't Stop the Music" (featuring Dina Carroll & Monte Luv) 84
"Time" (featuring Leslie Lyrics)
1991 "Louder Than a Shotgun" Back to the Bass
"Summertime"
1992 "Rollin' with the Punches"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

References

  1. ^ "Simon Harris". MySpace. MySpace. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Official Charts Company: Simon Harris". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Simon Harris – German Chart". charts.de. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Simon Harris – US Dance Club Songs Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 1 April 2014.