DJ, producer and electronic music influencer Sara Simms has combined her love of alternative rock and techno in a cover of Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’. Working together with producer Graham Miller, the Toronto based pair have been able to construct a more traditional rock arrangement using live instrumentation whilst remaining true to her electronic roots. Watch here
Premiered on Exclaim! on Valentines day, the officialmusic video (directed by Katherine Kwan) pays homage to Nirvana’s seminal ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ video. The visuals depict a three piece female band at a local live show and the musicians include Sara’s younger sister Melle Oh on drums alongside internationally renowned artist and musician Erica EGR Balon on bass. The final verse in the video is a tribute to a famous scene from the original ‘Heart Shaped Box’ video.
Best known for her turntablism and scratching skills, Sara’s flare on the decks have been turning heads across the globe for several years now. She has shared stages with DMC World Champion DJ QBert, was on the judging panel at the Canadian DMC Championships and has worked closely with music tech brands such as Fender, Roland, Pioneer DJ, Moog and more throughout her career. Other highlights include sets at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, World Pride Toronto, Virgin Music Festival in Toronto, a performance at AIR Tokyo and opening for Friendly Fires in Cannes, France.
‘Heart Shaped Box’ is Sara’s first single of 2017 on her own label Simmetry Sounds and will be out on all digital platforms including Spotify, Beatport and iTunes on Feb 14th 2017. Her ability to push musical boundaries by infusing new sounds with electronica make her an artist to watch this year.