Hi Steven, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been GREAT! Between my full time job, being a single Dad to 2 very active kids and pursuing a music career I often don’t know whether I’m coming or going, but I wouldn’t change it for the world right now!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tongue Tied”?
Sure. Once I signed with my label, Heartsongs Records, we immediately started working towards getting some original songs put out. We have been collaborating with different song writers and have a few originals in the works but my manager, Jill Pavel, contacted me one day and said I have a song here that I think would be perfect for you! She sent it over to me and before it was even finished playing I knew I wanted to record it. It was written by Brenda Kornblum out of Chattanooga, TN. I was immediately drawn to the playfulness of the lyrics and the catchiness of the beat. I hope people out there will agree with me!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I actually grabbed this song on a pitch. It was sent to my manager who forwarded it to me. We both fell in love with the song, the lyrics and melody.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I did, it is on youtube and on my facebook page.
How was the recording and writing process?
I record with Larry Beaird at Beaird Music Group in Nashville. The recording process is seamless with his team. I am lucky to work with the most amazing musicians out of Nashville and Larry involves me and my team in everything from tracking to mixing.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
Well Music City is the heart of Country Music so I would not want to record my music anywhere else. Just being there inspires me to work harder when I am in the studio. Every nook and cranny of that city is embedded with talent.
How your military life does influences your music and writing or are they two different sides of you?
It’s honestly both. The military side of me is very squared away, very regimented. I like having a schedule, I like having a plan forward. As I’m moving into songwriting I’m learning that it takes a more creative thinking approach, so there’s the contrast. But at the same time I find that my time in the Marine Corps have given me a lot of experiences that I want to share through my music that can hopefully tie the two together.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
I think each situation is different. I am still learning to co-write, I am a brand new artist. So for now, I am a sponge and soaking up as much experience as I can by working with anyone who will spend time with me and share their craft.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I go back into the studio with Larry on January 9th to finish up my EP.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We will probably drop a single by the end of January and then the EP drop will be Feb-March 2019.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes working with my band leader right now and setting up some tour dates for late Spring and Summer.
What else is happening next in Steven John Simon’s world?
Well I can’t begin to say how much fun I am having promoting this song and how cool it has been. I debuted on the iTunes charts at #68 and I am on the Google Chart for top country songs. My fans are keeping it all very real for me. I can’t wait to see where the next song is going to take me.
How would you classify your music? The music is rooted in Blues but my songwriting …