Chatterbox: Simon Jefferis

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Simon and I’m a producer from South London. I’ve been playing the drums since I was a kid so they’re definitely my first love. I started to get tired of all the drummer jokes though, so I decided to learn the guitar and some keys and haven’t stopped learning since! My folks used to play a lot of jazz around the house growing up, so I think that’s why I feel such a pull towards hip-hop. Especially the kind based around jazz and old samples. It has a real nostalgic feel to it which I can’t get enough of!

Where did the new single come from?

Natty Reeves is an incredible guitarist and producer from South England. Earlier this year we made a track called ‘Brixton Strut’ so we were looking for an excuse to make something else together. In May we were supposed to be playing a show with an artist called Abhi the Nomad, however, the show got cancelled due to some visa problems and Abhi couldn’t make it over. We were all obviously really upset, so we thought we’d use the time to make a track for Abhi to rap over. We were tight for time, so we worked through the night and emailed it over to Abhi who was in France at the time. He loved it and sent it back in about 4 hours and had written some incredible bars and chorus lines over what we had. It totally made up for the fact that the gig was cancelled! Both insanely talented dudes.

Is there more content in the pipeline?

Yes, there’s a lot more in the pipeline! I’m currently working on my debut EP which will be released in September. I’m really excited as it’s the first proper thing I’ve released, aside from a few one-off tracks. It’s mostly instrumental hip-hop beats with a mixture of samples and live instrumentation. I’ve also got a sample pack of live hip-hop drum beats releasing through so keep your ears peeled for that.

What’s on the horizon for you?

I’d just like to continue making music that people dig! As long as I can play some of my beats to my friends and fam and we can all feel a little better after listening, then I’ll be a happy man. And I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!


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