The extremely mysterious simon a. quietly glided onto our radar the other week with his debut EP Way To Go – an effortlessly cool 5 track collection.
The project itself speaks directly to those with a taste for alternative R&B and likely fans of Frank Ocean or Brent Faiyez, with its gently meandering flow and thought evoking lyrical trail.
Taking further inspiration from James Blake, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Solange and Bon Iver, as well as instrumental artists such as Disasterpeace and Nils Frahm. These artists stylistically embody the final product of simon a. and the output being a unique and alluring blend of alternative, Electronic, R&B/Soul.
Speaking on the EP, simon a. explains; “Way to Go is a representation of how I talk to myself everytime I think I’m not doing enough or I feel stuck. Every once in a while I fall into a spiral of looking at my goals and seeing the distance, looking at my peers and seeing their pace, and looking at myself and going “well, what now?” but I’ve learned to distance myself from that mentality. The race I’m running is one for which I set the pace, and it’s often good for me to look back, see how for I’ve come and congratulate myself on it, and then look forward with this self-encouragement. ‘Way to go!’, but I’ve still got a way to go.”
Born in Walthamstow, East London, simon a. is an artist that tiptoes on the lines of genre so carefully that his songs seem both so familiar yet so different. With a natural affinity for creativity and coming from a very artsy family, simon a. channels all areas of art into his music brand and takes full creative control over writing, producing and engineering his music as well as building his own individual aesthetic through his artwork and press shots – his ultimate goal to find a new art form separate from the rest.
For as long as it may be simon a. is about the art, and he’s going to try his best to move and change things…“The ultimate goal is to convey certain messages and stories through the music, but it’s all one step at a time; at the moment it’s calm but there’s way more to come”.