Simon Raymonde

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Simon Raymonde
Born (1962-04-03) 3 April 1962 (age 52)
Tottenham, London, United Kingdom
Genres Alternative rock
dream pop
Occupations Record producer, musician, Record Label owner
Instruments Bass guitar, piano, guitar, keyboards, violin
Associated acts Drowning Craze
Cocteau Twins

Simon Philip Raymonde (born 3 April 1962, London) is an English musician and record producer. He is the son of the late arranger and composer, Ivor Raymonde. He is best known as the bass guitarist and keyboard player with the British band Cocteau Twins from 1983 to 1997.


Raymonde began his career as bassist for London-based post-punk band Drowning Craze, who released three singles on Situation 2: "Storage Case" (1981), "Trance" (1981) and "Heat" (1982).

In 1984, Raymonde joined Cocteau Twins,[1] filling the void left by the departed bassist Will Heggie. He remained as a core writer in the band until its dissolution in 1997. As well as his work with Cocteau Twins, he also contributed to the first two albums by This Mortal Coil, another 4AD project.

Raymonde's debut solo album, Blame Someone Else, was released in 1997, and featured contributions from Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins.

Raymonde runs the Bella Union record label, which has released music by Fleet Foxes, Treefight For Sunlight, I Break Horses, John Grant, Laura Veirs, Midlake, Lift to Experience, Howling Bells, Stephanie Dosen, Beach House, Hannah Cohen, Dirty Three, Marques Toliver, The Low Anthem, Veronica Falls, Vetiver, Andrew Bird, J Tillman, Wavves, Abe Vigoda, Peter Broderick, Department of Eagles, Zun Zun Egui, Lanterns on the Lake, Alessi's Ark, Sleeping States, The Dears, Explosions in the Sky, Fionn Regan, Cashier No 9, Jonathan Wilson and Philip Selway.

Raymonde has acted as producer and mixer on many records, including Clearlake's Cedars, James Yorkston's Moving Up Country, the first two albums by John Grant's first band The Czars, The Duke Spirit's Cuts Across the Land, and The Open's Silent Hours. He co-produced the posthumous album from Billy Mackenzie. He also mixed the Fionn Regan album The End of History, which was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize, and the debut album by Lift to Experience. Raymonde remixed tracks for Archive, Tristeza and Departure Lounge. His more recent output includes work with Anthony Reynolds, Lucas Renney, and Archie Bronson Outfit.

In 2007, he made an appearance in the documentary film Scott Walker: 30 Century Man.

In 2009, Raymonde formed the group Snowbird with Stephanie Dosen.

In 2011, he was asked to be the music supervisor for Jonathan Caouette's documentary Walk Away Renee, which was accepted for Cannes Film Festival 2011 and was released in May 2012.

In 2012 Bella Union celebrated its 15th year, and the label was asked to host and curate the Friday lineup at the End of the Road Festival that September.[2] Since February 2012, he has hosted a show on Amazing Radio on Monday evenings, and also presents a late-night show on Strangeways Radio.

In February 2013, Raymonde filmed the first three pilot episodes of his television show, Live at the Village Underground, introducing new bands each week.




  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles; Peel, John (25 October 2004). The great rock discography. Canongate U.S. pp. 312–. ISBN 978-1-84195-615-2. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bella Union's 15th Birthday". Retrieved 22 August 2012. 

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