||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (July 2011)|
3 April 1962 |
Tottenham, London, United Kingdom
|Occupations||Record producer, musician, Record Label owner|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, piano, guitar, keyboards, violin|
|Associated acts||Drowning Craze
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.
In 1984, Raymonde joined Cocteau Twins, 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 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. 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.
- Treasure with Cocteau Twins (1984)
- The Pink Opaque with Cocteau Twins (1986)
- The Moon and the Melodies with Cocteau Twins and Harold Budd (1986)
- Blue Bell Knoll with Cocteau Twins (1988)
- Heaven or Las Vegas with Cocteau Twins (1990)
- Four-Calendar Café with Cocteau Twins (1993)
- Milk and Kisses with Cocteau Twins (1996)
- Blame Someone Else (1997)
- Luminus Love in 23 with Nanaco (1998)
- Moon with Snowbird (2014)