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3 April 1962 |
Tottenham, London, United Kingdom
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, musician, Record Label owner|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, piano, guitar, keyboards, violin|
|Associated acts||Drowning Craze
Simon Philip Raymonde (born Simon Philip Pomerance, 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.
He was vice-chairman of the board at the Association of Independent Music in 2013, and speaks regularly around the world about his experiences in the industry over the last 30 years. He recently did a weekend workshop with music students at QUT in Brisbane, and has also done master classes at the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO in Oklahoma City as well as at Middlesex University, and has been the keynote speaker at Big Sound in Australia, Going Global in New Zealand and Norwich's Sound & Vision (where he was interviewed by John Robb).
Simon won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012, presented by AIM, to add to the Best Independent Label of the Year awards in 2010, 2012 and 2014, as voted by all of the UK's indie retailers.
In February 2013, Raymonde filmed the first three pilot episodes of his television show, Live at the Village Underground, introducing new bands each week.
On 27 January 2014, he released his first music in 17 years, with the band Snowbird. Their album Moon was issued as a vinyl package with one black vinyl and one white vinyl, with artwork designed by Vaughan Oliver and a bonus electronic dub remix album by RxGibbs called Luna.
Raymonde married Abbey in 2013 in California, has two sons Stan and Will, and divides his time between UK and USA.
- 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)