DJ Simon Hill – Life and Times
DJ Simon Hill is a vinyl junkie of the 80′s and 90′s
DJ Simon Hill played through the soulful eighties and the naughty 90′s and retired after the millennium to concentrate on his family life and new business but Simon made his comeback to his first love in November 2010
The first mega club break for DJ Simon Hill was at Club UK Wandsworth (probably the best club ever) which was courtesy of a close friend Johnny D. Simon had already played the usual London house underground circuit and established a strong following to whom he is eternally grateful as without them he would never have had the good times at some legendary parties.
The clubs DJ Simon Hill played in the 90′s some of which have changed their name or just ceased to exist are as follows:
Club UK – Wandsworth, Leisure lounge – Holborn, Ministry of Sound – Elephant & Castle, Camden Palace – Camden, SW1 Club – London, EC1 Club – London, Grays – Wc1, Gas Club – Covent Garden, Chunnel Club – Vauxhall, Xenons – Picadilly, 414 Club – Brixton, Stringfellows – Covent Garden, Gardening Club – Covent Garden, Bagleys – Kings Cross, The Cross – Kings Cross, The Dungeon Club – Vauxhall, Happy Jax – London Bridge, Strawberry Sundae – Vauxhall, The Glasshouse – Blackfriars, The Colloseum – Vauxhall + others I just cannot remember!
DJ Simon Hill’s music progressed from Soulful house/Garage into an uplifting House era which slowly moved into Trance and dipped occasionally into light Techno and harder Progressive House. The mood of the crowd can change at any event, this is something that DJ Simon Hill could recognise and he would adapt his set leading to all variations of house being played to achieve a happy finale!!
DJ Simon Hill’s longest serving residency was the world wide renowned ‘Sunnyside up‘ to which he has fond memories of some great people, great music and great times ‘the only Sunday club in London worth knowing about, oi oi Winston!’ says Simon. DJ Simon Hill could name many of the promotions like Gism that he had played (Big thanks Mandy for some great parties says Simon), which would take over this biography we’ll save that for another time!
DJ Simon Hill says some of the best parties were the ones with no fixed abode and all he can say is ‘wow’ and if you were there you know how good they were!
DJ Simon Hill’s first promotion back in the early 90′s which was called S.O.S ( Sleaze on a Sunday) and it was on a Sunday night on a bank holiday at the SW1 club with Darren Pearce, Tony Price, Luis Paris, Adrian Luv Dup, Dave Lambert and Martin Sharp who he also co produced with their first release Deep Venus – Angel and released it in 1998 through one of Pioneers record labels – 24 Stroke, Simon also say’s with big thanks to Brendan Byrne of Aurora promotions for all his support.
The next promotion was with close friend Muzz and Dean B and called Saucy House which was held at the Chunnel Club and then Innocence. The residents along with Muzz and DJ Simon Hill were good friends of theirs Mickey Kay and Rick O’Shea both top fellas!
The next collaboration was called GHOST and was born at The Dungeon Club (now called Fire @ Vauxhall cross) to Mark McKenna, Rob Parish, Muzz and DJ Simon Hill which he and his partners all say ‘it was one hell of a party’ and it was held at the same place for most of its life. GHOST also collaborated with SUNFLOWERS (big shout out to Greg and Darren Poole another pair of top fellas Simon say’s) at the Innocence Club and also Smartie Party run by Trace Harris which was held at the Ministry of Sound and the Glasshouse. GHOST also collaborated with the Seduction Weekender and anyone who went to them knows just how good they were.
Ghost’s last event was in 1999 at the Innocence, some of the DJ’s that played for them were John ‘oo’ Flemming, Pete Wardman, Drew, Darren Pearce, Luis Paris, Vivien Markey, Mickey Kay, Darren Poole, Skol, Roosta, Kenny Stone, Martin Sharp, Stormin D, Rick O’Shea, Raymondo, Paul Johnson, Carl Nicholson, Spencer Freeland, DJ Simon Hill would like to say ‘Thank you to all of you and anyone we missed give me a shout’
Would you believe 11 years later this promotion would be the reason that DJ Simon Hill gets back into DJing so big thanks to Rob Parish for that push or was it a shove! he says. GHOST reformed in 2010 with a party at a club called Red just by the Limehouse link and what a great night, GHOST has continued the parties and they will commence again later this year (2012) after a short break as all of the team have had various projects to focus on.
DJ Simon Hill loves music and mixing and the last 10 years he has continued with his passion for music converting some of the all time house classics to digital whilst being involved in various business projects.
Simon say’s ‘its good to be back playing tunes!’ So good in fact that DJ Simon Hill changed his original equipment Numark Stealth and Sony Vaio to a MacBook Pro and Traktor 2 consul which was courtesy of another DJ Milky Joe – Matt to his mates.
DJ Simon Hill’s musical listening tastes are varied, he just loves good music whether it be soul, rock, classical or hard house if he likes it he plays it, but when it comes to his set, he likes nothing better than spending time compiling some surprises for the upcoming set.
DJ Simon Hill loves playing Soulful House sets but as a DJ he needs to be varied in his approach so he still plays sets based on a Commercial level which cover dance/chart/rnb it really depends on the Venue/Promoter or Club/Wine bar.
DJ Simon Hill still has his 2.5k Peavey Rig for the private parties which musically could be a full on Digital Party piece or a House Party with the Technics 1210 vinyl rig for the journey down memory lane which could include 80′s soul to 90′s House and Garage.
DJ Simon Hill has a residency in Reigate on a biweekly Friday & Saturday night which has gone from strength to strength. Some may say it has a commercial tinge but it is very much orientated towards house lovers and appeals to the varied audiences and offers them a great night out.
‘You play music for the crowd not at the crowd, its not just what you play its when and how you play it!’ Quotes Simon.
Simon has to say big thanks to Dean (another long standing friend and business partner) who showed him the technical stuff for producing the website and also to Mario for the sound system, everyone has a geeky friend or 2 without them the decks would stop spinning!!