most people will know Simon V better by the name "Vivid"
from the demo-scene. But he has changed his name to Simon
V now, and this is his first CD album.
The music on this album is somewhere
in the land between techno, dub, drum'n bass and ambient.
Some tracks (like "Bleeding") are pure drum'n
bass, while others (like "Electro Experience")
are more electronic based. I have listened to this album
quite a lot, and I find it strangely appealing in some way
that I can't really put my finger on. It relaxes me in some
way, while at the same time being positive.
Here are a few words from Simon
V(ivid) about this CD:
"This CD has been a personal
thing for me. I have done so many tracks over the years
(1994-1998), that I wanted to put out an album which featured
all sides of my work. I especially re-worked every single
track and made sure that the sound quality is top notch.
You may think that the title is a bit simple, but it fits
the overall CD concept. Imagine the whole night beginning
from late afternoon until the early hours. The CD starts
with a slow Ambient track while you can see the sunlight
fading, just before you make yourself ready for the club
on a normal weekend. Sometime later, you log on the Internet
to check if you got new emails or look for some information.
During your way, the car audio systems gets penetrated
by rough experimental sounds. Arrived at the club, the
DJ's are starting out with some fresh Drum'n'Bass tunes
taking you to the peak hours when Pulse Code gets played
and you just can't stop dancing euphoric. Looking at the
watch, you'll notice it's already 5am in the morning when
you're leaving the club making yourself speechless on
your way home. This is it! ... I hope you enjoy the music!"
- Simon V
Who is Simon V ?
"Simon V" is an artist
who has been active in the internet underground for some
time. Lately he started to release his Drum'n'Bass tracks
on the 'Santorin' label which is owned by his friend DJ
Lightwood. He was the one who thought that it was about
time to publish Simon V's tracks. As he is played by DJs
like Peshay, Bailey, Storm, Bassface Sascha, Kabuki and
others, he quickly gained attention in the Drum'n'Bass world.
At the end of 1998 he released his first album titled "One
Night". It featured 11 tracks which were significiant
for him over the last years.
He was born in Stuttgart, Germany
in 1979 and has been moving around in Germany with his family
since then. He is now living in Tuebingen from where he
spreads his vision throughout the world. His musical career
started at the age of 11, when he got his first guitar and
computer. Since then, there was no way one could hold him
back from working with the soundchips inside the machine.
The results were more than 70 releases so far - in a variety
of styles, systems and names. Most people may have known
him as "Vivid", before he finally changed his
name - hopefully for good - at the beginning of 1998, to