Simon Curtis is an “unabashedly pop” artist, which, in its rawest form, has always served as both his greatest passion and inspiration. Simon has recently found a good amount of online success following the free release of his debut album 8Bit Heart, and with a loyal army of fans he has more than once become a popular trending topic on Twitter. The influences in his work are many and range from Britney Spears, Michael Jackson and Madonna to Nintendo, science-fiction literature, technology and even opera! We have three of Simon’s songs from 8Bit Heart in the HitPredictor jukebox that we need your feedback on! While still unsigned, Simon is looking for bigger and better platforms to share his music on. His free release of his debut album follows the model of up-and-coming artists such as Drake, Mike Posner, and Dan Black, and we want to know if, like these artists, Simon has mainstream hit potential! So check out our interview with Simon below and make sure you rate “Diablo,” “Beat Drop,” and “Fell In Love With an Android” at HitPredictor and let us know what you think!
Simon is a Midwest native, born in Michigan and raised in Oklahoma. He began performing in musicals and operas at the age of 10, and it was as a young 15-year-old teen that Simon decided he wanted to focus his pursuits on becoming a pop star. From that point forward Simon has focused on writing and recording, inching ever closer towards his ultimate goal. Simon’s recent online success can be attributed to what he described is ultimately “a good product.” He notes: “At the end of the day no one is going to care enough to tell his or her friends to download some brand-new, unknown artist’s free album online if the music isn’t selling itself. The big turning point came once I released the album. People had heard a few songs, but nobody really started getting truly excited until they heard the whole album from top to bottom, as a single, cohesive piece of work. I think once people started seeing what I could do it really made a difference.”
A large part of Simon’s success is undeniably his veritable army of supporters. He credits them with “the whole reason I am even doing this,” saying “they’re the ones who are making everything happen, the ones responsible for spreading the word, as it were… I couldn’t have accomplished anything without all of the people all over the world who have taken so strongly to my music and what I am trying to accomplish.” He also acknowledges that he wouldn’t have achieved the level of success he has without “an unshakeable sense of determination,” noting that “without it, I wouldn’t be anywhere,” because “you have to fight harder than you could ever imagine to make even the smallest bit of headway in this industry.”
Simon writes his own music, and put “my entire soul, mind, heart, and being” into 8Bit Heart, saying “I believe one can only really, truly write what he knows,” and noted that the tracks on the debut album follow the story of a boy robot which “is something very real to me, if not ripped directly from my life.” While Simon continues to promote 8Bit Heart he is also working on his second album, the so-called “8Bit Heart sequel”, along with a top-secret project with Britpop artist/producer Frankmusik. In the meantime, make sure you let us know what you think of his songs in the HitPredictor jukebox, and then download the entire album to listen to it properly from start to finish at www.simon-curtis.com, and keep up with all the latest news by following him at Twitter.com/simoncurtis.
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