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Simon: a solo success

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Simon: a solo success

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Though Simon Pipe has been performing for years as a lead guitarist, he has done remarkably well in his first year as a solo artiste.
He performed at this summer’s Miss Barbados Show and will do so again at an upcoming reggae concert. He has also been nominated for several Barbados Music Awards.
A performance before thousands of fans at Kensington Oval and a prospective win at a national awards ceremony is a huge way to culminate his first year as a solo artiste.
Simon was born to make music. He started learning to play the guitar at age 11, buying his first instrument when he was 16. At a time when most teenagers were getting their driver’s licences, Simon was also getting his first tattoo.
Body art and music are central to Pipe’s individual creative expression. Though he is not an exhibitionist, he happily explained his tattoos.
“Every time I go out, people stop me and ask about my tattoos. They’re fascinated by them.”
His first tattoo is of a heart and a cross, with the words True Love etched underneath.
True love, he said, meant being prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice – not unlike what he has done because of his love for music.
His other tattoos include a heart perched on his sleeve, a skeleton playing a guitar, and street art by infamous graffiti artist Banksy. In total, Simon has spent over 36 hours under the tattoo gun.
It’s no wonder he left his cosy corporate job to pursue life as a musician.
Now he eats, sleeps and breathes music, constantly improving his impressive catalogue. He also runs a radio advertising business, adding his own “Simon Pipe touch” to the jingles.
After working with Canadian producers in an intensive five-day studio session, he released his first single in March.
If Only These Walls was an instant success. Since then he has released Let’s Get Crazy and, most recently, Tonight, as well as the music video for If Only These Walls.
Shot on location in Bathsheba, the music video was produced by a Canadian director and is a must-see on YouTube.
Simon is confident that next year will be even better as he has a performance lined up at the Bequia Music Festival in January and plans to tour international destinations.
He preferred to keep those plans to himself but said fans should stay tuned.
The best way to keep in touch with Simon is to join his growing fan base on Facebook because with Simon Pipe, you never know what’s coming next. (PR)