Si Tew Biography below:
Songwriter, producer and performer Simon ‘Si’ Tew started his musical journey early on. Growing up in the Midlands town of Leamington Spa, Si had a passion for music and, like a true vinyl junkie, saved up and hustled his way to earn enough money so he could indulge himself with regular purchases of the hallowed black discs. As well as spending his free time skateboarding, Si was very aware that he wanted to be involved in the music scene and by 16 years old he was DJing to huge crowds at free raves. In 2003, towards his late teens and keen to increase his knowledge of the industry tools, Si attended De Montfort University in Leicester where he achieved a BSc in Music Technology. Whilst continuing to play DJ sets across the Midlands, Si added further strings to his musical bow by broadcasting a radio show and recording vocals with a plethora of singers and rappers in a makeshift homemade studio. All the while Si was working hard at building his reputation as an varied, polished performer. This hard work was rewarded in 2005 with the inaugural BBC Urban Music Bursary prize.
It was during this time that Si encountered Martin ‘Atjazz’ Iveson, the label owner and AnR at Mantis Recordings, who offered him an internship at the label’s Derbyshire base. Si jumped at the chance and in 2007 he moved to Derby and set up his studio at the label HQ. Here he began to really work on honing his style and sound, whilst supporting his craft writing and recording music for film and television. A collaboration with Atjazz soon followed under the name ‘Mist Works’ and, shortly after, came Si’s first studio album, ‘When The Clouds Ran Away’. Released in 2011 it fused all of the producers past influences from the dance music and electronica spheres to create a truly unique sound that both soothed and smoothed the ears. Si followed this release up with remixes for the likes of The Bamboos + Aloe Blacc, Robert Owens and Atjazz, and developed relationships with independent labels Atjazz Record Company, Tru Thoughts and Less Than Ten. Throw in some exciting appearances at Boomtown Fair, Nottingham Carnival and the mighty Glastonbury and you begin to see how Si has rightly earned himself huge respect in the scene and a strong, very loyal following.