Born in London with a french-sounding name, a proud exotic heritage and a street-wise attitude that’s pure New York City, Simon has become a trusted collaborator for a new generation of filmmakers. He is an award-winning composer, film producer and a founding partner of the film fund, Atomic Features. As a teenager Simon started TRP, a BMX bike company that became a hit venture, running it out of his bedroom and reaching kids all over the globe. In college Simon developed the world's first online Help Desk, which launched his award-winning tech startup, greenButton.com.
Throughout it all, Simon has always been creating music, quietly at first, in a bedroom he shared with two sisters, then in garage bands, and finally in world class studios. Along the way, whispers of recognition appeared in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, NME, Spin Magazine and IndieWire for his work with Julian Casablancas frontman for THE STROKES and accomplished filmmakers Mary Harron (ALIAS GRACE, AMERICAN PSYCHO), Anja Marquardt, a 2014 Berlin Film Festival-winner, Independent Spirit Award nominee, Hossein Keshavarz (DOG SWEAT) and Student Academy Award winner, Dennis Lee.
And yet, Simon never formally studied music. At NYU he studied Political Science and Economics, in pursuit of a career in Foreign Diplomacy. But it wasn’t long before Simon's longstanding musical passion pulled him into the orbit of many like-minded musicians and artists. One of those kindred spirits was a struggling South Asian film student named M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE). This became an immediate and inspiring friendship that led to countless hours brainstorming story ideas and even landing Simon a starring role in an early music video by the future blockbuster filmmaker. Simon also named Shyamalan’s production company, Blinding Edge Pictures - which remains to this day - and eventually Shyamalan commissioned Simon to write a song for Night’s first studio film, WIDE AWAKE (Miramax). The song never made it into the final cut of the film, but the process hooked Simon onto the unique collaborative bond between director and composer.
This experience inspired Simon to pursue a Master’s degree in Music Technology at NYU. Along the way Simon has worked with dozens of fast-rising directing talents such as Caryn Waechter (THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT), Spirit Award nominee - Hossein Keshavarz (DOG SWEAT), Francisco Ordonez (ST. PAUL), as well as iconic directors such as Mary Harron (AMERICAN PSYCHO) and Julian Casablancas, Grammy-winning frontman of the genre-defining New York rock band, THE STROKES. After these formative projects Simon took the leap to co-compose the score for JESUS HENRY CHRIST (starring Michael Sheen and executive produced by Julia Roberts) with Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso David Torn (LARS & THE REAL GIRL). Soon after, Simon was asked to score and co-produce SHE’S LOST CONTROL (with Executive Producer and Oscar nominee, Oren Moverman), which went on to win the CICAE prize at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, two Spirit Award nominations and official selections many top-tier festivals including SXSW and the prestigious New Directors/New Films series.
As Simon’s collaborations picked up steam, he took another leap and became a founding partner in the NY/LA film fund, Atomic Features, which offered Simon the opportunity to produce the Lionsgate film, IMPERIUM, starring Daniel Radcliffe (HARRY POTTER) and Toni Collette (THE SIXTH SENSE).
IMPERIUM marks Simon’s second collaboration with director, Daniel Ragussis, for whom Simon scored the film HABER, which premiered at the Telluride film festival and went on to win the National Board of Review Motion Picture Award.
Upcoming projects include Simon producing and scoring the 2016 MacArthur prize-winning documentary, THE INTERPRETER, directed by Sofian Khan and Andres Caballero.
Other milestones include writing for Timeout NY Magazine, covering the TriBeCa Film Festival, providing additional reporting for TapeOp Magazine (a pro audio publication), and serving as Program Director (2008) for the South Asian International Film Festival. Simon is also a frequent member of the Tribeca Film Festival Programming Committee and a juror for the Oscar-qualifying Bermuda International Film Festival.
Simon has been profiled by ASCAP, 15 Questions and mentioned in Rolling Stone, Deadline Hollywood, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Spin Magazine, NME and IndieWire. Simon is an active member of BAFTA NY, SCL and the IFP. Simon also teaches film producing and post-production at Studio4, a James Franco-founded acting and filmmaking school in NYC.