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Q: Please introduce yourself

I’m Simon.. aka Shadow Child and various other musical pseudonyms. 

Q: One person you'd dream to have a coffee with?

Bill Murray... I mean do I need to explain why? What an absolute G.  

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

I’d be able to cure all disease.


Q: If you would have been given the chance to do a film score, what movie would you choose and why?

That’s a great question.. I’d love to do an 80’s synth version of Napoleon Dynamite. I mean the music In that film was fitting but I think there’s more exploring to do sonically there.


Q: Who has been the most influential in your music career? And who has been the most influential in your personal life?

My Gramps Influenced me to keep moving and find opportunities In things.. he did so much for the local community and was Incredibly humble. Musically.. there Is no end to It but probably Liam Howlett with that first Prodigy album.


Q: Could you share with us your journey – the good and bad experiences that have brought you to where you are today?

Music gave me a purpose and a medium to connect with people from a young age.It still does.. it’s not about cash, materialistic things or numbers, for me. I think the search for making the perfect record without feeling any boundaries or expectationsIs the one.. I hope that day will come. Until then I’ll keep going.  

Q: Everyone goes through ups and downs, what’s one habit you adopt to push through the downs?

Remember you need the downs for the ups. Nothing lasts forever and Its usually all about perspective anyways. I also read a DJ Seinfeld quote recently.. ‘go outside and touch some grass’. I get that.


Q: What is one pro work ethic that you would recommend to the readers/listeners?

Daylight and hydration. 

Q: How has your music style evolved over the years?

It kind of hasn’t, Its still the 15yr old raver kid In me from 1992 trying to figure things out, channeling that vibe Into what I’m doing today. Newer toys, same vibe.  

Q: If you were to venture into another music genre, which one would you choose and why?

Jungle. It’s already a huge part of my DNA. Maybe that’s what’s going to happen next.  

Q: Could you name 3 tracks that got you into electronic music and why?

Jean Michel Jarre “Oxygene” as a very young kid, my Dad played the whole album tome and It blew me away. I’d never heard anything like it.

Yazoo “Situation”. The 1990 Deadline Mix In particular was a buzz. The original already got my juices flowing for synths and drum machines as a kid but the 1990 one Isdope too.

Bomb the Bass “Beat Dis” In 1988.. Tim Simenon cooked up the perfect storm of hip house and acid culture before breakbeat-rave took my head off 2 years later.  

Q: Can you recommend a hidden gem in your home country that would be perfect for a rave?

An empty Kings Cross station would be immense.  

Q: Could you tell us about your upcoming releases and plans for the year?

A big-room uplifting rave anthem called “Rising High” Is out on Toolroom, and that’s about It for a while while I concentrate on another project called Love quest, with Jake Shears, Doorly and some other big featuring vocalists. It’s a lot of fun.. more radio friendly dance music for the masses, rather than Beatport top 10. I’ll be back tho!  

Q: Can you share a fun fact about yourself that most of your listeners are probably unaware of?

I opened my own record store In 2000, and closed It 6 months later as I had no idea what i was doing. Sometimes you have to learn what’s not for you, as much as what Is.

Bonus Q Powered by Pioneer DJ: How did Pioneer DJ influence your career and what is your favorite Pioneer DJ gear?

DJing with USB’s for the first time In 2009z game changer!