At BIMM Berlin, we’re proud that our tutors are the best in the business. They’ve all had incredible careers in music up to now, and continue to be innovative music business pioneers, willing and able to offer their expert advice to our students. This week we spoke with Simon Horn, BIMM Berlin’s Head of Bass and Theory, about how he got started in music and the highlights of his career so far.
Bassist Simon has had a long and successful career working with artists including John Jorgenson, Frank Gambale, Vimala and The Voice of Germany singer, Michael Lane.
So… over to Simon!
How did you get started in the music industry?
I was playing keyboards in a band at high school and we couldn’t find a bass player (as always!) so I thought I’d give it a try… and I’ve never looked back! Other starts in the industry were getting a gig with Australian band The Gadflys which moved me to Sydney, and then scoring a publishing deal with Origin Music when I worked at a record store in Sydney. I learned early on that music is all about networking.
What’s your favourite thing about teaching at BIMM Berlin?
The students! I find out about so much new music from them! One of the best things about being a teacher is when students have those light bulb moments; they have a breakthrough, and for me that’s worth all the hard work, on both sides.
What’s been the proudest moment in your career so far?
Can I say two? First I’d say signing a publishing deal, and secondly receiving an award with Vimala (co-writer) for ‘Best Funk/Soul/Jazz Act’ at the Indie Music Awards in 2008. There’s nothing better than writing your own music and getting recognition for it.
What advice would you give to new students in Berlin?
Wow, there’s so much I could say! Always remember to be yourself, as the world always needs original and authentic artists. Be seen, get out there and do your thing – you never know when that important person will see you perform. And as Winston Churchill said: “Never, never, never give up”!