Simon Wright is an Australian acoustic/hip hop/roots loop artist. Born in Byron Bay, NSW Australia on the 2nd Jan 1982. Former front man of The Wright Brothers, The Groove Collective and The Eclective. Though he didn’t play music till the age of 19 he has performed over 1600 shows in his 12 year professional music career. In 2013 he was nominated Live Artist of the Year at the MusicOZ AIMA and was a finalist in the Telstra Road to Discovery and the Catapult Song Contest with his acoustic hip hop track entitled “Music”.
- Bluesfest Busking Comp 3 times Finalist 2007, 2014 and 2015
- Pacific Song Writers Comp 2007 Open Hip Hop Winner
- Whotune/Casio Take The Stage Comp 2011 Winner
- Outback Music Foundation MJ Battle of the Bands 2011 Winner
- Festival appearances; Byron Bay Bluesfest 2006, 2014 and 2015, Byron Bay Reggae Fest 2012, Folk Rythmn and Life Fest 2009, 2010, 2012, St Kilda Fest 2010, 2011, 2013, Apollo Bay Fest 2012, Bendigo Blues Fest 2014, 2015, Renaissance fest 2009
The Wright family live and breathe music. Simon’s father Dave is a blues guitarists and a huge influence in his introduction to musical concepts, his brother Jedi is the guitarist for progressive metal outfit ENGINE (Formerly Engine Three Seven) and was his partner in fronting his first group The Wright Brothers. Simon’s family of four brothers and a sister were brought up in northern New South Wales alternative coastal town of Byron Bay. It was in Byron that Simon had his start in music with The Wright Brothers then later fronting The Groove Collective.
In 2007 Simon moved to Melbourne chasing bigger fish and put together 8 piece backing band The Eclective. The Eclective enjoyed mild success Australia wide playing several festival spots and holding a memorable two year residency at Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel.
In 2011 The Eclective disbanded and Simon put together The Simon Wright Band. The band is made up of Simon and childhood friend Shane Evans (Drums). Simon then calls on a variety of talent that he has worked with over the years for the live performance, including whenever possible, his father Dave Wright on lead guitar.
In 2012 The Simon Wright Band recorded, filmed and released a five track EP entitled Live at 52. The entire session was recorded live and featured Mikey Chan (Candice Monique and the Optics) on guitar and Nick Ohlson (Marshal and the Fro) on bass. The opening track from Live at 52, “Music” was a finalist in the Catapult national song competition, the Telstra Road To Discovery and nominated for Live Performance of 2013 at the MusicOz Australian Independent Music Awards. Live at 52 is available world wide on itunes and the studio footage can be found on youtube.
In 2013 Simon began a new direction again. Stripping back this time to a solo show and incorporating a loop pedal gave him the freedom to tour on a much smaller budget. Meaning the international circuit was no longer out of reach. After 2 years of honing his skills on the looper he set off on his current adventure named #looptheworld.
What started out as an idea developed into a dream and now Simon is setting off to #LoopTheWorld with his guitar, loop station, change of underwear and girlfriend Hannah. “The idea is simple, gowhere the music takes us. It’s an adventure in living simply and putting faith into humanity and the unknown.” With shows already booked for East Coast Australia, Thailand, Greece and then through Europe the couple plan to live off performance fees, CD sales and the pocket change of strangers, literally singing for their super.