Simon Smart was born in Wales and moved to London in 1979 where he began his career in music. He moved to New York in 2005. He's worked in the US and Europe as a recording and mix engineer. A significant volume of his work was at London’s Abbey Road Studios
As a composer he has composed for many production music houses including KPM, Music House, West One and Noise Pump. His music has been used on TV and radio throughout the world. His work includes the UK Channel 4 Station Ident.
Simon’s first commercial album as Sonanaut was released on his own label IVSI Records. It’s a collection of works based on his response to his life in New York. It is an ambient chillout album with an edge, reflecting thoughts about people, some he knows and some he doesn’t.
The album was chosen to be a sonic exhibit at an exhibition called ‘Sonic-Self’ at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York.
Major musical influences include Steve Reich, FSOL, Bela Bartok, Bill Evans, Lyle Mays, Claus Ogerman, Claude Debussy, Massive Attack and Larry Heard.
I have been in the industry since 1979.