Brent Simon

Brent Simon

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Brent Simon is a nerd. He plays synth.

Biography

While growing up in the sleepy Ohio town of Mantua, Brent Simon’s sphere of influence reached only as far as what came to him in the form of movies, television and video games. His biggest musical influence is composer John Williams, but the music that was really rolling around in his head and creating a backdrop to his life was the simple yet exciting MIDI-based soundtracks of his favorite video games.

In 2001, after returning to Mantua from a failed attempt to start a new life in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Brent and his friends started a punk band called Bellevue (named, in part, for the town in Iowa in which Brent had also lived for a short stint) and made the rounds across Northeast Ohio playing their own style of punk-with-synth. It was during this time that it became clear that Brent’s on-stage presence, interesting lyrics and his creative mastery of his Roland Phantom synthesizer could easily translate into a unique solo career.

Bellevue broke up, but Brent continued to compose songs that amused both him and his friends. His musical style, while filled with the angst required for the punk scene, did not quite address the same angst as would be expected. Instead, Brent’s angst is a nerd’s angst – slow download speeds, failed space missions, the frustration of having to meet women IRL (in real life) and running out of hard drive space. In this, Brent created a new form of punk. Nerd Punk.

A local artist, Jeff Finley, found Brent’s music – as well as his life – great fodder for a short documentary film showcasing Brent’s somewhat mundane life of playing songs on his synth, working at the family store, and lusting after new tech gadgets. The “Brentumentary” became an instant hit online and thus was born Brent Simon and Nerd Punk.

Brent’s music and the “Brentumentary” reached out to the ever-growing population of the Nerd. His songs about going to Space Camp, the excitement of owning his first 32-bit processor computer and dreams about alien abduction echoed the sentiments of hundreds of thousands of self-proclaimed nerds across the globe. That, coupled with his far-from-exciting and introverted lifestyle, cinched Brent’s reputation amongst the world’s nerds as a possible leader for the nerd revolution.

The viral nature of the Internet let Brent’s music and Finley’s video clips spread quickly. The Web site NerdPunk.com was created to show off Brent’s talent and the message board WeAreAllNerds.com helped bring fans together. Almost overnight Brent was making appearances on radio shows, Web-based television shows, local newspapers and local news.

In November of 2006, on the same day that his much-anticipated album was released, Brent made an appearance on the ABC late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live as the musical guest.

While Brent’s ultimate goal in life is to make an actual trip into outer space, his current position as the world’s favorite nerd is suiting him quite well.

Lyrics

Space Camp

Written By: Brent Simon

Some people like to camp next to a tree
Some people camp out in front of their TV
Some people camped out to see Episode III
For some people that's fine but it's just not for me

At Space Camp excitement did abound
I flew so high without leaving the ground
In a simulator I broke the speed of sound
The multi-axis trainer flipped me around

Carl Sagan sent a message to E.T.
Neil Armstrong walked in the Sea of Tranquility
Steve Squyers built Spirit and Opportunity
Dan Haylett upchucked in zero-gravity

At Space Camp excitement did abound
I flew so high without leaving the ground
In a simulator I broke the speed of sound
The multi-axis trainer flipped me around

World Wired West (Bittorrent Song)

Written By: Brent Simon

Gather 'round and hear my story
'Bout the new old west
I sought torrents, rips and ISO's
Logged in under guest

Movies, music, games and porno
Warez and killer apps
Compressors, codecs and keygens
Compilers hacks and cracks

Data's streaming
My hard drive's screaming
Fragmenting the night

Bits are flowing
Corruption's growing
Into every last byte

Bad command or file name
Ok now what's next
D-I-R where is my brain
It's coded in base hex

All right now you'll feel my might
Don't ever mess with me
Cram this up your gigabyte
So long, Format C:\

Data's streaming
My hard drive's screaming
Fragmenting the night

Bits are flowing
Corruption's growing
Into every last byte

If you watch my lips real closely
You'll see they don't match what I'm saying
My typewriter emits fluids
All of which are intoxicating

Staring at my shoes all afternoon
On heroin isn't boring
Just to poop I need the surgical
Equivalent of an apple coring

Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch

Lost in Las Cruces

Written By: Brent Simon

We're from up north where it's pretty cold
We've come down here for the sun
Have some adventure before we get old
Right now we are having fun

We made this show just to pass the time
We feel a bit out of place
It's not that easy just to make things rhyme
Lost in Las Cruces

In outer space
In outer space
In outer space
In outer space

We're lost in Las Cruces

Discography

Seven of Nine - 2006

Set List

Space Camp - 2:00
Lost in Las Cruces - 1:35
By Monitor's Light - 2:15
My 386 - 2:00
World Wired West - 3:30
Alone With You - 2:30
Alien Abduction Song - 2:45
In for Twenty - 3:10
The Other Shoe (eels cover) - 2:30