Simon Wright
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Simon Wright

Byron Bay, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Byron Bay, Australia
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Hip Hop Roots




"Simon Wright"

Whether it’s a dimly lit room in a small Fitzroy bar, a packed house at Byron Bay’s Beach Hotel or on main stage at a weekend festival in Victoria’s countryside, Simon Wright never fails to fill the room with his presence. With an old beaten guitar, a charismatic stage persona and a song writing style that calls on the flavours of blues, funk, soul, hip hop, reggae and rock‘n’roll, Simon is able to entertain all branches of today’s pop subcultures. - Melting Pot

"Simon Wright and Andy V Are In the Loop"

I’m always fascinated by what can be done with a loop station. Maybe it’s because it starts out as a puzzle, with each new layer building upon the last until you can finally recognize what song’s being played. Or maybe it’s just me being amazed at how easy it is (or at least how easy the most talented people make it seem) for one person to turn themselves into a full band. Or maybe I’m just a huge Reggie Watts fan. That could be it too. Whatever the case may be, I’m always eager to see what someone has done with something familiar just by building it in a new way.

Irrational Confidence favorite Simon Wright (You may remember him from our review of The Simon Wright Band’s excellent Live at 52) hooked up with one of his old bandmates, Andy V, to play a series of shows in Koh Tao, Thailand and did a ton of cool loop covers while infusing their signature blues/funk stylings.They’ve packaged it up in a neat five-song highlight reel and are giving it away for free. My favorite track on the album (and I may be a bit biased due to how much I love the original) is the duo’s cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Wright’s lead vocals are so smooth and sweet that you can’t help but be drawn in and Andy V’s harmonies fit in and don’t ever once feel like they’re just along for the ride. The loops with Wright’s guitar and Andy’s keyboard work add layers upon layers to one of my favorite old soul songs all building to a magnificent saxophone solo from Andy V. While I was prepping for this review this was the song I kept coming back to, and that says a lot about how well constructed all of the loops and other instrumentation are.

The other standout track is the one original track on the album, a blues jam that makes use of Andy V’s best Ray Charles impression on the keyboard while Simon handles beatbox loops and eventually guitar and vocals as well. It’s everything I’ve come to expect from the Simon Wright Band, a jazzy instrumental, some well-crafted funk/soul vocals and a beat that I’m more than happy to shuffle along to no matter where I am when it comes on. The loop stations just add another level to the considerable creativity that these two artists clearly have as it gives them practically unlimited space to work with and it shows that they’ve been honing this tool set for a while when one man with a saxophone quickly turns into a whole horn section.

I can’t recommend Simon Wright and company enough. I loved what he did with a full band and what he and Andy have accomplished as a duo is equally impressive. From the tracks I’ve mentioned to their cover of “Wanna Be Starting Something” and to the rest of the album, they’ve put together something special. If you missed out on them the first time I posted their music, don’t let them slip by you again. You can hear the Al Green cover below and make sure to check out the rest of Live on Koh Tao on the Simon Wright Soundcloud page where you can download the whole project for free. - Jeff Hinton


Simon Wright and the Eclective
Released November 22, 2009 
Engineered by Cameron Fleming 
Produced by Ivan "Choi" Katchoyan 
All Songs written by Simon Wright except "Lift Me Up" written by Simon Wright and Andrew Wright 
All songs arranged by Simon Wright and the Eclective

Live At 52
The Simon Wright Band
Released December 1, 2012
Recorded at Studio 52
Produced by Damien Charles
All songs written by Simon Wright
All songs arranged by The Simon Wright Band



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, go where the music takes us. It’s an adventure in living simply and putting faith into humanity and the unknown.”