Simon has been for fifteen years on stages, playing in the streets and in the Paris subway, and taking part in several recordings... He has always evolved as a solo musician, writing his own songs and playing covers in his own way, but also playing and performing with a variety of other musicians from different backgrounds throughout the his years and travels.
At 8 years old, he wrote his first songs and showed his taste for music. Later, he started guitar and instinctively began composing as he played the instrument. At 14, he did his first internship in the music business and a few first recordings in Grenoble.
Between 2001-2008, he multiplied musical collaborations and found his own style : acoustic music, simple songs, ballads mingling emotions, encounters and reflections ... He released several self-produced CDs and performed on several stages, primarily in the Rhône-Alpes region. In 2008, along with many new musicians and an enriched band he produced a 3 track album named "Simon Carrière & les Mineurs du Majeur ".
In 2009, Simon won a French music award and it was a a year of many changes. He won the "France Bleu Isère radio-SACEM-Grenoble City Trophy", a collaborative award which is awarded by members of the music industry, a French radio, and other French music related organizations. That same year the young artist went to the French capital Paris in search of new horizons and experiences. He passed the subway musicians RAPT audition and was selected, so he received an official pass to perform as a solo artist and with small groups in the subway hall passages and stations. This started a new phase of his musical life in Paris, with a wide range of performances, from morning wake-up solo concerts during commuter time, to afternoon mid-day songs, and evening sessions with groups of other musicians. During this time he also played at several concerts and in cafés in the city.
In 2010, with this experience of street music, he took on a new challenge : "The European ZX Couchsurfing Summer Music Tour", a tour in his old family Citroën ZX car driving for more than 100 days across Europe. A European music video, directed by Laurianne Martini, and entitled "The Universal Attraction", was a result of this tour and took form according to chance encounters with other solo musicians and groups, such as the Slovenian vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile. The song took shape during the tour as Simon translated one of his original French songs into many languages when performing in various countries and had an opportunity to sing them with local musicians and groups of people. The video clip brings together pieces of this experience of surprise and chance encounters into one song ... It sums up what this beautiful and crazy musical tour and journey was about.
Since 2012, Simon began a shift towards English songs and focused on a new repertoire of cover songs, inspired by his experiences abroad and motivated by new possibilities. Always with a taste for travel and the desire to share music in new places, he bought a Volkswagen van to go back on the road. One of his journeys involved a musical tour and roadtrip from Paris to Oslo that was rich in events and experiences.
Then in September 2013, he spent over a month in Ireland to perform in front of English speaking audiences and share in Ireland’s strong culture of street music. During this trip, he recorded live music sessions in the heart of Dublin and Galway, and these songs are now being turned into a new CD " Live From Ireland’s Streets ", which will be released soon, his first album entirely recorded in the street.
Today, Simon still plays in the passageways of the Parisian metro as well as at concerts, in cafés, and in pubs, with always a guiding ambition of sharing and spreading the joy of life and music to a wide audience. After the release of the live album in Ireland, Simon is planning other projects, including writing a repertoire of original English songs and traveling and touring in the USA and Canada.