From 1987 to Present
The Early Years
Simon Parkes, then 19, initially studied Computers, Electronics and Digital Electronics at Aston Itec, aston, Birmingham after leaving St Edmund Campion RC school.
After qualifying, he obtained a place at Connections Arts which offered a basic recording studio course where Simon got to grips with professional recording equipment including the then new:
Korg M1 Workstation & Atari 1040STE running C-Lab Creator.
During this time, Simon also attended East Birmingham collage, Garretts Green which offered a Multimedia Course. Here, Simon obtained full exclusive use of their small, but equipped, 8 track recording studio…but not without having to re-wire it fully first!
First Recording Studio Job
Music Machine, Kings Norton, was his first REAL ‘studio’ job for Simon Parkes working as assistant engineer to John Purser, the studio proprietor who mainly hired the studio to backing track singers and small local artists.
Music Machine was based around a 16 track Fostex B16 reel-to-reel and a Soundcraft 32 channel 8-bus desk, Atari mega ST running Cubase (V2).
After a couple of years at the studio, Simon managed to scrape together his own studio equipment to setup within his bedroom back in Erdington, but it wasn’t until a good close friend offered to part finance his venture that he managed to purchase everything he needed for his own home midi-based recording studio which was initially called ‘Midi House Studios‘
Home Studio – Midihouse Studio
During the setting up of Simon Parkes home recording facility, Midihouse Studio, Simon teamed up with an old school friend Andy Spencer who also had a passion for music, decided to help Simon distribute his new demo tracks to top record labels, but this wasn’t going to be easy…!
Andy using his ‘Sales Rep’ talk, managed to setup several meetings with top record label A&R (with thanks to his ‘Music Week‘ directory), so Simon got his demo tapes together and both headed on down to London for a long day!
Only PWL (Pete Waterman Ltd) shown any interest in his demo’s which, thanks to XL recordings’ was going to be Simon’s ‘foot in the door’ to bigger things!
‘Rofo’s Theme‘ was to be the first commercial remix of Simon’s career which just missed the UK top 40 by going in at no. 44, not a bad effort for his first track and in 1992!!
Various Demo Tracks
Still working occasionally at Music Machine, Simon was introduced to Tony de Vit, a local DJ who listened and liked Simon’s demo’s, so decided to hookup and co-write some new material using Simon’s melodic tunes with Tony’s harder edge ……a great partnership was born
V2 Recording Studio was initially hired out to assist with bills but after the release and charting of Burning Up at No. 24, remix work came flooding in together with our new sound….the HARDER edge of underground dance music!