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Jon 'Shaggi' Simpson

As well as looking for a full-time band, I'm available as a short, medium or even long term substitute for any musical situation. Whether it be studio recording, gigs, showcases or whatever you have in mind. I'm a very quick learner, and it's not unusual for me to play a full set without rehearsal, having only demos or set-lists to work from.

As well as temporary or 'sub' work, I'm open to offers of a more permanent nature. I like to play and to keep my calendar full. I'd rather be with one band than a hundred, but it's important for me to be out there and to be busy!

I am experienced at playing with sequencers, click tracks and adapting to a wide range of scenarios. I am very capable of playing any musical style, and am always open to interesting offers!

You can listen to my latest 'EP' with Fox Force 5 on Spotify at: -

And you can listen to my entire back catalogue on SoundCloud at: -

Links to all of my social media are at www.shaggi.net

Screen name:
Member since:
Aug 16 2008
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week
Most available:


My influences are mainly rock & pop orientated, and that shows in my playing. However, to list a few (in no particular order) include Evanescence, Paramore, Mr Big, Rush, Def Leppard, Toto, Police, Steely Dan, Sting, Nickelback, Van Halen - too many to mention, but most 'good' music from the 80's to current day!

I have experience playing all types of music, although to be fair, I'm a fairly solid hitter. So whilst I can (and do!) happily sub for a Blues Brothers tribute band, it's fair to say I tend to lay down a somewhat stronger groove than Willie Hall did!

Instrument experience:

Background Singer:


I change swap drum kits pretty often, but the hardware, cymbal and snare selection rarely changes much, although I do find snare drums are like tupperware (you can never have too many!).

Mapex Saturn V Kit 10/12/14/16/22
Mapex Snare Drums (various)
Zildjian cymbals
Gibraltar Rack Systems
Mapex Hardware
Audix Microphones
Evans heads
Promark sticks

Fischer in-ear monitors.
Porter & Davies Gigster

Alesis DM10 Pro MKII electronic drum kit.
Behringer Audio Interfaces.
Pro Tools.
Alienware Windows PC

I'm able to easily mic my own kit, sub-mix it, and provide a stereo pair to the front-of-house PA. Or record remotely with audio or midi using Pro Tools.