Michael Simon is a bassist, guitarist, producer, engineer and educator from Walla Walla, Washington, fluent in pop, rock, jazz, electronic, classical and other genres.
While based in Boston for 8 years, Michael was the bassist, lead guitarist and backing singer for the touring pop/rock band Stepanian. While with Stepanian, Michael played almost 500 shows across the eastern US and was a part of the release of 2 full-length albums [Autumn She Leaves, Wait Out the Rain (the LP)] and 1 concert DVD/album (Live at Club Passim).
During this time in Boston, Michael honed his engineering and production chops at Sackamusic Studio and independently, serving as assistant engineer or mix engineer on releases by The Nields, The Boxcar Lilies, Eric Stepanian and others. As an independent recording engineer he worked with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, recording their chamber concerts.
Since returning to the northwest, Michael has founded Coffee Ring Studios, a full-service recording studio in Walla Walla, Wash. He has produced and engineered releases by Rogue Lobster, Off the Record, Kate Morrison, The B Side, Candace Brown, Eric Stepanian, Dabbles in Bloom, Bizarre Love Triangle, Humans Being, and many others. Additionally he serves as recording engineer (and often live sound engineer) for the Walla Walla Symphony, Walla Walla Choral Society, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers and others.
Michael's expertise extends to live sound engineering as well, having provided Front of House sound for venues including Gesa Powerhouse Theatre, Main Street Studios and Cordiner Hall. Michael has run sound for acts including Blind Boys of Alabama, Cody ChesNUTT, Oz Noy, Nathaniel Rateliff and many more.
A graduate of Whitman College, Michael currently teaches courses in music technology and jazz bass at Whitman College. He also serves as a recording engineer and general music technology support/training.
Michael continues to play actively as both a bassist (upright and electric) as well as a singer/songwriter/guitarist, including performances with Kate Morrison, The B Side, Tom Simon Jazz Trio and the Walla Walla Symphony.
Check out Michael's Whitman College faculty bio.