and thanks for passing through.
I’ve played bass guitar and double bass over the years in many bands including
Baby Charles and Derriere. We had success touring Europe, playing major festivals including Glastonbury, selling our records, getting airplay by Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 1 and performing at several live sessions at Maida Vale for Mark Lammar on BBC Radio 2. Playing in bands is great but
it’s also good to do your own thing...
The first taste of my Beta Hector project appeared on the “Payback”/”Creepin’” 7” single which was released in
2010, in line with the ‘Tru Thoughts Funk’ compilation. The two songs, both
featuring my pal Dionne Charles on vocals, were met with a great reaction from
the likes of DJ Food (he featured Payback in his Solid Steel podcast), DJ Format and Ashley Beedle, and plans were laid for my
'Sunbeam Insulin' came out on 12th Sept 2011. You can buy it here:
The first single released was “Jupiter Mission”.
It was featured on popular US Radio station KEXP's song of the day:
Craig Charles & Cerys Matthews (she said Sunbeam Insulin was one of her favourite albums of that year) played 'Hexagon' and 'Oracle Bones' respectively on their BBC Radio 6 Music shows in Sept & Nov 2011.
Here's a cover version of The Rolling Stones track Angie I made with Dionne Charles for a CD that Mojo Magazine are gave away with their Jan 2012 issue:
DJ Format used my track 'Oracle Bones' in his Sept 2012 Ninja Tune Solid Steel Radio podcast:
Here's my Nov 2012 EP, released by Tru Thoughts, featuring a remix by The Simonsound:
Oh yeah, and I'm a pretty good DJ too. I've supported Gilles Peterson, Sharon Jones, Shuggie Otis and Jazzy B - spinning my recent vinyl purchases along with my vintage 45s and hiphop 12”s. If you’d like to book me, then get
in touch on facebook:
Or just check out one of my DJ sets in Brighton.
Simon Hill aka Beta Hector