Simon Dine is a Manchester-based songwriter, producer and artist who started his music career in the late ‘80s. He first began working as a journalist and then became a label A&R and manager before moving into music production full time, initially collaborating with John Peel favourites Adventures In Stereo and then launching his own artist project Noonday Underground in 1998.
Noonday Underground consists of Simon and singer Daisy Martey (who also joined Morcheeba for their fifth studio album ‘The Antidote’ in 2005) and were critically acclaimed for their unique sound, catching the attention of Paul Weller & Noel Gallagher, most notably for the track “London”.
Simon then went on to work with Paul Weller, co-writing and producing four critically acclaimed albums and commercial successes; Illumination (2002, UK #1), 22 Dreams (2008, UK #1), Wake Up The Nation (2010, UK #2 & Mercury Prize Nomination) and Sonik Kicks (2012, UK #1).
‘Wake Up The Nation’ is being reissued by Universal on 27th November 2020.
He was also part of the team behind Candie Payne, co-writing and producing the album “I Wished I Could Have Loved You More” which was signed to Deltasonic/Columbia Records in 2007. The title song of the same name was covered by Emma Bunton on her last solo album “My Happy Place” in 2019. Mark Ronson was also a big supporter of the album; producing the track “One More Chance” and inviting Candie to sing on tour with his live band.
More recently, Simon has continued to self-release music under the Noonday Underground guise with successful syncs in film and TV such as a Google Home TV Advert (2018). He has also secured placements with his wider catalogue including the composition “Piece Of The Pie”, featuring in Netflix no.1 trending film The Kissing Booth 2, released earlier this year. Other creative ventures include writing and securing cuts with The Spitfires, The Waterboys, Dexys, Jimi Goodwin (Doves), Raf Rundell (The 2 Bears) and fellow Kassner Music writer Nathaniel Hall from The Jungle Brothers.