Andrew started DJing in 1999 with the growth of Traxx, the night he helped to form the previous year. DJing was a natural progression for someone with such a passion for collecting music. What followed was a 4 year residency at the hugely successful Traxx at the Soundhaus; developing a sound that would encompass many different styles of music – with a growing taste for all things disco. He was involved in the inception and long term organisation of Melting Pot from 2001, and became resident in 2006.
Andrew and Melting Pot have played at the Unabombers Electric Elephant festival in Croatia, with guest slots around the UK at festivals such as: T in the Park, Rockness, Connect, and clubs like: Whistlebump in London, including their summer boat party on the spectacular Art Deco Silver Sturgeon boat, Ultragroove in Edinburgh plus a year long residency at Sneaky Pete's throughout 2016 and Autodisco in Dundee.
In addition, Andrew is Finance Director at Loud & Clear Hi-Fi (one of the UK's leading high-end hi-fi retailers), which allows him access to a plethora of hi-fi equipment to lavish on Melting Pot. Paying such close attention to the audio side of Melting Pot has made it one of the best sounding clubs anywhere! One where the Melting Pot guests leave raving about it!
Andrew has also been working closely with Lucky Cloud Sound System, who host parties with David Mancuso from The Loft, to maximise the potential of their sound system – which has taken great leaps forward.
In 2011 Andrew took inspiration from Greg Wilson's Living To Music blog, and DJ Cosmo's Classic Album Sundays by starting a monthly album listening event at Loud & Clear Hi-Fi - which has seen much media interest. More recently Andrew has also been hosting Classic Album Sundays evenings at The Berkeley Suite too.
Starting off with Donna McGhee's seminal Disco LP, Make It Last Forever, for Record Store Day 2014, Andrew has been running Groove Line Records with Wayne Dickson from Big Break Records. There have also been some massive 12" reissues on Groove Line, with Delegation, The Brothers and Bumblebee Unlimted putting the label on the map for the highest quality fully licensed vinyl releases from the disco era and beyond. It's not just 12" vinyl, Groove Line have also released a 3xCD anthology of The Salsoul Orchestra and a 2xCD anthology of Change, with Walter Gibbons's Disco Madness album on Salsoul also being given the reissue treatment on CD in 2016.
Simon's love of dance music was forged during a succession of lost weekends in the midst of the thriving early nineties Glasgow club scene. At venues such as the Sub Club and the Arches, he and other kindred spirits would commune week-in week-out to hear the best in Chicago House and Detroit Techno. It was not long before he himself caught the DJing bug, buying his first turntables, and collecting vinyl releases from seminal labels such as Trax, Prescription, Planet E and Underground Resistance.
In 1998, he and a group of like-minded individuals combined forces to launch Traxx, a collective organising parties in intimate venues where quality underground music would be played by local residents. Within a year, they had established the much-loved underground dance music event Traxx at Soundhaus, with Simon taking up residency in the main room, a large warehouse space packed with 400 hedonists. Traxx at Soundhaus was something entirely new for Glasgow, operating an open-minded music policy across three unique areas.
Not content to rest on his laurels, Simon sought out the roots of the Chicago and Detroit scenes and arrived at their musical forerunners from within disco and funk. In particular, mixtapes from inspirational Chicago clubs like the Warehouse and the Music Box introduced Simon to the classic disco sounds of New York and the off-kilter electronic sounds of Euro and Italo disco. He began to incorporate increasingly more disco in his sets, and in 2001 he helped form Melting Pot, where he was installed as resident.
Simon has been a staple of the Glasgow DJ scene for years, playing regularly at the city's best clubs and bars. He has also performed guest sets at festivals such as Rockness, T in the Park, Connect, as well as leading clubs in Edinburgh, Dundee, and London.