Alternative Rock singer/songwriter Mike Simmons began writing songs and poems when he was a down-and-out kid looking for ways to make money. Writing was the first to catch for Simmons and he began reading his poems to homeless kids on the street and dancers on the late shift at a strip club where his friends worked. This led to meeting a group of musicians one night who recognized Simmons’ ability to create and urged him to take writing and music more seriously. In the years since, Simmons has developed into an emotive songwriter and creator, playing his own music, as well as curating the creation of others across the country in venues ranging from clubs and halls to adult video stores.
His writing ability and melodic instincts quickly drew notice from emerging producers who hired him to groom the artists they were recording. During this period, Simmons began drifting into the fine arts and contemporary subculture communities in Cambridge and New York. His writing, both in prose and song began to explore the thin line between the gritty life he had arrived in and the glamorous one that was beginning to embrace him in the evenings.
This tension followed him to Los Angeles culminating in Simmons' debut album Sunburn, a ten-song effort tracked in two days that narrates Simmons' early days on the west coast. Sunburn sings of days spent with the almost-stars of the new LA and nights spent with the more familiar junkies, prostitutes, and other street people if only, according to the ones around Simmons, because they slept as infrequently as he did.
As of 2020, Simmons can be found mostly in a small studio in Seattle, releasing underground albums in The Voyeur Room and editing poetry and free format fiction for writers between trips across the country checking in on artists he continues to help shape. A rumored sophomore full length release “Defamed” has potential to release in winter 2021 with early comparisons to a sun soaked Psychedelic Furs, Laurel Canyon rock meeting Ride in the best way possible, and a Sub Pop record, if Sub Pop started in LA in the 70’s and took more acid and ketamine. Simmons and his seemingly constant grip on "cool" continues to prove he is one the most important emerging songwriters and artists currently working anywhere today. The rare ability to recognize things with true staying power, sometimes before they appear to happen, makes everything that catches Simmons ear exciting to watch come into fruition