Biography

Simon Little is a session bassist living in London.

Perhaps best known as the bassist with The Divine Comedy, Duke Special and The Duckworth Lewis Method, he also tours regularly with Clare Teal and Maggie Reilly. As a jazz bass player he plays with Lea DeLaria, Ian Shaw, and Nina Ferro. Simon has also played and recorded with Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, A Girl Called Eddy, Chris Difford, Jamie Cullum, Liane Carroll, Beth Rowley, Ben Folds, Norma Winstone, Claire Martin, Pee Wee Ellis, Boo Hewerdine, Polly Gibbons, Newton Faulkner and The Ronnie Scott’s Allstars amongst others.

Born in London, Simon started learning the double bass at school in Dorset. He went on to study at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London (1999-2003) receiving tuition from Kevin Rundell, Jeff Clyne and Steve Watts. He first  picked up an electric bass aged 15 and has never looked back. Equally at home on upright or electric basses both live and in the studio, Simon soon became one of the busiest session bassists in the UK.

Simon’s latest solo album [un]plugged was released in 2012. It was preceeded by The Knowledge of Things To Come in 2011 and his debut album Mandala in 2010. Both records are available via Bandcamp and through all major digital retailers. His new project, a collaboration with drummer Steve Alexander is called Little Alex. They are currently working on an album due for release sometime in 2012. Little Alex combines Simon’s live looping with electronics and live drums from Steve.

Simon plays Electric, Upright and fretless basses. And a bit of sitar. And if you ask him nicely, he might play the musical saw for you. Or if you’re very lucky indeed, the Whamola…

An experienced teacher and clinician, Simon occasionally takes on students on both electric and upright basses, providing tuition in a broad range of styles from classical and jazz to funk and rock. Any enquiries regarding teaching can be sent to Simon using the contact page.

You can follow Simon’s updates on Twitter if you’re that way inclined… He very much is.

Simon currently uses Warwick basses and Line 6 effects and pedals…