Bio

Simon KölleQuick Facts

Simon Albin Andreas Kölle was born in Stockholm, Sweden where he currently resides and work.

After being a Theatre Major in high school he has received higher education in fields such as Theatre Science, Film Music and Experimental/Art Music at Stockholm University.

Simon is a proud founder of Tulpa Creatives which he runs with the founder Richard Jarnhed.

Simon is the founder of the Trailer Group STK.

Simon is developing a TV series and from now and then work as a Producer.

Composer

Simon started out working with music as a pro with Za Frûmi (8 albums) with Simon Heath and up to 2009-2010 he composed mainly for his different projects (Za Fruûmi, Musterion, Abnocto) and released records on several labels. 2009 Simon shifted focus towards Film, TV and Media.

Simon has composed music for several highly acclaimed projects. In addition to film and TV, Simon has composed music for several high profile documentary’s, Video Blogs and computer games. His music has been featured and reviewed in hundreds of web and print publications and he’s been a pioneer in the genre of fantasy.  Simon has though showed that he can create music in virtually every genre, all with strikingly original music. Horror, thriller, fantasy, drama, Sci-fi, documentaries and action are the main genres Simon has composed for. He’s though very open to compose for other genres.

During the past few years, his music has been heard in an array of projects (see Records and Film Music) and worked closely with the director Richard Jarnhed.Simon’s music has been celebrated by Ennio Morricone, Oliver Stone, John Malkovich and more.

Among the 80+ projects Simon composed he 2009 (released 2010) composed his first major project which was called “Res dej inte!” (Stay Down) which was a featurette shown on national swedish TV (SVT) and played in schools for many years.

2011 and 2012 Simon was composing music for several Pilots and documentaries such as one with UFC champion Dominick Cruz.

Simon composed (2012 & 2013) for the project “Drakar och Demoner” (Swedish version of the Roleplay game Dungeons and Dragons)  which consists of several short films and at least one feature (not yet done).

In 2013 Simon worked with SVT (Swedish National TV) on a series called “Re:volt”, with the feature film “Vilsen” and 2014 Simon really took the step to be established in Sweden as he’s started composing music to two feature films, made music for H&M, Comviq and more.

2015 Simon worked on Vitt Skräp (also 2016), Vilsen (also 2016), computer games and more.

2016 Simon composed the music for the pilot of Legend of Dark Rider, The Hollywood feature The Perfect Weapon (starring Steaven Seagal), finished Vilsen (Ave Mater) and is finishing Vitt Skräp. and more will come. Here’s the complete list of the credits.

Hobbies

Simon’s hobbies include being an instructor in HEMA and knife fighting, roleplaying games, Go, films, series and MMA.

Dream

His greatest dream is to win an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

An old biography written 2008

Biography

written by Michael Cunningham, Irish journalist

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1977 Simon Kölle soon proved at an early age to possess an adventurous spirit. A youthful indulgence in the testing of boundaries of his physical limits through acrobatic feats would later enable Simon to engage in a number of Martial Art styles, and also fencing of which he would become a proficient instructor. Simon’s father was born in Germany but subsequently moved to Sweden with his mother at the age of twelve. Here Simon’s father met and married his mother who was training in psychology. Simon’s lineage is not without an interesting history in itself; during World War II his Great Grandfather, a renowned conductor (with a father running a major music school), was saved from certain execution, for the part he had played in successfully delivering a number of Jews out from the shadow of the Reich, by none other than Herman Göring. Simon’s Great Grandfather had served with Göring during the First World War and it seems that old association, in turn, spared him.

Parallel to a keen sense and appreciation of the history and folklore of his surroundings also ran an acute interest in music realized through furtive ventures into song writing, composition and, of course, playing

Throughout his life Simon has nurtured a fascination with stories and tales grounded in both historical truths and works of fantastical fiction. As a result Simon has developed a keen sense and appreciation of not only the history of his surroundings, but also the folklore they are steeped in. Parallel to this also ran an acute interest in music realized through furtive ventures into song writing, composition and, of course, playing. Among Simon’s esteemed peers is Rami Yacoub whose later collaboration with Max Martin would produce the song ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ – now familiar as the track that launched the career of pop songstress Britney Spears! Other friends from childhood include luminaries of the Black and Avant-Garde Metal scene in Scandinavia, namely Yusaf Parvez and Guillaume le Huche who have played with Dödheimsgard and Katatonia respectively, contributing much to those groups amongst others.

Simon’s later teenage years saw a possible exemplary career in soccer ending abruptly through, of all things, a contractual disagreement however this turn of events would lead to Simon enrolling in Theatre School where he found a subject in which he reveled and excelled through the development of Physical Theatre. Informed by Grotowski and Artaud the conclusion of his theatre studies Simon unveiled his first play, ‘Ögonen – min trägård’ (The Eyes – My Garden) in which a cast of sixteen actors conveyed a disturbing drama engaging the societal aspects of disillusion, religion and masks. The play went on to become a minor hit in Sweden and enjoyed a limited tour. This success prompted Simon to enroll in the study of Theatre at Stockholm University. Here he became the artistic director of ‘418’ ; a collective of fellow artists and performers. His next theatrical venture was to write and direct a second play ‘Faller Himlen ned?’ (Is the Sky falling down?) which played in Sweden to encouraging reviews from the local press, including Dagens Nyheter who described the play as a mixture of both ‘scary and genius!’. The play would act as a medium through which Simon was able to introduce music of a style hitherto unheard or reproduced in Swedish Theatre. ‘Faller…’ became a hit on Spegel Teatern but due to performance commitments it played for only a short while.

Simon has been able to progress his music through other subjects from the folkloric horror of vampires to the esoteric musings of the arcane

Some travelling through Europe followed which permitted Simon to explore a wider canvas of experience but he maintained his forays into writing; a further play ‘Beroende’ (Addiction) which, while not as successful as his earlier creations, nevertheless added to his creative development and growth. Though some further compositions and directing credits, which also saw a film project involving some of Scandinavia’s leading lights sadly stall, were added to Simon’s endeavors he always retained his interest in music and in 2000 he formed the musical project, Za Frûmi along with Simon Heath and Donald Person (whom later on had to leave). Za Frûmi instills the essence of theatre; driven by field-recordings, narrative dialogue and complex musical arrangements that all coalesce to allow a potent form of aural drama to evolve. While the initial kernel of a number of Za Frûmi’s works were the literary stories of JRR Tolkien, Simon has been able to progress his music through other subjects from the folkloric horror of vampires to the esoteric musings of the arcane. Simon’s work has not been restricted to Za Frûmi however and he continues to involve himself in a number of musical projects such as Abnocto and Musterion as well as lending his talents to creating individual musical compositions for films, websites and fellow musicians.

Simon has also written over thirty plays and live role-plays since 1999 and maintains his work with theatre workshops such as ‘418’. Where Simon’s work is becoming more prominent is within the context of cinematic music – oft an overlooked genre, yet many cinematic scores can become just as synonymous with their narrative canvases as key scenes or actors. Directors such as Ennio Morricone and Oliver Stone, whose scores (or influence in the case of Stone) respectively for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Natural Born Killers have projected the function of the score forward into the realm of emotive enactor rather than merely that of background music. Such a factor is also evident in Simon’s scores and this has been recognized and enjoyed by those very two directors where his use of composition is not redundant within the narrative but central to it. In 2007 Simon & Simon Heath’s composition, Interludium I, was performed live by the Swedish Radio Orchestra in Skansen with 110 musicians.

The overriding merits evident in Simon’s works are those of conviction and vision backed a solid musical and theatrical intuitiveness – the result of which is represented by a vast and varied corpus that competently conveys the undercurrents of lore and beliefs that mould society, both ancient and more recent, upon an audience who are thus able to crystallize and wrap themselves in the compositions. Many artists try to achieve such a connection between their work and audience: Simon remains one of the foremost and pioneering craftsmen in his genre and his multitude of works, be they musical or theatre (or both in some cases) give voice to this.

December 2008

Journalist & Sports commentator
Besides composing and producing Simon is also an accomplished sports journalist focusing on Martial Arts (mainly MMA). In that field he has owned MMAnytt.se, worked as editor in chief of Kimura.se,  was one of the owners of Fightplay.tv and now he is the editor in chief at Fighter Magazine (fightermag.se). Simonhas written the first non-fiction work about Mixed Martial Arts ever to be published by a major Swedish publisher.Simon has worked as a Sports commentator since 2010 and is the permanent commentator of the biggest MMA organization in Sweden (Superior Challenge).In the martial arts of Scandinavia Simon is well known and is interviewed in many documentaries and has worked with Zuffa (Owner of UFC), several commisions and been part of the jury of Kampsportsgalan (Swedish Martial Arts Awards).