The Swedish organization Akta Huvudet works diligently with anti violence throughout the country.They problematize violence from different point of views. Both the victims, perpetrators and Witness. The organization is touring Sweden showing the film Res dej inte! (Stay Down) but also doing seminars, studies, collaborating closly with scientist’s. With other words a very good cause and great work on many different levels. This summer the film will be shown on several festivals and the bigest movie theatre in Sweden.
After two years of hard work with MMAnytt.se it’s time to move on. The website is still a friend of Simon but writing and working with MMA will be done on another place, from now on, called Kimura.se. Simon was one of driving forces to make MMAnytt.se become the most visited website about Mixed Martial Arts in all of Scandinavia with more than 500.000 unique visitors every month.
Right now Simon is very busy working with his book and his main profession: composing. Recently, also, Simon begun helping a swedish folk rock oriented music group called Tengil. Tengil have deep ties with Cultus Ferox, Corvus Corax and Wolgemut and Simon is working as Tengil’s manager and also mixing and mastering the music.
Other than that Simon is working dilligently with his book and of course, as mentioned before, with composing. A couple of film project are lining up but nothing is set in stone yet other than that Simon will work with the director Richard Jarnhed. More info will be revealed soon.
Two of the 7 members of Tengil
Simon is happy to announce that he signed recently with BTJ Förlag whom will publish his book about Mixed Martial Arts and distribute it in the mainstream. It’s still in the making and will be released sometime 2012.
Swedish publisher BTJ Förlag’s latest releases
The Featurette Sakae is filled with both action and drama. Sakae is directed by Benjam Orre and with the music composed by Simon’s friend Hans Lundgren. Simon mixed the music of this samurai inspired movie.
The story: In ancient Japan a battle of power takes place. Who will decide the future of the people?
The original score will soon be availible on Spotify.
This music of Aardia is the work of three swedish film composers Patric Söderlund, Daniel Johansson and Gustaf Grefberg. Simon mixed and mastered thier album Conquest of the Ancient Halls that had it’s release yesterday. Here’s a medley of all songs on the album:
From a scene in “Destin”
Simon has composed, mastered and mixed a lot during the course of the autumn. The debuting, epic, dark fantasy inspired, cinematic music group called Aardia worked closely with Simon in several month’s to create a stunning album, they before working with Simon had worked on for almost two years, which will be released on Waerloga Records early 2011. Simon has also kept working with intro’s, cues to TV-shows and mastering albums on demand throughout the autumn.
Today Simon finished a remake of a soundtrack (made by Vincent Andelmoth) to a short art film made by the famous greek multimedia artist namned John Santerineross. The Short film is called Destin and the soundtrack is more or less dark ambient horror music with hints of mysticism and psychological drama. The score, made by Simon, will be featured in a compilation released 2011. See the short film Destin, here.
The cover and digipack back on the upcomming debut album of Aardia which Simon both mixed,
mastered and worked closely with during the whole autumn
Simon is included in the Swedish book “Vägen till sångerna samtal om kreativitet och låtskrivande” (released sept. 2010).
The book is a series of interviews, one chapter each, made by swedish journalist Stefan Warnqvist and include bands such as: Backyard Babies, Miss Li, Timo Raisanen, Urban Tribe and more (a total of 22). Mainly Singer-songwriter’s from Sweden.
The book is in Swedish and is properly distributed here. Read more about it (in swedish) here. Simon foremost interviewed about his band Za Frumi but touches subjects such as composing for films and more.
Simon is making intros and other music to the webiste MMANYTT (mmanews), a website Simon also own together with some friends. The website got more than 400.000 unique readers every month. Simon is also hosting TV-shows viewed on the website. MMAnytt collaborates with among others TV4sport and Canal+sport and sponsor fighters such as Alexander Gustafsson who is fighting in the UFC.
Simon has made cues, remixes and more for the remake of the 2002 film Pangaea (Pontus Belfrage & Andreas Troedssson). A epic action fantasy short that will be released 2011.
Early work with a scene for the remake
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee has awarded Simon a grant for his work as a composer. The working party within the committee was comprised by nine members, all esteemed professionals. Considering Simon’s background in the underground scene, this award sends a clear message: the music of Simon Kolle is indeed to be taken seriously.
The Featurette Res dej inte! (Stay down) could be viewed at SVT1 the 13th of June (2010) at 23:15 (swedish time), afterwards a debate will follow about youth violence and the project. Simon’s soundtrack for film has earned great reviews so far and if you can’t wait for the viewing you can listen to some music samples here.