Simon Daniels is the singer and a guitar player for long-running band, Autograph. They exploded on the scene in the mid-80’s with their classic hit, “Turn Up The Radio,” but by 1989 the band had called it quits. Fast forward to 2013 and we find a reunion being orchestrated, but original singer Steve Plunkett declines the offer – enter Simon Daniels.
Since Simon accepted the position, the band has found great success playing festivals, cruises, and theaters, as well as recording new music. The band has a new single called “This Ain’t The Place I Wanna Be,” which is being very well received, and the band is set to release a new record called Beyond on the Frontiers Records label, and it will drop on November 11, 2022.
In this interview, Simon talks about coming to Los Angeles from his home country of Brazil in 1985. He tells us about his former bands, joining Autograph in 2013, making this new record, the passing of bandmate and dear friend Randy Rand, and the prospect of having children.
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
I later became a stay-at-home dad and started honing my writing and photography skills to keep my mind from turning into mashed peas. My kids are now adults, my mind is only slightly mushy, and I am thrilled to have the honor of presenting my work to you!