Exploration and play are at the core of Simon Popps creative process. Classically trained in jazz drumming and polyrhythm, the German-born artist draws from a vast array of instruments to build his expansive sound palette. Learning the drums and listening to a wide range of genres from a young age instilled in him a ravenous musical curiosity that resonates throughout his various projects: as a solo artist under his own
name, his duo-projects 9ms and Enji&Popp or as the drummer for bands like Roosevelt and Fazer, the group he co-founded with conservatory peers Martin Brugger, Paul Bra¤ndle, Matthias Lindermayr, and fellow drummer Sebastian Wolfgruber in 2018.
Popps debut album 'Laya', as well as his follow-ups 'Devi' and 'Blizz' make use of rhythms as storytelling mechanisms. Contrasting light and dark, organic and synthetic sounds, his compositions engage in a dance of subtle complexities, enticing the listener into the practice of close listening.
Closely affiliated with Munich-based label Squama, who revolve around the axis of contemporary jazz, minimal and ambient influences, Popps extensive output through his projects showcase his passion for collaborating across a variety of avant-garde and popular music. His latest album 'Blizz' sees Popp delve deeper into this interplay between electronic and organic sounds to new and delightful results.