Matt Simons, Chris Ayer

Fri Nov 23 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Brick and Mortar Music Hall

1710 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103

$10 ADV / $13 DOS

All Ages

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Matt Simons, Chris Ayer

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  • Matt Simons

    Matt Simons


    Even  though  he  grew  up  in  Palo  Alto,  California,  the  technological  center  of  the  universe,  singer  songwriter  Matt  Simons  isn't  necessarily  a  tech  expert.  Still,  it's  somewhat  ironic  that  a  slew  of  Internet  ads  he  posted  on  Facebook  when  he  was  promoting  his  first  album,  Pieces,  is  what  led  to  his  initial  breakthrough.

    “I'd  just  made  a  record,  and  as  an  independent  artist,  I  had  no  idea  how  to  market  it,”  he  said.  “So,  I  turned  to  the  Internet  and  it  ended  up  working  really  well  overseas.”  Soon,  the  musician  had  a  small,  dedicated  fan  base,  in  of  all  places,  The  Netherlands,  where  he  traveled  and  played  a  few  small  shows.  In  the  audience  at  one  of  those  shows  was  a  writer  for  one  of  the  biggest  shows  on  Dutch  television,  Goede  Tijden,  Slechte  Tijden.  She  heard  him  sing  an  impassioned  version  of  his  song,  “With  You.”

    It  was  then  that  he  learned  what  the  words,  “overnight  sensation,”  truly  meant.  Though  he's  been  studying  classical  and  jazz  since  his  childhood—taking  the  requisite  piano  lessons  before  switching  to  the  saxophone  (“the  saxophone  is  just  cooler,”  he  cracked),  and  he'd  been  gigging  in  his  now  hometown  of  New  York  to  small  crowds,  he  found  himself  something  of  a  minor  celebrity  in  the  Netherlands.  He  appeared  as  a  guest  judge  on  the  Dutch  version  of  the  X-Factor.  His  song  was  a  top  seller  on  iTunes,  finishing  29th  on  the  top  selling  songs  of  2013  in  the  Netherlands.  “It  out-sold  The  Lumineers'  ‘Ho  Hey’;  it  beat  Katy  Perry’s  ‘Roar,’”  he  said.

    On  his  second  album  'Catch  and  Release',  he  wrote  the  bulk  of  it  in  three  weeks  with  co-writers  in  LA  and  worked  with  six  different  producers  in  Nashville,  L.A  and  The  Netherlands.  “It  was  this  crazy  period  of  creativity  after  about  a  year  and  a  half  of  writer's  block.”

    Music  is  in  Simons’  blood—his  grandparents  were  both  opera  singers  in  Los  Angeles,  and  he  spent  his  life  studying  jazz  and  classical,  learning  to  play  on  piano,  switching  to  clarinet,  guitar,  and  saxophone,  eventually  settling  back  on  piano.  When  his  peers  were  listening  to  rock  and  roll,  he  was  listening  to  jazz.  In  the  current  pop  landscape  when  so  many  stars  don't  write  their  own  music,  Simons’  extensive  musical  background  gives  him  a  leg  up.  “I  think  you  take  the  tools  that  you  have  acquired  and  try  to  make  something  meaningful  out  of  it  —  that's  always  been  my  philosophy,”  he  said.  “The  greater  goal  is  just  trying  to  be  able  to  express  yourself.”

    His  style  recalls  the  classic  song  structures  of  his  musical  heroes,  the  Beatles,  with  hooked-filled  harmonies,  and  plaintive  lyrics  that  evoke  a  sort  of  insightful  melancholy.

    “I try to be autobiographical, but not necessarily so it's super-obvious. I like to just draw on common themes that everyone relates to in their daily lives—feelings of unrest, feelings of movement — of new beginnings, wanting to start over,” he said. “My favorite kind of songs to listen to are the ones that, the lyrics might sound depressing, but at the end of the day, there's some truth in it, and that makes you feel good.”

    He can speak to any occasion though, and that’s why his 2015 single “Catch & Release” and its (Deepend Remix) became a runaway international smash. Cumulatively, the song amassed over 200 million-plus Spotify streams and counting, and the remixed version soared to #1 on HypeMachine twice. Stateside, it went Top 5 at AAA radio and Billboard pegged it as one of “Tomorrow’s Hits.” Globally, it clinched #1 in 7 countries including France, Germany, Belgium, and Spain, reaching platinum in Germany, Belgium, Holland & Switzerland, and gold certifications in Italy, Sweden, Brazil & South Africa. Sold out tours followed as well as festival appearances at Pinkpop, Frequency, and many more.

    His follow-up EP, When The Lights Go Down, spoke to his knack for lyrical storytelling. Throughout the EP, he perfects that penchant for a captivating tale. “I like to write based off of a concept,” he says. “There’s a narrative at the heart of When The Lights Go Down. When you’re going through a breakup, everything could feel fine during the day, but once it turns night time and it’s time go to sleep, you really start missing somebody.”

    It’s no surprise he’s been honing his chops since childhood. Playing saxophone his whole life, he got a degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance at The Purchase College Conservatory. That background ultimately gave him the foundation to write these kinds of songs.

    “I won’t ever lose that influence,” he leaves off. “I started off with jazz and those rhythms and patterns have been ingrained in me. Now, my main focus is to continue writing these songs that really can resonate.”

    Spending 2017 writing and recording, he’s now back with his hugely infectious new single ‘We Can Do Better’. Detailing the origins of the song & it’s lyrics, he says “ I met up with Emily Warren and Scott Harris, both incredibly accomplished songwriters and we started talking about relationships, specifically marriage. Scott is already married, and I was just about to propose to my girlfriend in the coming weeks. We started discussing articles we'd read about how young people are not jumping into committed relationships nearly as often as previous generations and waiting later and later into their 20s and 30s to get married. With the divorce rate at more than 50%, can you blame them? We decided to write a song of hope for my future fiancée and myself about how We Can Do Better.”

    Stay tuned for much more from Matt Simons this year...

  • Chris Ayer

    Chris Ayer


    Chris Ayer is a Los Angeles-based artist with a rawness of performance and poetic lyricism that combine to make something at once urgent and timeless. With sharp pop sensibility, and a strong nod to the singer-songwriter tradition, Chris defies genres, incorporating Pop, Folk, Soul, and Americana elements seamlessly into his music. 

    Born in California, and raised in Virginia, Chris has built a reputation for uplifting and emotive solo shows in New York City’s Lower East Side, as well as inspiring collaborations with up and coming musician friends from the New York music scene. In 2013, Chris self-released his second full length album The Noise, which he co-produced with GRAMMY award-winning producer Will Hensley. Then in 2014, Chris moved from New York City to Los Angeles. Shortly after relocating to the West Coast, Chris’s music began to gain traction throughout Europe and The UK, specifically in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, and England. 

    Chris Ayer has honed his craft over nearly a decade’s worth of countless performances across the globe. Chris has played over 1000 shows throughout America and Europe the past few years, and he recently capped off a 21 date national tour in 2017 of the United States with a one-off performance in Amsterdam in front of 5500 screaming fans at AFAS Live. Chris was also a featured performer at the 2017 PinkPop Festival in The Netherlands, where he shared a bill with the likes of Green Day, Martin Garrix, and Kings of Leon. 

    Ayer’s last three singles, ’Stay Another Night,’ ’On the Blvd,’ and ‘Heavy’ have a combined total of over 3.5 million streams on Spotify. Stay Another Night’ landed in the Spotify Viral 50 in Denmark and Holland, it was featured on Spotify’s Bae Playlist, and it hovered on Hype Machine’s Twitter Music Chart for a couple of weeks. In March of 2018, Ayer received the Independent Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary Song for his song ‘Heavy.’ 

    Chris is currently touring extensively and plotting a series of new releases for the Fall of 2018. 

Matt Simons, Chris Ayer

Fri Nov 23 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Brick and Mortar Music Hall San Francisco CA
Matt Simons, Chris Ayer
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$10 ADV / $13 DOS All Ages

Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.