Simon Raymonde is head honcho of Bella Union, one of the UK’s finest record labels, which is celebrating 20 years of releasing quality music by artists including John Grant, Father John Misty, Midlake and the Flaming Lips.
Besides the label, Simon is best known as bassist and co-songwriter in legendary band the Cocteau Twins and musical director/ songwriter for This Mortal Coil. Simon has worked sporadically with his own musical ventures including a solo record Blame Someone Else in 1997 and the Snowbird album Moon in 2014 – both on Bella Union. He will be releasing the first output by his latest venture Lost Horizons on Bella Union in 2017.
Raymonde has also produced a number of artists including the Czarz, the Autumns, Lift to Experience, and Rothko, as well as the late Billy Mackenzie.
Bella Union was awarded Best Independent Label of the Year awards by Association of Independent Music (AIM) in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016, as voted by all of the UK’s indie retailers. In 2012 AIM also awarded Simon the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.