Simons brothers show off vocals in new song
Dancing All Night, the latest song from The Simons Brothers Band, is out today.
The single is their first since they left Bermuda for Central America last October with a view to growing their audience.
Fans of the former instrumental band will get to hear Jonathan, Solomon and Leonardo sing, for the first time ever.
“It’s an old school funky kind of song; a mix of Earth, Wind & Fire with a modern twist,” said Jonathan, the band’s guitarist.
“It’s a song we think the older generation would love, and for the younger generation we’re introducing something that I guess is a little new to them. It’s definitely the kind of song that they can dance to like no one’s watching.”
Covid-19 threw a monkey wrench in their plans when it became a pandemic five months after they moved to Panama with their parents, Winelle and Ondra.
It helped that they started networking almost immediately. Within a week of moving to the country’s capital, Panama City, Jonathan, 20, Solomon, 18 and Leonardo, 14, were invited to be part of a “pretty big performance” at one of its most prominent hotels.
“We got a lot of contacts from that and now we’re starting to see some of those but, because of the quarantine we had to move a lot of our stuff online,” Jonathan said.
“We were posting weekly YouTube videos of us doing cover songs, playing our original songs and now we’re working on our music. We’re preparing for when this lockdown and Covid quarantine is all over. We’re working on albums, new music, merchandise – all of that.”
Panama has reported just over 140, 000 cases of Covid-19. As a way of coping, its authorities have closed all schools and banned gatherings of more than 50 people. An 11pm curfew is also in place.
It’s not exactly what he and his brothers had in mind for their global “musical journey” but, with progress in mind, Jonathan and Solomon, a pianist, and Leonardo, a drummer, decided to include vocals on their songs.
“People have been telling us for a while that we should sing,” Jonathan said. “We weren’t really into that but in life you level up, you get better, you do bigger things and singing kind of gave our music a signature. When you add a voice, it adds your personality to the song, it adds depth.”
Being in lockdown as a result of Covid-19 gave them the necessary time to practice, he added.
“We weren’t born talented. I’ve been playing the guitar for almost 15 years now. So we just knew with singing it would also take practice, which is what we’ve done during this quarantine.
“We’ve been practising and practising and then we recorded tons of takes; redoing it, redoing it, trying different things, harmonising and then watching YouTube videos about how to sing, how to get better. We’re really learning as we go but we’re planning on being the best that we can.”
Their hope is that they’re able to travel the world in the coming years, growing their fanbase and infusing different cultures into their music.
With its relatively low cost of living and easy access to the United States, Panama was an easy decision for their first stop. Being able to learn Spanish in a country where English is also widely spoken, was “a plus”.
“We noticed that people don’t really become big as entertainers if they stay in Bermuda,” Jonathan said, citing the reggae artist Collie Buddz as an example. “He left Bermuda and then he became big. So we knew we had to leave at some point and we decided Panama would be the first stop of many. We plan on travelling the world and living in awesome places and this is the first stop.
“We’re loving it. We’re meeting new people, making friends. We’ve loved it here so far – the people, the city, the lifestyle. It’s lovely. And because quarantine is easing up, people are starting to prepare for when everything’s in full effect so we’ve had some calls [about work].”
He and his brothers have been thrilled with the early response to Dancing All Night, Jonathan added.
“People have loved it. We’ve had messages and voicemails from everyone. So many people have said, ’I’m sharing it, I’m going to save it, can’t wait for November 12.’ We’ve had some really good responses to it.
“Of course we want to give a special thanks to people in Bermuda who are supporting us. It means a lot.”
Learn more about The Simons Brothers Band and listen to Dancing All at thesimonsbrothersband.com. Dancing All Night is available on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all other major music platforms. Follow @thesimonsbrothersband on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram