Simon Curtis’ mix of emotional electro-pop, Lady Gaga references and social-networking savvy have helped him rack up some impressive numbers as an unsigned act.
In the last year, he’s earned nearly 1 million plays on Last.fm, more than 400,000 YouTube views and 20,000 Twitter followers. Billboard estimates that his 2010 debut full-length, “8Bit Heart,” has been downloaded 150,000 times through his website since its release last March. Oh, and the album? It’s free.
“I don’t look at giving away the album for free as a missed opportunity for making money,” says Curtis, 24, who has yet to hire a music manager or publicist. “I look at it as a really great first step, as an artist building a successful business.” An artist that’s building a business — and buzz — as his readies the release of his sophomore set, “R?,” later this spring.
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Watch Simon Curtis sings the title track from his album, “8Bit Heart” acapella in this music video portrait by famed celebrity photographer, Tyler Shields