Simon Popp | Vic Firth Artist

Simon Popp

Fazer, 9ms, Roosevelt, Popp

Exploration and play are at the core of Simon Popp’s 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 Brändle, Matthias Lindermayr, and fellow drummer Sebastian Wolfgruber in 2018. Popp’s 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, Popp’s 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.

Behind the kit

Performance Spotlight: Simon Popp - "Fon"

Simon Popp drum solo @Jazzclub Unterfahrt w/Fazer

How It's Actually Played - The Making of 'Devi' by Popp

Bühne frei im Studio 2: Simon Popp Trio

Photo Credits:
Header, Profile: Manuel Nieberle