B.A. HONS. MEDIA (MOVING IMAGE)
Simon's creative journey started from a very young age where he was already conceptualizing and designing many by-products from board game ideas to even novels and card games for his own amusement. Despite the wide range of creative interests, he was particularly intrigued by the non-visual communication of sound and music and started studying classical piano at the Johann Strauss Royal School of Music at the ripe age of 4 and quickly obtained a formidable ear in music.
This acquired skill-set had already been turning heads especially De La Salle College where he underwent his primary and secondary education. He frequently landed lead roles as pianist in several performances under his mentors Maestro Ray Sciberras and Tania Craus. At age 11, unwillingly due to other commitments, he turned away from his musical academic studies at Johann Strauss but in turn sparked a keen interest in computer-based music for its versatility and creative possibilities from one singular perspective. Later on, he also took up and focused on art and graphical communication as part of his secondary level studies.
After graduating, Simon wanted to be able to exercise and develop his skills in music and various other forms of art. Therefore he decided to embark in a creative media production programme at the MCAST Institute of Art & Design and attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Moving Image Media. It was during this time through a production of a documentary where he met and worked with Karl Froman, a classical-based artist, who taught him the effectiveness of traditional figurative techniques that communicate forcefully to a viewer. Intrigued by this, Simon made this the foundation of his productions of music which, as a result, became highly dramatic and story-telling thus instantiating his alias Fabricka... denoting the notion of fabrication.
With the skill now refined, he publicized the pseudonym Fabricka and his works on online social media. One of these in particular was the community-based musical platform Trackage Scheme through which immediately caught the eye of various local audiences and artists. This resulted in Simon playing in various collaborations such as the highly received project Across Borders with Hazed founder Keith Said and also landed spots in big local festivals such as Earth Garden, Sunscape Festival, Sliema Street Arts Festival and played against electronic music heavyweights such as Plaid, Solar fields, AES Dana and Wisp. It was not long until he finally caught the attention of labels and distributors in the UK and United States and had compositions published by Just Music UK alongside his long-time influences Jon Hopkins and Marconi Union.
After graduating from his degree course Simon moved to Mellieha where he set up a small music promotion called Chuckraitnatz alongside Muke Spiteri through which they upheld several musical events in aid of various local charities such as Puttinu Cares and Dar tal-Providenza. Despite the prosperity of this project, Simon decided that it was time to venture in his own beliefs and therefore moved back to Marsaskala. This ultimately gave birth to Cold Minor, a record label as well as underground art sanctuary through which he works with and teaches various aspiring and established local artists of different mediums whilst forcing the notions of “structure, space and change” and “effective communication”. It was no surprise, through this chain of events, that Simon has now also found a place with ARCO Design Studio where he exercises his skills and principles through architecture, interiors and visual design with architect and designer Perit Arielle Agius.