Sara Simms

Sara Simms

Sara Simms captivates the world as an innovative DJ, turntablist and electronic music producer. She's a multi-instrumentalist who is known for her love of music technology. Sara's unique blend of EDM has rocked audiences around the world; she has recently toured through North America, Japan, and Europe. Her DJ career began in Toronto, where she held residencies at clubs like This Is London and The Courthouse. She has an intriguing background as a turntablist; she's competed in DJ battles in both Canada and Miami, and was a runner in up the 'Scratch' – The Ultimate DJ Contest. Sara has worked together with legendary brands like Dior, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Victoria's Secret and Guess Jeans. Sara is a DJ who's focused on bringing crowds the best electronica whether she's playing at a festival alongside her dancers or performing at a club. As an artist who stays on the cutting edge of digital DJing technologies, Sara works together with brands like Pioneer DJ, Genelec, Native Instruments, Moog Music Inc., Mixed in Key, Vestax, Analogue Solutions, Crane Hardware and 12 Inch Skinz to help them promote their products. She's the founder of Sara Simms Productions and the co-creator of The Future Prophecy, a new graphic novel and concept album series that features DJs as superheroes and villains. Sara's career highlights include: opening for the Friendly Fires in Cannes, France, appearing on DJ QBert's 'Skratch University', a US tour with Melleefresh (Play Records), judging the Canadian DMC Championships, playing at AIR (Tokyo) and performing at Pride Toronto. She has graced the stage alongside DMC World Champion DJ QBert, DJ Rafik, DJ Shortee, Japan Redbull Thre3Style Champion DJ Iku, Karl Wolf, Keisha Chante, Lights and Shad.

Articles by Sara Simms

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How to Setup Traktor with the Rane 62/64 DJ Mixer

Do you love Rane mixers but prefer to DJ with Traktor? Would you like to use Rane's custom Traktor mappings for Rane 62/64 mixers, but aren't quite sure how to start? You're in the right place.

Review: Blackstar ID:Core BEAM Amplifier

Affordable, highly portable and it even has Bluetooth built in. Sara Simms finds there's much to like about the Blackstar ID:Core BEAM Amplifier. She even took it out for a jam...

How to Create a Richie Hawtin Style Delay

If you love the sound of Richie Hawtin's signature delay effect, you'll want to read this detailed guide on how to replicate the effect for yourself. Sara Simms reveals all.

How to Use NI Traktor Ramp Delay & Reverb T3

Do you listen to DJs like Richie Hawtin and Dubfire play techno sets and wonder how they create spacious sounding effects? Sara Simms lets you in on an industry secret...

How to Create a DJ Routine for a Battle

Competing in DJ battles can be exhilarating - especially if you win! Here are Sara Simms' top tips for how best to prepare and make your performance the standout of the event.

Movement: History of Detroit's Electronic Music Festival

Detroit is world famous for its electronic music scene, notably the fact that it was the birthplace of the techno movement. Here, Sara Simms delves into the history of Movement, its flagship festival.

Review: Pioneer DJ DJM-250MK2

An affordable and portable 2-channel DJ mixer with Magvel Pro faders and USB I/O - what's not to like? Sara Simms road tests the Pioneer DJ DJM-250MK2.

Skratch Combos and Sessions

Mastering skratches is essential if you want to improve your DJ skills. In this quick tutorial, Sara Simms shows you how to combine multiple skratches into combos for even better results.

The Belleville Three & How Techno Was Born

Three friends from a small town changed the face of electronic music across the world. But how did it happen? Here's Sara Simms to tell the story.

Five Ideas on Using Hardware to Start Tracks

Don't just drag a loop from your desktop to your DAW - find inspiring ways of using hardware to kick off ideas for new tracks with these top tips!

Review: Pioneer DJ TORAIZ AS-1 Analog Monophonic Synthesizer

When the engineering might of Pioneer meets the creative powerhouse of Dave Smith Instruments, the results are sure to be intriguing. Sara Simms road tests the DJ TORAIZ AS-1 Analog Synth

Nirvana's Gear in the Nevermind Era

The gear that iconic bands use is just as big a part of their identity as the music they make or the place they come from. So what were Nirvana using when they made Nevermind?

Review: AudioHero

A site where you can choose a bespoke way to buy just the samples you need is always a welcome addition to the market. Could AudioHero save the day?

Using Traktor FX for Techno Sets

Traktor's effects can be tailored to suit many kinds of music performance. Here, Sara Simms shares her secrets for great-sounding techno FX with audio examples.

How to Sync NI Traktor and Ableton Live

Ableton Live and NI's Traktor are both supreme live performance tools, so what could be better than linking them together? Sara Simms shows you some easy ways to do it.