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 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.

Review: Black Rooster Audio VLA-3A

Compression is a core part of any mixer's toolbox but sometimes you need to go that extra mile. Sara Simms checks out the Black Rooster Audio VLA-3A.

Tips for Recording a Live Percussionist

Live percussion can add a lot to a recording session. Here are some tips to help you capture it as accurately as possible.

Review: Black Rooster Audio VLA-2A Compressor

A power-efficient, great sounding and cool-looking compressor plugin that is also affordable sounds too good to be true, but Sara Simms knows the truth about the VLA-2A compressor...

Review: Mojave MA-1000 Vacuum Tube Microphone

A vacuum tube microphone can give you great recordings. But can the Mojave MA-1000 really sound as good as mics costing ten times as much?

Review: Rupert Neve Shelford 5052 Mic Pre/Inductor EQ

The Rupert Neve Shelford 5052 Mic Pre/Inductor EQ carries the prestigious Neve label, but how did it fare in our tests? Read on to find out.

5 Tips for Opening DJ Sets

An opening DJ set is an art form and considered one of the most challenging DJ sets to play. Opening DJs need to set the mood, warm up an empty venue and gradually coax people onto the dance floor.

Roland DJ-808 Review

The new Roland DJ-808 DJ controller seeks to be the hub for every DJ setup. featuring a 4-channel mixer, jog wheels, 16-step sequencer with Roland's iconic 909, 808, 707 and 606 drum sounds and more.

12 Christmas Gift Ideas for DJs Under $500

The Christmas & Winter Holidays are here. If you’re thinking of a gift for a DJ or live musician friend/relative or for yourself, here are 12 inspiring music gifts suggested by Sara Simms.

Turntablism Skratching Tips From deejay stutter & Sara Simms

You say scratching, I say sktratching... In this article turntablists Sara Simms and deejay stutter share some exclusive scratching tips and tricks for DJs.

Review: Modor NF-1 Digital Hardware Synthesizer

An unashamedly digital hardware synthesizer, the Modor NF-1, captured our attention with its beautiful, minimal, sleek design and left us curious whether its sounds would live up to its aesthetics.

Evolving Your DJ Setup

While having a DJ gear setup you can rely on is great, getting stuck in familiar patterns can lead to predictable live performances. In this tutorial Sara Simms explores how to evolve your DJ setup.

Five Drum Loop Processing Tips

Changing and modifying drum loops and samples can help your music stand apart from others that might be using the same sound packs. Here's 5 ways to make yours sound unique.

Review: Pioneer DJ TORAIZ-SP-16

Featuring a 16 pad sampler & step sequencer & Dave Smith Instruments analog filters, Pioneer DJ's TORAIZ-SP-16 is aimed at forward thinking DJs & producers. Sara Simms finds out if they hit the mark.

Review: VocALign Pro 4

VocALign Pro 4 automatically analyzes the patterns of two audio signals and edits one to match the timing of the other. If you're editing audio could this be your new best friend? Sara Simms finds out