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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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.

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.