Sara Simms

Sara Simms

Sara Simms captivates the world as an innovative musician, DJ, turntablist and electronic music producer. She's a multi-instrumentalist who's known for her love of music technology. Sara makes her mark in the music community by crafting diverse sets with styles ranging from pulsating techno to house. She balances technical skills with a refined musical sensibility and her approach to DJing focuses on improvisation through multi-deck mixing. Her passion for music has led her to tour through North America, Japan and Europe. Recently, she's played sets for Allen and Heath's live broadcast at the Amsterdam Dance Event, on Detroit's 313.FM and on Toronto's CTRL Room. Sara has an intriguing background as a jazz guitarist turned turntablist. She's competed in DJ battles in both Canada and the US, and was a runner in up the 'Scratch' – The Ultimate DJ Contest. Sara's DJ career began in Toronto with residencies at venues like This Is London, The Courthouse and The Ritz-Carlton. She's now focused on studio work and has founded her own label, Simmetry Sounds to release productions and collaborations. As an artist who stays on the cutting edge of new technologies, Sara has worked together with brands like Arturia, Casio, Fender, Genelec, Pioneer DJ, Mixed in Key, Moog Music Inc, Native Instruments and Roland. As a DJ, Sara has played events for legendary brands like Dior, Guess, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Victoria's Secret and Volvo. Sara's career highlights include: playing at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, 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), W Hotel (Miami and Seattle) and performing at Pride Toronto.

Articles by Sara Simms

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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

Review: Roland A-01

Is it a controller? Is it a synth? The Roland A-01 is a small, portable MIDI controller and 8-bit sound generator with a step sequencer. Sara Simms finds out if it's as attractive to play as it looks.

What Makes Pioneer DJ Mixers Sound Good?

Pioneer DJ mixers, like the DJM-2000NXS, are well respected amongst DJs and FOH engineers. Why? They sound great. But what makes them sound so good? Sara Simms investigates...

5 Tips for Combining Drum 'n' Bass and House

Boundaries between musical genres are constantly blurring, shifting and moving. If you want to combine house and drum n bass, or other styles, here's 5 super quick tips to help.

How to Use Four Effects on Pioneer DJ Mixers

So you want your DJ sets to be full of creative effects? Sara Simms shows how to add four effects to your mixes when DJing on Pioneer Mixers like the DJM900.

Review: AGNT, Suddenly DJ Booking Process Just Got Easy

Imagine being able to book and pay for a DJ using an app on your phone... AGNT does that and a whole lot more. Whether you need to book a DJ for club, disco or wedding, AGNT can make life easier.

Composing Techno with Roland AIRA: TR-8, TB-3 and MX-1

The AIRA range of hardware music machines are inspiring to get hands on with. In this tutorial, Sara Simms shows how easy and satisfying it is to create techno tracks using the TR-8, TB-3 & MX-1.

A Brief History of Turntablism

Have you ever wondered what Turntablism is, or its history and origin? Well, you've come to the right corner of the internet. Sara Simms provides a fascinating look into the history of turntablism.

5 Tips for Producing Deep House

Learn how to take your deep house productions to the next level with these 5 tips from producer and DJ, Sara Simms.

Review: Analogue Candy Sample Packs

Analog Candy is fairly new to the market with sample packs for musicians and producers. Sara Simms take a closer look and listen to Ice Choir and TR-LAX (6 classic processed TR drum machines).

DJ Scratching Video Tutorial: Chirp and Chirp-Flare

In this video and article tutorial experienced DJ, trainer and author, Sara Simms, shows you how to add Chirp and Chirp Flare Scratches to your DJ performance repertoire. Every DJ should watch this.

How to Mix Stems Using TRAKTOR PRO 2.10.2 and the S4

Curious about NI's Stems format but unsure how to get started? Mixing with Stems is easier than you think. Here's how to incorporate Stems into your performance using the latest version of Traktor.

7 Tips To Get The Floor Moving To Your DJ Mix

There are certain tips and skills DJs pick up through trial and error to help them get the dance floor heaving to their mixes. Save yourself the time and pain with these seven tips from Sara Simms.

Review: Slate Digital Virtual Preamp Collection

The Slate Digital Virtual Preamp Collection aims to bring authentic tones of two vintage microphones to your DAW using Slate's modelling tech. Sara Simms puts this collection to the test.

5 Essential Tips for Composing Melodies for EDM

When it comes to creating melodic parts for electronic dance music productions don't be left scratching your head, or feeling uninspired. Here's 5 essential tips to help you create better melodies.