Simon Collins – Lead Vocals, Drums, Co-producer
Dave Kerzner – Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Co-producer
Matt Dorsey – Guitars, Bass, Backing Vocals
Kelly Nordstrom – Guitars, Bass
Hannah Stobart – Guest vocals on “Beyond Illumination”
Live Touring Musicians:
Randy McStine – Guitar (current)
Ronen Gordon – Drums (May 2013 European Tour and current)
John Wesley – Guitar (First Contact : Montreal, May 2013 European Tour)
Jonathan Schang – Drums (First Contact : Montreal)
About Simon Collins’ new progressive rock band.
With 3 of his own albums under his belt Simon Collins, son of legendary musician Phil Collins, decided to try something he had always wanted to do. Having grown up on tour with Genesis, Simon had a rare and unique perspective that inspired him to eventually pursue his own music career. After a decade of writing, producing and promoting his solo material, Simon kept in touch with a handful of musicians with whom he had a strong connection and a rare chemistry. With a shared vision and strong musical bond they embraced what was clearly an organic evolution and decided to bring their creative forces together. That band is called “Sound of Contact”. At its core the band consists of Simon and co-producer/co-writer/keyboardist Dave Kerzner (Sonic Reality, Kevin Gilbert) and co-writer/guitarist/bassist as Matt Dorsey with the addition of such great co-writers and musicians as guitarist/bassist Kelly Nordstrom and guest vocalist Hannah Stobart (Rocket Moth, Wishing Tree).
Sound of Contact’s debut album “Dimensionaut” is a concept album about a dimensional time and space traveler who is on a mission to expand the boundaries of the human experience. The album features a wide range of styles and dynamics from dark and mysterious progressive rock to nostalgic classic rock to high energy alternative to sci-fi film score-infused “space rock”.
In 2006 Simon Collins met Dave Kerzner, owner of the music software company Sonic Reality and former member of Kevin Gilbert’s bands Thud and Giraffe. They were both in New York at Genesis’ rehearsals for their final “Turn It On Again Tour”. Having similar musical tastes and a common interest in sci-fi they decided to pay tribute to Simon’s father Phil Collins and Genesis by doing their own version of the song “Keep It Dark” originally from the Genesis album “Abacab”. The song was played on the sound system before the very last Genesis concert of the tour at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Simon, Dave and Kelly Nordstrom then worked together on Simon’s third solo album, “U-Catastrophe” in 2008. This time with Grammy-winning producer Kevin Churko who won a Juno award for the album. It also featured a guest appearance from ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett on the song “Fast Forward The Future” as well as a thrilling ‘drum duet’ between Simon and his father Phil Collins on the song “The Big Bang”.
When Simon set out to perform “U-Catastrophe” live he brought in Matt Dorsey as a bass player and multi-instrumentalist. Then, in 2009, Simon approached Dave Kerzner with the idea of doing a band project together. In 2010, Simon, Dave, Matt and Kelly went to record at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver in different trio combinations with engineer Chris Holmes. The music and story of “Dimensionaut” was born.
Joining the team to mix the album was veteran engineer Nick Davis (Genesis, XTC, It Bites) who came from England to Canada to mix at The Warehouse in Vancouver. The album was mastered by Gavin Lurssen and Rueben Cohen of Lurssen Mastering.
In 2012 Simon Collins and Dave Kerzner found themselves working again on a Genesis song but this time it was by the invitation of Steve Hackett who was putting together his album “Genesis Revisited 2”. The album includes both Simon and Dave participating on vocals and keyboards for the epic Genesis song “Supper’s Ready”.
In 2013 Sound of Contact have released “Dimensionaut” on the popular progressive rock label Inside Out Music. It is a 73 minute concept album featuring lyrics and music written by Simon, Dave, Matt and Kelly.
Sound of Contact began its touring schedule on March 24th in Montreal, Canada supporting Marillion on their Marillion Weekend Event. In May 2013 they joined Spock’s Beard and Beardfish in Europe for the Inside Out 20th Anniversary tour. On July 13, 2013, Sound of Contact will appear as part of the line up for “The Night of the Prog” festival in Loreley Germany on the same day as Steven Wilson and other great artists. September 1, 2013 Sound of Contact headlines the ProgDay festival in Chapel Hill, NC. Looking forward Sound of Contact are putting together a US tour followed by a return to Europe where the band will be performing the entire “Dimensionaut” album from beginning to end plus more some special surprises soon to be announced.