Simon Rix

Simon Rix

Musician Simon Rix, is one of the founding members of Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs.

For Simon, it all started, at school. Three of the Kaiser Chiefs were in the same class at St Mary’s, Menston, where they played in the music room at breaks forming and disbanding numerous groups along the way. After studying at Leeds University Simon reunited with his schoolmates, joining Parva in 2000, which also included Ricky Wilson on lead vocals and Andrew ‘Whitey’ White on guitar. The band became the Kaiser Chiefs, secured a record deal and have since written some of the greatest pop anthems of recent times. Now, these experienced headliners play at international festivals and arenas, they have won awards including an Ivor Novello and three Brit Awards, and their back catalogue now stretches to seven studio albums including two number ones and their classic debut, Employment.

During his time in the band, Simon has been involved in a several side projects including the running a small record label and undertaking other song writing projects which range from work with artists on sound pieces to the creation of theme tunes. Recently Simon has started working with both Music:Leeds and The Ivors Academy on their respective mentoring programmes. Beyond music, Simon recently joined forces with MP for Leeds North West Alex Sobel, to deliver PPE, and is an active supporter of the local Labour campaign. As a passionate LUFC  fan, he is proud to have taken up the role of President of the Leeds United Supporters Trust this year, and has been an Amnesty International Ambassador since 2015.

"Over the last 20 years I’ve worked with a lot of great people in the music industry and have absorbed a lot through the creative writing process - it’s great to bring those experiences to the LNER Song for Yorkshire. This competition is focused on music’s ability to bring happiness, and to make people feel good about themselves, their communities and our amazing Yorkshire. It’s feels even more important during Yorkshire’s COVID-19 recovery, something positive to bring us all together whilst we are apart".