Simon David Lea is a british drummer, percussionist and session musician.
Born in Larkfield, Kent he took drum lessons at the local music school and went on to study music at Brunel University, later attending the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama studying Jazz and Studio Music.
In the late 1990’s he moved to London and started playing in London clubs with rising jazz stars such as Finn Peters then the firmly established Dave o’Higgins and Guy Barker.
In 2006 he became house drummer at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in soho, playing 6 nights a week opposite some of the worlds finest Jazz musicians.
In 2007 he began touring the UK & Europe & US with hip hop/pop artist Just Jack as drummer and md.
Touring continued with Seth Lakeman, Boy George, Rumer, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, James Blunt and Katie Melua.
In 2016 Simon was asked to perform in Lazarus, the musical written by David Bowie for a 3 month exclusive run in Kings Cross, London.
In 2017 he joined the Temperance Movement, touring worldwide and recording the album ‘A Deeper Cut’ reaching number 1 in the UK Rock, Indie and Vinyl Chart and number 6 in the UK Album Charts 2018.
Other popular artists he has performed live and or recorded with are,
Ronnie Wood, Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Jamie Cullum, James Morrison, Will Young, Paloma Faith, John Newman, Ella Eyre, Rizzlekicks, Nicole Scherzinger, Beverly Knight, Marti Pellow, Mica Paris, Nerina Pallot, Carleen Anderson, Saint Etienne, The Herbaliser, Chris Difford, Adam Ant, CSS, Joe McElderry, Dj Vadim, Cara Dillon, Gwyneth Herbert, The Webb Sisters and The James Taylor Quartet.
Producers he has worked for include: Eg White, Guy Chambers, Tchad Blake, Ben Hillier, Steve Levine, Phil Thornalley, Ant Whiting, Jay Reynolds, Richard “Digby” Smith, Phil Brown, Peter Lawlor, Spike Drake and Simon Changer