AJ Simons

AJ Simons - Tom Hess Music Career Mentoring Program Member
Music Careers Mentoring Program
Location: Treviso, TV, Italy
E-mail:      aj@burningblack.com
Website: ajsimons.com
Occupation:  Professional Musician and Lawyer
mp3 Angel Of War
Burning Black - Purgatory Child (Beau Hill Mix)

AJ Simons' life has been connected to music since early childhood.   At age 5 AJ  was already performing in operas such as Bizet’s “Carmen”, Verdi’s “Macbeth” and Berlioz’s “Faust”.  In addition to singing, AJ also played violin and piano, performing in concert halls, theaters and entering music competitions all around Italy.

In 1999, his musical view changed radically as he became inspired by rock and heavy metal.  AJ then decided to pick up an electric bass and the following year he formed his first metal band.  Throughout all this time AJ continued his musical training, receiving conservatory degrees in music theory, classical harmony and violin.

In 2004, he entered the Lizard Modern Music Academy in Padova, playing rock, pop, jazz and fusion under the guidance of Roberto Pascucci (bass player for the pop stars Paola & Chiara).

AJ was also studying jazz harmony, composition and aesthetics. He finished the four-year course in two years with outstanding marks.

During this time, he also started writing his own material.  His first self-released EP, “Working on youth works” was broadcasted on the Italian national radio. Over time, the AJ project became a real band: “AJ’s Nightborn”, recording two more EPs: “Nightborn”and “Neverending Road” playing festivals such as Music Village (the biggest Italian festival for unsigned bands) and some other selected gigs.

In the Summer of 2005, AJ was asked to join a newly formed metal band, Burning Black. He joined as a full-time member just in time to record the band's second demo, “Fight to Dream”.

2007 was a breakthrough year for Burning Black: the band opened for the Italian dates of Udo, Primal Fear, Rage, Linea77, Soul Doctor, Bonfire and White Skull before signing a deal with Fuel Records for the release of their first full length album. “Prisoners of Steel”, which hit the stores in 2008, was acclaimed as a gem of uncompromising heavy metal.  The band toured restlessly, playing its first headliner shows in Italy, and opening for Mystic Prophecy in Switzerland. In 2009, Burning Black played a sold-out show supporting Volbeat, followed by an unforgettable European tour with ex-Savatage singer Zak Steven's Circle II Circle and Manticora.  The band also played more shows in Italy supporting Helstar and headlining local summer festivals for the first time.

Shortly thereafter, Burning Black caught the interest of the famous German metal label Limb Music, which offered a record deal for their second album: “MechanicHell”.  The album was released at the end of 2009, doubling immediately the sales of his predecessor.

Elvenking 2012 Tour Dates:
  • April 15 Szene, Vienna, Austria (Supporting Rhapsody Of Fire)
  • April 16 British Rock Stars, Bratislava, Slovakia (Headliner Show)
  • April 17 Master of Rock Cafe, Zlin, Czech Republic (Supporting Rhapsody Of Fire)
  • April 18 Kwadrat, Krakow, Poland (Supporting Rhapsody Of Fire)
  • April 19 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland (Supporting Rhapsody Of Fire)
2010 Tour Dates:
  • June 26, Gods Of Metal | Collegno, Torino, Italy
  • July 18,  Masters Of Rock | Vizovice, Czech Republic
  • September 11, Tallink Silja Baltic Pricess| Baltic Sea
  • September 18,  Nosturi | Helsinki, Finland
  • November 5, Zal Ozhidania | St. Petersburg, Russia
  • November 6, 1Rock Club | Moscow, Russia
  • November 8, Rock Cafe | Tallinn, Estonia
  • November 9, New York | Vilnius, Lithuania
  • November 12, Live Club Apollo | Turku, Finland
  • November 13, Virgin Oil| Helsinki, Finland
  • November 14, Hopealyhty Cumulus| Hyvinkää, Finland
  • November 16, Majestic Music Club | Bratislava, Slovakia
  • November 17, Petöfi Hall | Budapest, Hungary
  • November 18, KD Vlatavska | Prague, Czech Republic
  • November 19, Bonver Arena | Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • November 21, Viper | Firenze, Italy
  • November 22, Magazzini Generali | Milano, Italy
  • November 23, Z7 | Pratteln, Switzerland
  • November 25, Stadthalle | Tuttlingen, Germany
  • November 26, Bibelot | Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • November 28, Trabendo | Paris, France
  • November 29, Le Laitterie | Strassbourg, France
  • November 30, Centre Culturel | Elloye, France
  • December 01, Victoire 2 | Montpellier, France
  • December 03, Rockstar live | Bilbao, Spain
  • December 04, Sala Totem | Pamplona, Spain
  • December 06, Salamandra | Barcelona, Spain
2009 Tour Dates:
  • April 29, The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • April 30, Headbangers Ballroom, Hamburg, Germany
  • May 1, Hedon, Zwolle, Holland
  • May 2, Dynamo, Eindhoven, Holland
  • May 3, Matrix, Bochum, Germany
  • May 5, Nachtleben, Frankfurt, Germany
  • May 7, Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
  • May 8, Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
  • May 11, A38, Budapest, Hungary
  • May 12, Metelkova Mesto, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • May 13, Szene, Vienna, Austria
  • May 15, Irish Music Pub, Cluj, Romania
  • May 16, Silver Church, Bucharest, Romania
  • May 17, Bolyarka Rock Club, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • May 18, Texas Necropolis Club, Athens, Greece
  • May 19, Rock Bottom Club, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • May 21, SKC, Beograde, Serbia
  • May 22, DK Dubravka, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • May 23, Masters Of Rock Cafe, Zlin, Czech Republic
Records Released:  
  • 2010 Purgatory Child
Purgatory Child
  • 2009 Mechanical
  • 2008 Prisoners Of Steel
Prisoners Of Steel
  • 2006 Fight To Dream
Fight To Dream
  • 2005 Smell The Fire
Smell The Fire
  • 2005 The Eternal Return
The Eternal Return
  • 2004 Flames Of Prophecy
Flames Of Prophecy
  • 2003 Battle Of The Demons
Battle Of The Demons
  • 2006 Never Ending Road
Never Ending Road
  • 2005 Nightborn
  • 2004 Working On Youth Works
Working On Youth Works

  • Aurora Strings
  • Schroeder Cabinets

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