Simon is best known as the founder of The Slants, the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. Simon's unique approach to marketing and activism has been highlighted in thousands of media features across 82 countries, including: NPR's "All Things Considered," Bloomberg News, MSNBC, USA Today, Huffington Post, MTV, The Los Angeles Times, ELLE Magazine, and MyxTV.
Simon has appeared at major festivals such as SXSW, San Diego Comic Con, and Musicfest NW as a headlining artist. He has been a featured speaker at higher education institutions, including Stanford University, University of British Columbia, MacEwan University, and dozens more across North America. He's worked with the Department of Defense to coordinate entertainment for active troops serving overseas.
Simon is one of the best selling authors in the Nonprofit Organizations & Charities and the Music Business categories on Amazon.com
SimonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s music has won multiple "Album of the Year" and "Editor's Choice" awards.
Simon also serves multiple non-profit organizations as a board member, leader, and volunteer. His marketing projects and volunteerism has earned several innovation and service awards.
In 2012, Simon was nominated as one of the "50 Most Influential Portlanders."
You can find Simon's writing and current projects at: www.simontam.biz
Areas of Expertise
Marketing / Branding, Music, Business Development, Business Management, Entrepeneurship Development and Enablement, Philosophy (of language, person, religion), Religion & Spiritual matters, Logic & Philosophy , Audio / Video Engineering, Social Media (organisational development & learning)
An idea worth spreading
Keep your marketing organic - dump the artificiliaty of buzz words or trendsetting and stick to natural, quality products and services.
I'm passionate about
Advocating for the underserved, the arts (especially spoken word and music), cross-cultural studies, philosophy & religion, literature, thought provoking debate, and food!
Talk to me about
Music, marketing, business development, Asian and Asian American issues, LGBTQ rights, and great food.
People don't know I'm good at
Cooking. I grew up with two professional chefs in the family!
My TED story
I first encountered TED, like many people, through watching one of the videos. The inspiration received was addicted! Since then, I've been subscribing and sharing videos, attending TED related events whenever possible, and supporting the speakers buy purchasing their books or looking into their organizations.