FORMER Mumbo Jumbo and Jimmy’s Big Fish frontman Simon Holmes has used time in lockdown to reflect and develop new music under the name December62.

Produced by English musician, composer and songwriter, Nick Coler, Simon has produced a slew of new material, with the first track released earlier this month.

Nick, an award-winning songwriter, musician and producer, has played on hit songs for acts ranging from Goldie, KLF, and Alice Cooper to Girls Aloud, Sugababes, and Gabriella Cilmi.

The first of the songs, If I Can't Have You, was released on Friday May 7, and made available on all streaming platforms.

The summery radio friendly single, accompanied by a video filmed on Gurnard Beach, was produced by writer and broadcaster, Tom Stroud.

The painting for the single cover was produced by artist Jenny Blount and the artwork was designed by graphic artist Ian Jackman Read.

Simon was inspired to follow a career as a musician by legendary Level 42 vocalist and bass guitarist, Mark King.

He went on to form Mumbo Jumbo in 1984, and landed their first gig at a party in a marquee on the Agricultural show site on the Island.

Jimmys Big Fish was formed in the mid 1990s and finally called it a day in 2020, having become a staple of Island events and festivals.

They hope to play farewell gigs later this year, with a send-off party planned in the Anchor — the venue where it all started 25 years ago — on November 27.

For the latest updates and single releases from Simon Holmes, visit the December62 YouTube channel.