Producer and songwriter Refuuj (born Simon Brumfield Jr) has had a deep connection with music since the age of 5 when he recalls being inspired by the music of artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Sade, Lenny Williams and Al Green while growing up New Orleans. Refuuj remembers being amazed as a child while his uncle would play the keyboard. By the age of 19 the multi-talented Refuuj first hooked his own Yamaha keyboard up to FL Studio and began teaching himself how to play and put melodies together by ear. Ten years later the accomplished producer and songwriter resides in Los Angeles and not only produces music but owns his own studio and has major placements under his belt.
Describing his sound as a marriage of his wide range of musical tastes that include, hip hop (boom Bap), commercial rap, pop, r&b, country, alternative, and electronic music, Refuuj’s music is a filled with bright and lush melodies but with an element of grit somewhere in the production usually in the form of light saturation and distortion on the drums. The producer creates his music using his favorite tools of the trade including Ableton, Maschine, Native Instruments Synths and Universal Audio Plugins.
Refuuj has used his talent and unique brand of production to secure placements on MTV, VH1, & BET as well as release multiple projects like his own Smokin Good, The Hybrid Mixtape and I’m Here. Refuuj is also responsible for production on Krystle Feese’s Push and Get Ya Mind Right, MIC-G’s B’More Like Me, Phil Banks’ Stuck in My Ways and Stylin and Ray-Moon’s 2013 release Mobbin. Refuuj also handles all his own mixing and mastering at his commercial project studio in North Hollywood where he constantly challenging himself to push the boundaries as a mixing and mastering engineer.
Along with producing Refuuj’s songwriting has been recognized for its greatness when he became a John Lennon Songwriter Competition finalist. Refuuj’s attention to detail and knowledge of the music industry has also lead him down the path of as a talent and producer manager, helping Armando “Timeless” Buelna’s land placement on English boy band JLS’s 2012 album Evolution with the song “All the Way.”
Refuuj continues to build his reputation in the music industry as a music producer, songwriter and studio owner. His commitment to making excellent music has taken him many places but it doesn’t end there. This coming Summer Refuuj is set to expand with the launch of Music Library/Publishing Company, Jupiter Junction. The man of many hats has also taken to managing other producers and will have some of that classic quality Refuuj music to deliver throughout 2013. Refuuj is an example of taking a passion for music and creating a life around it.