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Simon Tam

The Slants
Founder, Bassist
Nashville, TN
Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker.

He is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. His work has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across 150 countries including The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, NPR, New York Times, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of two bestselling books on on artist development and the host of the world's only music industry daily podcast show, Music Business Hacks.

Simon has been a keynote speaker, performer, and presenter at TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con, The Department of Defense, Stanford University, and over 1,200 events across four continents. He has set a world record by appearing on the TEDx stage 13 times.

He was named a champion of diverse issues by the White House and worked with President Barack Obama's campaign to fight bullying. He recently helped expand freedom of speech through winning a unanimous victory at the Supreme Court of the United States for a landmark case in constitutional and trademark law (Matal v. Tam).

He designed one of the first college-accredited social media and digital marketing certificates in the United States. His approach to diversity & inclusion and marketing has been taught to hundreds of Fortune 500 companies. Bloomberg Businessweek called him a "Social Media Rockstar." Forbes says his resume is a "paragon of completeness."

Simon has received a number of accolades for his work, including: Milestone Case of the Year from Managing IP Magazine, the Mark T. Banner award from the American Bar Association, the Hugh M Hefner First Amendment Award, and Distinguished Alum Award from Marylhurst University. In addition, he was named a Freedom Fighter by the Roosevelt Freedom Fighters, Citizen of the Year by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, and Portland Rising Star from the Light a Fire Awards.