Adrian Sherwood, A Unique Sonic Vision :: Disturbing The Comfortable, Comforting The Disturbed
Adrian Maxwell Sherwood was born in January 20, 1958, London, UK. He is a record producer,
specializing in the genres of dub music and EDM. Sherwood has created a distinctive production style
based on the application of dub effects and dub mixing techniques to EDM tracks as well as
mainstream songs. As someone who considers himself tone deaf, the producer focuses on making
sounds and noises rather than melody. Sherwood has worked extensively with a variety of reggae
artists as well as the musicians Keith LeBlanc, Doug Wimbish and Skip McDonald. As a producer,
Adrian has worked with The Slits, The Fall, Sinead O’Connor and more. His remix credits include
Depeche Mode, Afrika Bambaataa, Blur, Primal Scream, Air and Peaking Lights.
Within his role as a record producer, he has worked with a variety of record labels. Sherwood was co- founder of Carib Gems and Pressure Sounds, and founder of Hitrun Records as well as Green Tea Records and Soundboy Records. In 1979, he founded, a most well-known label, On-U Sound Records.
An iconic independent label with a treasure trove of remarkable music, sits in a unique position historically as a junction point between the heavy influence of Jamaican music on UK culture and the development of disparate sounds such as post-punk, hip-hop, industrial, jungle, dubstep and beyond. Key On-U Sound artists include Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Dub Syndicate, African Head Charge, New Age Steppers, Tackhead, Singers & Players – including Prince Far I, Mikey Dread, Bim Sherman and many others, – this helped promote the individual artists at the same time as promoting the record label. On-U Sound has released over 100 albums and singles and launched the careers of countless artists.
He made contributions to the industrial genre in his remix of Einstürzende Neubauten’s song “Yü Gung” on the album Halber Mensch, as well as his production work with Ministry, Cabaret Voltaire, KMFDM, Terminal Power Company and Nine Inch Nails. Sherwood has also dug into the blues, producing Little Axe’s Real World Records release Champagne & Grits in 2006.
In 2003, Sherwood released his first album as a solo artist, Never Trust a Hippy, which featured collaborations with various artists such as Sly & Robbie, Steven “Lenky” Marsden, Carlton “Bubblers” Ogilvie and Jazzwad. His second album Becoming a Cliché, released in 2006, again with numerous artists such as Lee “Scratch” Perry, the late Bim Sherman, Dennis Bovell, Little Roy, Lee “LSK” Kenny, Samia Farah, Raiz and Mark Stewart.
On beginning a solo career, Sherwood stated, “I wanted to do some of my own writing and make
something that was challenging for me… As a producer, it’s my job to satisfy the artist foremost. I
wanted to make something that was a little more aggressive and modern. I wanted to paint a picture
that was contemporary, one that specifically showed where my brain was at. I’ve got to the point in
my life where it’s time for me to call all of the shots”.
Sherwood also produced the original score for the 2006 independent film, Johnny Was. Since 2015, Adrian has been recording with dubstep artist, Pinch, having released two albums under the moniker “Sherwood and Pinch”. There is also a major project underway to reissue and reappraise the amazing back catalogue of classic records that have been released on the imprint, which was recently instigated with the release of Sherwood At The Controls Volume 1 and 2, a compilation highlighting some crucial early tracks and unreleased gems from the tape vaults.
Falling into DJing purely through chance, Sherwood brings his own enthusiasm to the fore, being widely respected as one of the most important figures in the modern scene. In 2016 and 2017, Sherwood appeared in festivals including Outlook, Dimensions, Dekmantel, Dour, Terraforma and performed with Massive Attack, in 2018, he is touring Australia and New Zealand. In Saturday 10 th of February, Sherwood will be guest in SNFCC, in Athens, a talk with the audience will take place before the DJ set.