Adrian Sherwood

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Sherwood's early days

Adrian Sherwood (born 1958, in London, England) in later life became an English based record producer, his best known work was with with dub music in the early 1980s, he also remixed for a bunch of well known artists for example;-

During his life as a record producer, he worked with a lot of record labels, although he was best known for his own label On U Sound Records. As well as his own band, Tackhead.

Background

He was also the founder/co-founder of a few other labels and projects;- Carib Gems, Pressure Sounds, Hitrun Records, Green Tea Records and Soundboy Records.

He is a key member of Tackhead, being credited as "mixologist."

In his early days in the early 1980s he brought together many Jamaican artists under the collective name of Singers & Players, some of the best known on that list would have been;- Prince Far I, Mikey Dread, Bim Sherman, but the list was almost endless and helped the individual artists grow their name at the same time as promoting the record label, On U Sound.

1986 comes round and Sherwood starts to work with Jamaican dub producer and singer Lee "Scratch" Perry. Producing between them a classic album Time Boom X De Devil Dead and Lee "Scratch" Perry's involvement with Adrian Sherwood helped relaunch Perry's career.

Crossing over genres

Sherwood has crossed over many genres, his contribution to Industrial was partly through his remix of Einstürzende Neubauten's song "Yü Gung" from 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 dabbled with the blues, producing Little Axe's release Champagne & Grits in 2006. He was known through the early days of Indie/dance crossover through his work with Primal Scream, in fact the list of genres and bands is so widespread, it would be tough to list them all. At Altopedia, we're sure he had a huge influence on so many modern genres, for example, Dub Step, Techno, Industrial, and Trance.

Later in Life

In 2003, was the support for the Blur at Wolverhampton Civic Hall. That same year, Sherwood also released his first album as a solo artist, Never Trust a Hippy, featuring collaborations with artists like Sly & Robbie, Steven "Lenky" Marsden, Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie and Jazzwad.

When 2006 arrived he was found to release his second album Becoming a Cliché, again it contained collaborations with a number of artists like Lee "Scratch" Perry, the late Bim Sherman, Dennis Bovell, Little Roy, Samia Farah, and Mark Stewart. Later on a limited 2-disc version was released simultaneously with the second disc titled Dub Cliché.

As he kicked off his 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."

Most recently, Sherwood produced the original score for the 2006 independent film, Johnny Was which starred Vinnie Jones, Roger Daltrey, and Samantha Mumba.

Altopedia says

Adrian Sherwood is a true alternative star and a man who deserves to be remembered alongside the greats of this scene, without him the career's of Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Primal Scream and many others would never have been the same, we would recommend that all those that claim to be alternative, check out this guys life and this guys contribution to music and allow it to enrich their life.