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|Born||1958 (age 54–55)|
|Labels||On-U Sound Records, Pressure Sounds Real World Records, Soundboy Records, Hitrun Records, Green Tea Records, Carib Gems,|
|Associated acts||Tackhead, Suns of Arqa|
Adrian Maxwell Sherwood (born 1958, London, England) is an English record producer specializing in the genres of dub music and EDM. Sherwood has created a distinctive production style based around applying dub effects and dub mixing techniques to EDM tracks as well as mainstream songs. Sherwood has worked extensively with a variety of reggae artists as well as the musicians Keith LeBlanc and Doug Wimbish. Sherwood has remixed tracks by Coldcut, Depeche Mode, The Woodentops, Primal Scream, Pop Will Eat Itself, Sinéad O'Connor, and Skinny Puppy. Within his role as a record producer, he has worked with a variety of record labels, however his most well-known label is On-U Sound Records, which he founded in 1979. Sherwood has been a member of the band Tackhead.
Sherwood was co-founder of Carib Gems and Pressure Sounds, and founder of Hitrun Records as well as Green Tea Records and Soundboy Records. He is also the fourth member of industrial hip-hop outfit Tackhead, credited as "mixologist."
During the early 1980s he brought together many Jamaican artists under the collective name of Singers and 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 Records. He also worked with Suns of Arqa on many of their early records.
In 1986, he began working with Jamaican dub producer and singer Lee Perry. They produced the classic album Time Boom X De Devil Dead and Sherwood's support helped relaunch Perry's career.
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 delved into the blues, producing Little Axe's Real World Records release Champagne & Grits in 2006.
In 2003, Sherwood supported Blur at Wolverhampton Civic Hall. The same year, 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.
In 2006 he released his second album Becoming a Cliché, 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. A limited[vague] 2-disc version was released simultaneously with the second disc titled Dub Cliché.
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."
- Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Adrian Sherwood". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- Heselgrave, Douglas (July 2007). "Remixing Adrian Sherwood:Breaking It Down and Going Solo". Music Box Magazine. Archived from the original on 16 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-29.
- Official Adrian Sherwood website
- MundoVibe.com interview with Adrian Sherwood
- Greg Whitfield's Uncarved interview with Sherwood
- Adrian Sherwood Music Production Workshop and Video Interview at Dubspot in New York City
- Adrian Sherwood's "roots" in Punk Rock
- Official On-U Sound Website
- Adrian Sherwood RBMA lecture