Semothy Jones

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Semothy Jones
Birth name Andrew Hughes
Also known as Sem, Prodigal Son, Soggy Face
Origin Islington, London, United Kingdom
Genres Hip hop, R&B, grime, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Songwriter, record producer
Years active 2003–present

Andrew Hughes, better known as Semothy Jones or Sem for short, is an English songwriter and record producer from Islington, London.

The earliest releases from Sem were around 2005, an instrumental mixtape series called 'Delivery Boy'. Then followed 'The Remixes' mixtape series which featured bootleg remixes mixing UK Grime and Electro with Pop acapellas. 'The Remixes Vol II' featured as compilation of the month in dance culture magazine Mixmag.

Sem's first production credit was for Highly Rated in the Hood's single 'Breakin The Scene' in 2006[1] which featured highly controversial Grime MC Crazy Titch on the chorus, Crazy Titch was arrested and sentenced to life in prison for murder during the promotion of the song.[2] The video is rumoured to be the first ever banned and removed from Channel AKA out of respect for the victim's family. Sem later released an instrumental version of the track without any of the MC's originally featured on the final 'Delivery Boy series' release.[3]

Semothy soon moved away from the Grime scene and gained industry attention from the likes of Zane Lowe[4] in 2007 after several tracks he worked on with longterm friend Plan B featured on a bootleg Mixtape that the pair had worked on over the years called Paint It Blacker.[5] In 2007 Sem also placed second in a Scratch Magazine's remix competition[6] judged by The Fixxers (DJ Quik and AMG) for their Interscope single "Can U Werk Wit Dat".

In 2009 Semothy was asked to help promote Timbaland's new Beaterator software in the UK[7] and around the same time received praised by Benny Blanco[8] & Popjustice and went on to work with Professor Green, Lily Allen, Little Boots, Operator Please, Lady Sovereign, Wretch 32 and Boy Better Know artists Wiley & Frisco to name a few.[9]

In 2010 Semothy signed a three-year publishing deal with Major Music/BMG Publishing and became part of the Biffco/Biff Stannard songwriting/production team. With Biffco Semothy worked on music for the X-Factor live show and many unreleased tracks for artists such as Leona Lewis and Aiden Grimshaw and eventually programming song parts for One Direction song 'I Want'[10] which featured on their triple platinum selling debut album Up All Night)' In December 2010 it was also announced that Propellerhead will be sponsoring Jones.

NME Top 20 Hottest Producers 2010[edit]