Profile - Adrian Sherwood
- Neil Cooper
- 5 March 2009
Name Adrian Sherwood
Occupation Legendary producer and proprietor of On-U-Sound Records, who over 30 years have cut a swathe of British squat rock dubplates through records by The New Age Steppers, Mark Stewart & the Maffia, Tackhead, African Headcharge, Bim Sherman, Dub Syndicate and others. Outside of On-U-Sound, Sherwood has had a hand in seminal records by the likes of The Slits, The Fall, Medium Medium and Lee Scratch Perry, plus remixes for Cabaret Voltaire, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails.
What’s he doing here? Relaunching dub night On-U-Sound with Ghetto Priest and percussionist Pete Lockett at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms one night, then at the Tolbooth in Stirling, premiering ‘I Murder Hate,’ a new commission with artist Graham Fagen that forms part of Fagen’s Somebodyelse exhibition at The Changing Room gallery in the same building.
A dub/art soundclash then? This is the second collaboration between Sherwood and Fagen. The pair recorded a version of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ with Ghetto Priest for a major installation at Tramway in Glasgow. Last time Sherwood appeared at the Voodoo Rooms, he was manning the controls with Mark Stewart & the Maffia for one of the most incendiary shows of 2008. Witnesses describe being caught in the crossfire of sounds of which they’d never heard the like.
So he likes Scotland? Just don’t mention ‘Scream Team and the Big Man meet the Barmy Army,’ a mid-1990s collaboration with Bobby Gillespie and Irvine Welsh. The phrase ‘of it’s time’ springs to mind.
Adrian Sherwood plays On-U-Sound Records at Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Fri 13 Mar. ‘I Murder Hate’, The Tolbooth, Stirling, Sat 14 Mar.