Adrian Maxwell Sherwood (born 20 January 1958) is an English record producer specialising in the genre of dub music. He has created a distinctive production style based on the application of dub effects and dub mixing techniques to other forms of electronic dance music and popular music outside of the genre. He has worked extensively with a variety of reggae artists as well as the musicians Keith LeBlanc, Doug Wimbish and Skip McDonald. Sherwood has remixed tracks by Coldcut, Depeche Mode, The Woodentops, Primal Scream, Pop Will Eat Itself, Sinéad O'Connor, and Skinny Puppy.[3] In his role as a record producer he has worked with a variety of record labels; however, his best-known label is On-U Sound Records which he founded in 1979.[4][5] Sherwood has been a member of the band Tackhead. He considers himself tone deaf, and focuses on making sounds and noises rather than melody.[6]

Adrian Sherwood
Birth nameAdrian Maxwell Sherwood
Born (1958-01-20) 20 January 1958 (age 66)
London, England
Occupation(s)Record producer
LabelsOn-U Sound Records
Pressure Sounds
Real World Records
Soundboy Records
Hitrun Records
Green Tea Records
Carib Gems



Sherwood was co-founder of Carib Gems and Pressure Sounds,[7] 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 On-U Sound Records label. He also worked with Suns of Arqa on many of their early records.[1] In 1982, Adrian produced an EP, Hot Sagas, with a version of Love for Sale sung by Anne Pigalle, released on Illuminated Records. Together with Style Scott he formed the band Dub Syndicate, which went on eventually to produce over a dozen albums.

In 1986, he began working with Jamaican dub producer and singer Lee "Scratch" Perry. They produced the album Time Boom X De Devil Dead.

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, Skinny Puppy, 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 Perry, the late Bim Sherman, Dennis Bovell, Little Roy, LSK, Samia Farah, Raiz and Mark Stewart. A limited edition, 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."[8]

He produced the original score for the 2006 independent film Johnny Was, starring Vinnie Jones, Roger Daltrey and Samantha Mumba. Since 2015, Sherwood commissioned an album from Bristol dubstep artist Pinch; which he twiddled a few knobs on and released under the moniker "Sherwood and Pinch".[9]

On 21 September 2022, American rock band Spoon announced Lucifer on the Moon, a track-by-track dub reworking of Lucifer on the Sofa, with all remixes by Adrian Sherwood. The album was released on November 4, 2022.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Adrian Sherwood / On-U Sound remix discography - Part 4". On-U Sound in the Area. 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  2. ^ "As the Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade - Mark Stewart". AllMusic. 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  3. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Adrian Sherwood". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Adrian Sherwood Tickets | Adrian Sherwood Tour Dates & Concerts | Ticketmaster NZ". Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  5. ^ "On-U Sound - CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". discogs. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Adrian Sherwood @ Dubspot! Interview Workshop Recap: Talks Dub, Music Production". Dubspot Blog. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Music - Adrian Sherwood". BBC. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  8. ^ 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 29 July 2007.
  9. ^ "Sherwood & Pinch - Late Night Endless". Resident Advisor. 23 June 2017.
  10. ^ Jones, Abby (21 September 2022). "Spoon Announce Remix Album Lucifer on the Moon, Share New Version of "On the Radio"". Consequence. Retrieved 4 November 2022.