The Rock City archives: 2016

Sigma, Rock City Main Hall

  • Friday 1st April 2016
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Sigma are an English drum and bass duo consisting of Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie. They met at Leeds University at drum and bass nights.  Their 2010 collaboration with DJ Fresh, "Lassitude", peaked at number 98 on the UK Singles Chart. Their single "Nobody to Love" topped the UK Singles Chart, becoming their first UK number one.  Follow-up single "Changing", featuring Paloma Faith, also got to number one.

Formation

Lenzie and Edwards met in 2006 at Leeds University; Cameron was working in local record store Tribe Records and with Echo Location's Obi running local night Event Horizon, while Lenzie was DJing hip-hop and warming up Event Horizon for such acts as Rahzel and Grandmaster Flash. Once they had finished in Leeds, they relocated to London and became a three-piece with Edwards' school friend Ben Mauerhoff, being signed under DJ Fresh's Breakbeat Kaos. After a while, long distances took their toll – Edwards and Mauerhoff were based in Surrey, whereas Lenzie was based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and they couldn't get three people into the Harpenden studio – and Mauerhoff left. In December 2008 they formed their own record label, Life Recordings (so called because, according to Lenzie, the industry demanded that it be their life). Its inaugural release was a VIP mix of their early Bingo Beats single "El Presidente".

2009–12: Stand Tall and Night & Day EPs

Sigma have produced music for the Hospital Records label. In June 2009 they made the song "Paint It Black" for the compilation album Sick Music. Later that year came their second Life Recordings release "Nexus" / "Front to Back". In 2010, the duo released their two-part Stand Tall E.P. on the influential drum and bass label, Breakbeat Kaos. In December 2010, Sigma and DJ Fresh released the single "Lassitude" featuring Koko as the fifth and final single from Fresh's album Kryptonite. The song became one of their first charting singles as it peaked at number 98 on the UK Singles Chart and number 11 on the UK Dance Chart. After the release of their late-2011 Night & Day EPs on their label, Sigma began touring internationally in 2012. They toured the UK, Europe, Australasia and the USA. They were the supporting act for DJ Fresh on his first live UK tour. The tour included dates supporting fellow former Leeds student Christopher Mercer (a.k.a. Rusko).

2013–present: Breakthrough and Life

The duo signed to 3 Beat Records in the summer of 2013. They had also remixed tracks for the likes of Ellie Goulding, Eric Prydz, Groove Armada, Skepta andSway. Following their remix of the Stylo G single "Soundboy", they released their debut single with 3Beat, "Summer Calling", featuring Taylor Fowlis. Their second single with 3Beat, "Rudeboy", featuring Doctor, was released in December 2013. The song peaked at number 56 on the UK Singles Chart and number 12 on the UK Dance Chart. They released their third single with 3Beat, "Nobody to Love" (a rework of Kanye West's "Bound 2"), on 6 April 2014. It topped the UK Singles Chart upon release. To celebrate, they released a new song, "Divine", for free download on 16 April 2014. In July 2014, Sigma announced their single "Changing" co-written by Ella Eyre and featuring vocals from Paloma Faith; it was released on 14 September 2014 and became their second consecutive number one. They have also confirmed a collaboration with Shakka that will be released in the future.

Their third single "Higher" featuring Labrinth premiered on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show on 16 January 2015.

In February 2015 Sigma debuted their live show in Sydney as part Future Music Festival, on a line up including Drake, Knife Party and The Prodigy. Sigma returned to the UK in April to embark on their first headline live tour of the UK, selling out all dates and culminating at Electric Brixton.

Sigma's fourth single "Glitterball" was released on 24 July 2015 and features vocals from Ella Henderson.  The song secured Sigma their third iTunesnumber one  and reached number four on the UK Singles Chart.

On August 4 Sigma announced an live tour of the UK.  Another single from the album, entitled "Redemption" with Diztortion and featuring Jacob Banks, was released on 2 October 2015. Their debut album Life was released on 4 December 2015.

 

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