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Sigma
OriginLeeds, England
GenresDrum and bass
Years active2006 (2006)–present
Labels
  • All Around the World
  • 3Beat
  • Hospital
  • Breakbeat Kaos
  • Life
Associated acts
  • DJ Fresh
  • Paloma Faith
  • Labrinth
  • Ella Henderson
  • Rita Ora
  • Take That
  • Birdy
Websitesigmahq.com
Members
  • Cameron Edwards
  • Joe Lenzie
Past members
  • Ben Mauerhoff

Sigma are an English drum and bass DJ and record production duo consisting of Cameron James "Cam" Edwards and Joseph Aluin "Joe" Lenzie.[1] They met at Leeds University at drum and bass nights.[2] Their 2010 collaboration with DJ Fresh, "Lassitude", peaked at number 98 on the UK Singles Chart.[3] Their single "Nobody to Love"[4][5] topped the UK Singles Chart, becoming their first UK number one.[6] Follow-up single "Changing", featuring Paloma Faith, also got to number one.

Contents

  • 1 Career
    • 1.1 Formation
    • 1.2 2009–12: Stand Tall and Night & Day EPs
    • 1.3 2013–present: Breakthrough and Life
  • 2 Discography
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

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 acts.[7] Once they had finished in Leeds, they relocated to London and became a three-piece with Ben Mauerhoff, being signed under DJ Fresh's Breakbeat Kaos. After a while, Mauerhoff left.[7] 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).[7] 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 Hospital Records. In June 2009, they made the song "Paint It Black" for the compilation album Sick Music. Later that year, they released their second Life Recordings release "Nexus" / "Front to Back". In 2010, the duo released their two-part Stand Tall E.P. on the drum and bass label, Breakbeat Kaos. In December 2010, Sigma and DJ Fresh released the single "Lassitude" featuring Koko as the fifth single from DJ Fresh's album Kryptonite. The song became one of their first charting singles as it peaked at number 98 on the UK Singles Chart[8] and number 11 on the UK Dance Chart.[9] After the release of their late-2011 Night & Day EPs on their label, in 2012, Sigma toured the UK, Europe, Australasia and the United States. 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 (also known as Rusko).

2013–present: Breakthrough and Life

The duo signed to 3 Beat Records in the summer of 2013. They had also remixed tracks for Ellie Goulding, Eric Prydz, Groove Armada, Skepta and Sway. 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[8] and number 12 on the UK Dance Chart.[9] They released their third single with 3Beat, "Nobody to Love" (a rework of Kanye West's "Bound 2"), on 6 April 2014.[10] It topped the UK Singles Chart upon release.[6] 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;[11] it was released on 14 September 2014 and became their second consecutive number one.

Their third single "Higher" featuring Labrinth, premiered on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show on 16 January 2015. It was featured in the game Madden NFL 16.[12]

In February 2015, Sigma debuted their live show in Sydney as part Future Music Festival.[13] 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.[14]

Sigma's fourth single "Glitterball" was released on 24 July 2015 and features vocals from Ella Henderson.[15] The song secured Sigma their third iTunes number one[16] and reached number four on the UK Singles Chart.

"Redemption" with Diztortion and featuring Jacob Banks, released on 2 October 2015, was the fifth single from the upcoming debut studio album. In November 2015, Sigma embarked on a ten date headline live tour of the UK.[17]

Their debut studio album Life was released on 4 December 2015. The album debuted at number 28 in the UK Albums Chart. In 2016, Sigma announced their biggest headline tour including a date at the O2 Academy Brixton, London. Sigma were announced as one of the headline acts at the pro-Brexit music event Bpoplive, but pulled out on learning that it was a political event.[18] Sigma stated that they in no way supported the beliefs of the organisers and promptly pulled out on learning this information.[19]

Discography

Main article: Sigma discography
  • Life (2015)

References

  1. ^ "Sigma – 'Nobody To Love' (Official Video)". Capital Xtra. 2014-03-26. 
  2. ^ Reported by Jack Bridges TID on July 28, 2010 (2010-07-28). "Sigma Top 10, New Release and Interview – News at Trackitdown". Trackitdown.net. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  3. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Lassitude by Sigma & DJ Fresh Search". The Official Charts Company. 4 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Dixon, Becky (2014-03-27). "VIDEO: Sigma 'Nobody To Love'". Dropout UK. 
  5. ^ Zach Gambill (2014-03-08). "Kanye's "Bound 2" Beautifully Meets Drum & Bass on Sigma's "Nobody to Love"". Soundisstyle.com. Archived from the original on 2015-12-29. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  6. ^ a b Lane, Daniel (2014-04-13). "Sigma score debut Number 1 single with Nobody To Love". Official Charts Company. 
  7. ^ a b c "Knowledge Magazine". December 2008: 42–43. 
  8. ^ a b "Sigma > UK Charts". Officialcharts.com/. Official Charts Company. 
  9. ^ a b Peak positions for the Dance singles in the UK:
    • For "Lassitude": "Chart Archive > 05 December 2010 - 11 December 2010". Official Charts Company. 
    • For "Rudeboy": "Chart Archive > 22 December 2013 - 28 December 2013". Official Charts Company. 
    • For "Nobody to Love": "Chart Archive > 13 April 2014 - 19 April 2014". Official Charts Company. 
    • For "Changing": "Chart Archive > 21 September 2014 - 27 September 2014". Official Charts Company. 
  10. ^ "Sigma: 'Nobody to Love' – Single review – Music Review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  11. ^ "Listen: Sigma feat Paloma Faith - 'Changing'". Popjustice. 
  12. ^ "Listen to the Madden NFL 16 Soundtrack". EA SPORTS. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  13. ^ "Line Up – Future Music Festival 2015". Future Music Festival 2015. 
  14. ^ "Following Their Sold Out Spring Dates, Sigma Have Announced A New UK Headline Tour". Capital. 6 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Sigma - Glitterball (feat. Ella Henderson) - displace.audio". displace.audio. 
  16. ^ "iTunesCharts.net: 'Glitterball (feat. Ella Henderson)' by Sigma (British Songs iTunes Chart)". itunescharts.net. 
  17. ^ "Sigma announce UK autumn tour.". The Version. 
  18. ^ Jim Waterson (4 April 2016). "Bands Pull Out Of Anti-EU Music Festival After They Learn It's Anti-EU". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  19. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/92723

External links

  • Facebook
  • "Sigma". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  • "Sigma". 3 Beat. 
   

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