Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Steve James Sherlock

Steve James Sherlock - Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Devices - Neu Electrikk

Steve James Sherlock (born: 1953 in London, United Kingdom) is a British musician and founder member of Neu Electrikk. He grew up in the south London district of Thornton Heath and played saxophone, clarinet and flute. Influenced by the sounds of his youth, jazz, soul, dub, reggae and hearing saxophonists like John Coltrane, Andy Mackay of the 70’s band Roxy Music and Davey Payne of Ian Dury and The Blockheads Sherlock went on to develop his own style of playing. This involved improvisation and experimenting with sound by processing the playing through various effects pedals.

Following his time in Neu Electrikk Steve Sherlock joined The The and contributed to the ‘Uncertain Smile’sessions ‘Three Orange Kisses From Kazan’ and ‘Waitin' For The Upturn’. He also joined Matt in various other ‘live’ versions of The The. At this time Steve also recorded various sessions with Keith Laws (unreleased) and joined forces with Matt Johnson/Colin Lloyd Tucker/ Simon Fisher Turner contributing to Deux Filles ‘Silence and Wisdom’ LP. Having received an endorsement from Matt, Steve joined Marc Almond and Annie Hogan in Marc and the Mambas. His playing features prominently on ‘Torment and Toreros‘. Steve wrote the track Narcissus with Marc Almond for the album. Steve also contributed flute to the track ‘The Hungry Years by Marc Almond and Andi Sexgang included on the 1983 compilation album ‘The Whip’.

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