Jerome Sydenham’s illustrious music career took off in the late eighties when he joined the prestigious A&R division at Atlantic Records where he worked with the likes En Vogue,Das Efx, and breaking the vocal house group Ten City. Soon after he met emerging producer Kerri Chandler – one of his closest friends and a former collaborator, his name as a producer and DJ gradually built over the ‘90s, with his superb label Ibadan Records launched in 1995.
He is best known for beautiful, emotive, sunkissed deep house tracks like “Swimming Places”, and his timeless collaboration with Dennis Ferrer, “Sandcastles”, both on leading house imprint Defected. However he also shares Ferrer’s love for hypnotic, soulful, sexy techno – bringing an undeniable warmth to an often emotionally cold genre of music. His collaborations with Get Physical’s Swedish talent Tiger Stripes – like the hugely acclaimed “Elevation” and their joyous remix of Faze Action’s classic “In The Trees” – should likewise be added to the cannon of great house music history.
Sydenham’s desire to push the creative envelope took him into the world of Techno with the hit “Asama”, with which he launched the German based label Apotek Records. The year 2007 also saw the initiation of a new label collaboration, Avocado Records, established in Denmark with heavy weight producer Rune RK with the monster “Elephant”.
For his A&R envolvement while at Atlantic/EastWest he received the following gold and platinum records:
Envouge – Born to Sing (album)
Envouge – Funky Divas (album) (US 5x Platinum) (1990)
Envouge – Hold On (single from Born to Sing) (1992)
Stars – SImply Red (album) (US 12xPlatinum) (1991)
Snow – 12 Inches of Snow (album) (1992)
Snow – Informer (single) (1992)
Das EFX – Dead Seious (album) (1992)
Yoyo – You Can’t Play with my Yo-Yo feat. Ice Cube (single) (1991)
LeVert – Private Line (single) (1991)
Envouge – My Lovin (first singlefrom Funky Divas) (1992)
Envogue – Giving Him Something He Can Feel (second single from Funky Divas) (1992)
Envogue – Free Your Mind (third single from Funky Divas) (1992)
Envogue – Give It Up, Turn It Loose (fourth single from Funky Divas) (1993)
Da Lench Mob – Guerillas in tha Mist (album) (1992)
Family Stand – Ghetto Heaven (album) (1990)
Das EFX – They Want EFX (single) (1992)
Das EFX – Straight Up Sewaside (album) (1993)
Choice Awards (US) – Track of the Year “Sandcastles” (2004)