Jamie Lidell Biography

18 September 1973, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England. Lidell’s love affair with music and technology has resulted in electronic music of startling originality and unpredictable direction. His education set the tone, beginning with a physics degree at Bristol University that, interrupted by illness and time constraints, became psychology instead. In the mid-90s he was a frequent attendee at techno parties in London’s east end, moving on to Brighton with the express purpose of hooking up with producer Cristian Vogel. This meeting was timed to perfection as Vogel was regularly playing one of Lidell’s new tracks, written as Subhead. While in Brighton Lidell performed with Balzac, honing his vocal talent, and he met Geoff Johnston (aka Pablo Fiasco), who went on to provide visual material at his gigs. Lidell and Vogel formed Super_Collider in 1998, creating the album Head On for Loaded Records, with stand-out house track and big European hit ‘Darn (Cold Way O’ Lovin’)’. Super_Collider gained notoriety for their unhinged live shows, and while the project wound down in the early 00s it never officially ended. By the time the project’s follow-up, Raw Digits, saw the light of day in 2002, Lidell had already begun exploring a solo path, with his previous year’s Muddlin Gear debut exploring finely detailed soundscapes that paid testament to his skills as a producer.

Lidell subsequently contributed two vocals to Matthew Herbert’s Big Band project, a sign of his impending vocal direction. This was encapsulated by 2005’s Multiply, which introduced Motown and soul to his style with great effect, the influence of Otis Redding and Funkadelic palpable in the title track and funk-fuelled first single ‘When I Come Back Around’. Meanwhile his frenetic live performances continued to supplement his reputation.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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