Adrian Sherwood¦s history as a record producer puts him in a league of one, miles above his closest competitor. In 1979, Adrian co-founded the On-U Sound label, which introduced African Head Charge, Bim Sherman, Dub Syndicate, Creation Rebel, and nearly every UK-based new reggae or dub project that was worth listening to.
While nearly every record on On-U Sound carried the Sherwood production stamp, Adrian also singlehandedly spearheaded industrial music by producing and co-producing the ground-breaking Twitch by Ministry, Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails, and records by KMFDM, Skinny Puppy, and The Cure. As if that wasn¦t enough, Adrian produced the classic Lee "Scratch" Perry album From The Secret Laboratory.
Skip McDonald, meanwhile, IS Little Axe. Providing guitars, bass, keyboards, and vocals, Little Axe is the return to the blues that Skip grew up with and learned from his father.
But from picking up a guitar as a child, and returning to his roots with Hard Grind, there has been a long twisting road. McDonald, along with Doug Wimbish and Keith LeBlanc (who contribute drums and bass respectively on Hard Grind), formed the house band for the pioneering rap label Sugar Hill, providing the music for some of the most seminal records of the era by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Force M.D.¦s and others.From there he worked closely with Adrian Sherwood on many of projects for the On-U Sound label, as well as spearheading the band Tackhead and working with Living Colour.