Drum and bass duo Sigma talk to the Advertiser about headlining Newark Festival
Dance music hit-makers Sigma are relishing their first visit to Newark as opening night headliners at this year’s festival weekend, against the spectacular and atmospheric backdrop of the riverside castle.
Speaking exclusively to the Advertiser, Sigma star Cam Edwards — who founded the duo with Joe Lenzie over a decade ago — said: “I always like playing in venues that are a bit of a spectacle in themselves.
“It’s our first visit to Newark and we are really looking forward to it — we’re open to suggestions about places to go while we are here.
“We’re always up for putting on a good show and we’ll be trying to make the crowd bounce as much as we can — that’s always our goal. We’ll be trying some of the old tunes and some new ones to get the crowd going.”
Sigma’s past hits have seen them collaborate with a dazzling array of British talent including Paloma Faith, Rita Ora, Tinie Tempah, Ella Henderson, Labrinth and Take That.
“I think Paloma Faith was the first big act we collaborated with. We flew out to Miami to make the Changing video with her and it put us on a new level. She was amazing and quite out there — she doesn’t hold back on what she wants to say. She was great fun,” said Cam.
Take That took the duo in another direction. Said Cam: “It wasn’t something we expected to be doing, but Gary Barlow is one of the most professional and talented song-writers in the UK so it was a lot of fun working with them. And my older sister, Claudine, grew up listening to them so that was the time when she was really respectful of what we were doing.”
“We loved working with Labrinth too (on Higher) — we think he’s super-talented.”
The duo will be debuting their forthcoming single at Newark.
“We have a new single called Here We Go Again coming out with Louisa Johnson, who won The X Factor in 2015,” Cam said.
Louisa also featured on the number one version of Bridge Over Troubled Water recorded in aid of victims of the Grenfell fire disaster.
Sigma’s support act on opening night will be English singer-songwriter Becky Hill, who in 2014 became the first contestant from The Voice to score a UK number one with the song Gecko (Overdrive) performed with Oliver Heldens.
Sigma have more UK festivals and a major gig in Ibiza lined up over the summer as well as a stack of new numbers awaiting release.
“We are trying to work out whether to release them in the form of an album or as a lot of singles,” he said.
“The way music is consumed now is very different to when we made our first album, but we have four or five commercial tunes to release and and five or six that are more undergound drum and bass stuff.”
Newark Festival takes place at Riverside Park from June 14 to 16, with Sigma headlining the Friday night.
Razorlight are the Saturday night’s top-billing, supported by Lightning Seeds and The Feeling, followed by free events on the Sunday.
Early bird tickets are on sale at www.newarkfestival.co.uk and tickets will also be available directly from the town hall in the future.
Meanwhile. Sigma’s new management company, Red Light, has big plans to break them in America.
Said Cam: “Traditionally drum and bass has not been seen as commercial in the States, but the music we are doing now has the potential to be successful there.
“We haven’t even looked at the American artists we could work with but collaborating with some of the artists over there would be a dream.”
So after Newark Notts, could Newark New Jersey be on the cards? “Whatever happens, we won’t neglect our fans in the UK,” Cam said.