Internationally, multi-platinum selling DJ duo Sigma (aka Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie) were the only group in 2014 to have back-to-back UK No.1 singles in the form of ‘Nobody To Love’ and ‘Changing’ (featuring Paloma Faith). With both shifting over 100,000 copies in their first week. Sigma have now sold nearly 2 million singles worldwide in just 12 months, gone Platinum twice in the UK (‘NTL’ and ‘Changing’) and Gold for ‘Changing’ in Germany, and Benelux, and Platinum in Australia and New Zealand (‘NTL’).
Forged in the white-heat of drum & bass’s Noughties revival, Sigma have now sold over 2 million singles, with 4 hit records (2x OCC No.1s, 3 iTunes No.1s) and 2 platinum awards to date. They’ve received 2 Brits nominations, sold out their debut live tour, and played festival main stages across the world with performances including Glastonbury, Bestival, Reading & Leeds, V, T In The Park, Creamfields, SW4, EDC, Pukklepop, Sziget and beyond. They’re also the only drum & bass outfit to have performed at the BAFTAs ceremony one night, and a warehouse rave the next.
Sigma met at university while balancing raving and studying; two characters from different backgrounds (but with somewhat equally misspent youths) brought together by a shared love of hip hop and the unifying nature of Nineties post-rave dancefloors. Joe, who started learning the violin aged 3, swapped his strings, drums and keyboards for a pair of decks in his early teens, becoming a former DMC UK Champion scratch DJ when he was just 16. He started DJing at the nights that Cam – a jazz obsessive who’d become fascinated by jungle – was promoting in Leeds, they then began playing together, and later pooled their loans to buy production equipment to start creating their own music.
After graduating, the pair committed to music full-time, playing as many gigs they could to hone their craft, and signed a series of singles to the cream of drum & bass’s independent labels, including Hospital, Viper, and Breakbeat Kaos, as well as creating their own imprint, Life Recordings. As the band put it, their seemingly overnight success “has taken 10 years of sleepless nights”.
Sigma – Nobody To Love
Sigma & Rita Ora – Coming Home
Sigma & Diztortion Ft. Jacob Banks – Redemption
Sigma ft. Ella Henderson – Glitterball
Sigma ft. Labrinth
Sigma ft Paloma Faith
Sigma – Glitterball (feat. Ella Henderson) (Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2015)