Shermanology has been through many incarnations over the years, yet has stayed true to their sound and vision. Siblings Dorothy and Andy Sherman create electronic dance music with soul- focusing on the lyrics just as much as the beats. Their songs range from big room bangers to soulful house to deep progressive, yet their signature is always clear. After a bit of a break to focus on building a live band, they are set to release a stream of new music that will showcase their new sounds to the world.
RS: What is the philosophy of Shermanology?
Andy: The philosophy is for us to go back to the feel-good vibes, vocals, soul and basslines and we don’t have any commitment to BPMs. That’s basically it, whatever feels good is our philosophy.
RS: I like that. What were you working on with London Noise in Amsterdam?
Andy: We did two new tracks; we did one R&B track on 89 BPM and a crossover record on 115 BPM. We just said let’s do something that inspires us to write and so we did that. When we finish the track we are going to see if we want to remix it or speed it up or if it’s going to stay like it is, we will just see what feels good.
RS: You know what I bet felt good, the session today when you sang live acoustic, did they record it?
Dorothy: Yes, they did.
Andy: We are going to post the whole thing next week.
RS: I can’t wait because I love your voice and hearing it without processing excites me.
Dorothy: It was cool, I liked it but I was a little bit nervous.
RS: So, what was the journey with your new single?
Dorothy: Like Andy said we took it back to the basics and decided to have a lot of fun with our new songs. This one is called “Silly Games,” it was written by MNEK. We went to London last year and had a studio session with him and he wrote that one and another one that is coming out. It is exciting for us.
RS: Speaking about Brits, I saw a picture of y’all with Artful Dodger, was he involved with your cover of “Movin’ Too Fast”?
Andy: No, I was the front singer of Artful Dodger in 2002 and I was on stage with them a lot. When I started with them I told them that there was a song that I always wanted to cover and then we had the chance to do the track. We were inspired by them for a long time because they had the perfect balance between basslines and still doing full vocals, so we decided to cover it.
RS: You were the session vocalist for Artful Dodger, I am wondering if you were involved with MNEK’s “Never Forget You”?
Dorothy: No, I wish I were but no.
RS: Okay, I saw you singing it for a warmup so I thought that maybe you did the guide vocals or something.
Dorothy: No, not at all, we just really love the song so we play it in our set.
RS: What is your live show like, are you DJing and she sings or are you both singing? How does that work?
Dorothy: I sing mostly, Andy sings too but he has been a bit lazy lately but I am putting him to work. It’ll be Andy behind the DJ deck and we will both be singing.
RS: At Nexus Radio, “Sugar” was a really big record for us. What was in your mind when you wrote that song?
Dorothy: I am happy to hear that. We worked on that with Pep & Rash and we went to their studio. Actually, we were just playing around and we instantly liked a song and ended up writing it with them. They were writing a part in one corner and I was writing in the other corner. Sometimes the magic happens when you put the two together and that is what happened with that one.
RS: That was magical. Another magical song you did was “Who We Are” with Amba Shepherd. What was it like working with another artist that is a vocalist and a topliner as well?
Andy: It’s funny because it was at ADE three or four years ago that we made that song. We were all in a session to make tracks for Afrojack and we clicked. We have always clicked with Amba, she is so easy going and fun to work with and there is no stress. She is a really good friend and you can hear that on the record.
RS: A little personal question, you posted a before and after picture of your workout routine. I am wondering with your crazy schedule producing, touring and DJing, how can you achieve a fitness level like that?
Andy: It is a mental thing and with anything in life if you want to achieve something you have to prepare for it. With every studio session that we did I just prepared my food in advance and I got to the gym every morning at 8am and I was done by 10am. Most of the time the sessions started at 12pm so I would be done really early. It was a discipline thing and I noticed that if I do that in the morning, I am focused the rest of the day. It is not only a physical thing; it is more of a mental thing that helps you through the whole week.
RS: I have a challenging question for you also. The DJMag list really pissed me off because only two of the artists contained females. You are a woman, an amazing woman, what do you think that the dance industry can do to make more opportunities or make women stand more in the forefront?
Dorothy: That is a very good question, I believe that there are so many talented women out there that aren’t getting the opportunities that they should get. What can they do?
Andy: I have a solution. In the dance scene, it is a voting system and I think that the men are quickly triggered to vote for their idols. I think that the women should just stick together and get all of the ladies to back each other up and make it a support kind of thing so that you can create the voice that you deserve.
Dorothy: You are absolutely right, maybe we should try it.
RS: Women united for women power.
Dorothy: Yes, I honestly believe that is one of the things that is so necessary in this man’s world, good one Andy. If you hear me ladies, help me out!
RS: Keeping it serious, if you were a furry what kind of animal would you be?
Dorothy: I would be a bunny.
RS: Because you like to thump, thump, thump?
RS: How about you?
Andy: I would be a leopard; too bad this is not on TV so you could see my shirt and shoes.
RS: Those are sick! Are those the Jeremy Scotts?
RS: I’m jealous, those are hot, we will get a picture of these.
Andy: They are furry shoes.
RS: Feel the magic. When they make the movie of your life what actor and actress will play you?
Dorothy: I have always been a fan of Jill Scott and when I see her play in movies she is great, she is a great actress and singer. She almost always makes me cry, which I hardly do, so I would choose Jill Scott.
Andy: Denzel all the way!
RS: What is coming next from y’all?
Andy: I am going to be open and honest with you, the last two years Dorothy and I decided to take a step back because music wise we didn’t feel that we were in a very happy place. We decided to switch everything and we started a new live band. The next year is going to be about constantly releasing because we have so much new stuff that is ready to get out and we are going to focus on more live elements and doing the live band. It has to become more of a live experience, we started with the vocals and now it’s time to expand, step by step.
RS: We are very excited to hear that. Speaking about all the people out there, what would you like to say to all of your fans?
Andy: I would like to thank everyone for all of the support over the years and especially now that we are stepping out of our comfort zone and doing music that we feel like doing instead of sticking to only one sound. We are getting all the support from the fans and it’s great. The more that they show us what they like us to do on all our socials, the more it supports and stimulates us to carry on with what we are doing.
Interview conducted October 2016.