From Atari Lullabies to Soulful Grooves: 5 Unforgettable Stories Behind Shermanology's Rise to Stardom

Apr 17, 2023

GA Editorial Team

2 min read

The Atari Lullaby

Growing up with a musical family, Andy and Dorothy Sherman were exposed to a constant stream of music. Their father worked on songs day and night, and the siblings even recall the metronome from the Atari being their lullaby. This early immersion in music helped shape their passion and love for the art form, which would later define their career as the duo Shermanology.

Dorothy's First Gig

At just 13 years old, Dorothy was offered her first professional opportunity by her father. He placed a stack of money on the table and told her it was hers if she provided backing vocals for one of his songs. Dorothy accepted the challenge, and this experience ignited her passion for singing, eventually leading her to form Shermanology with her brother Andy.

Andy's Artful Dodger Adventure

Before forming Shermanology, Andy had an opportunity to replace Craig David as the front man for the iconic UK garage outfit Artful Dodger. As he traveled the world performing, Dorothy discovered her love for dance music. When Andy returned to Holland, he invited Dorothy to join him on stage, which ultimately led to the creation of their duo.

Pivoting from EDM

Shermanology started their journey in house music before shifting to the EDM scene. Although they experienced success there, they realized that their true passion lay elsewhere. So they decided to take a risk and pivot their sound, focusing on a unique blend of tech house and their Dutch-Caribbean roots. This decision ultimately led to a more authentic and fulfilling musical journey for the siblings.

Bon Bini's Emotional Tribute

When creating their EP "Bon Bini" with Hot Creations, Andy and Dorothy faced a challenge when the rights holder for a sample they used wouldn't clear it. They decided to rewrite the lyrics in their native language, Papiamentu, as a tribute to a friend who had recently passed away. This emotional and personal touch transformed the track into a poignant representation of Shermanology's authentic sound and musical style.

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