Sidney Mills & author in Paris Nov 2004 [click to enlarge]


Sidney Mills - Keyboards with Steel Pulse

Sidney 'Predator' Mills has become an integral part of the Steel Pulse line-up since he joined the band on keyboards in 1988. Born in London, England in 1959, the youngest of thirty-one children, Sidney moved to live in Happy Grove, St Thomas, Jamaica in the late sixties. He spent most of his formative years in that eastern parish but moved to Kingston in his teens where he attended Kingston College, getting into music by hanging out with bandleader Sonny Bradshaw and playing in a band called Outer Limits. He then moved to New York in 1981 and later, he played with the renowned Calabash Band and the A-Team Band backing up such celebrities as Shabba Ranks, Judy Mowatt, Beres Hammond, and Queen Latifah, to name a few. He was part of the Ras Tesfa band with Kevin Batchelor and Jerry Johnson for a couple of years. While on tour with Judy Mowatt, Sidney was asked to work with Steel Pulse where he has remained for the past fifteen years. It is his position as keyboard player and musical arranger for Steel Pulse that has placed Sidney Mills among reggae's prominent musicians. While on tour in Brazil with Aswad and the Smashing Pumpkins, Sidney and David Hinds produced Franklin’s Tower for the album Fire On The Mountain: Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead. In 1998, he supervised the music for Jamaica Beat, a Blue Mountain Film and a year earlier he scored and produced the music for the soundtrack Fly By Night (tv film). Years of experience have inspired Sidney Mills to expand his Living Room Studios into a competitive label and they have released compilation albums featuring Dennis Brown and Sylvia Tella. Sidney has also collaborated on albums released by Ziggy Marley, Shelly Thunder, Shinehead, Frankie Paul, Sister Carol, Worl-A-Girl, Shabba Ranks, Neville Brothers, Gwen Guthrie, Afire, Mikey Dread, The Meditations, Big Mountain, Glenn Washington, Sly & Robbie and Kevin Batchelor.

Sid Mills autograph - Aug 2003 [courtesy Andy Brouwer]

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