Sidestepper began as a solo studio project in 1996 for main man Richard Blair, who had first gone to Colombia in 1993 to work with renowned folk singer Totó La Momposina — the two had met at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios where Richard worked as an engineer. The result was the first album, 1997’s Southern Star featuring the Latin drum and bass tune ‘Maine’.
Today, Sidestepper sound has expanded far beyond its original fusion of classic salsa and club beats to take in everything from deep Colombian folk influences to hip hop via cumbia, dancehall reggae, dub and afrobeat, layering infectious melodies and crisp harmonies on top of rock solid beats.
In the process, Sidestepper has helped transform the Colombian music scene, inspiring a new generation of young beat scientists to marry latin music with cutting edge beats. The originator that kick started the new wave of electro acoustic colombian music.
A lot of great talents have passed through the group, many of whom have gone on to great success with their own bands, like Goyo from Chocquibtown, Pernett, and Sergio Arias from Malalma.
Sidestepper is now conformed as an 8-piece band.
Label: Palm Pictures | Released: 2003 | Length: 45'00"