Multi Award Winning Platinum Selling producers Jim Sullivan & Ed Craig aka The Wideboys
Multi Award Winning Platinum Selling producers Jim Sullivan & Ed Craig aka The Wideboys have been working together since the mid 90’s and in that time have worked with a who’s who of the current music industry. Song Writing, Producing, Djing, Remixing, Compiling and Tastemaking describe what the guys do on a weekly basis.
Both Ed & Jim have been writing songs from an early age and both had a keen interest in early electronic music and synthesizer experimentation.
Jim starting off working in a jingle suite for popular Southcoast radio station Power Fm, learning how to record and deliver quick punchy radio adverts before building a studio in his spare bedroom. Ed started a small family business at the age of 17, running a small record shop named VIp Vinyl in Chichester near Portsmouth where he gained knowledge of the music industry and learnt 1st hand what needed to be done to sell records.
In 2017 the boys are releasing their new album entitled "Street Mode". The first single is a collaboration with Mobo award winners Dj Luck & Mc Neat featuring Axwell vocalist Errol Reid. The single has gianed huge support internationally with support on Radio 1, Kiss Fm, Capitol and Rinse Fm.
The boys first big break happened in the mid to late 90’s after building some heat on some small independent labels in the emerging underground House & Garage scene in London, the boys had a chance meeting with Andy Lewis of Locked On records at a club in London, who heard an early version of their song “Sambuca” he immediately signed it , the track became the second release on Warner imprint 679 recordings following on from Mike Skinner’s debut single“Has It Come to This” with The Streets. From there the boys signed with Public Demand Records which was home to the Artful Dodger & Craig David and started really building their craft.
Having hit the charts almost every year since in one way, shape or form the boys notably penned Liberty X’s debut top 5 hit “Thinking It Over”, had a top 40 Radio 1 playlisted hit with All Saint Shaznay Lewis with the track Daddy O and in 2009 the boys were asked to produce the Comic Relief single for girl band the Saturdays which hit #2 in the UK charts. In 2016 the boys have released original material with Ministry of Sound Australia and uber cool label Zulu Records.
In 2017 the boys were nomiated for Best Remixer at the Music Producers Guild in Park Lane London for work that had done with Clean Bandit, Little Mix, Frances , Pink and Patrik Reiman and came joint second with Disclosure.
Non stop for nearly 2 decades the boys have only gained momentum and have officially remixed and produced for artists including –
Beyonce, Clean Bandit, Louisa Johnson, Justin Bieber, Pink, Usher, Lady Gaga, Wiley, LMFAO, Snoop Dog, Swedish House Mafia, Rihanna, Example, Ed Sheeran, Wretch 32, NERD (Pharell Williams), Professor Green, Leona Lewis, Alicia Keyes, Mariah Carey, Boy Better Know, Carly Rae Jepson, Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat Dolls, Ludacris, Miley Cyrus, Cascada, Nelly Furtado, Lily Allen, Nicole Scherzinger, Kylie Minogue , Nikki Minaj, Jason Derulo, Eric Prydz, Robin S, Bob Sinclair, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Estelle, Kanye West, Souljah Boy, Britney Spears, Will I Am, Maroon 5, Flo Rida, Olly Murs, Emeli Sande, Nile Rodgers, Boy Better Know, Chris Lorenzo etc
Musically the boys are and have always been very diverse. Crossing from North to South of the electronic musical spectrum. From big room house to delicately programmed deep grooving garage, to storming trap & drum and bass, to catchy energetic pop and downtempo. From the depths of Ibiza to massive UK festivals to commercial Universities, no challenge is to Big for Ed & Jim to get their musical teeth into and the boys use their skills like master craftsman to tailor for each gig and production very specifically. The boys have an extensive knowledge of dance music and have used this to help sell in excess of 1,300,000 compilation albums to date, including UK Platinum Selling “Addicted to Bass ” series. With their long standing compilation deal with Ministry of Sound every single one of their albums has hit the Top 10 of the UK Charts including the prestigious No.1 spot. In March 2016 the boys reached #3 in the Uk charts with their latest Tv advertised release, “Back to Bass”
The Wideboys are also known as radio tastemakers and have their own prime time National Radio show across the UK’s biggest DAB station Kisstory part of the Kiss Fm network every Friday night from 9-10pm. Previous to this the boys have also provided guest mixes for BBC Radio 1, BBC 1xtra , Capitol, Rinse and Kiss Fm radio.
In the last year alone the boys have had their original music supported by David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Rudimental, Oliver Heldens, Don Diablo, DJ Ez, Mistajam, Sam Feldt, Pep & Rash, Target, Martin Garrix, Tiesto and Disclosure sighting Wideboys material as part of their early inspiration in their Beats 1 radio show. Over the years they have gained support by a real cross spectrum of the dance community with Annie Mac , Toddla T, Scott Mills, Nick Grimshaw, Zane Lowe, Pete Tong, Judge Jules, all playing their music in their DJ & radio sets. There last single was No.1 in both the Music Week Urban Chart and No.1 and the Music Week Club Charts and has been signed to 10 further territories outside the UK including USA & Germany.
Gigs have been extremely busy over the last 12 months with heavyweight sets at Majorca, Marbella, Sankeys Manchester, The Secret Garden Party, Garage Nation Festival, Fear Fest, One Dance Festival, Ibiza, Dubai, Full Moon Partys across Europe, Moscow, Cyprus, Thorpe Park Theme Park takeovers, Mission Leeds, Tank Sheffield, Fabric London, O2 London, and have been a staple headliner across a large section of the UK’s Universities and Colleges.
In 2016 the boys signed to Nottinghill Music for their Song writing after being at Sony ATV for over 6 years and have been writing with artists around the world.
As well as A&Ring for various labels, the boys run 3 labels showcasing established names and have released projects with 5 MOBO award winners whilst developing new talent in conjunction with their own UK Publishing company. Their flagship label World Wide Phonographics label has had diverse releases and remixes from Lazy Rich (Ultra / Rising), Sonny Wharton (Size/ Skint Records), Sway, McLean, Blue Pearl, Chris Lorenzo (Food Music/ Dirty Bird), Crissy Criss, Nick Thayer (OWLSA), Tantrum Desire (Technique Recordings), Cause N Affect (Dirty Bird), DJ Q (Ministry of Sound), Funtcase (Circus Records), Majestic (Mistajam’s Speakerbox /Mixmash), Micky Slim (Tommy Boy/ Mixmash).
“Doing it for the Love” – Wideboys 2017