The dynamic, multi-talents audio engineer and music producer, Sylvester ‘Syl’ Gordon is a living musical legend in Jamaica today, as he continues to worked with artists selling more than 20 million albums and delivering more than 50 number #1 hit records. His work included credits from Shabba Ranks Grammy Winning Albums ”As Raw As Ever” and Xtra Naked” to remixing with Nelly Furtado “Turn off the light”.
The 49 years old proprietor and director of Cell Block Recording was born September 27, 1967 in Kingston St. Andrew. He went to Dunnrobin primary then Meadowbrook high school. As a youth, Syl got his fist summer job as junior clerk, at the renowned Music Works recording company. During this time, he met many artistes such as the late, great Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs, Hopeton Lindo, Dean Fraser, J.C Lodge and others. He became inspired and motivated to get involved in the business of music production.
During the summer of 1988, with the assistance from other engineers, Syl became an apprentice audio engineer learning from heavy weights such as Steven Stanley, Bobby Digital, Soljie Hamilton and Courtney Small; and so talented and hardworking was he, that within a year, Syl became one of Music Work’s chef audio engineers.
Syl played a vital role as engineer and contributed to the success of Gussie Clark’s (owner of Music Works) business. Most noted is his contribution to the hits “Telephone Love” by J.C Lodge; “Just a Little Longer” by Maxi Priest; “Twice My Age” by Shabba Ranks and Krystal, “Rumors” by Gregory Isaacs and “Mr. Lover Man” by Shabba Ranks all of which produced large volumes of record sales worldwide.
In a short period of time, by 1990, Syl went out on his own, as a free-lance audio engineer. He is partly responsible for the success of some of Jamaica’s largest, well-known record labels including Exterminator, Two Friends, Penthouse, and Junior Reid One Blood Production. In the same year Syl with the assistance of Zelly Facey recorded and mixed the famous hit song “House Call” for Shabba Ranks Featuring Maxi Priest. Notably, the song and album “As Raw as ever”, received a Grammy award., a fitting acknowledgement of his hard work and professional workmanship, placing him among ‘the greats’ in the international music production arena.
In 1991, Syl was head-hunted to act as monitor engineer on Shabba Rank’s world tour. This exposure gave him additional opportunities to become involved in projects both in Jamaican and internationally. He has developed and established an international clientele base second to none, which cover the globe.
In 1993 as a successful freelance engineer and armed with a string of hit songs under his belt, he was hired to tour with Penthouse Records as the front house engineer for the Voice of Jamaica world tour with Buju Banton. During that time Syl decide to start his own recording facility. With similar aspiration, Buju Banton joined Syl’s capital venture program and the CB321 Record Label was set up. For the next two years the label produced numerous hits, such as Rampage, It’s Not A Easy Road with Buju Banton, Sunny Day with Jah Cure, Focusing Time with Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths just to name a few.
In 1996, as the business flourished, Syl established 321 Strong Productions, a subsidiary company of the Cell Block Recording Studio. To maintain his high professional standards and improve on productivity, Syl continues to work with a regular convoy of outstanding musicians and artistes, who travel from far and wide to access his production services.
In 1997, he went on to establish his own music distribution company, with the help of long time friends Hopeton Lindo, Cylton Music Distribution. Indications are that Cylton music distribution was prove yet another success story of Syl Gordon.
Throughout his career, Syl has engineer and produced some of Jamaica renowned cultural icons including Reggae singer Dennis Brown,Gregory Isaacs, Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Shaggy, Coco Tea, Michael Rose, Hopeton Lindo, Luciano, Brian and Tony Gold, Wayne Wonder, Tony Rebel, Lady Saw, Tanya Stephens, Queen Ifrica, J.C. Lodge, Beenie Man, Jah Cure,
Sizzla, Turbulance, Anthony B, Lutan Fyah and the list continues.