SIDney Howard is a composer/songwriter/arranger/multi-keyboardist/synthesizer programmer/singer. As the slashes infer, SIDney is a hybrid—as an artist…as a person. Though born and raised in the Mississippi Delta—the heart of Delta Blues, his products are culturally leeward and extraneously cosmopolitan. …such being a product of his upbringing on the Mississippi Valley State University campus.
Completing his Bachelor in Music degree from MVSU in 1980, after spending nearly twenty-two years there, SID relocated to Mo-town—connecting with Motown Records remnants George Clinton, Sylvia Moy, Barrett Strong, Paul Riser, Ed Wolfrum, and Johnny Bristol. A technical background as a Jazz & Commercial Music Arranging Major, an audio engineer, synthesizer programmer and pioneering MIDI-engineer made him a valuable utility for them.
Along with his behind-the-scenes work, SID performed on keyboards twelve years with Contemporary Christian band Jubal. This stint was extended another twelve in a manner when Jubal co-founder Rufus Harris recruited SID to back him live on his solo effort for another twelve years. Meanwhile, SIDney Howard formed the experimental studio group Carbonated Milk, which was renamed SIDzCarbonatedMilk when it was discovered that other bands were using the original name.
The music of SIDzCarbonatedMilk is fundamentally SIDney Howard's. Its flavor is genetically Jazz-Funk, as opposed to a contrived idiom. His being a Jazz major greatly influenced by Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock and a P-Funk alum through his working w/George Clinton for five years at Detroit's legendary studio United Sound Systems (a.k.a. "P-Funk Labs") has brought about a "pure-hybrid" sound: vertically Funk…linearly Jazz. Lyrically, SIDz strongest influences (enhanced by his World Lit professor mother) range from Nathaniel Hawthorne and Johnny Mercer to Stevie Wonder and Bernie Taupin, with even hints of Dr. Seuss found on a few songs.
The mission statement for SIDney Howard is just another pair of words: ear candy. His music is more intended by him to be a transcendent surreal mind-film than a sound documentary that merely drops off the listeners in front of the band. …a good pair of headphones' best friend.