By the mid-’80s, Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, Paul Denman, and Andrew Hale – collectively known as Sade – were on the verge of dominating the musical landscape across Europe and leaving a huge imprint in the United States. But it all started in 1982, when Adu, Matthewman, and Denman left the popular UK Latin fusion band Pride. (A year later, Hale joined the band.) By the end of 1983, the group secured a record deal with CBS Records. Their style was a refreshing fusion of jazz, soul and R&B – reminiscent of genre-bending artists from a bygone era – and their debut album, Diamond Life, was an instant smash. For the album’s 30th anniversary, we spoke with Matthewman and the man behind the boards, Robin Millar, about crafting this timeless record.