Tricky (musician)

Tricky - August 13, 2009.jpg
Tricky in 2009
Background information
Birth nameAdrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws
Also known as
  • Tricky Kid
  • Tricky Rock
Born (1968-01-27) 27 January 1968 (age 51)
Bristol, England
  • Producer
  • mixer
  • musician
  • vocalist
  • actor
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • harmonica
Years active1985–present
Associated acts

Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws[5] (born 27 January 1968), better known by his stage name Tricky, is an English record producer,[6] rapper and actor.[7] Born and raised in Bristol, he began his career as an early collaborator of Massive Attack before embarking on a solo career with his debut album, Maxinquaye, in 1995. The release won Tricky popular acclaim and marked the beginning of a lengthy collaborative partnership with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird. He released four more studio albums before the end of the decade, including Pre-Millennium Tension and the pseudonymous Nearly God, both in 1996. He has gone on to release eight studio albums since 2000, most recently Ununiform (2017).

Tricky is a pioneer of trip hop music,[1] and his work is noted for its dark, layered musical style that blends disparate cultural influences and genres, including hip hop, alternative rock and ragga.[8] He has collaborated with a wide range of artists over the course of his career, including Terry Hall, Björk, Gravediggaz, Grace Jones, and PJ Harvey.[1]

Early life

Tricky was born in the Knowle West neighbourhood of Bristol, to a Jamaican father and a mixed-race Anglo-Guyanese mother. His mother, Maxine Quaye, either committed suicide or died due to epilepsy complications when Tricky was four.[2][9] His father, Roy Thaws, who left the family before Tricky was born, operated the Studio 17 sound system (formerly known as "Tarzan the High Priest") with his brother Rupert and father Hector.[10] Bristol musician Bunny Marrett claimed in 2012, "It became the most popular sound system in Bristol at the time."[11][12]

Tricky experienced a difficult childhood in Knowle West,[13] an economically deprived area in Southern Bristol.[14] He became involved in crime at an early age,[13] and joined a gang that was involved in car theft, burglary, fights and promiscuity.[15] Tricky spent his youth in the care of his grandmother, who often let him watch old horror films instead of going to school. At the age of 15, he began to write lyrics ("I like to rock, I like to dance, I like pretty girls taking down their pants" MixMag, 1996). At 17, he spent some time in prison after he purchased forged £50 notes from a friend, who later informed the police. Tricky stated in an interview afterward: "Prison was really good. I'm never going back".[16]

Other Languages
български: Трики
čeština: Tricky
dansk: Tricky
Deutsch: Tricky
español: Tricky
Esperanto: Tricky
français: Tricky
한국어: 트리키
italiano: Tricky
עברית: טריקי
lietuvių: Tricky
magyar: Tricky
Nederlands: Tricky
日本語: トリッキー
norsk: Tricky
polski: Tricky
português: Tricky
română: Tricky
русский: Tricky
Simple English: Tricky
suomi: Tricky
svenska: Tricky
Türkçe: Tricky