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Background information
Birth nameAdrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws[1]
Also known asTricky Kid
Born (1968-01-27) 27 January 1968 (age 51)
OriginKnowle West, Bristol, England
GenresTrip hop, Alternative
Occupation(s)producer, mixer, musician
InstrumentsVocals, Keyboards, Harmonica
LabelsIsland Records, Domino Records
Associated actsThe Wild Bunch
Massive Attack

Tricky (born Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, 27 January 1968) is an English[2] musician and actor. As a producer and a musician, he is noted for a dark, rich and layered sound and a whispering lyrical style. Culturally, Tricky encourages a togetherness of societies, particularly in his musical ensemble of rock and hip hop, high art and pop culture. His debut album Maxinquaye was nominated for the Mercury Prize and voted Album of the Year by NME Magazine.

Early life

Tricky was born in Knowle West, Bristol, England. His father left the family before he was born and his mother, Maxine Quaye, committed suicide when he was only four. He named his solo album after her - Maxinquaye - and once said that though he hardly knew her, he feels like she's speaking through him with his words.[3]

He spent his childhood and teen years in the care of his grandmother, who often let him watch old horror movies instead of going to school. At 15 he began to write lyrics ("I like to rock, I like to dance, I like pretty girls taking down their pants" MixMag 1996)[4] At 17, he spent some time in prison because he bought forged £50 notes from a friend, who later told the police. In an interview, Tricky said: "Prison was really good. I'm never going back" (NME 1995).[5]

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
suomi: Tricky
svenska: Tricky
Türkçe: Tricky