This is a selection of
and interviews, you can see the
pictures in the articles bigger by clicking on them! Links to
interviews on the net are indicated by * (Sorry, if some of the
links are dead, I don't have the time to check them regularly,
try using the Way Back Machine). Go here for video and
audio interviews (some of them are on here, too). Go here
for album reviews or to the concertography for live reviews.
Melody Maker: MASSIVE ATTACK - WHEELING IN THE YEARS (February 22)
Short interview with Massive Attack with Tricky saying a few words.
NME: THE ORIGINAL PRANKSTER (January 22)
Really good article, because it is written by someone, who actually knows what he's talking about. Tricky talks about Aftermath, sampling and his early musical influences.
BIG TIME SENSIALITY (February)
Maker: DODGY GEEZER (January 29)
Maker: SLACK MAGIC (May 14)
NME: TRICKY UP YOUR EARS (January 14)
Tricky talks about the so called trip-hop and Bristol sound ('bollocks'), his time in prison, Massive Attack, Aftermath...
Maker: THE FUTURE SOUND OF BRISTOL - TRICKY
KID (January 21)
Face: THE WIDE BUNCH (February)
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? (unknown date)
TRICKY (booklet feature) (unknown
Wire: BLACK SECRET TRICKNOLOGY
IN ALLER UN-BESCHEIDENHEIT* (March 20) -
GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 666 (April 1)
DIE MAGISCHEN KANÄLE (April) - IN
Face: WHEN HIP HOP MET TRIP HOP (May)
JUST LIKE THAT! (June)
Maker: DISCO INFERNAL (June 24)
TRICK 'N' MIX (September)
YOU DON'T WANNA BE PAINTING YOUR FACE LIKE
VAMPIRE OF THE SENSI (October
ALRIGHT, MATE? (November)
Maker: TRIP HOP (STILL) DON'T STOP
Maker: MEN OF THE YEAR (December
Maker: TELLY'S ROUND THE CORNER
Visions: THE DARK STUFF (February) - IN GERMAN!!!
Tricky about Massive Attack, his attitude ("anti, anti, anti"), his way of recording and more.
Face: IT'S A TRICKY WORLD (April)
THE PRODIGY (April)
- NOT THE ENTIRE ARTICLE!
THE GEEZER (June)
Stone: TRICKY'S TRIP (July) - IN
Q Magazine: TRICKY LOGO (August)
HIGH TIMES AND LOW LIFE (September)
THE TRICKY QUESTION (September/October)
VERY TRICKY (October)
THE MADNESS OF KING TRICKY I (October)
Blah Blah: DEVIL IN A BLUE MOOD
Magazine: PROFILE OF A YOUNG MESMER
THINGS THAT GO BUMPKIN IN THE NIGHT
A MOST ORIGINAL GANGSTA (November 9)
Stone: TRICKY, ON THE EDGE (November
BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET (December)
CONVERSATION TERRORISTS (December)
MANISCH INTENSIV (December) - IN
Touch: Cover Story (December 96 / January 97)
Good article with Tricky commenting on topics like "Brit Pop" or "getting older" at the end.
TRIPHOP - AND IT WON'T STOP (January)
Maker: NOW THEY CALL ME SUPERSTAR (January
*Addicted To Noise: TRICKY'S WISDOM OF THE HEART*
Active: TRIP HOP MAGIC* (August
Issue: HOW'S TRICKS (April
Q & A WITH TRICKY*
THE SCENT OF BLOOD* (December 1)
FINLEY QUAYE, TRICKY AND IGGY POP JAM UNDER
DAPPY UMBRELLA* (December
Apeman: OLD SCHOOL BRISTOL LINK UP (February?)
This article is not directly about Tricky, but the start of British hip hop in general. Tricky is mentioned a couple of times.
NEARLY GOD OR JUST A DIRTY FACED ANGEL?* (March
FINLEY QUAYE RELATIONSHIP BREEDS FAMILY FEUD*
Face: THE MAD FATHER (May)
ANGER AND MOURNING (Top 40) (May)
DRUGS, VIOLENCE, HIP HOP... KNITTING
Issue: HELL'S ANGEL (May 25-31)
IT'S A MAD MAD WORLD (June)
TRICKY JUST WANTS TO BE NORMAL (June)
FREMD IN JEDEM LAND (June) - IN
Journal: DER KLEINE KOENIG...
(June) - IN GERMAN!!!
ANGELIC UPSTART (July)
TRICKY IN ASSAULT ON MUSIC WRITER*
IT'S TRICKY TO SAY NO TO MADONNA*
Magazine: SHADOWS AND LIGHT (August)
TRICKY OUT OF CONTROL (September)
Raygun: (NEVER) MIND THE GAP (April)
Big interview with Tricky and DJ Muggs.
Face: REALLY GOD (July)
WIEDER FIT FUERS RADIO (July/August) -
& Ride: NIGHT OUT WITH TRICKY
(July/August) - IN GERMAN!!!
TOLLWÜTEND (July) - IN GERMAN!!!
FUNDAMENTALE UNMUTSAEUSSERUNG (July) -
SHAUN RYDER TEAMS UP WITH TRICKY* (July
INSIDE-OUT MAN (July 24)
TRICKY'S GANGSTER PARADISE (July 31)
Hop Connection: KID'N'PLAY (August)
Stone: TRICKY COLLABORATORS SPEAK OUT ON
JUXTAPOSE* (August 16)
(September) - IN GERMAN!!!
TRICKY PEELS OFF LABEL* (October
*Simon Reynolds: THE NINETIES - THE BEST AND THE WORST*
Have a guess, Tricky is part of the best and not the worst... Most interesting bits: Tricky explains the meaning of 'Abbaon Fat Tracks' and that 'Maxinquaye' should have been the name of Tricky and Martina in the beginning.
TRICKY'S SIGNS OWN EPITAPH*
IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER* (September
TRICKY RETURNS* (September 27)
*The Guardian: I DON'T SHOOT PEOPLE, DO I?*
IM GESPRÄCH MIT TRICKY (November
28) - IN GERMAN!!!
TRICKY PEPPERED WITH NEW IDEAS*
Mucchio Selvaggio: TRICKY - L'ENFANT TERRIBLE
12-18) - IN ITALIAN!!!
*NME: TRICKY SITUATION FOR ALANIS* (February 12)
Short article about the guests on Tricky's new album: Alanis Morissette, Ed Kowalczyk, Cyndi Lauper... Another - very similar - article about the same topic: Q Magazine.
STEVE MCQUEEN & TRICKY*
POST MILLENNIUM TENSION*
TRICKY WORKS WITH CHILI PEPPERS...*
MORE TRICKY BUSINESS FOR ALANIS?*
TRICKY, LOOKING FOR PAYBACK*
REWRITING POP HISTORY
DIE LEUTE SOLLEN ETWAS NEUES HÖREN*
(June 20) - IN GERMAN!!
Telegraph: I'M REAL COOL WITH MYSELF*
MADGE 'DISS' TRICKY/ALANIS TRACK*
TRICKY ACCUSES STP OF MUSICAL RIP-OFF*
NO MORE NOSTRADAMUS? (June/July) - IN
TRICKY (TRIGGER) HAPPY (July/August) -
ZURÜCK IM LEBEN (July) - IN
SMOKERS DELIGHT* (July???) - IN
TRICKY (July) - IN GERMAN!!
WIEDERERÖFFNUNG (July) - IN
THE TRADE OF TRICKY (July 12)
LEKTIONEN IN WEHMUT
(July/August) - IN GERMAN!!
TRICKY WOULD NEVER DISS ALANIS*
BIG NEW TRICKY (August) - IN GERMAN!!
*Playlouder: BRUCE WILLIS IS A DICK* (May 15)
Tricky talks about his acting experiences from "The Fifth Element" and a possible new film project with Nick Egan.
News: MY MUSIC - TRICKY*
Independent: TRICKY CUSTOMER*
(May 22) - IN GERMAN!!
UK: MEET TRICKY (May 21)
Age: GAME OVER, START AGAIN*
Interviews: TRICKY (June / July /
August) - IN GERMAN!!!
WIEDER BERAPPELT* (July) - IN
A GYPSY'S LIFE (July / August)
The Mix: BLOWING LIFE BACK INTO THE
SONGS.....* (October 27)
Magazine: THE INCREDIBLE WEEK SMOKING,
TRIP-HOP DENYING, PARANOID, SCHIZOPHRENIC
WORLD OF TRICKY: THE MAN WHO FELL OFF*
*IGN: TRICKY SCORES SOME GIRLFRIENDS* (February 17)
Short article about Tricky's appearance in the TV series "Girlfriends", playing the musician Finn.
Rated: MUSICAL MAVERICK TRICKY*
*Playlouder: BOUT 'BOURG* (February 21)
Short article about the release of the Serge Gainsbourg tribute album "Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited" , which also features a cover by Tricky - "Au revoir Emmanuelle".
WHERE YA BEEN? THE ELECTRONICA YEARS*
*Sound On Sound: CLASSIC TRACKS - BLACK STEEL* (June)
VERY interesting feature about the recording of Maxinquaye, has interview parts with the producer Mark Saunders and a lot of interesting reveals about how Tricky was recording Maxinquaye, his use of samples, where the Indian samples in Black Steel (and Ponderosa, probably) came from, up to details about his recording equiment.
TRICKY INTERVIEW* (August 7)
'ENGLISH RAPPER TRICKY DISHES ON FIGHT'*
*The Mirror: HIP HOP FUELS VIOLENT CRIME* (May 27)
Tricky talks about the influence of Hip Hop on crime and guns...
TRICKY VS. HIP HOP* (May 28)
Stool Pigeon: FISH AND CHIPS GUY*
RETURN OF THE BRISTOL ROVER* (June 21)
IM NIEMANDSLAND* (June
- IN GERMAN
Sun: '9/11 IS WHY I DIDN'T RELEASE AN ALBUM
FOR FOUR YEARS'* (July
Ohm: TRICKY INTERVIEW* (3.
HONORED TO MEET YOU* (8. July)
TRICKY HOPES TO MEET ESTRANGED DAUGHTER WITH
SONG* (9. July)
Guardian: NO ONE SPRINKLED SUPERSTAR DUST ON
ME* (11. July)
Club: TRICKY INTERVIEW* (July
Skinny: TRICKY - REAL GONE KID* (July
Wire: THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL*
Vegan: AN INTERVIEW WITH TRICKY*
Quietus: TRICKY ON ENGLISHNESS AND THE COUNTRY
THAT MADE ME* (October)
Guide: WHAT'S WIKIPEDIA* (October 4)
FACECULTURE: Tricky interview (27. October 2008)
Q&A VIDEO INTERVIEW* (no
date) - VIDEO
*The Independent: TRICKY RETURNS TO THE LIVE ARENA* (February 7)
Interview parts mixed with a sort of looking-back to his career. Most interesting part: the mayor of San Francisco once declared September 2 as "Tricky day", he's even got a plaque for it!
*Time: TRICKY TAPS INTO THE SOUND OF THE PARIS GHETTO* (February 11)
Article about Tricky's concert at Paris' 104 and recording with young french artists.
Magazin: TRICKY* (March) - IN
News: TRICKY AND MASSIVE ATTACK MAKE UP*
*The Observer: I CAN STILL BE VERY DARK IN MY MIND* (September 19)
Long interview, begins with almost a flashback to Maxinquaye, talks mostly about Tricky's family.
Music News: DRECT BREVITY* (December )
*All Saints Basements: INTERVIEW & PERFORMANCE* (video)
This is a video interview. Tricky also performs an interesting spoken word piece, see it here or here.
Digital: TRICKY TAKES A TRIP INTO THE MYSTIC*
TRICKY* (February 3)
Guardian: FORMER MANAGER SUES TRICKY OVER
UNPAID FEES* (November
Music Museum: TRICKY IN ICELAND*
*The Guardian: I THOUGHT I WAS AN UNDERGROUND ARTIST...* (April 18)
Interview about the Maxinquaye reunion tour, also Martina has a few lines.
*The Independent: AN ENGLISH MAN IN PARIS* (April 28)
Interesting interview about what it's like to be famous, his appearance at Glastonbury with Beyonce, drinking too much on tour, the re-release of Maxinquaye and performing it live: "Going back to Maxinquaye has given me a new energy and I feel like doing these shows and working with Martina is closing the chapter and then I’m moving into a new chapter. It’s good." He mentions that he has a double album ready, but False Idols (released in 2013) was only a single one, unfortunately. The track "Armies" is mentioned too as a first single, but it only appeared on Spotify as a bonus track to False Idols, not released anywhere, as far I know...
*Antiquiet: TRICKY RECORDING WITH MASSIVE ATTACK* (June 15)
Short note about a Facebook post by 3D with a picture of him and Tricky recording songs together in Paris.
*Rolling Stone: VIDEOPREMIERE 'DOES IT', EXKLUSIV-INTERVIEW* (March 27) - IN GERMAN
Short interview about the video for "Does It" and the new album. It also has a short video of the interview.
Magazine: TRICK SIGNS FIRST ACTS TO
LABEL, IS RELEASING A FRENCH
LANGUAGE FILM, EXPLAINS THAT WHOLE BEYONCE /
GLASTONBURY THING* (April
Tricky ON 2011's SURPRISE GLASTONBURY
APPEARANCE* (April 26)
DER BESESSENE* (no date) - IN GERMAN
Magazine: TRICKY RIDES AGAIN*
Milano: A TRUE IDOL* (May 9)
PLATTENHÖREN MIT TRICKY* (May
TRICKY OF THE TRADE* (May 20)
Guardian: I DON'T BELIEVE DEATH EXISTS*
INTERVIEW TRICKY* (May 23) - IN GERMAN
Culture: TRICKY VIDEO INTERVIEW* (May
27) - VIDEO
LE FANTOME DE SA MERE...* (May
27) - VIDEO
Wall Street Journal: TRICKY BUSINESS: STYLE
BUILT ON SAMPLES* (May
Independent: CULTURAL LIFE - TRICKY, MUSICIAN*
British Masters Chapter 7: TRICKY*
Titled Magazine: INTERVIEW TRICKY*
Louder: FEATURE* (June 12)
Bug: TRICKY GEGEN DEN REST DER WELT*
(June 28) - IN GERMAN
Beats: AND THEN THERE WAS AN UNCOMFORTABLE
SILENCE* (July 29)
*Headphone Commute: TRICKY INTERVIEW* (October 22)
*Freshmilk TV: TRICKY INTERVIEW* (February 4)
Video interview that was filmed in December 2013 in Berlin. Tricky talks about how he almost did a movie with Keanu Reeves, about prisons, how he cares more about evolving as a person than about his music and more.
*Frankfurter Rundschau: TRICKY - SOZIAL EINGEBETTET* (August 1) - IN GERMAN
A short German interview, mainly about the things already in the press release: he likes how Bella Gotti raps because it's so intense and aggressive, most of is collaborators he meets by chance, like Blue Daisy, who produced "My Palestine Girl" (a political lovesong), he stopped smoking weed 3 months ago (with little exceptions), also because his daughter is living with him now.
*Opening Ceremony: SOUND CHECK - TRICKY* (August 20)
*Bullettmedia: TRICKY IS BACK...* (August 25)
*BBM: TRICKY INTERVIEW* (August 27)
*The Skinny: WHEN ADRIAN MELTS* (September 4)
Interesting, but short interview, Tricky talks about David Cameron, that the new album is a "ghetto album", that he wasted a lot of money before but is now living with very few things, that he has more discipline now and that makes his music stronger and that he doesn't believe in religion but in love.
*NME: TRICKY INTERVIEW part 1* / *part 2* (September 9) - VIDEO
In this interview Tricky talks about the background of 'Palestine Girl' (not an autobiographical story, but he did go out with a palestine girl in Paris), he also says that he doesn't like the celebrity hype in our times and that music should be political again, and that guest musicians always come to his house to record in his home studio. Interesting parts about new releases: Francesca's solo album will be released in January and he plans to record new material in October, an album will follow end of next year. He also mentions that Island is planning something for the 20-year-anniversary of Maxinquaye next year, but he has nothing to do with it and can't stop them, because he doesn't own the rights of these songs (!?).
*Rockol: LA VENDETTA DI TRICKY* (September 12) - IN ITALIAN
*France Culture: NOIR BRILLIANT* (September 20) - AUDIO
*Fact Magazine: I AM ADRIAN THAWS* (September 29) - VIDEO
*Faze Mag: TRICKY KID WIRD ERWACHSEN* (October 21) - IN GERMAN
*Freshmilk TV: TRICKY INTERVIEW* (April 10) - VIDEO
Very short video interview, their website is here, the video on You Tube is here. Although it was published in April I'm pretty sure that it's older. Last year they also had an interview like that, and it was filmed in December 2013, published in February 2014 (see above). Tricky talks about his freedom with his label, how recording music is fun and like meditation and what he would change in the music industry.
*Red Bull: 20 YEARS OF MAKING MUSIC IS A TRICKY BUSINESS* (May 20)
Short interview, most interesting information: Tricky recorded songs with two Russian rappers (Human Skills Of Slow Saga) and is currently recording an album with his old friend DJ Milo! He also talks about Blowback being a gangster album and how he feels approaching 50.
*Sound & Recording: INTERVIEW* (July 30) - IN GERMAN
Interesting details about the recording of 'Adrian Thaws'. Although it is published in July 2015, it was probably done in September 2014. Because it is in German, I will summarize the main points:
- he enjoys the freedom of a small label compared to a major label, because he can do the music he likes without pressure
- he is trying to be authentic, that's why he turned down working with U2, because Tricky and U2 don't fit together
- Adrian Thaws was done in his home studio
-tools he uses for recording are: Moog Sub Phatty, Logic Pro, some plug-ins and a simple keyboard
- first he makes very simple demos that catch the vibe of the track, then he puts samples and sounds on his keyboard and plays around with these
- Francois Kerjan produced 'Adrian Thaws', they worked together like this: Francois lived in Tricky's house in London at that time, in the morning he went for a run and Tricky prepared the demos for him, then Francois worked on the demos while Tricky went shopping and cooked something, also friends came by, so all in all it was a very relaxed athmosphere
- Francois' job was to make the sound better, especially of the vocals, and reduce the demos even more, because Tricky likes reduction
- then Tricky talks about Mykki Blanco, I think, but the article printed Bella Gotti, it's a bit confusing
- the mastering was done by John Davis at Metropolis, he talked a lot with Tricky about the lyrics and was trying to really get to know the music before mastering it
*La Defense Jazz Festival: INTERVIEW* (August 31) - VIDEO
Short interview, most interesting information: he recorded a new album called 'Skilled Mechanics', the title is how a CIA guy describes contract killers. The album is rap and Tricky is doing a lot of vocals, so he wants to change his live shows, it will be only him, his drummer and DJ Milo. But probably also a female singer.
*Ubikwist: TRICKY INTERVIEW* (October)
This is a new magazine and Tricky is on the cover of Issue 1. Go here to see a preview or here to buy the digital issue, a print issue will be out in November. There's an interview with Tricky on pages 17-21 and fashion photos with Tricky and a model named Barbara Fiahlo on pages 74-85. In the interview Tricky talks mostly about his childhood and background and how he wants to speak up now and change things. He wanted to go into politics in England, but it was impossible because he has a criminal record.
*The Quietus: 20 YEARS ON: TRICKY'S MAXINQUAYE* (October)
Interesting article from Tricky expert David Bennun (he interviewed him in 1995 and 1997) about the experience of listening again to Maxinquaye 20 years after its release. He quotes Tricky: "But if people didn't go out and copy it, I might have done another three or four Maxinquayes. Which is terrible."
*Liberation: MAINTENANT, IL EST TEMPS DE RACONTER...* (January 18) - IN FRENCH
French interview about the new album Skilled Mechanics, why it took so long to work with Milo again, living in Berlin and more. In this interview he mentions that he put out some underground Hip Hop vinyl with Milo in New York (300 copies) that no ones know about! What could that be? Maybe "God's Bass" (see discography here)? Or maybe something else that we don't know about? They had a project with other American and British rappers called Drunkenstein, but I never saw any release of it...
*Deutschlandradio: DANKBAR AUCH FÜR DAS DUNKLE IM LEBEN* (January 19) - IN GERMAN
This radio interview has a transcript, but you can also listen to it (when you click on "Beitrag hören" or the play symbol in the first pic, unfortunately it is dubbed in German). It's not sooo interesting, but during the interview you can hear the track "Bother" with Luke Harris (starting at about 7.35 min left), which was unreleased at that time.
*Flux FM: TRICKY INTERVIEW* (January 19) - AUDIO
This is a radio interview with Tricky on FluxFM that he did after the one on Deutschlandradio - he even mentions it in the interview. You can listen to it on Soundcloud, it's all in English and not dubbed! Most interesting news:
- Skilled Mechanics are Tricky and Luke Harris with different guests
- they want to release a second album next year
- the track with Oh Land is 6 years old and was recorded for her album, but because she was dropped from her record label he could use the song
- he wants to finish his project with Russian rappers this year (or next year)
*030 Magazin Berlin: DIE BEATLES SIND MIR EGAL* (January 21) - IN GERMAN
Interesting interview about Berlin, the next single "Boy", that he's not sad about what happened in this life, but happy that it gives him something to write about. He would call "Skilled Mechanics" an urban-soul-album, especially the songs with Milo. He also says that music makes the artist and not the other way around.
*Bayern 2 podcast: TRICKY PORTRAIT* (January 21) - AUDIO, IN GERMAN
This is a short radio podcast, a mix between a review (calling "Skilled Mechanics" a solid album) and an interview.
*Resident Advisor: TRICKY INTERVIEW* (January 21) - AUDIO
This is a long and in depth radio interview about a lot of topics, mostly his childhood, Knowle West, racism, Chris Blackwell, how he's hard on himself musically, about performing and drinking and much much more. You can download it on their site or listen to it on Soundcloud.
*i-D: IT'S TRICKY...* (January 27) - IN GERMAN
Since this interview is in German, I'll try to paraphrase the most important things:
- Tricky likes to work with unknown artists, it makes him happy to see his drummer so exited about this release
- he releases a song like 'Boy' now, because it's just about him and couldn't be sung by anyone else (and when he releases as Tricky his vocals are not so present)
- he recorded the album in summer, Luke and Milo being in his appartment in Berlin, cooking, recording, it was fun
- he is very relaxed and happy in Berlin, and that makes it possible to create music, in London he only went out and didn't record much
- his songs are mostly short, because he doesn't want to "stretch" them unnaturally, a song tells you when it's finished, he doesn't make singles, but an album
- at the end he talks about "Take it there" with Massive Attack: he never thought he would work with them ever again, but now he talked to 3D on the phone and it feels like they are friends again, maybe they will even record more this year!!!
*Notion Magazine: TRICKY INTERVIEW* (February 18)
Interview about Skilled Mechanics, most interesting parts: he explains how Beijing To Berlin came to be and why he chose 'Unreal' as the last track on the album, also why he can tell different stories on Skilled Mechanics than on Tricky albums.
*XLR8R: MOVING FORWARD: TRICKY* (February 25) [new]
Interesting interview, because Tricky talks business and about his plans for the futures: if he will do a Tricky album again it has to be a bigger success. But he will probably release another Skilled Mechanics album or other collaborations. He also talks about Massive Attack and their collaboration "Take It There" and that they (maybe) will work together again.
*Berliner Zeitung: SÄNGER TRICKY: DIESE METROPOLE...* (February 26) - IN GERMAN
Short interview, mostly about living in Berlin...
*Berliner Morgenpost: TRICKY: ICH HABE BERLIN GEHASST* (March 1) - IN GERMAN
Short interview, again mostly about his life in Berlin.
*Mix Online: S.MECHANICS BLEND ORGANIC INSTRUMENTS WITH STUDIO WIZARDRY* (March 3)
This is a short interview with Francois Kerjan, Tricky's engineer for the past 7 years. He explains a lot of technical stuff, I don't understand half of it. But if you're into that, have fun.
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