Darryl's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Yankee Kiwis

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Auckland, NZ

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

DARRYL THOMSON (DLT)

Musician/Artist
Self-Employed

“I had to prove to my family that a decision I had made was good.”

INTERESTS:

Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Conflict Culture Exploration Failure Family Fear Fulfillment Opportunity Pride Simplicity Societal Pressures Support & Encouragement Transitions Values Money & Financial Security Struggle Hobbies & Pastimes

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

born again, break dancing, dj, don't stress, enjoyment, godfather of hip hop, graffiti, growing up, life, living, pricing, rhythm, science, sound therapy, stubbornness, stuck in the same genre, the machine, the system, what you're worth, young kids

BIOGRAPHY:

  • As a child, watched a gang film called The Warriors—it was his first exposure to graffiti artists.
  • Soon after, saw a cautionary documentary on what the “ghetto” kids in America were doing.
  • Says it had an opposite effect on New Zealand’s kids; “the next day, there were 100 graffiti artists heading down to the railways lines.”
  • Right around that time, he was being “dissed” at school for the art-based subjects he’d chosen to study; hip-hop came around right in time.
  • One of his first graffiti “missions” was painting black idols—Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix—near billboards that primarily used white faces in their advertisements.
  • Says he wanted his hip-hop, art to stand up for underrepresented kids who couldn’t fight for themselves—“come over here; I’ll fight for you.”
  • His family kept saying, “get a job,” “grow up”; felt that he constantly had to prove that he’d made a good decision.
  • Says that if you remember the things you liked when you were growing up, before you were “business-oriented,” those things will guide you.

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