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DLT, born Darryl Thomson, is a New Zealand DJ, music producer, composer and artist. He was born in Maraenui, New Zealand.

DLT
Birth nameDarryl Thomson
Also known asDLT
OriginNew Zealand
GenresPop
Hip hop
Years active1988-present
LabelsBMG

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Music careerEdit

DLT was inspired by an article about rap and breakdancing in Life magazine when he was 16 years of age; he moved to Wellington in the 1980s and established himself as a graffiti artist known as 'SLICK' (1983)[1] before co-founding hip hop group Upper Hutt Posse. The Posse released New Zealand's first hip hop record, E Tū, in 1988 and then moved to Auckland. Upper Hutt Posse signed to Murray Cammick's label, Southside Records, and released the album Against The Flow in 1989.

Leaving the Upper Hutt Posse, DLT released two solo albums. The first, The True School, contained the single "Chains", which was the number one single in New Zealand for five weeks in 1996 and featured the vocals of Che Fu. In the 1997 New Zealand Music Awards[2] "Chains" was named Single of the Year and won the Best Songwriting award. Che Fu was named Best Male Vocalist. It was number 22 in the 2001 APRA listing of the Greatest New Zealand Songs of the previous 75 years.

DLT's production work in the 1980s and 1990s was a pointer to and influential on the reggae-flavoured downbeat styles that have found favour in New Zealand in recent years.

His radio and TV work in New Zealand, especially The True School Show on Radio 95bFM, has been important in the development of hip hop in New Zealand. DLT hosted 'Trueschool TV' on Max TV in 1996 with DJ Sir-Vere - they were later poached for MTV's 'Wreckognise' show, which gave them nationwide coverage.[3]

DLT is often described as the Godfather Of New Zealand Hip Hop.

ArtEdit

DLT is an accomplished sculptor, graffiti artist, graphic artist and painter.

DiscographyEdit

Date Title Label Charted Country Catalog Number
1996 The True School BMG New Zealand -
2000 Altruism BMG - New Zealand -

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ DLT was inspired by an article about rap and breakdancing in the Life magazine when he was only 16 years of age. Previously known as Slick, DLT established himself in the Wellington region as a graffiti artist in 1983. - http://www.amplifier.co.nz/artist/15283/?full=1
  2. ^ 2008 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards Archived 5 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ DLT hosted 'Trueschool TV' on Max TV in 1996 with DJ Sir-Vere - they were later poached for MTV's 'Wreckognise' show, which gave them nationwide coverage. - http://www.amplifier.co.nz/artist/15283/?full=1

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