Hennessy Hip Hop House
Friday 16 June
There are very few people in this world who can legitimately claim to have influenced a generation, but Grant Marshall, a.k.a Daddy G, is most definitely a member of that elite group.
Proudly born and bred in the south west of England to West Indian parents, this Bristolian is a founding father of the incredible blend between hip hop and electronica that became known globally as ‘Trip Hop’ and went on to soundtrack many lives throughout the 1990s and beyond. This unique and new genre came straight out of Bristol with not only Massive Attack flying the flag but also other, now industry heavyweights, such as Tricky and Portishead.
In 1982 alongside Miles Johnson and Nellee Hooper, Daddy G set on a path that was to see him explode onto the worldwide stage as one of the cornerstones in the evolution of dance music. The trio joined forces and later invited Robert Del Naja (3D), Claud Williams (Willy Wee), Andrew Vowles (Mushroom) and Adrian Thaws (Tricky), forming the ‘The Wild Bunch’ sound system – a sound system that became part of the foundations of an entire musical movement, a movement that still influences today.
Alongside his sets in clubs across the globe, Daddy G has also been part of many different projects. From the jointly made film called ‘Ring The Alarm’ made with DJ and Director Don Letts, about the legendary DJ Derek to BBC documentaries such as ‘Soul Britannia’ and the 2016 documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of ‘Blue Lines’. Daddy G has also provided critically acclaimed mixtapes for the likes of BBC 6Music and produced his own DJ Kicks album.
For an artiste that has experienced so much, one who has a discography many envy and a gig list of dreams, it’s astonishing his passion for underground talent and the raw connection to his audience that comes with DJ’ing remains so strong – but it most certainly does. Daddy G is the same true blue music champion that he was 40 years ago and will forever be every ounce that.