Daddy G

Return to the origins. From Bristol, where it all began, to international stardom with the sound of dub, reggae, funk, disco and hip hop.

Who knows if Grant Marshall, aka Daddy G, has ever conquered his phobia. In several interviews, in fact, the musician has confessed to being terrified of driving outside the urban circuit. «I drive fast in Bristol but I just can’t go out of the city. The thought of driving on the motorway scares me to death: I just can’t concentrate and I’m terrified of falling asleep at the wheel. I’d kill myself within ten minutes». A phrase that shows just how sensitive and cautious about everything the performer is. Characteristics that made him stand out from the very onset of his career. And Bristol is not only Grant’s native city, it is also where everything began. In 1980, Grant was one of the youngest in this important English city, known and appreciated for being able to mix very different genres and for his focus on origin music, his technical mixing skills and talent with a microphone. When he became a member of the Wild Bunch Sound System, which also counted D3 and Mushroom, respectively Robert Del Naja and Andrew Lee Isaac Vowels – he was already a local celebrity. When the Wild Bunch Sound System broke up, he, Mushroom and 3D decided to found Massive Attack, a sort of musical group in which he was the lead singer and author of most of the songs.

The group was the first to adopt the trip hop genre and is considered as the generator of the Bristol Sound, obscure music that mixed dub, reggae, funk, disco and hip hop and which, besides Massive, also featured Tricky, Portishead and Smith & Mighty. A style that has left its mark on the world for several decades and still inspires a variety of bands today. Going from strength to strength, Massive Attack continued its career and, after Mushroom left in 1998, is still a duo to this day. However, Daddy G, a creative and eclectic personality, still goes back to his old love during pauses from Massive and works as a DJ. Besides reggae and dub, the dominating sounds on his compilation album, released in 2004 for the Dj Kicks series, are soul, vintage funk, deep house and dubstep. All with references to his Massive Attack and remixes like the one that unites Les Negresses Vertes and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.