Tricky (UK trip hop producer Adrian Thaws)
Legal name: Adrian Thaws
Tricky (born Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, 27 January 1968) is an English producer, vocalist, director, actor and musician. A native of Bristol, Tricky began his career as an early collaborator of Massive Attack before embarking on a solo career with his debut album, Maxinquaye, in 1995. The release won Tricky popular acclaim, including a nomination for the Mercury Prize and Album of the Year award by NME magazine, and marked the beginning of a lengthy collaborative partnership with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird. He released four more studio albums before the end of the decade, including Pre-Millennium Tension and the pseudonymous Nearly God, both in 1996. He has gone on to release six studio albums since 2000, most recently the self-titled Adrian Thaws (2014).
Often considered a pioneer of the trip hop style that rose to prominence in the UK during the 1990s, Tricky is noted for his whispering, sprechgesang vocal approach and a dark, layered musical style that draws on disparate cultural influences and genres, including hip hop, rock, and dub reggae. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists over the course of his career, including Terry Hall, Björk, Gravediggaz, Grace Jones, Massive Attack and PJ Harvey.