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DLT - Give It A Whirl Interview

Interview – 2022

DLT (Darryl Thomson) is a legend of Aotearoa hip hop. The former member of Upper Hutt Posse won the Best Songwriting Award at the NZ Music Awards in 1997 for his single 'Chains', with Che Fu.

In this interview for the 2003 season of TV series Give It A Whirl, DLT covers many topics, including: 

  • Early reactions to funk and other music 
  • Influences, including his mother and Bob Marley 
  • The formation of Upper Hutt Posse (4 minutes in)
  • The similarities between Aotearoa and American hip hop, and the generational effects of colonisation (5 minutes)
  • Collaborations with Supergroove and Che Fu (14 minutes)

Read more about DLT, on AudioCulture (NZ On Screen's sister website)

This interview was recorded for the 2003 season of TV series Give it a Whirl. All audiovisual content is copyright to Visionary Film & TV, and may not be reproduced.

'E Tū' is Aotearoa hip hop... not scantily clad, shiny shit. Some truths. Not everyone lives in Melrose. A lot of people live in poverty.
– DLT explains the connections formed with other 'colonised minds' through hip hop, and the truth in the lyrics of 'E Tū'