Tricky: The extended interview
We had a really good chat over the phone with trip-hop eccentric Tricky to promote his show at the Fine Line this Saturday, which you can find here.
Here's what didn't make the cut.
CP: What do you miss about being anonymous?
Tricky: Just being anonymous! Sometimes I'll be on the subway and someone will stare at me. It's like, 'OK, you recognize me.' I'll walk into a restaurant and people whisper, 'Ohhh... that's Tricky'. People who are young and want to be famous don't really know what they'd get into.
CP: You taught Tai Chi in New York -- were your students kids or adults?
Both. I was living in New York and I was by myself so I started it just for somehting to do. My teacher, Master Chen, became like my dad. After about year he was like, 'This suits you -- you could teach,' so I taught young kids and old, old people. I had a student who was 90 years of age. First of all, I thought, 'Why has he got me teaching 90-year-olds?' But he was teachig me patience. It takes a long time to each someone of that age certain things. He was a very clever man, Master Chen. He was a big part of my life and the reason I fell in love with Tai Chi. I don't like to do it because I feel like he was the best. If I go back to New York I will do that with him but I won't do that with anyone else.
CP: What's your setup going to be at the Fine Line?
I've always had a live band, but when I was in Massive Attack, it was basically DJs and mircophones and it was a dead vibe. When I did Maxinquaye I was like, i don't want to do this, I don't want to tour with just this stuff. When I toured with Massive Attack in America, it was just really boring for me. Three of us with mics and someone on the turntables. Tedious. When I was young, it was fun but when we weren't on stage back in those days -- we were on the street. Turntables don't translate to the stage. I'll have a live band when I come -- drums, bass player, drums, keyboard player....
CP: Will you have live video or any multimedia elements or will it be bare bones Tricky?
I'm old fashioned that way. Even my band knows not to get dressed up for the stage. We dont go on stage wearing special outfits -- we go on with what we woke up in.
With the Floacist at the Fine Line Music Cafe. 18+. Sat., March 14, 2009, 8 p.m., $26.50 in advance, $31.50 day of show.