3D's Massive reputation
remains intact - personally and musically (The
Liverpool Daily Post 8th August 2003)
IN FEBRUARY,Massive Attack's 3D, also known as Robert Del Naja, was investigated
about internet pornography. It was part of Operation Ore, the national police
crackdown on child porn. After less than a month of looking through all of 3D's
items at home, there were no charges brought against him and all his property
was returned. It was understandably a very testing time for him but in the end
it brought himself and other MassiveAttackmember Daddy G (aka Grant Marshall)
back together. The last album,100thWindow, was almost entirely 3D's own work while
his partner took time off for his family. But as with all friends the crisis eventually
brought them closer together. Daddy G says: "I've known 3 D for 18 years
and we have had our ups and downs. We've gone through a bit of a rough patch as
friends and colleagues over the last two years. I didn't have much to do with
the album. I hadalittle baby at the time and wanted to spend time with her as
the nature of our business means that you never get to see them otherwise. Me
and D have had a few musicalfallouts." But as the media machine rolled into
motion over the accusations against 3D it was his old friend and band member that
jumped to his defence. "I know this is ******** what they were writing about
him. At that point, it was one of the lowest points of his life. We started talking
again. I could see that he was having a really hard time. We have known each other
for such a long time that I wasn't going to turn my back on him. In the face of
adversity,I was going to stand by him, Massive or not. It's not really about that.
"We got talking. We arebackon tour again and the future is looking a lot
brighter than it has been. We are going to go back into the studio and make some
music. The early part of this year was really bad but after the touring you would
think that it was two different years. The tour is going well. `'At last,me and
D are getting some communication together and it's all looking a lot more positive
for this next album. I think the sun is going to come out for this next album."
The pair alsobecamecloser by getting back on the road. They have just completed
a big worldwide tour and the future is looking brighter. It was this touring though
that was exactly what was needed to help with the reconciliation. Daddy G says:
"When you are thrown into a situation where it is just you and your partner...
there was me and D on tour and Angelo Bruschini, that was the Bristol core of
the band. Me and D had literally not spent any time together in two years. Being
in such close proximity has helped in a way to heal some of the wounds."
The group a reheadlining Creamfields this year although according to Daddy G the
idea of all this dance music does not fit with the band too easily.
He says: "We have never looked at ourselves as being a dance band as such.
The music that we first started to make was anti-that really. When we started
it was all rave and house and stuff like that. We came out with this sort of grave
march music. Music for your head rather than your feet. But also because we have
come from the Wild Bunch and Djing, people look at Massive Attackas an extension
of that. Some of that ethos and those ideas came with us into the studio when
we made the first studio album. Since then we have expanded on our ideas and sort
of moved away from the dance thing really. "Subconsciously, people associate
Massive Attack as coming from that (dance) genre. There is an affiliation to that
genre obviously. I still DJ in dance clubs. I play music for people to dance to
so I still have that idea of making people dance."
By Chris Brown