Who's who in the Massive Attack universe?
Robert Del Naja
Neapolitan dub troupe who re-recorded & remixed Karmacoma, renaming it The Napoli Trip.
Played Drums on Mezzanine.
The sometime Blue Aeroplane, played guitars on Mezzanine, 100th WIndow and is a member of the touring set up.
Directed the first four promotional videos from Blue Lines.
AKA Cameron McVey, he has enjoyed enormous success with wife Neneh Cherry, All Saints, Sugababes, Massive Attack and Portishead. Began a long-standing relationship with Neneh with the revolutionary debut album "Raw Like Sushi." Cameron has gone on to co-produce and co-write a string of international hits with her including "Manchild," "Buffalo Stance," "Buddy X," "Woman," and "7 Seconds". Cameron was instrumental in the recording of Massive Attack's critically hailed 1991 debut album "Blue Lines" which he co-produced with Johnny Dollar. Other productions include work with Youssou N'Dour.
Debonair singer who sung on Massive's debut, 1988's Any Love, a Rufus & Chaka Khan cover. The track and subsequent recordings were produced by pioneering Bristol duo Smith & Mighty. His acclaimed album, produced and co-written by Smith & Mighty with a contribution from Daddy G, although very good, was a commercial flop.
Played guitar on Better Things
String arranger, who played piano on 'Weather Storm', 'Heat Miser' and arranged and conducted the orchestra on 'Sly'. Armstrong has scored the soundtracks to the Baz Luhrmann films Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet and released two solo albums on Massive Attack's Melankolic label.
Blur lead vocalist contributes almost undetectable background vocals to a track on 100th Window under his Gorillaz alias 2D. Teamed with 3D to pay for advertisements in the UK weekly music press to protest the threat of military action against Iraq, before the subsequent invasion.
Scottish singer and songwriter who has made significant inroads in electronic music circles, most notably as a result of her tenure fronting the band One Dove in the early 90s. In addition to solo ventures, Allison's career has concentrated on collaborative efforts, and has seen her work beside the likes of Death in Vegas, Hal David, Arab Strap, Slam, Kevin Shields, Gary Mounfield and Massive Attack. She released her debut album, "Afterglow", in 1999 to generally positive reviews. A song-oriented pop outing, it was followed by the electro and house music inspired "We Are Science" in 2002.
Ethereal vocalist out of 80s band the Cocteau Twins (they had a sugar Hiccup, whatever that was), known for singing quirky, almost indecipherable lyrics. Massive Attack were huge fans and when 3D and Mushroom bumped into her in a grocery store and found out she had moved to Bristol, arrangements were made to collaborate. She eventually appeared on a few tracks on Mezzanine, notably the single "Teardrop," whose video of a singing fetus was partly inspired by Fraser's pregnancy.
The tape-operator on Massive Attack's Blue Lines project would go on to form Portishead with Beth Gibbons after the two met in an unemployment office. Neneh Cherry's husband bought Barrow his first sampler; he produced Tricky's very first recording; and he appeared on Neneh Cherry's second solo album Homebrew.
Jamaican, crystal voice reggae legend, is the only singer to appear on all four Massive Attack albums. His popularity in reggae circles peaked in the '70s and Massive Attack sought him out through Neneh Cherry's jazz trumpeter father Don Cherry to work on their first album. Andy's Massive Attack connection has exposed him to a new generation of fans and Skylarking, a definitive retrospective of his career, was released on Massive Attack's Melankolic label in 1997.
Producer for The Pharcydes' first album.
Played Bass Guitar on Mezzanine. His band Sunna were signed to Melankolic
The Protection album was dedicated to him.
"KEY WAS THE TAG NAME OF A GUY CALLED MARC BOSTOMAN-I MET HIM IN A PLACE CALLED SPECIAL K'S-A CAFE OWNED BY A FRIEND IN THE EIGHTIES.WE USED TO HANG THERE AS THE WILDBUNCH-PLAY POOL TALK SHIT-ALL THE BRISTOL HIP HOP HOPEFULS USED TO MEET THERE.WHEN I MET MARC HE WAS IN A WHEELCHAIR AND SUFFERING FROM ADVANCED MS-ONLY 24 -USED TO BE INTO GRAFFITI BEFORE THE DISEASE STRUCK.USED TO GO TO HIS PLACE AND SWAP PICTURES AND TAKE HIM WEED-WEED WAS PROVEN TO HELP RELIEVE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS OF MS-BUT WASN'T SUBSCRIBED.GOT HIM INVOLVED IN A SMALL EXHIBITION IN BRISTOL-HELPED HIM WITH A COUPLE OF PICTURES.THERE WERE A FEW ARTISTS AROUND AT THE TIME VISITING HIM OVER HIS LAST FEW YEARS ALIVE-TAKING ARTWORK AND NEW MUSIC OVER TO HIM.HE DIED OF THE DISEASE A FEW YEARS AFTER WE MET-WE ORGANISED A CHARITY DJ NIGHT IN HIS MEMORY AFTER THE FUNERAL TO RAISE MONEY FOR AN MS ORGANISATION.I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM-SO BRAVE AND FRUSTRATED-A LOVELY PERSON-LOVELY FAMILY. R.I.P MATE "(3D)
Larry Heard is one of the undisputed godfathers of house music. Known to many "back in the day" as Mr. Fingers, Heard created house music classics "Mystery of Love" and "Can You Feel It". His minimalist ethereal sound forms an indelible impression on house music production. Heard's prolific career spans over twenty years creating, producing and djing.
Renowned UK dub master, who remixed the Protection album into its dub alter-ego No Protection.
Famous trend riding pop doris.
Mix engineer on Massive Attacks' Protection, Mezzanine and 100th Window albums.
Acclaimed Brooklyn-based MC who appeared on "I Against I," Massive Attack's contribution to the Blade 2 soundtrack.
One of Reggae’s most exciting talents is singer Mikey General whose twenty years in the music business boast the stamina of a veteran soldier. This British-born Jamaican, whose family migrated to Jamaica when he was two, has spent two decades honing his craft with the best of producers and studios, both in the United Kingdom and on the Rock.
Known as DJ Milo, this original Wild Bunch member is credited with creating the prototype of the Bristol sound. Left Bristol in 1986 to live in Japan and New York where he mixed a Wild Bunch retrospective CD for London label Strut.
Former student of Noam Chomsky's, former DNA bloke and midwife of Mezzanine and Melankolic's in house producer. Secret member of Massive Attack ever since.
The Director of SHOWstudio, is among the world's most influential photographers. He has won numerous awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, i-D, The Face and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects for clients including Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Levi Strauss, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent. Knight has also shot record covers for Björk, David Bowie, Kylie and Massive Attack.
Produced the 'Protection' album. Before he was a Wild Bunch member, he was in Maximum Joy, He then moved to London when the crew splintered in 1986 to produce the highly successful UK soundsystem Soul II Soul. Although he went on to produce Björk and Madonna, Hooper returned to work with Massive Attack as the main producer behind Protection.
Cherry commissioned 3D to co-write "Manchild" on her Raw Like Sushi album and co-wrote Blue Lines' "Hymn of The Big Wheel." She recruited Mushroom to appear in her "Buffalo Stance" video; in the song she exclaims "Looking good hanging with the Wild Bunch!" Her husband Cameron "Booga Bear" McVey was the group's first manager and one of her son's diapers was stuck in the air vent through most of the Blue Lines sessions, prompting the group to call the studio the Poo Room.
One half of Way Out West and occasional Massive Attack tour DJ - remixed Face A La Mer by Les Negressess Vertes for Massive Attack.
Vocalist on 'Three' & 'Sly'. This singer, whose voice was once famously referred to as "Billie Holliday on acid," contributed to two tracks on the Protection album. Nicolette was known for her work with London producers Shut Up And Dance for their groundbreaking work that foreshadowed the advent of drum and bass.
Played Drums on Heat Miser.
Young soul star of Mezzanine. Signed to deep house-fixated Pagan as part of Presence, whose latest single features...Shara Nelson. Vocalist on 'Dissolved Girl'
The siren voice of the deathless Unfinished Sympathy. Solo career has stalled somewhat since, with a decidedly more pop-oriented approach to middling success. 'What Silence Knows' was a yawn, being a xerox of her Blue Lines appearances. Nelson's soulful vocals appeared on the Wild Bunch's 1986 single "The Look of Love," widely considered to be the prototype for the Bristol sound. Nelson's apex with the group was the majestic "Unfinished Sympathy" on Blue Lines.
Collaborated on 'Eurochild' & 'Karmacoma' - a rewrite of their original track called Cheetah.
Began recording in 1963 but never reached stardom despite a series of regional hits in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1983, he gained custody of his 12-year-old daughter Sundiata and decided to retire from music to look for a steadier income. He took classes in computer programming and landed a job at the University of Chicago in 1984.
He reemerged from obscurity when British DJs discovered his old recordings and began to play his songs in clubs in the early 1990s. Acid Jazz Records head Eddie Pillar brought Callier to play clubs in Britain beginning in 1991 and he began to make regular trips to play gigs during his vacation time from work.
In the late 90's Callier began his comeback to recorded music, releasing the album Timepeace in 1998, which won the United Nations' Time For Peace award for outstanding artistic achievement contributing to world peace. Curiously, his colleagues at the University of Chicago never learned of Callier's life as a musician, but after the award the news of his secret life as a musician became widely known and subsequently led to his firing.
Performed Art Direction and design on Mezzanine and 100th Window.
Ms Miserable out of Everything But The Girl, Thorn's distinctive tones were recruited for tracks on Protection. This collaboration revitalised Everything But The Girl, and their subsequent excursions into house and electronica yielded international hits and an unprecedented high profile for Thorn and musical partner Ben Watt.
Growly paranoiac from scary bit of Bristol. Badgered into rapping on Blue Lines while facing criminal charges. Sounded aptly displeased. Former roommate and rap partner of 3D who, after contributing to Blue Lines and Protection, went on to significant solo success. His relationship with Massive Attack soiled after Protection; he felt deserving of more production credit on the record. His lyrics on Massive Attack's "Karmacoma" also appear on his own "Hell Is Around The Corner."
/ Akufen / Luomo
Luukas Onnekas is a techno producer from Finland who writes lengthy ambient pieces that employ slow-motion, icey dub-like reverbs and jazz-like improvisations cast in a digital landscape of samples, glitches, analog waves, and complex bass lines.
Original member of the Wild Bunch who co-wrote "Five Man Army" from Blue Lines and was part of Massive Attack's early tours. A member of Tricky's cousin's group the Baby Namboos, Williams has fallen on hard times and was recently sentenced to 18 months in prison for stabbing a man with a fork in a hostel over an equivalent $44 Canadian debt.