DLT Profile

aka Darryl Thomson
Gareth Shute
20 Jul 2016

DLT was a key figure throughout the first decade of Aotearoa hip hop. His turntable scratching skills can be heard on New Zealand's first rap single, ‘E Tu’, and he produced ‘Chains’, which hit No.1 in 1996 and paved the way for Che Fu's solo career. Not bad for a guy who grew up in suburban Hawke’s Bay.

Darryl Leigh Thomson first came across hip hop after moving to Wellington from Maraenui, a suburb of Napier, in the early 1980s. “I spent the seventies listening to T. Rex, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Moody Blues and Pink Floyd. It got as black as the Doobie Brothers, until Michael Jackson! I wasn't really into music until I heard Off The Wall, then I didn't stop dancing. I got to Welli and walked into Planet Rock. My real geeky, high-pitched, grab your nuts music tastes changed and I got into top rocking, down rocking.”

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Upper Hutt Posse, Mount Street, Auckland, June 1990: Teremoana Rapley, Matt 'MC Wiya' Hapeta, Steve 'Acid Dread' Rameka, Darryl 'DLT' Thomson and Dean 'D Word' Hapeta
Photo credit: Photo by Darryl Ward
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Upper Hutt Posse's groundbreaking E Tū, 1988
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DLT, Upper Hutt Posse, 1990
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Wrekognize (1997) the Wrek Rap Competition Entries and Dam Native Tour Highlights
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Otis Frizzell, Darryl 'DLT' Thomson,  Che Fu, Mark "Rhythm Slave" Williams, with Phil 'Sir Vere' Bell in the front, at the 1996 APRA Silver Scrolls
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Mark 'Rhythm Slave' Williams, Darryl 'DLT' Thomson and Otis 'MC OJ' Frizzell, 1994
Photo credit: Photo by Greg Rewai
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Joint Force with Danny D, Roger Perry, Mark 'Rhythm Slave' Williams (back), Otis 'MC OJ' Frizzell (front), Fred 'Jazz Man' Harrison, and Darryl 'DLT' Thomson
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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DLT feat Ryad - Liquid Skies (2000)
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Joint Force interview on TV3's Frenzy (1995)
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The landmark DLT album, The True School (1996)
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The 1993 A Wander Through The Transition Zone cassette only release featured Nemesis Dub Systems, Sound Foundation, Tinnitus and DLT
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Upper Hutt Posse - Stormy Weather (1991)
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DLT at Box nightclub, Auckland, 1990
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Grigg
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DLT, 1990
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Joint Force - Static Part 1 (1995)
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A 2000 publicity shot for the Altruism album
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A signed poster for DLT's Altruism album, 2001
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DLT with Che Fu in a publicity image for Chains, 1996
Photo credit: Alexander Turnbull Library
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DLT with Time Sulusi at Box nightclub, Auckland, 1990. The mural was painted by DLT for Time's birthday.
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Grigg
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 DLT's art, 2016
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DLT and Sir Vere on Wrekognize (1997)
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DLT, circa 2000
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Upper Hutt Posse, 1990 - Acid Dread, D-Word, DLT, Wiya
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The Stylee Crew (later known as 37 Degrees) - Clockwise from top left: DLT, Roger Perry, Stinky Jim, Dubhead, Slowdeck
Photo credit: Photo by Darryl Ward. Dubhead collection
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The advert for the first double 10-inch Deepgrooves EP
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DLT, 2000
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Joint Force - Nightmare Man (live at the Gluepot 1995)
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Anger over TPPA, a contemporary artwork from DLT, 2016
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DLT's art, 2016
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A Lost Tribe special with DLT and Sir Vere on Wrekognize (1997)
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Matty J Ruys, Johnni Sagala, Darryl 'DLT' Thomson and Danny 'Brother D' Leaosavai'i, at the 1999 APRA Silver Scrolls
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The first episode of Wrekognize (1997)
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Teremoana and DLT at Squid nightclub, Auckland 1996
Photo credit: Photo by Greg Riwai
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DLT, 2000
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A 2000 publicity shot for the Altruism album
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Altruism (2000)
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DLT with Lisa Van Der Aarde, Frenzy, TV3 1994
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Joint Force - Burntime (1995)
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DLT feat Mighty Asterix - One love
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DLT and Sir Vere on Wrekognize (1997)
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DLT featuring Che Fu - Chains (1996)
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Upper Hutt Posse - E Tu (1988)
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DLT, 2003
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DLT meets the Dutchman (aka Joost Langeveld) - Scratches Revenge (Deep in the Pacific of Bass, Deepgrooves, 1992)
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DLT, 2016
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Joint Force - Static Part 2 (1995)
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DLT, 1999
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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DLT and Sir Vere on Wrekognize, with DJ Raw (1997)
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DLT feat Sage and Gravity - I'm Your MC (2000)
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Joint Force - Otis Frizzell, Mark 'Slave' Williams and Darryl 'DLT' Thomson
Photo credit: Photo by Greg Riwai
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Chains took the No.22 position on the APRA Top 100 New Zealand Songs Of All Time list announced in 2001.