ISSUE 180 - Summer 2001
where are they now?
By Johnny Black
Once the snake-hipped future of soul, Terence
Trent D'Arby never quite capitalized on the enormous publicity
that greeted his arrival in the mid-'80's, nor the success of 1987 debut
Introducing The Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby. Successive
projects were each less successful than the last and, following 1995's
Vibrator, he disappeared only to re-emerge on 21 August 1998, via a posting
on his website that read:"I am a holographic representation in the
third dimension of what was requested by your souls that one of your favourite
artists be. I sent a portion of my soul to embody as an artist called
Terence Trent D'Arby to favour that request."
Terence Trent D'Arby:
I've been through a lot of changes in the last decade. Six years ago
I chose a new name, Sananda Maitreya, which came to me in dreams.
I also moved from LA to Munich in Germany, where I'm now based. I've had more fun setting up a new album in the last few months than I had in 10 years of living in California, but I think I'll eventually return to the UK, because that's where my daughter Seraphina lives, and I have other strong ties there.
As well as setting up my own label, I ditched my management and all other business ties. I have a full-time personal assistant and, when I need other kinds of expertise, legal or business or whatever, I'll bring them in on an individual basis.
Don't misunderstand me. There are many good people in the record industry, and there are even some performers who can work well within that structure, but the time has come to stand up for the rights of artists rather than the rights of record companies, so that we can be more creative and free. It took me until 1997 to get out of my contract with Sony worldwide, but I'm still shackled to them in the UK, so I will release my new album, Wildcard, on my own label on 24 September, everywhere except Britain.
Thanks: Darren D'Arby, Marion Rausch, Christine Belden, Lily Philips
And Lily thanks: