Del The Funky Homosapien on putting more thought into the lyrics for Deltron's new album
Aaron Thackeray Del the Funky Homosapien at the 2011 Westword Music Showcase.
Twelve years in the making, the sequel to Deltron 3030 has attained mythical stature in many underground hip hop circles. The original -- a turn-of-the-millenium sci-fi concept record that sprang from the collaboration of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan The Automator and Kid Koala -- balanced a dark, post-apocalyptic technological allegory with the levity of comedic interludes doing justice to the standard set by Prince Paul and De La Soul. But after more than a decade, doubts had set in whether a follow-up would ever see the light of day.
That all changed when the sequel, Deltron Event II, was announced earlier this year and scheduled for a fall release. In honor of the new record, the super-group got together for a limited number of shows, marking the first time they'd all toured together. Backed by a live band, the trio makes a stop in the Mile High City this weekend. In advance of Saturday's show at Cervantes', we spoke with Del about the new record, the fans' expectations and where he found sci-fi inspiration to set the mood for the second installment of Deltron.
Aaron Thackeray Del The Funky Homosapien backstage at the 2011 Westword Music Showcase.
Westword: When the Deltron 3030 record came out, did you, Automator and Koala all go out tour together? Or is this the first time?
Del: I don't think Koala was in the first one. A lot of it is a blur to me, plus it was ten years ago or something. This is the first time we've had it to this level. This is big. We're going for it this time.
Do you guys have a good live chemistry?
Part of the reason why Dan thought this might be feasible is because we worked so well together. The fan's response has been ridiculous. Not even just fans, people who don't know about us but are checking it out are like, "Oh, God, this is phenomenal."
Are you happy with how the new record turned out?
I'm very happy with how it turned out. The expectations of fans isn't really an issue. I don't think they even know what they want. They don't know what they want until they get it. They want that Deltron feeling that they got from the first Deltron album, which they're not gonna get. Period. That's like smoking some crack and then hoping the next hit is going to be as strong as the first one. No it ain't. They're chasing the dragon.
I've told fans, "When you get the album, you're gonna be like, 'The first one's better.'" If you go into it like it's a new experience, and don't go in trying to get the same experience you had, then you'll be able to appreciate it for that experience. You might even like that experience more than the other experience.
I put a lot more thought into the lyrics. I heard a few people mumbling about the lyrics [on the first record] weren't all that, that it was all just freestyling and not as substance-filled as a lot of people were trying to make you think. I heard some people mumbling about that, so this time I put more substance into it... I had some time to focus, to think about it a lot more. That's partially the reason why it took so long.