King Adz in his own words
I carefully researched and selected the talents featured in the Urban Cookbook. I sent them a short list of questions. Inspired by their answers (though they didn’t all answer everything), I visited each one to check out their life, work and attitude to all things urban. Here are the questions I sent out before I got to know any of the talents involved. And just so you know where I’m coming from, I’m going to answer them myself first…
Q When were your formative years?
A From 1985 to 1995.
Q Nearest city while growing up?
Q Who, or what, has had an urban influence in the following areas?
Music: Men at Work, The Beat, DJ Shadow, DJ Cam, Lupe Fiasco and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
Art: Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Banksy.
Design: Nathan Reddy, Saul Bass, Neville Garrick and Garth Walker.
Advertising / Media: Tony Kaye and Malcolm McLaren.
Fashion: Vivienne Westwood, Shawn Stüssy, Adidas and Skateware.
Film: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Werner Herzog, Lars von Trier and Hype Williams.
Literature: Martin Amis, Hunter S. Thompson and Tama Janowitz
City / Place: London, Johannesburg and New York.
Q How have you made your mark on urban culture?
A I make films and books and PDFs about creativity, and try to inspire others to live in peace with fellow human beings.
Q What made you realize that urban culture was changing?
A When I went to a street art show and paintings were selling for £16,000. And when Banksy was first mentioned on CNN.
Q When was that?
A In 2007.
Q Who should be recognized in this project?
A All the shorties in the world, flexing their street art and creative muscles for the first time, trying to earn a little respect, trying to flip it to another level; all those who try to create something new, when all they hear is: ‘Everything’s been done before’. Peeps like Wilma $, Dr. D and The Killer Gerbil.
Q What is your favourite food?
A Indian/Pakistan (especially masala dosa), Cape Malay and braaivleis (South African BBQ).