For years, we’ve all wondered the identity of the infamous and anonymous street artist, Banksy. Is it one person? Is it a group? Is it a he or a she?! We may now have finally got our answer, thanks to DJ Goldie and a slip of the tongue in a podcast interview.
Iconic DJ and musician, DJ Goldie recently appeared on the Distraction Pieces Podcast with hip-hop artist and spoken-word poet, Scroobius Pip. They quickly entered into dangerous territory when the pair began talking about Banksy and his work.
Give me a bubble letter and put it on a t-shirt and write ‘Banksy’ on it and we’re sorted. We can sell it now. No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.
Errr, Robert? WHO’S ROBERT?
Did DJ Goldie just give us the first name of the anonymous Banksy?
Well, if this is true, it lends credence to a conspiracy theory over his identity that came into the public eye in September 2016. Journalist Craig Williams reported that Banksy was, in fact, Robert Del Naja, one of the founding members of the trip-hop group, Massive Attack (who is conveniently one of Goldie’s closest friends).
When asked about his theory and the proof behind it, Williams pointed out that the scattered appearance of Banksy’s artwork and murals all around the world has often correlated with the locations of Massive Attack gigs. Alongside this, before he became a major musical artist, Del Naja was a street artist. Ooooooh…
However, Del Naja has been quick to discredit the news and the podcast interview. After a Massive Attack concert, he spoke to the Daily Mail,
We are all Banksy. Rumors of my secret identity are greatly exaggerated. It would be a good story but sadly not true. Wishful thinking I think.
What do you think?