Forming ‘kiwi accent‘ rap duo Dark Tower while still in high school, Jody Lloyd came from a very musical family.
Sister Demarnia was already setting the seeds of her career in Dunedin popsters Mink when the young Lloyd (son of David Lloyd, a respected Cantabrian folk musician) released the ‘Zeal Man’ with his Dark Tower partner Eli ‘The Eel’ Foley.
Zealman was an absolute smash, a terrific rap based around New Zealand references and in-jokes, showing fierce kiwi pride, the site of which had never been seen before in New Zealand hip-hop.
In 1998 Jody released a collection of trip-hop flavored collaborations as Shadows on a Flatland to unanimous acclaim. A tempered journey of an album, it sounds like a soundtrack to the Canterbury countryside and features contributions by a large number of the regions residents, including the Lloyd family, Lindon Puffin and James Taylor (Cinematic).
In 2003 Lloyd again surfaced as a solo musician – now recording as Trillion, the more electronically produced and independently recorded and released at a lucid end has so far gone unannounced.
- Shadows on a flat land (1998, She’ll be right / Universal NZ)
- Loops of Love (2009, She’ll be right, SBR027)