One of the most mysterious artists in the world today may have been identified accidentally during an interview for a podcast. DJ Goldie, the host of the podcast, referred to the artist known as Banksy by the name “Robert” during the interview, and this little slip may have incidentally been a big reveal.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the on-air mistake is being treated as possible confirmation that the artist known as Banksy is actually Robert Del Naja, a member of the group Massive Attack.
Del Naja, who also goes by the name 3D, is an old friend of Goldie and both ran in the same graffiti artist circles during the late 1980s.
This isn’t the first time Del Naja has been fingered as the elusive artist. A researcher drew that conclusion last year, though Del Naja adamantly denied the connection. However, Goldie’s listening audience is treating the latest gaffe as confirmation that Del Naja is indeed Banksy.
Goldie was speaking with Scroobius Pip, a spoken word poet, during an interview for his Distraction Pieces podcast. At approximately 38 minutes into the audio recording, Goldie makes a verbal misstep while discussing Banksy.
“Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write ‘Banksy on it and we’re sorted,” said Goldie during a rant about how the art industry is cashing in on Banksy’s name. “We can sell it now.”
He then goes on to say, “No disrespect to Robert, I think he’s a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world over art.”
Pip replies, “Yeah, completely,” before Goldie pauses for a moment and then changes the subject of the discussion to jazz music.
It appears the slip went unnoticed by Goldie and his guest, but a fan of the podcast began filling in the blanks.
The listener said, “They were talking about Banksy and then he referred to him as ‘Robert’ and I put two and two together.” The fan went on to say, “I’m just a random listener but I’ve heard the rumors – it made my ears prick up.”
The research completed by Craig Williams, a journalist, suggested Del Naja was behind the Banksy art. Williams believes Banksy is actually a team of graffiti artists, but that Del Naja runs the show. He made the connection after noticing that new art pieces seemed to appear in conjunction with Massive Attack shows, citing at least six occasions where new Banksy works appeared in the time immediately before or after Massive Attack performances.
Del Naja denied the rumors, saying, “It would be a good story but sadly not true.”