Director: Tricky Camera: Lucas Aurel Köppe Assistant Camera: Raphael Peters Editing: Mark Hunt
Skilled Mechanics is a collaborative project that allows the producer and vocalist to work with many different artists, while at the same time pushing his unique vocal talents to the forefront. Primary contributors to the project include Tricky's longtime friend and Wild Bunch member DJ Milo, as well as Tricky's tour drummer Luke Harris.
'Diving Away’ is a version of ‘Porpoise Head’ by Porno For Pyros. Tricky explains: “I toured with them in Australia in 1996. My daughter Mazy, who was about four years of age, was with us and she had frontman Perry Farrell wrapped round her little finger. He took all of us to Sealand in Australia. So there was me and Porno For Pyros all trying to get her pram onto the Australian metro. But how many big artists would do something beautiful like that? I think it speaks volumes about him. So I’ve got a lot of love for Perry Farrell and I’ve always wanted to cover one of his songs.”
Lead vocals on "Diving Away" are handled Tricky's longtime tour drummer, Luke Harris. “We were on tour recently and the band were soundchecking while I was in the dressing room," says Tricky. "I could hear the vocals loud and clear but then my regular singer, Francesca Belmonte walked past the dressing room. I thought, ‘What the fuck?’ So I went out to have a look and there was my drummer filling in for her on vocals because she needed the bathroom. There and then I said to him, ‘Do you know what? On my next project you’re going to be my vocalist...’”