Trillion is a New Zealand electronica and hip-hop musician and record producer from Christchurch. He is the brother of Cloudboy vocalist Demarnia Lloyd, and the two siblings have frequently appeared on each other's recordings.
In 1993 he formed the group Dark Tower, a two-piece featuring himself and Eli Foley (under the pseudonyms "The Earl" and "The Eel"). Dark Tower released their first EP, Real Zealmen in 1995, followed by the critically acclaimed Shadows on a Flat Land in 1998, the first release on Lloyd's own She'll Be Right label. Shadows on a Flat Land featured collaborations with a swag of Christchurch musicians including his father, sister, Jeremy Taylor, Mark Duff and Claire Falloon. Mark Duff helped engineer the mix and oversaw the production.
More Dark Tower albums followed, with Canterbury Drafts in 2001 (nominated for best New Zealand hip hop album of the year 2001, NZ Music Awards), and The Dark World and The Pacific Scandal, both in 2005. Dark Tower produced an unexpectedly New Zealand voice in the local hip-hop scene, which had otherwise been dominated by an amalgam of American street styles and Polynesian influences known as Urban Pasifika. While Dark Tower's music had some Urban Pasifika influences, some critics claimed it reveled in kitsch kiwiana, defiantly presenting rap their own New Zealand accents and sampling such nostalgically New Zealand elements as old television theme music and folk music.
Trillion has alternated Dark Tower's cut-up hip-hop in recent years with electronica and remix work under the pseudonym of Trillion, under which name he has released six albums. These albums commenced with Fresh Jams in 2002, At a Lucid End (2003), This World and the Sadvipra Diversion (2004), The Gray Between Shadow and Shade (2005), Audio Agriculture in the 21st Century (2006), and 'SILENTinvisible', his 'masterpiece' in 2008. Lloyd formed the six piece Trillion Band in 2004 and in 2007 the band reduced to three members and took on the name The Incredible Braking Wheel. Lloyd has also produced albums for Irish outfit Bazuki Joe, Billy Wilson, Phil Johns, Le Mot Cafe, Catalyst Poetry Journals and Canadian writer and poet Jim Christy. Lloyd is the founder of She'll Be Right Records, a Christchurch-based label specialising in natural accent New Zealand music. Artists involved with the label include Mark Duff, John White (mestar), Andy Gibson, Ragamuffin Children, Lindon Puffin, Phil Johns, Billy Wilson, Bazuki Joe, Jeremy Taylor, Delaney Davidson, Tono, Jim Christy, Le Mot Cafe and Mark Tupuhi.
1993 - founder of Christchurch band, Dark Tower.
1995 - present: sound engineer and record producer.
1997 - present: Trillion
1998 - The birth of She'll Be Right Records - NZ's only dedicated natural accent focused record label.
2003 - 2009, producer and engineer of music based documentaries for National Radio.
2003 - Trillion live band is formed.
2003 - poetry work published in literary books, Catalyst 1, 2 & 3.
2005 - She'll Be Right Records distribution deal in Australia. (two years later they finally paid for the 200 cds they sold and we part ways)
2006 - joined Christchurch Music Industry Trust - CHART
2008 - lost all distribution due to lack of sales, quit Chart Music Trust, disillusionment, moved overseas.
2009 - performed half a dozen times in Melbourne as Trillion - with a live band. Then joined Melbourne band Pataphysics.
2009 - found a new passion in making health and conspiracy related music and videos.
2010 - released 'Everything is Under Control' worldwide - which became the most popular Trillion LP to date.
2010 - due to lack of music video grants and support in NZ, She'll Be Right Records fades into obscurity and ceases operations.
2011 - clocked 550000 youtube plays, with an addition 200000 views from videos uploaded by fans.
2011 - featured in the Phantom Billstickers Poetry Posters series.
2012 - release of physical 'crowd funded' Trans-Pacific Partnership CD.
2013 - January - starts work on a full length documentary - filming, interviews, music and editing...
2013 - Propaganda, the film Trillion did the soundtrack for gains top award at Michael Moore's, Traverse Film Festival.
2013 - visits Bali to create a new body of instrumental music.
2014 - streams the musical masterpiece album; PERFECT FREQ - from the universe.
DISCOGRAPHY of recorded and released material:
TRILLION - COMFORT SILENCE [single] 2016
TRILLION - PERFECT FREQ [The Yoga Mixes] [LP] (2015)
TRILLION - PERFECT FREQ [LP] (2015)
TRILLION & ARTIKAI - Waking Time [LP] (Dec 2013)
TRILLION - PROPAGANDA [FILM SOUNDTRACK] (March 2013)
TRILLION - PROPAGANDA [FILM SOUNDTRACK - INSTRUMENTAL] (March 2013)
TRILLION [with Lewka, Subsketch & New English) TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP - [promo LP] (Oct 2012)
NEW ENGLISH (BILLY WILSON & TRILLION) - neither you, nor i [EP] (Sept 2012)
SUBSKETCH (& TRILLION) - Alter Ego [EP] (July 2012)
TRILLION & LEWKA - 2012 Get a Job [EP] (March 2012)
TRILLION - Sky is Falling part 3 LP [instrumental] (Dec 2011)
TRILLION - Sly Circus and the Grotty Plot EP (July 2011)
TRILLION - Sky is Falling part 2 LP [instrumental] (June 2011)
TRILLION - Sky is Falling part 1 LP [instrumental] (Jan 2011)
CATALYST POETRY SERIES 9 - spoken word with nz music (2011) Neoismist Press
TRILLION - Starve The System EP (Dec 2010)
TRILLION - Everything is Under Control LP (May 2010)
TRILLION - Loops of Love LP (2009)
CATALYST POETRY SERIES 7 - spoken word with nz music (2008) Neoismist Press
TRILLION - SILENTinvisible LP (2008)
JIM CHRISTY - Gods Little Angle LP (2007)
INCREDIBLE BRAKING WHEEL (trillion band) - Rusty Springs EP (2007)
AUDIO AGRICULTURE IN THE 21st CENTURY - REMIX ALBUM BY TRILLION (2006)
CATALYST POETRY SERIES 1 - spoken word with nz music (2005) Neoismist Press
BILLY WILSON - The Great Divide LP (Sept. 2005 (oz) & Feb 2006 (nz))
TRILLION - The Gray Between Shadow and Shade LP (Sept 2005)
BAZUKI JOE - On The Map LP (August 2005)
DARK TOWER - The Pacific Scandal LP (July 2005)
DARK TOWER - The Dark World LP (July 2005)
TRILLION -This World & The Sadvipra Diversion LP (June 04)
TRILLION - At a Lucid End LP (2003)
ST LUCY - Loyal? EP (2003)
TRILLION Presents - FRESH JAMS - Various LP (2002)
DARK TOWER - Canterbury Drafts LP (2001)
DARK TOWER - The Baggy Trousers Project EP (2000)
DARK TOWER with Dave Dobbyn - The New Outlook Single (1999)
TRILLION - Shadows on a Flat Land - Various LP (1998)
DARK TOWER - Real Zealmen EP (1995)
Other SHE'LL BE RIGHT RECORDS Releases:
RAGAMUFFIN CHILDREN - THE SEAHORSE EMPORIUM (LP) APRIL 2009
MUSTARD - PHILLIPSTOWN EP - FEB 2009
DELANEY DAVIDSON & the alpine cretins - PITCH INST MASTER KEY CHROM (LP) MAY 2008
TONO - LOVE & ECONOMICS (EP) JUNE 2008
JOHN WHITE - MOGWASH (LP) FEB 2008
RAGAMUFFIN CHILDREN WERECAT LULLABIES (LP) 2007
PHIL JOHNS - ILLUSION FADES AWAY (LP) 2007
ANDY GIBSON - BEHIND THE I (LP) 2007
JOHN WHITE - Balloon Adventure LP (2005)
JEREMY TAYLOR - Black Balloons LP (2005)
LINDON PUFFIN - Stuff Like That LP (2002)
COMPILATION & GUEST-OGRAPHY
put it on the world (2012): MASHUP - stina nordenstam VS bob barley feat. trillion
not for sale (2012): trillion & celestial serpent collab feat. emerald macgill & rob thorne
Songs of Freedom compliation (2011): we are changing the world by Trillion feat. Quinn Mchugh & Max Igan (au)
patsy de-cline (2011): truth now & trillion collab feat. bliss and payday monsanto (usa)
violent dialectrix (2011): lewka feat. trillion (usa)
golem (single, 2010): payday monsanto feat. trillion & luca (usa)
colossus (2009): curse of dialect feat. trillion (and many others) (au)
going down swinging (australian poetry cd) - No 28: recipe for a perfect nap (2009)
going down swinging (australian poetry cd) - No 27: cold touch of dawn (2008)
featured on: The Gravy, Series 2 Episode 8 (2008)
shadows in traps (2007): pataphysics feat. trillion (au)
up the creek (compilation cd) (2007): we are a river (feat. reb fountain) - trillion
Great NZ Digi-Poem Competition (2007): Jody Lloyd (production) - Poem: On Originality by Bill Manhire
many dark reasons (single, 2006): reason (oz) feat. dark tower/billy wilson & dark circle (uk)
reason for being (underground comp) LP (2006): something - trillion
bliss n eso (aust. hip hop group) - produced two tracks for 'day of the dog LP' (2006) (au)
a Low Hum DVD 2 (2005): video by brendan palmer: end of daze (feat. leila adu) - trillion
some nz music is shit (rdu comp): LP (2005) this world - trillion
chch the music: double LP (2005) sons of the south - dark tower
beatseekers comp (uk) (2004): hashish kebab - dubwise (uk) feat. trillion
a Low Hum Issue 15 (2004): music video by brendan palmer: barad dur - dark tower
Hiphop Music in Aotearoa by Gareth Shute (2004): dark tower story featured over many pages.
bio-pscyco-social: st lucy EP (2004) - trillion remix of 'driving to mary'
earwork 4: LP (capital recordings) (2003): man with the prosthetic limp - trillion
earwork 3: LP (capital recordings) (2002): something - trillion
sideways too LP (2002): 60 what (sjd remix) - trillion
stealthmag cd (Australia) 04 (2002) there is no competition - dark tower
wizemen ep: the sickness (2001) the sickness: dark tower remix
channel z volume 1 (2000) the baggy trousers project - dark tower
db export freebie promo cd (2000) baggy trousers - dark tower
ice tv good: LP (1999) nothing (feat. jeremy taylor) - trillion
aotearoa hiphop vol 1: LP (1998) sons of the south - dark tower
ice tv ablum: LP (1998) you beauty version2
on the beat'n'track: LP (1996) you beauty (v1) too much & take a walk - dark tower
TRILLION feat Andy Gibson & Flip Grater - Dirty Dozen (cage eggs) (2013)
TRILLION & THE BROKEN HEARTBREAKERS - Work (2013)
SUBSKETCH - permanent vacation - (music & video by Trillion) (2013)
TRILLION feat Adam Mcgrath - Fleecing the Sheep (2012)
TRILLION & LEWKA - Anarchy Blues (2012)
TRILLION & LEWKA - All the Beautiful Lies (2012)
TRILLION - Tattered Joker - trillion/joan as police woman Mashup/Remix (2011)
TRILLION - Fleecing The Sheep (director - Devika Bilimoria/Jody Lloyd) (2011)
TRILLION - Re-imagine feat Andy Gibson (2010)
TRILLION - Empty Hands (director - Devika Bilimoria/Jody Lloyd) (2010)
TRILLION - The Muffin Song (director - Devika Bilimoria/Jody Lloyd) 2009
TRILLION - Let it Go (director - Jody Lloyd) 2009
TRILLION - Me and You (director - Devika Bilimoria/Jody Lloyd) (2009)
TRILLION - Cold Touch of Dawn (director - Devika Bilimoria/Jody Lloyd) (2009)
TRILLION - Humble Mountain Man (Sir Ed Hillary tribute song) (director - Tim Kelleher/Jody Lloyd) (2008)
TRILLION - Lonely Road (director - Rick Harvie/Jody Lloyd) (2008)
INCREDIBLE BRAKING WHEEL - Minute Stars (director - Rick Harvie) (2007)
the TRILLION band - One More Test (director - Rick Harvie) (2006)
TRILLION - End of Daze feat. Leila Adu (animated by Brendan Palmer) (2005)
DARK TOWER - Barad Dur (animated by Brendan Palmer) (2004)
DARK TOWER - Alright Now (director - David Stubbs) (2001)
DARK TOWER - You Beauty (director - Dan Mace) (2000)
DARK TOWER - The Baggy Trousers Project (director - David Stubbs) (2000)
DARK TOWER with Dave Dobbyn - The New Outlook Single (director - Marc Swadel) (1999)
DARK TOWER - You Beauty - big day out (director - Marc Swadel) (1998)
TRILLION feat. Duff - Doin' it on my Shadow (director - Marc Swadel) (1998)
TRILLION feat. Clare Falloon - Deep Sleep Song (director - Scott Cleator) (1998)
DARK TOWER - Zealman (director - Marc Swadel) (1995)
DARK TOWER - Whine Whine (live in Hagley Park) (1993)
unreleased/unfinished music videos:
DARK TOWER - That's Right (director - Marc Swadel) (1996)
DARK TOWER - land of the long white cloud (director - Marc Swadel) (1996)
VIDEOS FOR TOPICAL SONGS:
TRILLION - AINT NOTHING BUT A PATSY PARTY feat. Truth Now, Bliss & Payday Monsanto (2011)
TRILLION - EARTHQUAKES, DEBT, CONSPIRACY & OIL - part 1 (2011)
TRILLION - EARTHQUAKES, DEBT, CONSPIRACY & OIL - part 2 (2011)
TRILLION - THE SMILING ASSASSIN (2011)= 3200 views
TRILLION - THE CLIMATE GATED COMMUNITY - part 1 (2010) = 4400 views
TRILLION - THE CLIMATE GATED COMMUNITY - part 2 (2010) = 2000 views
TRILLION - REMOTE CONTROL FREAKS (2010) = 3600 views
TRILLION - DUDE, WHO POISONED MY FOOD (2010) = 7600 views
TRILLION - EVERYTHING IS A PSYOP - feat. Khan Quest (2010) = 1600 views
TRILLION - DIG UP YOUR LAWN (2009) = 4700 views
TRILLION - WATER CRIMES feat. Tono (2009) = 23000+ views
TRILLION - SAY NO TO THE VACCINE feat. pataphysics & nRt (2009) = 300000+ views
TRILLION - INVISIBLE HAZARDS IN THE WIRELESS AGE (2009) = 27000+ views
TRILLION - HOLLOW MOON feat Billy Wilson (2008) = 10000 views
TRILLION - SUPERSIZE MY ASPARTAME (2008) = 40000 views
for the other 20 unlisted videos see: http://www.youtube.com/user/NZtrillion
MUSIC FOR CHOREOGRAPHY:
Subsequently Confused (Christchurch Arts Festival) - choreographer: Victoria Columbus (2011)
I Said Ha Ha (LINK - Perth) - choreographer: Ross McCormack (2011)
[sic] (Dance North - Townsville, Queensland) - choreographer: Ross McCormack & Elie Tass (2011)
Stealth (NZ - solo: Jeremy Poi) - choreographer: Ross McCormack (2010)
Nowhere Fast (Dance North - Townsville, Queensland) - choreographer: Ross McCormack (2009)
MUSIC FOR TV & CINEMATOGRAPHY:
*music composed for PROPAGANDA (full length documentary by Slavko Martinov (2012)
Our Road Ahead Says Rise! (mini documentary) by Puppet Gov (2012)
Obama and the War Criminals (mini documentary) by Puppet Gov (2009)
Video for 'Say No to The Vaccine' featured on an Ian R Crane DVD filmed live @ Glastonbury Symposium (2009)
Video for 'Humble Mountain Man' (a tribute to Sir Ed Hillary) by Trillion, featured in 'Mountainfilm' film festival in Colorado (2008)
*music composed for '48 hour film' comp film: HG and the Yam Yam (2010 Frond Films) and the promo clip
*music composed for '48 hour film' comp film: Sea of Contrition (2008, Frond Films)
*music composed for '48 hour film' comp film: Bloody Vengence 2 (2007 Frond Films)
Soundtrack for Lindon Puffins road movie/documentary 'Figure 8000' (2006)
*music used in IN BETWEEN PAINTINGS - doco on Dick Frizzell (by Joe McAlpine, Simon Murtagh & Phil Bostwick)
*music composed for MORNING HERD: contemporary dance film (directed by Ross McCormack & Rick Harvie)
*music composed for 48 hour film comp film: THE ESCORT (chch winner 2006, directed by Rick Harvie & Richard Bullock)
*music composed for DVD - Inclusion (2005)
*theme music for Ngati Nrl - 2004
*theme for James Coleman’s Channel Z Radio show.
Shervin Boolorian - Spirit Night by Candle Light (LP - 2015)
Catalyst Poetry CD volume 9 (LP)
The Orginal Branch Manual - Catalyst 7 (LP)
Le Mot Cafe - Le Mot Cafe (LP)
Phil Johns - illusion fades away (LP)
Jim Christy - Gods Little Angle (LP)
Bliss N Eso - Coppin' It Sweet (single)
Bliss N Eso - Soldier On (single)
Billy Wilson - The Great Divide (LP)
Catalyst Poetry CD vol 1 (LP)
St Lucy - Loyal? (EP)
plus all DARK TOWER and TRILLION releases.
Guns - Lowkey & Sage Francis
Supposed to be - Ammunition (Ireland)
Lifesavas - hello hi hey
The Black Seeds - Strugglers
Holly Smith - Hiding
Xidus Pain - Africa
Spartacus R - White Zirconia
Quinn Band - It's Revolution
The Bats - Up To The Sky
John White - Float on a Feather
The Brunettes - Holding Hands Feeding Ducks
Vorn - Surf Slowly
Duff - The Dancing Contest
Flip Grater - Knowing You
Onelung - White Light
Mea - Searching The Streets
Moscati - Four Twelve
The Undercurrents - Waiting For Justin
Minisnap - Crooked Miles
Sage Francis - Hey Bobby
Buck 65 - Shutter Buggin'