Author, International Music Presenter/ Journalist / CEO, Black Music Arts, Toronto, ON. Born: Toronto, ON.
Dalton Higgins is an international music presenter, author, broadcaster and award-winning journalist. He is also Canada’s foremost expert on hip hop culture. His fourth book, Fatherhood 4.0 (Fall, 2010), trendspots across a newer generation of multi-culti dads weaned on everything from The Osbournes to Obama. His last book, Hip Hop World (Fall, 2009), is referenced by pop culture pundits and used by educators across North America. He is also the co-author of two other critically-acclaimed books, Hip Hop and Much Master T: A VJ’s Journey.
Dalton has worked on and consulted on a vast number of web-based initiatives throughout the USA and Canada including Urban Box Office, Shine.com, Open Book, and Northside Hip Hop, among others. As a documentarian, he has produced film documentaries, the latest about barbershop culture, More Than a Haircut (2009), and radio documentaries about mouth music practitioners (CBC Radio One). Dalton is currently a music programmer at the Harbourfront Centre, Canada’s centre for contemporary culture.
Favourite book? Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is a book about race in America, and sadly enough, many of the problems it chronicles I witness and live to this day (it was written in 1952). “I am an invisible man…when they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination–indeed, everything and anything except me.”
Favourite quote? “I am the internet and I am the winternet. And they don’t see nothing yet!” – Lee Perry
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Go to Ghana and spend some time in the Cape Coast Castles; climb the Chichen Itza.
Who inspires you? My mother, father, brother, wife and kids; Miles Davis, Paul Robeson, Harry Belafonte, Dave Chapelle, Grace Jones, Dustin Byfuglien, God.
Why do you do what you do? I work as a conceptual artist because it’s easier for me to disseminate Big Ideas across different platforms, mediums, disciplines and venues.