ROTHENBURGER – From death metal to hip hop – how Daz Tha Punk turned his life around

Cover photo for Daz Tha Punk's new rap EP.

IT’S BEEN FOUR YEARS since the last time I had coffee with Daz Tha Punk.

Back then he was going by the performance name Bloodlust Abominator of Ritual War Incantations — Bloodlust Abominator for short — playing with a death-metal band called Necroholocaust.

He’s all tats and piercings, and if you don’t know him you might think it best to give him a wide berth on the street.

In fact, though, he’s immensely talented, sincere, hard-working, a bit intense, someone who marches to the beat of his own drum, literally.

To me, he’s Darrell Sharp, a guy I’ve known since he was a teenager playing drums in the Kamloops Pipe Band. He prefers not to be called Darrell anymore, which we’ll get to in a minute.

We’re in The Vic, talking about recent, dramatic changes to his life and his music.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – From death metal to hip hop – how Daz Tha Punk turned his life around

  1. Walter Trkla // October 30, 2019 at 6:25 AM // Reply

    Darrell does not fit into the groupthink. He questions consensus unlike many in the crowd who chant in unison. When one chants in unison how can one understand the world that Chomsky writes about or what Assange and Snowden expose. Darrell is comfortable about speaking about the world even though he is on the periphery unable to do much about the hogwash of one size fits all. One thing that you missed, Politics aside, Darrell. Like his father Peter is generous and would give you the shirt off his back.

  2. That’s a nice piece Mel R. I saw past the tattoos and piercings too and although I don’t share the same music tastes I find DS aka Daz to be a raging good fellow. I understand a bit about someone’s past and where they come from and the difficulties overcoming it.

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