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Trouble Andrew

Looks like Trouble

With a list of self-inflicted injuries incurred as a professional snowboarder, Trevor ďTroubleĒ Andrew is trying on a new hat. After several years of recording, writing and gigging, Trouble Andrew released his debut album -- a mix of punk, hip hop and new wave -- in February. He performs at the Warfield, opening for his fiancť Santigold, on March 21st. He spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from New York.

SF Station (SFS): Have you toured with Santi before?

Trouble Andrew (TA): Yeah, Santi and I have been doing shows for a while now. We used to have a residency in the Lower East Side with a gig every week when I first started doing shows and she was with her band Stiffed. We also did half of her tour last year with Low vs Diamond.

SFS: Is it a different experience tour with her?

TA: Yeah, itís great. The best situation you could ask for is being able to travel and work with your partner. Itís nice to be able to go different places together, but we also both have our own thing going on with our bands and the business.

After the show it is great. Iíve been traveling since I was 12 with my snowboarding career, so Iíve been through the whole wildiní out phase. Itís nice to have someone to just chill with.

SFS: Do you have a wedding date planned?

TA: We havenít set a date. Weíre just grindiní and we have so much to do. All of our friends are really busy too. We are all kind of waiting for a point when we can chill together, celebrate and have a party. Right now, everybody is on a mission.

SFS: In your bio you wrote music has inspired the way you ride snowboards and skateboards and riding has helped inspire your music. How so?

TA: Iíve been skateboarding since I was seven years old and thatís what introduced me to snowboarding. I was introduced to a lot of music through skate videos and older skate kids who would give me tapes like The Descendents or Black Flag.

I think the energy I got from listening to music helped me take my snowboarding to a different level. You also film a snowboard video part every year where you put together your best snowboard moments of the year in a video segment with music. Itís almost the same as creating an album.

Being in editing rooms over the years, putting together moments of snowboarding with music, made it easier when it came to putting a song together. When you are putting together a video part, you want it to come in hard, then mellow out a little bit, then come back up before tapering off. Itís kind of like a song, and itís really based off of feeling.

SFS: Is your snowboarding career still going strong?

TA: Iíve been out the last two seasons because of a back injury. I had two back injuries on top of each other. I almost broke my back and then I broke six ribs. I have so much scar tissue, and Iíve just been in pain for like two years. I still go out and get shots and snowboard, but right now my focus is getting this record done.

Snowboarding and skateboarding are a part of me, and something I will always do and find inspiration from, but right now snowboarding is taking second place to the music. Itís really a forced situation with my injuries.

SFS: It seems like a lot of skateboarders and snowboarders take that route.

TA: Skateboard, snowboard and surf culture all breed art. Itís not like being a pro tennis player and putting out a record. There are so many artists that come out of those cultures because those sports take athletic ability, but they are more based off of art and the way that you come down a mountain, pick a line or ride a wave.

SFS: Do you feel like you have also gotten some flack because you are involved with music now?

TA: Totally, but thatís just a natural thing for people. If you are successful at one thing, itís hard for people to image you being successful or good at something else. But like I said, itís something that is bred in that culture, and a lot of people might not understand that. Itís not like Iím a pro snowboarder that all of a sudden decided to have someone write and make a record for me.

I wrote the record with no intention to release it. It was really just to kill time in the off-season. Music is completely just about me, and itís kind of a selfish thing for me. I had a busted knee, and I started writing songs because it was fun.

Trouble Andrew opens for Santigold at The Warfield on May 21st. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $28.50 to $32.