Who: Trouble Andrew
When: Sunday, Jan. 10, 9 p.m.
Cost: First 150 tickets $15, $20 afterwards
Trevor Andrew (better known now as Trouble Andrew) is one lucky dude: at the tender age of 30, he's conquered the snowboarding world as a sponsored rider for Burton, Oakley, Analog and Gravis, is engaged to the next big thing on the music scene - the lovely and talented Santigold - and has just recently embarked on a second career as a professional musician.
"I feel like I'm never really working," Andrew said. "I really feel, truly, so fortunate that I've had one full career of something that was my dream job and I'm just transitioning into this new job that I just discovered was a new dream job."
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, this East Coast kid dropped out of high school at age 16 to move to B.C. and pursue a career in professional snowboarding. Today, he calls three places home - Brooklyn, New York; Squamish, British Columbia; and his hometown of Falmouth, Nova Scotia - though he's been so busy touring and recording that he hasn't been settled in any of those places recently.
But his transition into the world of professional music wasn't intentional. In 2004, he was sidelined with a knee injury and holed up at his girlfriend's place to recuperate. Surrounded by guitars, keyboards and a drum machine, the bored Andrew began messing around with the instruments. Before he knew it, his first song, Chase Money, was written.
Now Andrew wants to be known for something other than his feats on the slopes. His electro-punk, punk-rock fusion - which he refers to as electro sk8 or crunk rock - combines elements of the music that provided the soundtrack to his snowboarding to create feel-good and fun anthemic tunes riddled with tongue-in-cheek lyrical content. Think dark, grindy synths from southern rap coupled with programmed sounds from west coast rap, paced to punk rock with funk lyrics and flow.
"I don't really even think about it - it just kind of comes out that way," said Andrew.
His influences are all over the map, touching on everything from punk, hardcore, and rock to hip hop, with artists like Bad Brains, Black Flag, Descendents and Ice Cube, Tupac and Snoop Dogg on rotation on his personal play lists.
"I ended up having like four or five songs on these tapes and (Santi) snuck the tapes out of the house, because she was already in the music business, and that was like the furthest thing from what I wanted to do. I just wanted to get better and get back on my snowboard."