Snowboarder Gives Music A Try
Trouble Andrew is a remixed and remastered edition of his self-released 2007 CD of the same name (previously available only via iTunes) with underground hit "Chase Money" and the addition of one newly recorded song, "What's So Strange About Me."
Like most rock stars, Trouble was a rebel and dropped out of high school at age 15 to live his dream -- literally a pipe dream for a kid coming from the relatively flat Nova Scotia. He is no stranger to the rock star life of winning contests, signing endorsement deals (Burton Snowboards and Oakley to name a few), and gaining rabid fans around the world. He has inspired a generation of snowboard kids with his original freestyle riding and unique signature snowboards and outerwear that have always represented the skateboarding, punk rock, hip-hop, and pop influences of his youth. Trouble's music tells a similar story with its dark, hard hitting grinding bass and synths and sk8rock guitar riffs and witty and sexually charged lyrics.
One such track is the playful, fast-paced, boasting track that makes the listener feel good to be bad "Bang Bang" featuring Trouble's fiancÚ Santi White, better known as Santogold. "She encouraged me to do music," says Trouble, who began his professional snowboarding career at age 15, but didn't write his first song until he broke his knee in 2005. "I was recovering from a snowboarding injury and she bought me a 4-track recorder, a Gibson guitar, and a Peavey amp to play around on because she saw me taking an interest."
After nine months of rehab and a full recovery, the professional snowboarder-turned-musician had Trouble Andrew recorded, a four-piece band, and a whole new sound behind him. That new sound is an amalgamation of the punk, rock, hip-hop, sk8, surf, and snowboard cultures he grew up on. The end result is a poppy electro sk8 punk music with fist pumping anthems, rump-shaking melodies, and sing-along hooks. "It's like crunkrock pop," says Trouble.
Other key tracks on Trouble Andrew include "Chase Money," an anthem song based on materialistic people and "UH OH," a dark, sexy, song with a slower groove for the ladies. "Young Boy" is one of the artist's more serious songs, talking about world issues and family trouble with a positive twist, while "Pimp Millennium" is an attitude-laden ditty that makes you feel like going out to pimp the world."
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