Excerpt of interview by J.R. Ewing with Trevor “Trouble” Andrew
You were really the first to incorporate a hip-hop influence into snowboarding on a global scale …
I think if you ask most kids that skate, or snowboard, or anything these days, they don’t just listen to punk rock or hip-hop – everyone has kind of listened to everything. I think all those subcultures are kind of on the same level: a bunch of kids who do what they wanna do and not really listen to the mainstream. But now we become the mainstream – we’ve been outcasts forever, and now we’re kind of in the forefront.
How did you begin your relationship with the snowboard?
I started off skateboarding when I was seven years old. My mom worked on a ski hill, and as soon as I found out about skateboarding, it made sense as something to do in Canada. I eventually moved from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, got sponsored by Burton and Oakley and was making a career of it until I got hurt while filming myself, which tore the ACL in my knee. I was looking at nine months of recovery.
What about your relationship with Santigold?
I’d met her the year before the injury, so I came out to Philly where she lived, with all kinds of music equipment in the house. When she was out at work or whatever I would just pluck away at my guitar. Then I bought my own PC and keyboard and started making my own beats with a drum machine. That was in 2004. By the next year, I had all these songs written and demos recorded, so we put out a little EP at places like snowboarder trade shows. The full-length Trouble Andrew was properly recorded by 2006 and put up for sale on iTunes.
Was it a difficult shift from professional snowboarder to professional musician?
I don’t feel it, no, because I’m still a pro snowboarder – and music is kind of in me. I wouldn’t just snowboard: I’d design shit for Burton, do my own graphics for snowboards, and design my clothes. I just like to be creative, so it was nice to find that outlet. The whole snowboard community supported it, so it was a nice, smooth transition.