1.Thanks for taking some time to be interviewed for Trap Metal Arsenal Magazine. Can you please introduce yourself and tell us what your position is in the music industry?
What’s up my names Trippybone, Im a vocalist from Southern California (IE/LA) I write lyrics, draw artwork, design merchandise and manage a rap collective. We go by @namastesouls & we host multi genre music events, book upcoming artist, along with other local vendors and creators.
2. How long have you been on this goth / alternative hiphop wave. And did you have other projects before your current one?
It’s been about 6-7 years since I started making heavier darker music. Yea I’ve had some boom bap projects out before.
3. What’s the story behind the name TRIPPY BONE?
I use to go by Zeal but that was just a name I went by in the dance scene. Once I started doing darker music I felt like I needed to change my name to match the vibe I was giving. People said I reminded them of bone thugs and I’ve always loved Trippy things in life. So I began releasing music under Trippybone and started performing under it also.
4. Who gets bragging right for pushing you forward and helping you get to where you are now? Who are your day ones?
My wife and kids helped me prioritize my time and responsibilities in life and it trickled into me being more professional as an artist. Also my big bro Noa James booked me for my first show 7 years ago and many more which helped me grow comfortable on stage. My homie Spencer Bonds also gets credit for pushing me harder and taking me on my first tour and getting me involved with co-hosting events together. Also of course everyone who’s ever shown me love and support that means the most to me because without their support I probably wouldn’t be able to do anything I’ve accomplished. Shoutout to all the Triple Seven souljahs that have my back.
5. You were on tour recently. What is the craziest thing you have seen on tour? And secondly, what’s the most inspirational thing that has happened on tour?
The craziest thing I seen on tour was probably a crackhead gang banging on me hahaha. The most inspirational moment was probably recording music with Spencer Bonds while on tour it felt alot different then a regular studio session back home.
6. With an interest in who your influences are, if you could go on tour with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would be on the bill with you? What is TRIPPY BONES dream tour?
Xxxtentacion, Xavier wulf, Denzel Curry, Craig xen, linkin park, System of a Down, fever333, rage against the machine, slipknot, pennywise, audio slave, $uicide boy$, pouya, Ramirez, I can go on and on but I’ll stop there.
7. What can we expect in the coming months? And what about plans for next year? More tours, albums, music visuals in the works?
In the next few months I’ll be releasing a single feature I have with a Texas artist named Sawedoff. Really excited about this track it came out great. Next year I’ll be releasing two separate Albums early in the year one is heavy aggressive and dark the other one is more club bangers and west coast vibes. I plan on touring again but not sure where yet. Also I plan on dropping a ton of music videos next year.
8. What is your local music scene like? What are the pros, and what are the cons. Where do you see room for improvement?
The local scene is great here. Me and Spencer Bonds put underground events together under @thegatheringLa for upcoming artist to showcase their talents. There’s other community giants who cater to the scene also like @bricktoyaface, @thopfest, & many others who contribute to the growth of local hiphop talent. The pros are that the local network is constantly growing and we get to see new artist emerge. The cons are that there isnt much room for aggressive screaming rap artist due to gate keeping issues, but we are building our own lane so that’s okay. We can improve by uniting a lot of the aggressive artist and getting locals in that genre to be more open to working with others.
9. In the spirit of sharing wisdom. From your personal experience, what advice would you have for budding artists who are breaking out into the music scene? What should they focus on? What should they avoid?
As a new artist I would say don’t worry about what others think. If you enjoy what you’re making and love it that’s all that matters. Don’t be afraid to try new things and definitely make sure you aren’t getting scammed by fake online marketing/promo.
10. As we wrap this up. Is there anything else you would like our readers to know? And thank you for your time bro!
I would like all the readers to know that if I can make it this far so can they. I’m not where I want to be but I’m far from where I started. Slow progress is better then none at all and if you believe in yourself and work hard everything that’s meant for you will eventually fall in line. Sounds cliche but it’s very true just stay consistent. Also if you are interested in performing in Southern California contact us through IG at @namastesouls we host some of the craziest underground events. Last but not least check out some of my favorite artist that I have became friends with. @deadkids36 @777akita_ @spencerbonds @noa_james @lira777_ @itsbu777 @3amhades @psychosloth_ & eveyone from @thegatheringla much love thank you for this opportunity. I am you, you are me. We are one. 777 forever