Trippy Turtle talks ‘Last Leg’ tour and why he’s chosen an eco-conscious lifestyle [Interview]
With a penchant for eclectic musical productions and environmentalism, Trippy Turtle has made waves within dance music over the last few years. Following years of touring the globe alongside the FoFoFadi animals, Trippy has acquired a fanbase that extends from North America to Asia.
Having reached the pinnacle of his career, Trippy Turtle has partnered with Dancing Astronaut to reveal his final venture: the “Last Leg” tour With stops in nearly each major city throughout the US, the Jersey Club producer has planned for an unforgettable last run in his touring glory.
We sat down with Trippy Turtle to discuss the finer details of his final dates on the road, the importance of adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle and what we can expect post-tour.
2017 has been a very busy year for Trippy Turtle, especially in contrast to the lower output of the last few years. What inspired you to tackle so many ambitious projects this year?
I’ve been sitting on new music for a while and my Fofofamily really inspired me to start putting music out again. These crazy animals are always showing up to the studio. A bunch of them even helped me write some of them, like Pretty Panda’s. They helped with “Super Song.”
You’ve stated that your upcoming 2018 tour will be your last, and that you hope to use it as an opportunity to raise awareness about environmental protection and hearing health. Why are these issues important to you? What do you hope to communicate to your audiences about them?
These issues have affected me personally on so many levels. My home, our world’s oceans, that shits messed up these days. My grandparents used to have a place down under on the Great Barrier Reef, used to go there all the time as a kid. It’s absolutely destroyed now. I used to use so much plastic. I had no idea it didn’t break down. Drank plastic bottled water, smoothies in plastic tumblers, chips from plastic bags, sipped from straws, had all my coffees in takeaway cups and always grabbed a lid. Single-use plastic consumption is seriously getting out of hand. The stuff I want comes packaged like that, so who are we to think differently when we virtually don’t know better? It’s time to wake up, people! Plastic could take over 1000 years to biodegrade. I bet you’re wondering where all of this plastic goes…either on landfills that could be used to plant beautiful flowers and vegetables, or straight into our world’s oceans. A recent study indicates approximately 52% of turtles worldwide have eaten marine debris. Plastic bags are one of the most dangerous pieces of rubbish in our oceans, rivers and beaches.
What are you hoping to accomplish artistically/creatively with this last tour?
I finally got to bring all my party animals with me. The whole fofo crew – coming out to all the shows, playing with me. This has been my dream since a lil’ hatchling. [I] never thought fofo would get this big that we would be able to take it there. We’re bringing the party, we’re bring a good time, and we’re doing it together as a fofofamily.
Can we expect continued studio output from you once you’re done with touring? If so, do you think that the separation from the concert environment will change your songwriting?
I don’t usually play that many shows anyway, so I don’t think it will change my musicianship not playing clubs. I’ll definitely still be involved on the musical front. I own a record label, Fofofadi Records, and almost everything we do is a collaboration with all the animals. I have some demos that haven’t made it out into the ocean yet, and I know I’ll be in the studio with my crew. Just because I can’t tour doesn’t mean it’s the end of the music.