Before his newfound career as a self-proclaimed "Crunk Rock a.k.a. Douche Wave" musician, Trouble Andrew was known as Trevor Andrew, a Burton-sponsored pro rider and member of the 1998 and 2002 U.S. Olympic snowboarding teams. In 2004, Trevor's riding career came to halt when he tore his ACL in an accident. But during his nine-month hiatus off the slopes, T.A. found his musical calling and—with the help of wife Santigold, who snuck his mixtapes to production team Shitaki Monkey—"Trouble" was born.

Despite being unable to compete in last weekend's Winter X Games in Aspen, Trouble Andrew was still making noise as a musical performer at the club Belly Up. T.A. will also be at the Vancouver Winter Games later this month for another live performance. We got a chance to check in with the stylin' frontman to get his commentary on Santigold, X Games '08, and even Degrassi alum, Drake...

Interview by Tara Aquino

VIDEO: "Chase Money" (2006), Trouble Andrew
TROUBLE ANDREW SAYS: "I did that video in 2006. "Chase" was actually one of the first songs I ever wrote. I had just moved to Brooklyn and then we did the video at KCDC Skateboard Shop. It was really just like a party. We just gathered a bunch of friends and just filmed the party."

COMPLEX SAYS: Looks like some skaters were there, too.

TA SAYS: "Yea, Rodney Torres was there. There were a couple pro snowboarders like Romain DeMarchi and JP Solberg. There were other cameos by friends too, like Spank Rock. Tyson Beckford came through and Santi was there. But it was really like a big collaboration with everyone just coming through and hanging out and all supporting the new project. Like I said, at that time, it was the first song I released and so we all kinda came together and celebrated and made a little video out of it."


VIDEO: Santigold's "Why Clean Water Matters" Interview for Summit On The Summit (2009)
TA SAYS: "That was really cool for me to watch because I was in Canada while she was climbing the mountain and I was initially scheduled to go with her. I couldn't go 'cause I was finishing the record and we were booked for all these shows and stuff. I was really bummed that I couldn't be there and see what she was doing and her whole challenge.

I would check on Summit On The Summit everyday and kinda just see where they were, what's going on, and look at the pictures and the videos. It was nice to see her talking, see what she was going through, and kind of have some visual. She would call me every day from a satellite phone in the morning—it was actually her night, and my early morning—so I would kind of have some visual of what was going on in my head. But it was nice that once I woke up and got on the computer, I could get a real visual of what she was telling me about where they were and what they were doing. I was really, really proud of her for doing that. It was a big challenge and they did it. It was great."


VIDEO: Danny Way's X Games Big Air Competition Crash (2008)
TA SAYS: "That comes with the territory and Danny Way has actually been someone I've watched since I was 10 years old. The first video I think I ever saw him in was one of the old Powell movies. I actually had a Danny Way pro model skateboard that I got when I was 12 years old, an H Street board that he had. I've really been watching him forever and he's definitely somebody whom you never know what's going to happen to and it's so exciting. He's constantly pushing the boundaries of the sport and really pushing everybody else to step their game up and think about it a different way. The big ramp stuff he's doing is amazing. That crash comes with the territory when you're pushing things that far. You're gonna get hurt along the way but he's a trooper. He always gets back up and seems to put himself together and go bigger than everybody else, so it's pretty amazing.


VIDEO: Union Square Street Sessions (2008)
TA SAYS: "That was actually a crazy event for us to play out in New York. It was a crazy kind of event that included snowboarding and just to see people's faces that may not have ever really come close to a snowboard. It was a great event for me because that was like my world. It was cool to play our show and see my friends do their thing. It was rad."

COMPLEX SAYS: Did you compete at that?

TA SAYS: "No, I was actually injured at that time and so I just went and performed. It's nice for me, when I'm not snowboarding, that I can still go and participate and be a part of that energy. That's really what it's about. I'm going to the Olympics this time too and I'm not competing, but I'm actually playing a show. It'll be my third time going to the Olympics, but this time I'm just playing music. So it's actually exciting to be a part of events like that, like X Games and the Union Square thing. Just to be a part of that and showcase a side of it—the music and culture parallel with the snowboarding—it's rad. To watch my friends win and get them stoked on music is awesome.


VIDEO: Degrassi: The Next Generation Season 6 Trailer (2008)
TA SAYS: "I saw the original one when I was young, of course. But the new one, I don't really watch it but I've seen clips online because of Drake. Everyone's like—it's the big talk. I think I might have outgrown that show a couple years ago. [Laughs.] That is awkward but it happens. It's real life and they're trying to make it as real as possible. I do think it's cool that Drake is open and does stuff like that, especially being a rapper and everybody trying to be all macho. It's cool that he does stuff that's funny and that the character that he plays on the show is more vulnerable. Typically most rappers wouldn't be down for that and I think it's cool he's not just kinda stuck in a box of a career. He can be open, joke about it, and be lighthearted."



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