Trouble Is His Middle Name: An Interview With Trevor “Trouble” Andrew

Touble Andrew is making moves in the music scene. If you’re not familiar with his music, you might know him as an Olympic snowboarder, fashion influencer or even as husband to Santigold. Trevor “Trouble” Andrew is all of these things and more. We were fortunate enough to chat with him one on one, before his show with Santigold at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver last night.

KENTON magazine: Favorite color?
Trouble Andrew: Tiffany blue, the color on my album cover.

KENTON: You have a pretty unique look. Can you describe your personal style?
TA: I’m influenced by skate culture, traveling the world and high fashion. My style is a mix of a lot of things.

KENTON: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?
TA: Post-punk, electronic, surf, skate-pop, post… something. It’s a mashup.

KENTON: Where has been your favorite place to perform?
TA: I had a great time performing in Whistler. I moved to BC from Nova Scotia when I was 15 to snowboard. I still have a lot of friends here, so it’s fun to come back and perform.

Europe was also great. It was super fun touring there. People are more fanatical about the music there – especially in the UK – and less about the actual person.

KENTON: How did you get into music from snowboarding?
TA: Music has always been in me. I never thought I would actually be performing. I always thought I’d be producing or writing. I had a snowboarding accident and couldn’t ride, so I picked up the guitar in my new spare time. Santi and I were dating at the time and she actually ended up using a couple of my songs. She was really supportive of me and encouraged me to pursue music and get my stuff out there. It was her that actually set up my myspace.

KENTON: How did you and Santi meet?
TA: When I was on a snowboarding tour, one of our stops was New York. A mutual friend of ours introduced us there and we got to hangout together. I still remember driving around in her car and listening to her first recordings. She kept saying “These tracks are still raw!” but I loved the sound. I guess you could say the rest is history.

KENTON: Do you and Santi collaborate musically?
TA: We do share and collaborate here and there, but we’re both so busy with our music careers these days, that when we finally get a break, it’s nice to just relax and not be doing music.

KENTON: You’ve done a few fashion collaborations too. Can you tell us a bit about those?
TA: I designed the sunglasses I’m wearing. They’re part of the new Mags line from Electric Visual. I’ve designed snow goggles, street pieces for Analog and Native Shoes. Nixon is a sponsor and I’m collaborating with them soon too. It’s cool to have an idea for a clothing item and then be able to actually make it.

KENTON: When and how did you get into fashion?
TA: Fashion started with snowboarding. I was sponsored by Burton and they used to bring us in to check out the new products and try them out. We’d give feedback and see the changes throughout the trial rounds. I got to experience and learn the design process and I loved it.

KENTON: By the looks of your denim vest, you’re into DIY (do-it-yourself) fashion too?
TA: Yeah, I made this vest. I started making denim jackets in 2006 and I’ve been making them ever since. I love doing it; my closet is full of them.

KENTON: Do you and Santigold get to tour together often, like tonight?
TA: I think the last time we got to tour together was on the Santigold tour in 2009. So tonight is special. It’s a big night for many reasons. A lot of our friends in BC are coming tonight too, so it’s a bit of a big family show.

KENTON: What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
TA: Don’t get into something for the wrong reason. You have to truly love what you’re doing. If you love something enough, with hard work, you’ll get what you want.

Download Trevor “Trouble” Andrew’s latest album “Dreams of a Troubled Man” on iTunes and follow him on twitter at @troubleandrew.

Photo Credit: Pooya Nabei