David Tipper is a pioneer of electronic music. He was first excited by the explosion of the genre in the 90s, as he notes in a 2012 Barcode interview, and has since become a fixture of it. His music can be a variety of things, as he champions “individual flavor” in his work and others; he reveals in a 2013 interview with The Untz. It can either be a meandering ambient sort of soundscape, or something with more of a driving beat meant for the dance floor. The intricacy of his sound is seldom matched. He applies many layers in engineering his tracks. Android Jones is a man who possesses that “individual flavor” he was speaking of. The Untz’s interview with Tipper was published two days before Wakarusa Festival, where Tipper and Jones would collaborate. Jones was to provide a visual backdrop for Tipper’s performance.
The first time and only time I experienced a Tipper performance was the 2015 rendition of Camp Bisco. The last main stage performer at the festival, David’s sound was a great match for the mountainous backdrop, as well as the relative fatigue that filled all our legs and souls by that last night; the buoyant A lit up pool next to the stage also complemented the performance. The wide variety of tracks in his set and seamless flow entranced me.
The true artistry of Tipper’s creations is something refreshing in the electronic music scene today. It’s incredibly satisfying to listen to someone’s work who genuinely cares about creating something that challenges them and showcases their own individuality. In an interview with Clash he is revealing and honest about his intentions with his work: “…I feel like I have offered all I can to the breaks “genre” without becoming too repetitious, so it feels natural to now focus on releasing other styles…” It becomes obvious in reading further that David’s personal philosophies are a large part of his work. He believes that humans don’t “focus [enough] on simply being creative…”He takes a shot at some of his more heavy grossing peers and their “Bentley and lobster bisque lifestyles.” He clearly values integrity above all else.
In an interview with Lost in Sound, Tipper reveals that the reason he performs far less than some of his contemporaries, (about twenty to others’ 100), is that he “doesn’t like to repeat [himself].” He is so invested in this idea that he won’t perform more because of his concern that some of the audience might be the same. This is a valid concern, as he attracts many “like-minded folk into [his] weird little life,” and those strange people undoubtedly feel at home in David’s music.