Artist Q&A

@JamminJavaMei's Q&A With Andrew Ripp


Singer/songwriter Andrew Ripp is here February 19 with a NEW stripped down acoustic record called "Simple". Mei caught up with Andrew for this fun little Q&A.

Where and when was your first show? 

My first show was at a small club in LA for about 7 people. I remember being so nervous that I introduced every single song by literally saying... "This next one is pretty cheesy but here goes nothing." Yikes! I was really nervous :-)

What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?

Jon Forman from Switchfoot. I love his heart and what he stands for. He's inspiring and has a very hopeful message. Life’s too short to be putting bad vibes into the world.

What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?

My bass player quit two shows into my first ever tour and left me and my drummer to do the rest of the tour as a duo. Luckily, we were able to find a replacement a few shows later but that was a pretty rough few shows.

Favorite Food: Mexican

Favorite Drink: O'Doul's

If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?

Leonardo. Because he's RAD and I wish I could be as RAD as he is.

What two words would best describe your music?

I have no idea... Maybe "The Shit". :-)