We had the good fortune of connecting with Troy Amidon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Troy, why did you pursue a creative career?
At a very young age I knew I was going to be a music maker. I feel like that creative side chose me and was something I couldn’t really escape or deny. Even though I spent most of my time as a kid playing sports and my ultimate goal was to be a professional baseball player, something inside my soul always made me come back to music whether it be singing in choirs or locking myself in my parents garage for hours playing an old electric keyboard and recording my first songs on a cassette recorder even though I never really had music lessons. My father was an amazing saxophone player and my first instrument was a clarinet that I played in the elementary school band for 4 years, so there was always musical elements around me. I’m the youngest of six kids, and my siblings are a lot older than me, so I would discover music by playing my older brothers and sisters albums they had laying around. When I heard “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles it changed my life and planted the seed that making and recording music was something I needed to pursue. It’s not so much that I decided to make music, it was a calling that this was something I needed to do and I still have that feeling. Making music is something I have to do to exercise some internal necessity within me. It chose me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I make psychedelic alternative rock music. I’m very influenced by mind expansion and fulfilling potential. From the Beatles to Pink Floyd to the Grateful Dead, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, I like music that makes you think and opens your mind. I was an English and Creative Writing major at San Diego State University and studied all the classics. I became obsessed with writings from William Blake, Lord Byron, Chaucer, and Shakespeare to name a few, and spent a lot of my time writing poetry and song lyrics which helped my songwriting once I graduated college and started my old band Earfood. That whole time, and really since I was an adolescent, I was battling a severe chronic case of Crohn’s Disease, and I was always in pain and almost died a few times after withering away, not being able to eat, and needing emergency surgeries and intestinal resections 3 times to keep me alive. It wasn’t easy for me at all during those times when I was very sick and wanting to die feeling like I couldn’t possibly go on living that way because I couldn’t eat and had to survive on liquid diets. Thinking back I don’t know how I even achieved getting a record deal, making records, or touring around for so long. When I got home to LA from the last tour I did with my old band I drove straight to the hospital to have surgery. I’m lucky I didn’t die on that tour. But I don’t view my poor health as a negative curse, it’s just something about my biology that I deal with daily, and I feel this obstacle is truly a gift that, through my music and words, is very unique and has given life to the rise of LUPER DUPREE. Luckily now at present, this is the best I’ve ever felt health wise my whole life, and I made it through those challenging tough times.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Although I was born and raised in Riverside, about an hour east of LA, and went to college in San Diego, I always knew LA would become my home. I’m a city person at heart and need to be by the water. My favorite spots are the Venice Beach canals and Marina del Rey. When I first moved to LA I lived in Windward Circle in Venice. And when my kids were babies we lived in the marina and I have such fond memories of walking around that peaceful and calming area with my babies in the stroller receiving messages from the sun, water, and air in the form of song. I love the cultural diversity of that area and it seems like you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. It’s very inspiring. And Dodger Stadium is another favorite place of mine. The majestic views from the ravine are spectacular and makes you feel like you really are in Blue Heaven. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My father discouraged me from becoming a musician because it can be a hard life. My parents always wanted me to have something to fall back on once they knew I was serious about my musical endeavors. After making records and touring around with my old band for a decade I experienced how hard of a life it was firsthand. So when I met my wife and settled down and started a family, I gave up music intentionally. I tried to bury that lifestyle and just focused my efforts on being a good father. But after 5 years of not playing my guitar at all, I couldn’t contain the inspiration that my 3 kids and wife give me, so I was compelled to write and record the newly released LUPER DUPREE album which is pretty much a collection of new songs I wrote about and for them. They are my reason for existing now and I’m so very inspired by them and they deserve all the credit for this new wonderful music that came out of me and the resurrection of LUPER DUPREE.