For those of you who do not know us, we are a Seattle based sextet, comprised of musicians from Bosnia, Bulgaria and the US. We have produced 5 LPs, 1 EP, 2 Live albums, 2 DVDs and have performed almost everywhere in Europe, many places in the US of A and Canada, and have scratched the surface of touring in Asia by playing in Russia and Turkey.
Since 2008 we released four records on our own label – Kultur Shock Records. The band has performed over 900 shows – from the tiniest club, to festivals of a magnitude we will omit mentioning, because it will look like bragging. In other words, we are hard working live band that travels a ton, plays 90 minute sweaty sets, self-produces, self-manages and self-finances everything. We do not comply with corporate requirements to do things “the way it’s done in the industry”, we are not slaves to trends, we pride ourselves in being honest in what we write (along with our political views), and approach our records and live shows as though they are the last thing we will do in our lives.
We all survived theKultur Shock: Heaven and Hell Tour of November/December 2013 with limps, scrapes, a mashed fingertip, various pitched coughs (depending on size of chest cavity), enduring lots of ice & cold and Saso guiding us through dicey driving conditions (thanks Santa Marta for all you do for us).
But more importantly every concert was amazing, we met the next young generation of music lovers, orgonite was in positive evidence. Other high points: security guards surrounded me when I filmed a CPR video in the foyer of a Health Clinic waiting to meet my friends (no arrest), plus I inadvertently broke and entered a man’s apartment in Mostar looking for a toilet ~ he kindly offered me coffee (no arrest).
This short tour created more beautiful memories than one could ever imagine. 18 concerts in 21 days, spanning France, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Hungary and Romania. See photos & videos to the right…
The Tiptons are named for Billy Tipton, a successful big band saxophone player, pianist, and band leader who was born a woman but dressed and then lived as a man, in order to play the music that he loved without being relegated to novelty acts; except for a few family members and friends, most of Tipton’s friends and musical collaborators did not learn of his anatomical gender until after his death.