Interviews

STS9's David Phipps Reminds Us That "Musicians Are Human Too"

A popular Season 9 episode of South Park titled "Die, Hippie, Die" depicted jam-band culture as a bunch of bleary-eyed people who mumble about saving the world while not ever doing much besides bobbing their heads to "crunchy grooves," all spaced out on the reefer.

If psychedelic-flavored concerts these days are nothing more than ignorance fests, as the episode suggests, then maybe it was irresponsible for David Phipps to devote his life after college to playing music with electro-rock band STS9 instead of pursuing a career in industrial design. That was what he was all set to do when he made the decision to jam.

"There is kind of a generic description of jam culture," Phipps says. "The stoned activist. I could see where people could think that. But not every kid at our concert has got a hemp necklace on. And the fan of jam-based music is one of the most open-minded fans out there."

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Travis Newbill