Tipper has announced that he will no longer tour or play shows beginning “sometime in 2025.”
Fans of experimental bass music opened their email to find disheartening news today. Experimental bass music icon Tipper has shared plans to discontinue touring and playing gigs starting in 2025.
“After spending the better part of my adult life touring and playing shows, I feel like it’s time to stop,” reads an email sent out via Tipper’s mailing list. “I’m very grateful for all the support over the years. It will be a wrap sometime in 2025. Peace Out.“
Dave Tipper started out DJing as a teenager and reportedly met Richie Warren, who would become his manager, while playing at a London club. Initially associated with the nu skool breaks genre, he signed his 1999 debut studio-length album, The Critical Path, to Sony Music. At the time, Tipper’s unconventional style didn’t fit neatly into the label conglomerate’s marketing strategy. They parted ways before he could release a follow-up effort.
In time, however, Tipper albums like Surrounded (2004) and Tip Hop (2005) helped him carve out his own distinctive lane within the bass music landscape. They cemented his legacy as one of the forerunners of the glitch-hop style, helping him amass a cult-like following that has only grown in the decades that followed.
Tipper has headlined festivals like Sonic Bloom, Bonnaroo, Gem & Jam and Envision Festival in addition to venues as big as Red Rocks Amphitheatre. At the time of writing, his 2024 gigs include Texas Eclipse Festival, The Rendezvous, and Lightning in a Bottle.
Tipper has shared that final tour dates will be added to his Bandsintown page as they become available. He added that “all things Tippermusic” will be updated via his official website, suggesting that his indefinite hiatus might not also apply to recorded music.