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The local musician chats with 88Nine about his Midwestern roots.

Radio Milwaukee recently spoke with Milwaukee’s Trapper Schoepp about his upcoming performance at the Milwaukee Bucks halftime, how riding BMX led him to music, his upcoming performance in D.C. for Congress, and his thoughts on Milwaukee. 

How do you feel about performing the Milwaukee Bucks halftime?

Growing up in Minnesota, I’m a Timberwolves fan, but I’m a recent convert to the Milwaukee Bucks because I taught former Bucks Michael Carter-Williams guitar. I got to hang out with Bucks players and do some group sing-a-longs like “Stand By Me” and had some really cool moments with him. Even though he’s no longer on the team, it will be a thrill to be on the court.

Going all the way back to the beginning, how did you get started in music?

I herniated a disk in my back when I was 15 riding BMX bicycles and falling off dirt jumps. My mom signed me up for guitar lessons thinking it would be less hazardous to my health and well-being.

My dad had five CDs in his Suburban when I was growing up that I listened to on repeat. Harry Belafonte “Calypso,” Tom Petty “Full Moon Fever,” Fleetwood Mac “Rumors,”  R.E.M. “Out of Time,” and John Cougar Mellencamp “Uh Huh.”

I think I wanted to merge all those different voices, ideas and flavors in my mind and put something out there into the world I thought was representative of that. I don’t know if I’ve succeeded yet, but those are my earlier influences.

We had a residency in a little café in Red Wing, Minnesota, just a few blocks from where the boots are made. We packed the house every Friday night and got hopped up on coffee because we were only 17 and played Bob Dylan songs badly and tried to work in songs of our own.

Find the full interview with 88Nine.

This story is from our partner 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

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