Published Jun 06, 2013Summer is a busy time for most live-performing electronic musicians, but British turntablist sound-designer Dave Tipper will not be hitting the festival circuit in 2013 thanks to open heart surgery.
The immeasurably talented trip-hop and nu-breaks revolutionary has been sidelined with health problems before, having to cancel dates in 2008, including an appearance at the Soundwave Music Festival, with a severe back problem. So far, no details have been released about the reason for Tipper's heart surgery, but he appears optimistic about the outcome.
On Facebook, Tipper wrote earlier this week:
In 17 hours from now i have to undergo open heart surgery. (I am very scared.)
In an attempt to lessen the blow of medical costs from this major procedure, i am releasing an EP of 'VIP' remixes that i've been playing in my live sets over the last couple of years. My good friends at Addictech are hosting the release and are forgoing their percentage, so that 100% of the money from your purchase goes towards helping me out. There is also a paypal donation address ([email protected]) if you feel like contributing more.
My intention is to bounce back from this stronger than ever, but regardless of what happens from here on out, i'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the years. It's been a pleasure serving you all.
To aid in paying the costs that his insurance won't cover, he will be issuing a VIP remix EP, called Dusty Bubble Box, through Addictech on July 1. Fans are encouraged to purchase the EP pre-sale here to see that all of the money gets to him. The rest of his catalogue is available at tippermusic.addictech.com.
UPDATE: It turns out the surgery was a success, and Tipper has shared the following update over Facebook:
I'm sure nobody wants a long cheesy speech, so i'll keep it short.
Firstly, i'm out of the hospital after the most brutal week of my life and incredibly grateful to be alive and on the (pretty damn painful) road to recovery.
It is of course still early days, but the surgeon has given me the thumbs up and seems happy with how the surgery went. I have read over this page and all of the comments on it and am absolutely blown away by how much love, encouragement and good intentions there are from all of you lovely people. It is for me personally, one of the most moving and humbling things i've witnessed from you guys in all the 22 years of my music making. I cannot thank you enough for your love and support.
In addition to thanking you all, i'd also like to publicly thank the surgeon (Dr. Douglas Murphy) and all at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, GA.
Also to my friends, family and my manager for sticking close to me through all of this.