Band of the Hour: Tristan Clopet & The Juice
By Rayme Samuels
Soulful lyricst Tristan Clopet got his start in the music business at a young age writing about some of the most thought provoking icons of his youth: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman and the X-Men. The former University of Miami student eventually found more mature topics to write about, got a band called The Juice and is now well on his way to becoming the “Next Big Thing” with his self-described alternative, funk, ghettotech sound.
A lifetime fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the guitarist and vocalist has worked hard on getting his sound as close to the perfection of his musical idols as possible. “I strive to write songs as good as the Peppers, write lyrics as good as Dylan, write rhythms as good as The Killers and sing as good as Jeff Buckley,” he said. “Needless to say, I’ve got a long road ahead but I’ve got good shoes on.” Bandmates Colin Veit (Bass), Dan Hammler (Drums), and Alejandro Elizondo (Keys/Guitar) complete the act currently signed to Sussex Recordings.
Overexposed song themes and boring ideas are the antithesis of Clopet’s writings. The new EP (untitled as of yet and expected in August) features songs about the Greenwich Meridian and the study of time, a nonpartisan exploration of religion and an autobiographically intense mid-life crisis. Each song is an engaging, inviting, relaxing and sincere nugget that makes you forget where you are at that moment.
Between morning show cameos, promoting their hit album “Duende”, the release of their recently wrapped music video of the single “Concrete Dreams,” and a new EP coming out in August, Tristan and his band have a busy summer planned. Amidst all of the excitement they’ve got a slew of Florida gigs on their schedule and hope that locals embrace their act as part of the Miami music revolution.