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Meet Laney Tripp

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laney Tripp.

Hi Laney, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up in a small beach town on the east coast of Florida, where I spent most of my days in the water, either surfing with friends or fishing with my dad who is a captain on the Mosquito Lagoon. I picked up an old family guitar around the age of ten, and when I was 18, began testing the waters with garage band and writing my own songs. My brother, Tucker Tripp, was the first person to ever hear the music I’d recorded in my bedroom. We fought as all brothers and sisters do, but he was always my #1 supporter when it came to music and encouraged me to keep creating.

I released my first project, a 5-track EP titled “Small” in the summer of 2018 and began playing shows around my college town with a group of friends (Summer Schantz, Jordan Ingle, Zach Cooley) who were kind enough to take time away from their own lives to help make the music come to life. Those are still some of my favorite memories! My boyfriend, Jacob Cummings was one of those friends as well who dedicated time and encouragement to me and my music. He is one of the most talented and kind-hearted humans I know – we’ve always had a strong connection through our shared passions and the fact that we grew up in the same small town. We’ve been working on music together as friends for years now, and since moving to Echo Park together, have released an album titled “Fishing From Heaven” 🙂 Getting to grow and transform together as artists and musicians has been one of the most rewarding things in my life!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I’m so lucky to have family, good friends and a simple beach upbringing as my roots. I owe a lot to my parents for always encouraging me and my siblings to chase whatever it is we are passionate about, as long as we give it our all. That said, my biggest obstacle in life has been myself and my depression. It finds ways to distort reality and I’ve seen it take the lives of friends and family. This past year brought many changes to my life, good and bad, and I’ve been working hard to find ways to channel the bad feelings into positive things like my music, sharing how I am feeling, and self-care.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
In early 2020, I found myself excited by the idea of van life. So after months of studying DIY build-outs, I financed a Ram Promaster and spent every penny I had to turn the empty cargo van into a tiny home for myself that I could one day tour in. I drove west with my dog Millie and eventually, after a few pit stops and engine problems, sold the van and landed in Echo Park! Through the build, I accidentally found a hidden passion and means for financial freedom (that allowed me to look at my love for music with fresh eyes) and now am about to embark on my 3rd build-out for a couple in Highland Park!

You can follow along my next build on Instagram: @van.tripp and my books are open for spring 2022!

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Jacob Cummings, Laney Tripp, Rachel Saunders

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