On November 17, 2010, Phil Tripp turned 60, retired from the music industry after 40 years, sold the Newtown office and home of 15 years and moved to a house on a hill overlooking Coffs Harbour six hours North of Sydney. With his 'feather-kid' the green Eclectus parrot Jackson, he's spending his time working on a book (titled "We Act For..." which are the first three words of a legal letter from top-of-town firms alleging defamation or other torts) that delves into his history of tackling the music business as well as his somewhat colourful past as a distributor of fine stones in his youthful years.
He's also working on a late-life career in standup comedy and is still the Australian, New Zealand and Hawaiian representative for South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festivals and Conferences in Austin Texas until 2013. Plus, he's continuing his travel writing vocation, so if this is retirement, give him more!
In December 2010, his company IMMEDIA! sold its primary asset of the AustralAsian Music Industry Directory and websites immedia.com.au, musicbusiness.com.au, themusic.com.au and musicdirectory.net.au to Streetpress Australia. He is also planting Arabica coffee trees on his property for personal use only.
He's enjoyed a colourful life, run a few businesses, written a lot of articles, enraged many powerful people, stuck up for the little guy and generally had an incredible amount of fun, which he shares here.
From a start as a frustrated musician, he saved the world from his mediocrity and built a long and diverse career in the business of music. His company IMMEDIA! has published the AustralAsian Music Industry Directory for over 20 years; produced the AustralAsian Music Business Conference for over 15 years and runs the music business website TheMusic.com.au.
As an Army brat, he travelled the world with his military police officer father and later became a criminal himself. But he left that career path and became a production and tour manager with top music artists in the 70s and 80s handling concerts and festivals in various cities and countries from small venues to stadiums.
Moving to Australia in the early 80s, he switched career paths again and his skills as a freelance writer and investigative journalist racked up over 100 media outlets with stories on the music industry, music video, email and online music that far back as well as trends in music business and culture. He's also turned a hobby of penning travel tales to being a prolific and respected travel writer.
From a boyhood of dogs and snakes, to early adulthood with a tarantula and iguana as pets, he and his former partner Lisa Treen created the upmarket quarterly magazine Urban Animal in 2004 and made it the pet industry's leading pet lifestyle magazine.
He's also a Hawaii-o-phile who has Australia's largest collection of Hawaiian shirts, Hawaiian music and Hawaiian cookbooks. Having been back and forth to the islands since he was 7, he still maintain the ringtone of Hawaii-5-0 on his mobile 50 years later.
Contact Phil: email@example.com