Entrepreneur, Creative Director, Label Owner – just a few titles American music producer Tanner Petulla, professionally known as Getter, can claim. With the launch of his own clothing line Trippy Burger, the creation of his own record label “Shred Collective” – both sitting in multiple Zumiez stores nationwide – appearances on Last Call with Carson Daly, and consistently touring worldwide, Getter has become a household name.
As he consistently grows as an artist, so does his musical repertoire. Evolving from aggressive basslines early in his career, dabbling in hip hop as he appears on Pouya, Dumbfoundead, and $UICIDEBOY$ albums, experimenting in metal, and pouring out emotions in melodic blends of beats sailing buoyantly over waves of reverb and bass – there’s truly no genre safe to his touch. Have a listen to “On My Way Out” featuring Joji from his highly anticipated debut album, “Visceral,” embedded below.
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SunCity Paradise: Let’s kick it off with your hometown of San Jose, California. What really stands out and makes the city special to you? Where would you send a first-time visitor to get a real sense of the area?
Tanner Petulla: Ah yes, San Jose! [I’m] proud to be from the 408. Nothing especially stands out for me; I guess smaller stuff [does] – bowling alleys, food spots, the people and all that. It’s special to me because every time I go to certain areas of San Jose, I just remember the good old times with homies, back when shit was simple (not complaining though). I would so go to La Victoria and get a burrito with orange sauce. And, go top [Los Gatos Meats & Smoke House] in Los Gatos. Get the “Super Hero” or the “Jackie Special” sandwiches – one-of-a-kind sandwiches.
SCP: What was your first real exposure to music? How did you get inspired to create your own and eventually pursue it as a career?
TP: Well, my uncle showed me how to play guitar and I always played for fun. Then I moved onto drums and guitar, just kind of messing with either a lot. I guess early technical death metal with some old Rancid and Sublime got me into it. I wanted to learn all I could. Finally being able to make the music I listened to was definitely the turning point. That’s when I knew!
SCP: To create music, and traveling to promote it, must be such a feeling. What’s the most impactful and meaningful part you cherish about it? Does the travel help inspirationally?
TP: Yeah, it has its ups and downs. It definitely does help inspire tracks. I write most of my music on the road with headphones and a laptop. Then, I polish it off in the studio when i get home. And, [for the first question], I’m not sure. I guess it’s the fact of having people form all over the world want to pay money to see me, welcome me and listen to my music. That means the world to me.
SCP: You just released your debut mau5trap album, “Visceral,” late September. What was your thought process behind this release? Describe your excitement to share it with your fans.
TP: I’ve recently been trying to be more open with everyone about my mental health and all that stuff. This album really stands out from my other work, because it’s a direct reflection of my mental health state. I’ve recently learned that being open and honest with people can help out a lot. I was so excited, nervous and sad for the release. Excited, because it’s finally here; it’s finally done! Nervous, because I don’t know how people would take it or if they will even listen to it all the way through. Sad, because it’s just such a powerful album that I want to keep adding more and more. But, I guess that’s for the next album!
SCP: What’s one stark difference between traveling as an artist versus personal travel?
TP: Good question! As an artist, there’s not a whole lot of downtime or vacation time. Usually you get in, you play and you get out. You maybe can take days off after the last one, but usually you wanna just go home to your bed. Personal traveling is a lot more oriented toward what you want to do while you’re on vacation. So, it’s pretty much the opposite.
SCP: When searching for a personal getaway, are you looking for a serene beach or after a more active, adventurous getaway? Why?
TP: Honestly, my personal getaway is just me at home with friends and family. I spend 60-to-70 percent of my life traveling, so when I’m home, I’m home! I love to be lazy and do nothing all day. It’s amazing.
SCP: Everyone has a list of places that they still have to hit. What are three destinations, either work or pleasure, that you need to see? Why?
TP: I would love to see the Pyramids [of Giza], the Moon and definitely more of Indonesia.
SCP: One of our core objectives at SCP is to bring people together while traveling, not only to influence people to see and appreciate our beautiful world, but to also minimize cross-cultural divides. What effect does traveling, specifically surrounding dance music, have on humans in this regard? How has it broadened your perspective of the world?
TP: I feel like all these festivals that happen all over the world get so much coverage and promotion that everyone on earth sees it. That adds the possibility of attending it, which ultimately leads to traveling to new areas you’ve never been before. Pretty cool.
TP: When you’re relaxing on a beach or just have some downtime are you listening to music? Do you like to switch up the genre you listen to? If so, to what?
SCP: I can’t ever pinpoint a specific genre I listen to. I’ll be listening to some slow sad songs, then completely switch and listen to Within Destruction or Archetype. Right now, I can’t get enough of Corbin, Joji, Bobby Raps, Trash Talk, Cuco and Billie Eilish.
SCP: Lastly, now that the album is out, what do the next couple of months have in store for you?
TP: Well, so far I’ve been playing Black Ops 4 nonstop. Besides that, I’m working on way more music and touring. Pretty much music and video games is how I spend my off time.