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Tripfan & Budsie, started out as two friends with a mutual interest for music. Both with a background of listening to heavy metal, Tristan Mundt and Avery Gaitens had played in bands of their own such as The Silent Circuit, and Heed the Hero.After playing together for the first time, Tripfan, and Budsie had already arranged a full live set to play in their own house, calling it "Tripfan & Budsie Basement Jam". Basement Jam continued biweekly for months afterwards, and soon began searching for a drummer.
Avery Gaitens' brother Parker Gaitens, started out playing drums for several bands at a young age, such as the "C-cows", and eventually released a few ambient tracks as an electronic producer. Parker picked up his sticks again and joined Tripfan & Budsie shortly after Basement Jam III, and ever since then has been represented as the "&" sign.