Thomas Zipp came to art through music. In the meantime, he attracts more notice as a visual artist, but his activities as a musician are not of lesser importance.
At the beginning of the 1980s, he and his friends formed the punk rock band The Swunk with him on drums. The group toured Europe until 1996, producing their own records and music cassettes (such as Everything is Gone, 1993). When one of the founding members, Emanuel Vatter, died, the group abruptly disbanded.
In 2002, he got together with the artist and cartoonist Felix Weber and formed a new music project with the apt name NaziHipiWelt. Referring to itself as »free music,« the band was joined by the electronic technician Sepp Löbert and became the SLW Trio. This later became the band DA (abbreviation for »Dickarsch« = fat ass) which involved Zipp’s former band members with whom he has performed in the context of exhibition openings since 2006. In 2006, the LP Geist ueber Materie (Future Organ) came out.
Music plays an important role in many of Zipp’s installations. His performances often include a band set-up, and his sound installations feature experimental approaches. In his exhibition Ich ist eine Ego-Machine (Me is an Ego Machine, 2016/17), shown at the Eres Stiftung in Munich, he developed an installation on the magnetism of the human body, showing their movements in its field and converted them into sounds.