Saturday, 3 February 2007

MPM meets... Gym Class Heroes - February 2nd 2007


Gym Class Heroes are undoubtedly different. Not only are they a rap band, but they're signed to the record label that raised Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco. You've got to have some respect for guys who make hip hop with instruments. So we chat to Matt and Travis, who is drinking from a two litre bottle of Strongbow. Classy.


What did you want to be when you were younger?
Travis: I don't really remember.
Matt: I've always remembered wanting to be a musician.
Travis: I wanted to be an Underwater Wilder.

What inspired you to be a musician?
Travis: Strippers (laughs). No, I'm just kidding. No, I'm really not! Yeah, I've always had this evil dream of walking into a strip club and seeing girls dancing to our songs. One time in Toronto we gave a stripper our CD in the hopes that she would dance to it. I'm not sure if she did.

What would you be doing if you weren't in a band?
Travis: Stripping (laughs).
Matt: Working as security for Eddie Murphy.
Travis: Yeah, I'd be stripping...for Eddie Murphy (laughs).

How did you come to be signed to the label that you're on?
Travis & Matt: Luck.
Travis: Lots of luck. And strippers (laughs).

Do you think you'd have had to work a lot harder for recognition if you hadn't signed to the label you're signed to?
Travis:
Well, we had to work really hard to get signed to the label we're on. We'd just been busting our asses anyway. It's not really been easy. We've been busting our asses for ten years.

What's it like to be a rap band that's more accepted in the rock music scene?
Travis: It's awesome. But not. I'm just kidding. It's cool! I feel like we kind of just do what we do, so they check us out. It's cool that we didn't really change what we do, we just got accepted so we just just kept doing what we do.

Do you think that once the trend of liking hip hop and rap music passes, you'll be 'old news'?
Matt: I'd have to say yes. Nah, I'm just kidding (laughs).
Travis: I'd need to see some knock-off-Gym-Class bands before that happens.
Matt: I think, luckily for us, we're not like really restricted to hip hop, sort of thing. We kind of have our foot in a lot of different genres. We said the same thing about "Oh, once that trend passes...".

Do you find it easy to write songs or does that depend on personal events at that time?
Travis: I dunno. I get writers block sometimes. But we just make songs about everyday events, and those never stop.
Matt: I feel like some of my favourite songs that we've written have come out in an afternoon, and come out really quick.

What are your favourite songs that you've written?
Matt: I like Kid Nothing [Vs The Echo Factor].
Travis: I like Golddigger.
Matt: Kanye wrote that.
Travis: I wrote it for him (laughs).

What are the best and worst things about being on tour?
Travis: Best things, just being with my band. I'm with these guys all the time. We had like a month off, it was really cool to even see everyone today, be back together again.

Who smells the worst on tour?
Travis: Thing is, I usually smell pretty good. But right now, if I gotta choose today, probably me. I smell worst today.

If you could plan the ultimate tour, who would play it?
Travis: Us, Hangar 18, and fucking Iron Maiden. And Tom Jones. Little something for everybody.

What's the best prank you've ever done?
Travis: Oh, one time we convinced this band that we did something really foul to them and didn't do anything. It was probably the best prank ever.
Matt: Like a mind prank.
Travis: Yeah, it was this band, June, we convinced them we did something really gross in their van, and we didn't do anything. How awesome is that? A prank that didn't actually happen (laughs). They spent a lot of time thinking that we sabotaged them and we didn't. All I said was one sentence like "It's gonna be hot in Arizona", and they took that as some fucking...it was awesome. It was like the coolest shit I've ever done.

Which one question do you wish someone would ask you and how would you answer it?
Travis: I wish someone would ask me how many nipples I have. And I would reply with "four". And I would not be lying. How do you like that? 

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