Q&A: Recording artist Travie McCoy
March 07, 2014
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- Travie McCoy, lead singer of rap-rock group Gym Class Heroes, will perform Saturday at Trump National Doral. (Getty)
The golf course is not the only area of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship to get a renovation over the past year. Off the course, there are plenty of new events as well.
On Saturday, the tournament will feature a live concert by Travie McCoy, complimentary to all Friday and Saturday ticket holders. For more information on the concert, click here. McCoy is the lead singer of the rap-rock group Gym Class Heroes. In his solo career, he’s released hits like “Billionaire” with Bruno Mars, “Stereo Hearts” with Adam Levine and “Rough Water” with Jason Mraz.
Prior to the tournament, he spoke to PGATOUR.COM about his golf background and performing in Miami.
PGATOUR.COM: Where are you based these days?
McCOY: I split time between New York and Miami. I’ve been stuck up here (New York) for the past few months working on a new record. It just keeps dumping snow on us so I’ve been stuck inside watching movies all day.
PGATOUR.COM: Any "Caddyshack" screenings to get ready for Doral?
McCOY: Yes! That was one of my favorite movies when I was growing up. Anything with Bill Murray I was always super stoked about.
PGATOUR.COM: Before we get to anything else, how is your golf game?
McCOY: I’m going to keep it one hundred percent real with you… I’m terrible at golf. Absolutely terrible. But I have a lot of friends who are really into golf and I like to get out and play. I think the main problem is that I’m 6-foot-5 and there is way too much space between me and the ball to ever be coordinated enough to figure it out.
But growing up, I used to have a blast with my friends when we’d go out and play. We had a really cool course near where I grew up. The back nine had this really huge hill and I was always the one who drove the golf cart. We’d hit that hill going full speed and just try to do donuts. It was amazing.
PGATOUR.COM: What drew you to get involved with a golf tournament?
McCOY: I’ve been a part of my buddy DJ Irie’s golf tournament for the past few years and so I’ve kind of gotten to relive those moments from when I was growing up and golfing with my friends. When they asked me to be a part of this, it was a no-brainer. The fact that Cadillac is involved and that you have all the major players, it’s just huge. I’m honored to be among the legends, so to speak, and to have a chance to get everyone’s bodies moving.
PGATOUR.COM: I'm guessing it's another benefit that the event is in Miami?
McCOY: Absolutely. My Miami shows are always a little more turned up. Hopefully that will be the case again. I think it’s super cool that it’s going down in Miami. I haven’t been home in a while, so I’m going to be super enthused and ready to kick it up.
PGATOUR.COM: Have you ever met Donald Trump?
McCOY: I haven’t, but I think that dude gets a bad rap. I’ve always had nothing but respect for him and his hustle game.
PGATOUR.COM: Are you planning to get out and watch any golf?
McCOY: I hope so. I’m looking forward to it. I’m not really the in-and-out type of guy. I don’t know if it’s because of scheduling or whatever, but I’ve played events with other artists that are like that. I like to dive in and enjoy myself. Plus, with all the legends that are going to be down there, maybe I can learn a thing or two.
PGATOUR.COM: Who is in your dream foursome?
McCOY: Do they all have to be golfers?
PGATOUR.COM: Of course not.
McCOY: First is probably Daryl Hall. I’m just a huge Hall and Oates fan. I’ve hung out with him a few times, but spending 18 holes with him and getting to pick his brain musically would be a great, great time. Who else? Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers). He’s another musician that I really look up to. The last one would probably be George Carlin, just to keep the hilarity and the laughs going.
PGATOUR.COM: If you were playing a golf tournament, what song would you want them to play on the first tee to introduce you?
McCOY: Wow. That’s a tough one. Probably “Power” by Kanye West. I think that would get me super pumped to just knock the insides out of the golf ball.
PGATOUR.COM: Last one: You're a guy who collaborates with a lot of other artists. Any guest appearances planned for Miami?
McCOY: We’ll have to see who’s out there. At this point, I’ve done so many collaborations, there’s bound to be someone I’ve worked with in Miami that week.