[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Travie McCoy [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Matt McGinley[/lastfm] from playful, peppy pop-rock group [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gym Class Heroes [/lastfm]met in their high-school gym class. Perfect for their teenaged roots, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gym Class Heroes[/lastfm] infuses their sound with raucous, youthful hip-hop and quirky, fun-loving lyrics.
[pullquote quote="Love...For people like you who have supported you throughout the years. Love for a particular female. Love of writing music." credit="Inspiration behind 'Stereo Hearts'"]Even though they perfomed at the American Music Awards last night, the boys didn’t want to stop the party so they dropped by AMP Radio early this morning to talk to McCabe and thousands of their international fans over live TinyChat video chat.
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gym Class Heroes[/lastfm] talked about how their performance went last night, how they happened to record “Stereo Hearts” with[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Adam Levine[/lastfm], how many tattoos McCoy has (“one big one”), and why there is always a toothbrush in all their videos.
Oh, and McCoy brought his canine friend. Dogs love radio stations!
[pullquote quote="It was cool. Everyone had their hearts up." credit="Travie McCoy on the AMAs"]Walking into work this morning, one might have been greeted by world-famous Travie McCoy smoking and making business calls on his cellphone outside. Considering the group had literally just played one of the biggest music award shows the night before, it’s evident that being in one of pop’s most, well, popular music groups right now is mostly work with a lot of the “play” time being the satisfaction of an amazing performance.
McCoy told McCabe that Gym Class Heroes’ experience at the American Music Awards was “great,” especially with their lavish sets and performances by industry heavyweights like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]David Guetta[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nicki Minaj[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chris Brown[/lastfm]. Taylor Swift even threw up a “hand heart” at them.
“It was great, man. Honestly it was our first time actually participating with the AMA’s. So to be able to perform and also have crazy, crazy productions like a thirty-foot boombox behind us.”
“The fact that Dave Guetta and Nicki Minaj started off the show with probably the craziest performance in three years was awesome..It was cool. Everyone had their hearts up…Shout out to Taylor Swift for showing love last night.”
Fellow American Music Awards performer, Adam Levine, is featured prominently on the hook of their hit track and McCabe inquired how this happened. McCoy explained it was all “serendipitous.”
[pullquote quote="He actually expressed that he was a fan of Gym Class Heroes which blew me away." credit="Gym Class Heroes on Adam Levine"]“We did an impromptu performance which was really serendipitous. And the way it went down, we were rehearsing ‘Stereo Hearts’ for the first time and he was on lot shooting stuff for the voice and I went outside to smoke a cigarette.”
“And I see Adam and he’s like ‘Are you guys playing ‘Stereo Hearts right now?’ And I say, ‘Yeah.’ And he runs in while the guys were rehearsing and, right on time, starts singing the hook. It was amazing.”
“He actually expressed that he was a fan of Gym Class Heroes which blew me away. We’ve been fans of Maroon 5…I remember burning copies for all my friends…so to be a huge fan of the band for a long time and finally actually meet him and find out that he was a fan of our band was incredible. He’s great. He’s funny. “
McGinley agreed saying Levine “has always been on our wish list of artists that we’ve wanted to work with.”
[pullquote quote="We never really disconnected. They whole time I was doing the cycle for 'Lazarus,' we were actually writing songs for this album." credit="Travie McCoy"]Despite what people may have believed when McCoy came out with his solo album Lazarus, the friendly Geneva-loyal artist says that Gym Class Heroes was always a definitive project and they were never on “hiatus.”
“We never really disconnected. They whole time I was doing the cycle for ‘Lazarus,’ we were actually writing songs for this album. So a lot of people think that while I was out promoting Lazarus or whatnot, that Gym Class Heroes was on this kind of hiatus. But we were still hard at work and doing writing and pre-production for this one.”
A few fans got the chance to ask McCoy and McGinley about their album, Papercut Chronicles II, the meaning behind “Stereo Hearts,” and the supposed ubiquitous toothbrush in all Gym Class Heroes videos.
Gym Class Heroes said that meaning behind “Stereo Hearts” was simple. “Love,” said McCoy. “For people like you who have supported us throughout the years. Love for a particular female. Love of writing music.”
[pullquote quote="Why not? There's really no hidden agenda. Just aside from the morning good dental hygiene."]The band doesn’t know if there will be a Papercut Chronicles III, but they have plans to make it to Las Vegas, Sweden, and England to make up some of the shows that they had to pull out of when sickness hit the band. “We’ll be back in Jan,” explains McCoy. “We have some shows to make up. We got really, really sick the last time we were there.” McCoys possible cure? “Matt made me a great concoction. A mystery concoction that made me feel a lot better.”
McCoy gave a mysterious answer in reference to the toothbrush debacle. “Why not? There’s really no hidden agenda. Just aside from the morning good dental hygiene.”
At that, the trio of Mc’s (McCabe, McGinley, and McCoy) signed off to their chat audience who immediately said goodbye by throwing hand hearts up at them.
Gym Class Hero has so much love to give (and get) from the world and they don’t even need words to inspire it.