Chevy Woods, a Taylor Gang general, has made his name in the music business releasing a sequence of mixtapes including Red Cup Music, The Cookout, and the Gangland series. Catch Chevy Woods on the Boyz of Zummer Tour kicking off in Camden, NJ along with the captain Wiz Khalifa, and Fall Out Boy.
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Mike O’Keefe: What is the first destination that comes to mind when you hear vacation?
Chevy Woods: Hawaii. I’ve been there before, and that’s what always comes to mind, because it’s the total getaway.
MO: It’s perfect out there.
CW: Perfect weather, perfect everything.
MO: Being from Pittsburgh, what are some sites to see when in the city?
CW: Definitely have to see the stadium of course. Heinz Field is something to see. Point [State Park], where the water shoots up, you’ve got to see that. There are a lot of cool, historic things there — museums and landmarks. One thing that a lot of people go to when they have family come here, they go to a place on Mount Washington called the overlook. You can see the whole city and everyone always takes good pictures from there. That might be number one.
Photo courtesy | Brad Truxell
MO: With all the traveling that you do, what’s one airport that would you advise to avoid?
CW: It just happened to me actually. It was crazy. I had never been to this airport either, but the Wichita, Kansas airport is terrible. For one it’s small as hell — it doesn’t get too much traffic, so it’s good on that part, but the food court is before TSA. You’ve got to hate that. So when you get inside of there the only thing you can get is a bagel or a turkey sandwich. You don’t have any options. So you have to eat your food first and then go on the plane. It’s the worst place I’ve been.
MO: When on tour what city has the liveliest crowd atmosphere? Do you have time to check out the nightlife?
The affinity Chevy has for travel and music is apparent, understanding the combination power they have to bring people together.
CW: For me, it’s Toronto. One time I went there I got to go shopping and it was pretty cool, but I’ve never really got to see Toronto at night time, in its full mode when everyone is out partying. I would love to see the life of Toronto, that’s one of my favorite places. The crowd is always, I don’t want to say extra, but it’s extra in a good way. They’re always willing to talk, shake hands, say what’s up and listen to the music. So it’s always good there.
MO: Any shows or tours planned?
CW: This summer I’m going out with Wiz [Khalifa] on the Boys of Zummer Tour with Fall Out Boy as a special guest. After I get off of that tour we’re trying to plan something up for me to get out on my own in the fall. I’ll have the EP out by then and I’ll be working on the album at the same time. So it will be a good time to reach the fans, perform some new music and let them know what I’m up to.
MO: Absolutely, I’m looking forward to that too.
CW: It’s on the way!
MO: At the end of the day, if you could take all family and friends to one destination to live permanently where would it be?
CW: That’s a good question. Ahh, man that’s a good question. I would have to say London and the UK. Somewhere where they don’t get artists too often, so when they do get an artist in the area they celebrate it like it’s Michael Jackson. I would love to be in a place like that where everybody is kind of happy-go-lucky and into what they’re doing. I would definitely take my family there.
Photo courtesy | Heiko J
MO: When on the road, what do you like to do on your downtime?
CW: I play a lot of video games. We don’t always have the xbox on the bus, but now I have this portable xbox so I have it with me at all times. I’m real big into 2K, Madden, NHL and FIFA.
MO: I feel like you have to have that on the road.
CW: I’ve got to have it on the road. There was a reason for me reaching out and actually trying to get it, because I never really could to get my hands on the controller. I’m always working, working, working. So now, when I have down time, I’m just going to play.
MO: What hotel have you stayed at that you would consider a favorite?
CW: The Gansevoort in New York. There’s one in Miami and then there’s one in New York, but the one in New York is so cool. When you come out of the hotel, everything is right there in walking distance. They treat you good there.
Photo courtesy | Gansevoort NYC
MO: How does travel and music fit together?
CW: The people. For me it’s connecting the people. People love to travel and at the same time people love music. So when people are taking it cross-country or wherever they’re playing something. They’re not just idle to nothing. In that fashion travel and music go together, because anytime I go anywhere I’ve got to have headphones. I have to listen to something, whether it’s putting me to sleep or a happy mode or writing to a beat. When people are in their cars [music is on], whether they’re patting on their steering wheel or quieting up their kids. All of those things.
MO: When people travel they’re big on restaurants. Do you have any that stand out?
CW: I’m real big on making my own food. If I get a chance to cook my own stuff wherever I’m at, I’d rather do that then get somebody else’s food. A lot of people don’t know how to season and things like that. I like to have food the way I like it.
MO: When’s the next trip and what for?
CW: The next trip is, it’s actually funny that you asked that, is to [Los Angeles] and it’s for my birthday.
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