To wrap up a successful year with the release of their second album, “The Papercut Chronicles II”, Gym Class Heroes will be playing the Z100 Jingle Ball in their home state of New York this Friday.
Stylist and charming guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo took some time in between shows to chat with andPOP. When a band like Gym Class Heroes can spend up to a year on the road, a lot of their cherished items can get left behind. Disashi isn’t shy to discuss a few of his favourite things and he and the rest of the boys hop from show to show. As a way to get a glimpse into the mysterious Disashi’s life, here are a look at some of the things that really whets his appetite.
Favourite bar in New York: McSorley’s
Favourite hangout spot after the bar closes: The tour bus
Favourite band ritual: Jumping into rivers or putting hands together and then chanting “Jerry’s! Jerry’s! Jerry’s!”
Favourite pizza toppings – Extra cheese, mushrooms and artichokes
Favourite Mario Brothers character – Princess Peach
Favourite record store – Amoeba in California
Favourite moment on this current tour – Exploring Jacksonville, Florida
Favourite reality show – “Platinum Hit” or “The Apprentice”
Favourite ramen noodle flavor – Chicken or crushed barbecue chips
Favourite dance move – The Moonwalk
Favourite late night tv show host – A tie: Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien
Favourite holiday activity – Baking cookies
Favourite thing about being married – It’s a constant reminder of the power of love
Favourite thing to do when not on tour: Spend time with family
If you’re ever listening to records and staring blankly at your fridge wondering what to drink, you’re not alone. A new website called Drinkify was designed to help music enthusiasts decide what to drink when listening to their favourite artists.
You simply type in the name of the artist or band you’re currently listening to and a delicious recipe will appear, usually that of an alcoholic beverage (unless you’re Justin Bieber). Here’s a look at a sample of artists with their paired drinks.
Remember kids: drink responsibly.
Gym Class Heroes rapper Travis McCoy will be releasing several different projects over the next year, according to Billboard.com.
With an upcoming solo project, McCoy is eager to escape the image of, “That dude who sings the song about his girlfriend,” in his group’s most popular song, Cupid’s Chokehold. “With this record, I feel like people are going to take me more seriously as a rapper and hopefully, as a singer as well.”
McCoy will also be releasing a documentary on MTV December 1st. “Travis McCoy’s Unbeaten Track,” will Chronicle the artist’s experiences while travelling with MTV’s Staying Alive foundation to South Africa, India and the Philippines. It will be accompanied by his charity single, One at a Time. “since it is a charity track, I wanted to keep the cheese factor to a bare minimum and make sure it’s sincere and from the heart,” said McCoy.
andPOP took in the Warped Tour stop in Toronto last week. Check out our coverage, featuring interviews with Gym Class Heroes, Shwayze and more!
Call them a rap group, call them a rock band, call them whatever you want. Gym Class Heroes take pride in their genre-bending music.
As their most recent album, As Cruel as School Children, and hit single, Cupid’s Chokehold, prove, it’s tough to classify this band. The same can be said about their next single, Clothes Off.
andPOP spoke with Matt McGinley and Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo from Gym Class Heroes when they were in Toronto to play a show during Canadian Music Week.
Watch the interview to learn more about Gym Class Heroes!