It’s interviews like the one we had with Tony Chevy that make us love what we do. His enthusiasm for what he does, as well as his overflowing positive outlook on life is addictive- and sold us on the fact that this dude is going places. And not just in a metaphorical sense! He currently has a big project in the works with iHeartRadio in Brazil. Please welcome Tony Chevy!
Thanks so much for agreeing to do 60 Questions with us Tony!
Tony: Of course man!
So can you tell us where the name Tony Chevy came from?
Tony: Sure! So I used to go by another name when I was signed to Universal Music- Gabriel Antonio. After Universal though, I wanted to mix it up. So I shortened Antonio to Tony, then I had to think of something cool that would be commercial and fitting. I thought Tom Ford sounds great, how about Tony Chevy?
Great thought process. So where are you currently?
Tony: Sunny St. Petersburg Florida.
What’s the best thing about living in St. Petersburg?
Tony: The beach.
What’s the worst thing about living in St. Petersburg?
Tony: I’d have to say the Traffic.
What’s your favorite place to go out in St. Petersburg?
Tony: I really like tacos, and there’s this taco shop that’s close to me called Rubio’s. It’s my number one place for sure.
When did you know you were going to be a musician?
Tony: I knew when I was about 11 or 12. I would watch MTV during spring break, and back then they had all the DJs and performances still on MTV. So I got my inspiration from that, and at first I wanted to be a DJ. To be artist- a singer or rapper, actually wasn’t my intention. When I got into the studio though and started working with producers, it really just began to line up.
What’s something that you like to do the old-fashioned way?
Tony: That’s a hard one. Does a movie/dinner date count? Do people still do that?
What country in the world would you love to visit?
Tony: Definitely Europe- we haven’t toured over there yet, and we have a lot of fans over there. I’m hoping to do it next year.
What was your first job?
Tony: I was a grocery bag boy. Good times.
What’s one cause that you really care about?
Tony: Kids! I like to be a part of anything that involves kids- if there’s a children’s festival, or something going on for back to school, I’m all about it. I really love helping kids achieve their goals and follow their dreams in life.
What’s your favorite App that you have on your phone?
Tony: I’m going to pick two. For social media, it has to be Instagram- I’m always on it. For my second one it would be Clash Royale. When I’m not making music, I like to pop on it to get my mind off everything for a bit.
Who was your favorite musician growing up?
Tony: Paul Simon.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Tony: I was the only independent artist to sell out a tour in India, with the main show at the Hard Rock Live on New Years in Mumbai. And this is with no label, no nothing- just me and my team.
How would you describe your sound?
Tony: I would say it’s unique, it’s catchy. I like to write music that people can sing along to, so I incorporate a lot of harmonies and keep my songs melodic. I want my songs to be something where you hear it for the first time, then 10 minutes later the melody is pops right back into your head.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Tony: I really like Diane Keaton.
What’s your favorite Chick Flick?
Tony: Anything with Diane Keaton!
Song that gets you turnt in the club?
Tony: Well there’s a lot, but one song that really makes me go crazy is Used To This by Future and Drake. When that comes on I’m like, get me the bottle- I’m ready!
What’s your favorite memory of this year?
Tony: Hitting radio! We just clocked in on Kiss FM in Brazil with iHeartRadio. Which is huge.
007 or Mission Impossible?
Tony: Mission Impossible.
This should be easy, what’s your favorite car?
Tony: Besides Chevy's? I have a lot actually, I really like older cars- like the ones from the 1950s.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Tony: To be invisible.
If you could only eat one thing forever, what would it be?
Tony: Vanilla ice cream.
What’s the priciest thing you’ve ever splurged on?
Tony: My computer for my music.
Hamburgers or hot dogs?
Tony: Can I pick cheeseburgers?
Would you rather have to sing whenever you spoke, or dance whenever you walked?
Tony: Dance whenever I walked.
Alright, we’re going to play a game called Hot and Cool. Basically, you have to decide whether you would date this person who’s super hot and super cool, but they have a weird condition.
So hot and cool, but they can’t go outside during the day.
Tony: Yeah I could do that.
Hot and cool, but they sneeze every ten minutes.
Tony: Hmmm… yes.
Hot and cool, but their mom hits on you incessantly.
Tony: That could be kind of cool, but annoying. So I’m going to go with no.
Ok back to normal questions. How many languages can you speak?
Tony: Two, English and Spanish.
iPhone or Android?
Tony: iPhone, all day.
Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
Tony: Harry Potter.
Tupac or Biggie?
Tony: I was born on the west coast so you would think Tupac, but I’m going to have to say Biggie.
Who do you look up to most in life?
Tony: Myself. Just kidding! Definitely my mom.
What TV show have you binge watched most recently?
Tony: Like everything, but the latest was Ozark.
What was your favorite movie as a kid?
Tony: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Tony: Not really no. At least I haven’t discovered them yet.
What’s the most annoying question people ask me as an artist?
Tony: Honestly, I don’t really think the questions most people ask are annoying. So maybe this question?
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
Tony: Life, from my mom.
What’s your favorite song to blast in the car?
Tony: Fireflies by Owl City.
Do you remember what your first concert was?
Tony: Jay-Z and DMX.
Wow, we’re impressed. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Tony: I see myself as one of the top industry executives/musicians/all that stuff. That’s where I see myself.
What do you do on your days off?
Tony: Music is everything that I do, so in my mind every day is a day off. I write, I listen, it’s really my life.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Tony: Positive, Happy, and Kind.
What’s a pet peeve that you have?
Tony: I hate when people are negative, I hate when people have bad attitudes- I just don’t see a reason for any of it.
What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?
Tony: Don’t give up.
What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?
Tony: I got a ticket for an expired tag. That was pretty stupid.
What’s your spirit animal?
Tony: My mom’s is a butterfly, but for mine I have to go with Lion. I’m a beast!
What’s your favorite sport?
What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Tony: Cinnamon bagel with cream cheese.
What’s your favorite drinking game?
Tony: I don’t think I’ve ever actually played a drinking game. Is that crazy? Maybe that’s a good thing. Hot and cool?
What’s your typical morning routine like?
Tony: I wake up, have my cinnamon bagel, go for a walk on the beach close to my place with my headphones in, then get on my computer/go to the recording studio and start my day.
What’s an upcoming show you’re super stoked about?
Tony: We’re currently working on a really big project with iHeartRadio in Brazil, which I’m super stoked to lock down. Stay tuned!
What fictional place would you most like to go to?
Do you usually arrive early or late?
What’s the single best day on the calendar?
What’s your worst breakup story?
Tony: That’s a good one… give me a second… I’m sure I can dig one up- not that I’ve dated that much though. You know, I don’t really think I’ve ever had a really bad breakup. They’ve never been fun, but I’ve never really had a bad one.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Tony: Travel! Go somewhere new, and completely immerse yourself in their culture.
Would you rather be a master disco dancer, or a master hip hop dancer?
What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
Ok last one. What was your most embarrassing moment in the past year?
Tony: I was doing a show and I literally fell off the stage. It was in a club in Detroit- I blamed security, they messed that one up.
And that's it! Thanks so much Tony, this was a ton of fun.
Tony: No problem!
This interview has been edited and condensed.