Interview: Travie McCoy Talks Collaborating with Jason Mraz on New Single, ‘Rough Water’

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Travie McCoy wants you to know his new song “Rough Water,” which features Jason Mraz, isn’t the lead single from his upcoming album. In fact, it probably won’t even end up on the follow-up to his 2010 solo debut, Lazarus, which spawned the hit song “Billionaire” and gave notice to a little artist named Bruno Mars.

“If anything, [‘Rough Water’] is buying me a little time to finish the record,” McCoy admitted to 

That being said, McCoy doesn’t consider the song to be a throwaway track. It’s more about giving fans a taste of what’s to come.

“Anything I do musically I put 110 percent into,” he said. “Although it’s a segue into the next record, it’s in no way, shape or form a throwout single. The song means a lot to me and a lot to my fans.”

With references to the Police’s “Message In A Bottle” — a song he cites as one of his favorite from the band — and the film Titanic, the song also means a lot to one of McCoy’s exes.

“I put [the Titanic references] in there for a reason because that was a movie we used to watch together,” he said in reference to an ex-girlfriend. “I actually told her, if I was in that situation I would hold on to her until I couldn’t anymore. The first time I got the song back I sent it to her and she called me crying.”

McCoy though is most excited about being able to work with Mraz. The “I Won’t Give Up”  singer ended up on the track thanks to “Rough Water” producer and co-writer Benny Blanco. He played an early demo of the song for Mraz, who liked what he heard and laid down a guitar part and hook.

“I’m stoked to finally get to work with him, I’ve been a fan of his forever,” McCoy confessed. “His voice is one of a kind. ‘I’m Yours,’ that was me and my girlfriend at the time’s song. We actually went on vacation together in Hawaii and I think that was the only song that we played.”

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