Sébastien Toutant a.k.a. Seb Toots: Canadian professional snowboarder, 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics gold medalist, two-time X Games gold medalist

When you’re riding, what kind of music or whom do you like to listen to the most?

I’m a big fan of hip-hop songs, so I just try to be up to date with what’s new. [I’ve] been listening to a lot of Drake songs lately. Anything with a good beat definitely pumps me up.

Do you change up the music when you’re transitioning from just practising to actually competing?

For me, I listen to music before and after, but not really when I ride just because I like to hear my board when I’m actually riding down. I try to get something before that motivates me and makes me think about something else than being stressed about the whole contest and stuff. Afterwards [I definitely do], especially when I do well in a contest, it’s nice to have some songs to kind of get the party going.

You just competed in men’s slopestyle semifinals yesterday, do you remember what you were listening to?

I did listen to a lot of songs because I did a long warmup in my room… Like I’ve said, I’ve been a really big fan of all the new songs that Drake got, like 'God’s Plan' and… I think I actually listened to some old rock like Iron Maiden and Metallica and all that. I like any type of songs, anything that has a good beat, anything that makes me feel all pumped up to go shred. That’s perfect.

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Toby Miller: American professional snowboarder, an 18-year old wunderkind

When you’re snowboarding, what kind of music do you listen to, or what have you been listening to recently?

Oh man, in snowboarding you listen to all different kinds of music and it kind of depends on what you’re riding, you know? If you’re riding powder, you might be listening to something mellower, old school… I’ll catch myself listening to Neil Young on a pow day, but then when it comes to contest time, you gotta listen to something a little more upbeat. And I don’t wanna say intense, but it kind of is. It’s more intense than if you’re just out there riding with your friends because I feel like, as a snowboarder, music puts you in that mindset to do the crazy tricks and manoeuvres that we have to do down the pipes.

So here at the U.S. Open, I put in headphones and I actually listened to Muse’s 'Uprising' both runs and just cranked it on full blast, and it really helped me get into that mindset of being able to visualize my runs and do the crazy stuff we have to do. I have a lot of friends who prefer not to listen to music when they ride, but personally, I honestly can’t ride without music. It’s become such a key role in my snowboarding. Whenever I’m trying to visualize a run and I’m landing bad, there’s no music. Yeah, I can do it [without music], but I almost get nervous thinking about all these crazy tricks. And then the second I put on a song that pumps me up, it calms me down and makes everything seem smaller. It makes me feel like I’m in the groove and makes things flow better, whether that goes from rock and roll to something similar to Trap Nation where they take songs and remix them to have cool beats. I like to mix it up quite a bit because if you listen to the same music over and over again, it loses its touch. When I mix it up, I honestly feel like it allows me to explore new sides of my riding.

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Jamie Anderson: American professional snowboarder, two-time Olympic gold medalist (Sochi 2014, Pyeongchang 2018), six-time X Games gold medalist

When you’re riding, what kind of music do you listen to? You’re a big fan of Nas, right?

I love Nas. I’ve been mixing it up a little bit; I got some new hip hop like trap music. I like this song 'Bali' by 88GLAM, with just good beats. I like Drake a lot; I like his new song 'God’s Plan'. Sometimes I like to listen to old hip-hop like 2Pac and Dr. Dre. But yeah, just good music that actually drives me to do everything even if I’m having a bad day and I don’t feel like snowboarding, literally one song can change my whole mood.

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Chase Josey: American professional snowboarder, Olympian, X Games medalist

When you’re riding, what kind of music do you listen to?

I definitely ride with music all the time, so I’m usually on Spotify going through Discover playlists for hip-hop music that I have… and rock and roll too, something that gets you pumped up. Just any variety is good. A little bit of Drake actually gets you going, he’s got some good beats. Like Migos and 2 Chainz… that stuff pumps you up.

You hear that song and you’re riding, and you’re actually like, “Oh fuck, we’re about to do something.”

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Louie Vito: American professional snowboarder, Olympian, four-time U.S. Grand Prix champion, two-time Dew Tour champion

I heard you like to DJ, so I wanted to ask, what’s the most prized possession in your collection?

I don’t know if I have one. I think for me, it’s just making sure I have a variation of music, right? The reason I used to love DJ’ing was that I loved to play the songs I want to hear. You go to a club and you’re like, “Oh my gosh, I hate all this music.” When I go to DJ at my friend’s club in the mountains, you have all the snowboarders one weekend, college kids when there’s no contest, and then you might just have tourists, so not everybody is going to like your music. I try to build a wide variety of music in my playlists so that, no matter what kind of crowd it is, I have everything that will get the crowd going.

Whenever you’re riding, what kind of music gets you pumped up?

Over years and years, it’s always been a Meek [Mill] song. Meek always gets me going… I think for last six or seven seasons, it’s been a Meek song. I remember when 'Ima Boss' came out, that was my song. He’s like, “I’m only 23, I’m the shit, now look at me,” and it resonated with me… You have to go into each halfpipe run kind of cocky and confident because you’re competing against yourself and you can’t control anything else. It’s crazy, I’ll have one song, even from his Flamers mixtape… I’ve always had that one song [from every album] that gets me going. The problem is that I listen to so much music. Sometimes I avoid [Meek] outside of snowboarding contests because I don’t ever want to get bored of him.

After all the wrong the American justice system has done to Meek, do you think he’ll be back stronger than ever when he’s freed?

From what I’ve heard from people, he’s doing well. It’s crazy because with something like that, you have to keep your mind in a positive place. I hope he comes out ready to go and I love what his team has done. His music has still been coming out while he’s gone and now more than ever, he is in a spot in his career where people are aware of [the situation] and rallying behind him… Eyes are open to the foolery that’s been going on behind it.

Sometimes when people go away, they deserve to go away. But in something like [Meek’s situation], there’s so much crooked stuff and it’s sad because for me, I think sometimes one bad apple spoils a bunch. Things like this just make you facepalm yourself. My gosh, let the dude do his thing; he’s not doing anything illegal and he’s putting out music, sharing his stories. I feed off his music and it’s done positive things for me and I know it has for a lot of people. He does a lot of good as well. I hope he comes out fire just because he’s always been such a great person every time I’ve been around him, and he’s super positive and happy. He makes great music and we’re in a time where we need some of [his qualities] right now.

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Queralt Castellet: Spanish professional snowboarder, four-time Olympian

Do you listen to any music when you’re snowboarding?

I personally don’t listen to music while I’m riding and don’t get me wrong, I love music. I listen to music all the time, but not when I’m snowboarding.

What kind of music have you been enjoying in general?

I enjoy a lot of the old hits, but I also like to update myself with the new hits that are hot at the moment. It just depends on the day and the mood. I actually enjoy playing the guitar when I’m not riding and it sounds better when I’m calmed down and relaxed.

That’s cool because Spain is literally the country for guitar music, like Andrés Segovia and all…

It’s funny because it happens so that the farther I am away from Spain, the more Spanish music I tend to listen. When I’m [in America], I’m always listening to Spanish music and music from back home.

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