If you have been to one of our Jazz & Brews events at Brotherwell Brewing, or rather any KWL event so far, you have probably met the charming “Double V” (aka. Travvis Scott – with two Vs – And yes, he showed us his license and it is definitely spelled in that amazing way).
Travvis is one of those one-of-a-kind people you meet that never seem to run out of facts or charm no matter how long you talk to him. I once ran into him after seeing Captain Marvel at the Hippodrome downtown and we had an impromptu 30 minute conversation about all of his thoughts and theories on the Marvel Universe.
I first met Travvis how most people have met him in Waco – While he was bartending at Dichotomy. While he has now moved onto his more permanent day job, being a mechanical engineer, he is so much more.
In fact, not only is he a cocktail aficionado and engineer, but he also runs a custom bow tie business, once started a shoe shining business to pay his bar tabs, and has his pilot’s license.
So, Travvis Scott (with two VVs), where did you grow up?
I mostly grew up in Colorado, Colorado Springs. It was a beautiful place to grow up and I really didn't know how much I was spoiled living there until I left. I went to a bunch of different schools. My mother was a teacher, father was in the military.
It was a really great experience. Got a good look into educational systems from the teaching and administration side from a young age. Also ran cross country in a national park for three years. That was cool. It was a great time.
Speaking of schools, you went to Baylor. Is that how you got to Waco?
That is how I got to Waco.
I came down here to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering and was looking to going into the Air Force as well. They had strong programs in both. Their engineering program was number 12 when I got here and it was number 11 when I graduated.
I'd like to think that I made statistically relevant contribution to that.
While I was here I was engineering Air Force ROTC and then worked for the university as a, they're called CLS, effectively RAs here.
Okay, let's talk a little bit about your bartending skills. You're like a cocktail wiz. Let's talk about how you got into your love of that.
I don't know if you already know this but the way that I actually started working at Dichotomy was that I started ... At the time I was working in Austin for an engineering company, commuting to Austin from Waco. I realized that I was spending too much money on booze and so I decided that I either needed to make more money or spend less on booze. I needed to find a way to make more money.
I started shining shoes on the weekends here at Dichotomy.
Shoes, yes. I was selling shoe shines for $10. I had a business called “Old Fashioned Shoe Shine.” Intentional double entendre.
My sales pitch was come get an old fashioned and an old fashioned shoe shine.
The other thing was that for every pair of shoes that I shined, that was another drink for me at the bar. As long as I made enough to pay my tab, I was good to go.
What you're saying is the shoe shine's got progressively worse?
At most, probably only did about four shoe shines a night and after that I was pretty much good for the night.
Made the bar tab for the night.
I shined shoes for about six months. Then they needed a bar back and so I started bar backing, washing dishes, busing tables, did that for a year. And then I actually jumped into the training program and started bartending. Bartended for eight months and then bumped up and started managing the bar and then managed the bar for a year.