“It’s a party every night,” says Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line’s live show. “You can tell people are loving the shows, and there’s a big sense of anticipation. It’s always a good time.”
Isn’t that what’s all about at the end of the day? Florida Georgia Line keep that party going full tilt on Here’s to the Good Times, their debut full-length. Sitting at the intersection between swaggering and country and anthemic rock, it’s the perfect soundtrack for any celebration. Most importantly though, it’s chock full of some of the most memorable songs this decade. It’s no wonder Florida Georgia Line have rightfully risen to the ranks of country leaders. The party ain’t stopping any time soon.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line talks “Cruise”, Here’s to the Good Times, movies, his dream collaboration with Lil Wayne, and so much more.
What’s your take on Here’s to the Good Times as a whole?
I love it! From day one of making the album, we wanted to make a record where there were no duds or songs you wanted to skip when you were listening to it. That was our goal. I think we did that. We both really love the album. We’re also excited about putting out some new songs here fairly soon.
It had to have that good time feeling throughout.
Yeah, we wanted to make a good time album. It’s where we are in life, who we are as people, and what we’re trying to do. The whole album describes who me and BK are as people. It’s pretty cool.
Could you feel that while you were in the studio?
Oh, absolutely man! It was a pretty fun process for sure.
Did the songs come together quickly?
It was a process. We were learning a lot at the time. Working with Joey Moi [producer], he was really determined to get the best product possible and get the best we could give. He knew how to dig for that. It took a little bit of time, but it was definitely a great learning experience and a lot of fun.
What’s the story behind “Tip It Back”?
That’s one of the first songs we wrote with our buddy Rodney Clawson. It was just a really good day of writing. We felt great about it. It came together really quickly and easily, which doesn’t always happen. It’s always a fun song to play live as well. It’s just a party song with a creative take. We turned it into a drinking game there for a while there on the road. Every time you hear “Tip It Back”, everybody would have to drink. It became a fun little anthem! It’s a good time.
Where did “Tell Me How You Like It” come about?
It’s a song we wrote back. We fell in love with it. It’s got a sexy, different vibe, and we wanted to cut it for sure. It came from a different place. It’s something you’d want to sing to girls on stage, and it’s a fun make-you-want-to-dance song.
What do you remember most from the “Cruise (Remix)” video shoot?
It was a blast. Hanging out with Nelly all day was great. He’s a super cool. He’s easygoing and fun to be around. There was a lot of beautiful girls there and fast cars. It was just a good time. It’s basically a party we caught on camera. I got to drive that blue trick. It was a pretty nice ride.
How did you choose Nelly for the song?
Well, we’re on the same label. He reached out to us and liked what we were doing. He mentioned he wanted to do something together. We loved the idea of doing a remix of “Cruise”. He did a great job. We’ve been huge fans of Nelly forever so that was a big honor.
What does that song mean to you now?
We knew we had something special and cool, but we didn’t know it was going to get this big this fast. It’s definitely fun to see the power of a song and of our fans. It’s unbelievable. We just do our thing. Our influences are all over the map. As songwriters, you mesh them together and come up with your own sound. That’s what we enjoy doing.
Is it important for you to paint pictures and tell stories with the songs?
Yeah! It’s always fun to write from a visual perspective and paint a picture in your listeners’ heads. Some songs are more that way than others. It’s definitely a visual album, like you said.
If you were to compare the album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
Oh man! Maybe Wedding Crashers [Laughs]. That’ll work. That’s one of my all-time favorites. It’s two goofy guys just having fun.
What artists shaped you?
We listen to everybody from Garth Brooks to Alabama to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Juvenile to Lil Wayne. It’s all over the board.
Lil Wayne and Florida Georgia Line would be the perfect collaboration.
That’d be amazing! That’s always been a dream of mine to be honest with you. I’d love to work with Wayne on a song.
Are you already writing for the next album?
We write as much as possible. We get in the back lounge and write songs on the road. We do enjoy writing as much as we can.
Is there a certain direction you’re going in?
It’s just some fresh sounds and some different things. We’re trying to stay outside of the box a little bit.
What rock bands do you come back to?
There’s a rock band called The Cadillac Three that’s one of my favorite bands right now. They’re pretty rocking. Even some of the older rock bands, BK will put them on some times like Chevelle, Three Days Grace, and Nickelback as well.
What’s next for you?
We’re working on some new music. We’re about to start our fall headline tour. We’re staying busy, writing, recording, and touring.