Crossing the Florida Georgia Line - INTERVIEW
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • July 19, 2013 @ 10:10am
They’ll make you want to roll your windows down and cruise.
The hottest country duo around, Florida Georgia Line has seen remarkable success since their first single “Cruise” which was released way back in December of 2012. Somehow, Brian Kelley of Ormond Beach, Florida and Tyler Hubbard of Monroe, Georgia managed to take a song that hit No. 1 on the country music charts last year and flip it into Top 40 gold with a remix featuring Nelly—country grammar himself.
The duo’s second single off of “Here’s To the Good Times” is “Shine On” and has already claimed it’s No. 1 spot on the country charts this past May. Two number one singles in a row and a third song making it;s way up the charts as we speak—things are looking good for Florida Georgia Line.
We caught up with one half of Florida Georgia Line to talk about the success of “Cruise,” upcoming collaborations and what they’re planning on doing when they visit WNY.
Check out our interview with Brian Kelley below:
We’re pumped to see you guys in WNY for your sold out show in September. Have you ever been to the area before?
Brian Kelley: I don’t think we have been to Western New York before. I know we’ve been close, but we’re really excited to make the trip up to see you guys.
Will have have a chance to hang out around town for a bit?
BK: Niagara Falls, that will definitely happen while we’re there.
With “Cruise” being such a big hit last year for country music fans, somehow you managed to make it even bigger this summer.
BK: That’s a God thing I guess. It’s really blown us away to be honest. The remix took the song to another level and having Nelly on there—we’re huge fans of his. It was a dream to be able to do a song with him. To be honest, it’s perfect with them on there. It’s been such a great experience and our fans are amazing.
Tell us about when you originally produced that song. Did you know it was going to be a hit?
BK: “Cruise” was the first song we cut with our producer, Joey. We never said it would be a hit, but we just knew it was cool and it went over really well. We hoped people liked it. With close to 5 million singles sold, that’s pretty ridiculous. Our fans are so awesome and the loyalty and passion they have is amazing.
How did the collaboration with Nelly come about?
BK: He was a fan of the song and we’re also labelmates. It got brought up and we heard and said, let’s give it a shot. We got the mix back and that’s it. To us it was a no brainer. He sounded great and just killed it on the track.
Are there any other artists you’re going to collaborate with in the future?
BK: Maybe, we’ll see what happens.
With quite the extensive tour already lined up, where have been some of your favorites places to visit on the road?
BK: Oh wow, I can’t even remember all the places we’ve even been. That’s the thing about touring, there are nights that stick out but every show is different. Nothing is the same. Different fans, different city, different crowd. I can’t even answer that.
What is your favorite song to perform live?
BK: I don’t have one favorite, but if I had to choose it would be “Cruise.”
When you’re not doing music, what other hobbies or activities are you into?
BK: Driving my truck, listening to music, movies, hunting, fishing, anything outside or on the lake, throwing a baseball around. I can party and play with the best of them, but I can also sit on the couch and do nothing with the best of them too.
You guys into chicken wings?
BK: Absolutely, I’d go medium but I like the hot stuff too. It all just depends.
What are some favorite songs to sing in the shower?
BK: I don’t know. I don’t really sing in the shower much anymore, but that’s because it’s my only quiet time.
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