Florida Georgia Line chats with Kidsday

Kidsday reporters Ashley Lopez, Nick Otto Jordan Migliano,

Kidsday reporters Ashley Lopez, Nick Otto Jordan Migliano, and Mundeep Singh, all 11 from Hicksville and Holy Family School in Hicksville with members of the group Florida Georgia Line, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, at the Best Buy Theater in Manhattan on Nov. 15, 2013. (Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly)

We met Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard -- better known as the Florida Georgia Line -- when they visited Manhattan recently.

If you had to change the type of music that you sing what would it be?

Tyler: We grew up playing in church choirs. If we weren't doing this we would probably be doing that. That was always something we loved and had a lot of fun with. Who knows? Maybe we'll do some of that someday.


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Do you talk to yourself? If so, have you ever been caught?

Tyler: Brian tells me I talk in my sleep a lot.

Brian: He does talk in his sleep. Yeah, I probably talk to my head too much. Positive reinforcement, good things.

How has becoming famous changed you?

Brian: I don't know. I don't necessarily think it changed us. A lot has changed around us but we're still Tyler and Brian and [we're] still writing songs, still doing the same things we always have, we're just a little busier.

When you're recognized in public do people ever ask you to sing?

Tyler: They do. We don't love singing on the spot like that. We have to prepare all night and get ready for the show and all that kind of stuff before we get ready to sing. People more or less ask for pictures and autographs. It works out and it's pretty cool.

What inspired you to become a band and did you ever think you would become a band?

Brian: We just started writing songs together. At first we never knew anything about being artists, we [would] just sing together for people in hotel lobbies just to get our songs out there. The more and more we did it the more and more we fell in love with singing and enjoyed it. Yeah, we love it.

Do you ever get tired going on tour and what's your favorite place to go?

Tyler: Well we just bought our first house so probably right now our favorite place to go is home for a couple days. But we love being on the road and living on a bus and getting to play music every night. So I don't think we get too tired of it.

Do you consider your music more country or pop?

Brian: I definitely consider it more country for sure. But I think, as we're learning, country necessarily isn't so much a sound anymore, it's a lifestyle -- not so much sound. But yeah.

Do you do get tired of singing the same songs?

Tyler: Not really. It's always different every night. We love it. We sing the same songs just about every night but it's always different, different fans, but it's just really cool.

How did you meet each other?

Brian: We met at Belmont University. Tyler's buddy and roommate had a class with me and he introduced us.

What's the best music advice you've ever gotten?

Tyler: Probably just be yourself and make the music that you love. If you do that and have fun with it, people can sense that and they kind of enjoy it more.

What is the biggest fight you guys ever had?

Tyler: We never really had a fight. Never had a big fight. We're pretty much like brothers, we live together and know each other very well. So we try to get along, enjoy the times together and just have fun with it.

Do you sing in the shower?

Brian: Absolutely!

Have you ever stepped foot on the Florida/Georgia line?

Tyler: We actually have. Many times when we were driving through. Taken a picture on the lines.

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