INTERVIEW W/ ROBBY TUCKER BY NICHOLAS SENIOR
Could you introduce yourself for our readers?
My name is Robby Tucker, and I make my own music called Feel Good. I’m most known for playing in the Indianola Records Hardcore act This Day Will Tell for a few years, and some acoustic songs I don’t remember at all, but for everyone who has no idea who I am, I am mostly just pleased to make your acquaintance.
So the big question: what triggered the move to hip hop?
Well seeing as how I was touring in a hardcore band, every show ever had hardcore and metal bands, so naturally I didn’t listen to it that much on my own time. Before even joining the band I was playing folk. I’ve had so many projects throughout the years experimenting with different genres, so I’ve always been heavily influenced by music in general. But after discovering Mod Sun, Cudi, Wiz, and Gym Class I started getting into the laid back style of Hip Hop. “Still Fly” still inspires me so much to love and write music that is just very laid back. I didn’t like how so much music is so emotionally driven, that when you listen to sad music, you kind of mold to that, and etc. With hip hop, I could just listen to it and feel good. There was never a time when it didn’t fit with what I was doing. That’s what started it. Also, I liked that I could still go crazy at shows, and have lights and all kinds of stuff that is tougher to pull off when you’re just a guy with an acoustic. I like hanging over the crowd from ceiling pipes and all that stuff. That wouldn’t work with an acoustic as well ha
Who are some major artists who have inspired you?
Brandon Boyd, The Weeknd, Taking Back Sunday, mewithoutYou, Mod Sun, Michael Jackson, Wiz Khalifa, and so many more. They are the top though (in no particular order of course)
What are your five favorite hip hop records?
Wiz Khalifa’s ” Kush and Orange Juice” Mod Sun’s “Health, Wealth, Success and Happiness”, G-Eazy’s ” The Endless Summer ” Shwayze’s self titled, and The Weeknd’s “House of Balloons” Not exactly Hip Hop, but still on the list.
Between your name (Feel Good), the beats, and your lyrics, there is a strongly positive vibe that radiates through your music. What was it that triggered the positivity?
I started noticing life was way cooler haha. No, but I noticed a significant change in everything when you started taking every bad thing as something misunderstood but necessary for good, so you realize there’s a reason for everything that happens. Then I was introduced to “The Secret” which talks about the Law Of Attraction, which I reference to all throughout Weekend Life. It’s pretty life changing so look it up! I just feel the need to feel good to achieve goals, dreams, and get the kind of energy in my life that will continue to make me feel good. Good or bad things that happen to you are a result of your thinking
Is this positivity something you want to continue, or will you explore different themes in later releases?
Oh it’s a way of life for sure, so I am continuing it. The name itself is just a statement to feel good. I would perform acoustic songs about feelings I hadn’t felt in a year, so I figured I should write about feeling a way I should always feel. So the name almost holds me accountable to achieve my ideal me, and to stay on track with what I’m doing. I am going to be experimenting though, and some writing might share the same content, but be presented in a different sound and style. Very stoked for the new material already dude
What are some of your fondest memories of your time with This Day Will Tell?
Definitely the “storage unit” era. We practiced in this really nice unit ( all of our promos for Too True To Be Good were shot there ) and always just had a good time. That was when we officially signed as well. We all signed the contract in there, and that’s where we wrote some of the best material. Besides that, I’d say the Keep It King Tour with Everyone Dies In Utah and Eyes Like Diamonds. At the last show in Roswell, I got hit in the head by Jacob’s guitar, bled ALL over the floor, had to leave in the middle of the first song, and then come back all bandaged up right before the guitar solo in “Seattle” so it was just a really crazy moment. Totally felt like I was going to die from loss of blood on the drive from Roswell to Pensacola. Which was two days long haha
What is currently in your summer playlist?
Oh every summer I’m rocking this kind of stuff: The Weeknd’s ” House Of Balloons ” Wiz Khalifa’s ” Kush and Orange Juice ” and ” Taylor Allerdice ” Mod Sun’s ” Happy As Fuck ” and Taking Back Sunday as always.
If you could tour with any three artists or bands, who would those be?
Wiz Khalifa, Mod Sun, and haha. (and TBS, and Shwayze, and The Chariot)
Do you have any touring plans lined up for the future?
Well I just got back from a mini tour with a band from here called “Why We Fight” I filled in on bass every night, and would do a solo set before or after the band, so that was a first. Perfect combination for a fun tour. Might be doing that again here in the next few months in a similar way with different bands
Is there a song on the album that has a particularly strong meaning or compelling story to you?
The song ” Shiny and New ” for sure. The whole song is about being on a cruise with my friends and basically describes the whole week in detail. It just covers the emotions of it very well I think. Feeling like you are exactly where you belong. Mentality meeting reality can make you feel real good
Is there anything else you would like to mention to our readers?
Yeah! I’d like to say that I have so much more to come, and Weekend Life is totally just the beginning. I’m already working on new material to put out asap, and it’s all getting better and better. So be on the look out. Also, I want to thank EVERYONE who has liked me on facebook, followed me on twitter, come to a show, or even just say that they like my music. I appreciate literally everything when it comes to people and my music. Also, check out Adora, Dwayne Tucker. JCW, and Louis Fader. They are all awesome artists. Also check out these awesome companies: Air 5 Longboards, Summa Everyday, On The Come Up Clothing, Thank YOU for giving me any bit of attention or interest in my music and interviewing me. http://www.facebook.com/feelgoodofficial @therobbytucker Keep your socks white and your hearts pure. I’m so sorry for my ranting. Go to the Facebook page and download the Weekend Life mixtape!