Underneath, Hayes tells Billboard about how the postulate for the music came together, why his faith has helped prepare him for this level of success, Oreo shakes returning to Applebee’s and additional.
You’re 41 and having the largest hit of your career. Would probabilities are you’ll had been ready for this success earlier?
It be out of the ordinary timing obviously, as a long way as the put my heart is and the lifestyles I’ve lived up unless now. I’m furthermore at a location the put I’m in a position to explore how fleeting [success] is. I will doubtless be rather frank — I create no longer are looking to be unhappy about success, but I silent miss my dad [who died in March]. I silent battle on day by day foundation. I’m six years sober and I know I’m 5 minutes from blowing that up. I’m no longer the ideally suited dad on this planet. I would enjoy to be. But every night I in actual fact feel enjoy I rush to mattress going, “I may well perhaps furthermore assemble this better.”
When I was 21 or 31, I would be pleased notion that [success] would alternate something. Maybe I would look in the believe and sigh, “Man, I enjoy that particular person. I explore now they’ve in the waste proved themselves to me.” Now I know that is no longer any longer what occurs ought to you be successful. Success veritably can amplify some of those points that we all tackle and pain and struggles that now we be pleased.
So I examine it in a in actual fact sensible technique. I assemble think God has ready me for this, and I’m angry — but I’m cautious. I’m so grateful that it is with my family, and no longer me on my own. Most without a doubt if this had took location to me as soon as I was 21, there may be no telling what would be pleased ended up taking place. It can perhaps no longer had been healthy for me at all.
The music addresses misconceptions followers may well perhaps furthermore be pleased that artists’ lives are worthy extra glamorous than they really are. How did that notion arrive about as you, Cameron Bartolini, Josh Jenkins and Shane Stevens were writing it?
We began to unite over the misperception that every author or artist power[s] G-Wagons and that we all eat at The Palm 5 nights per week and that it be upright glamorous, crimson carpet every night. Over COVID, as I shared and uncovered increasingly extra of my family — actually due to upright lack of verbalize material — I realized every person was enjoy, “Oh, wow, you upright are residing in a ordinary home” or “We be pleased now that identical trampoline,” and it was enjoy, “Well, yeah, that is who I’m. I’m upright enjoy you. I upright be pleased a assorted job.”
Josh mentioned the title having “enjoy” in it, and I told the room — as soon as I’m on a avenue time out with my younger of us and wife, we continuously arrive to this point the put I sigh, “Hey, are we going to speedily food it or are we going to assemble some enjoy? Y’all are looking to take a seat down and be pleased a waiter or a waitress and upright serene down for a 2d?” And that’s the reason continuously an Applebee’s-ish restaurant, you respect, something enjoy that. And that’s the reason enjoy. That is a out of the ordinary deal. My younger of us web jacked as soon as I’m enjoy, “Yeah, we’re no longer doing Sonic.”
Cameron Bartolini, who goes by Cambo, works with Doja Cat. Had been you privy to that connection?
So I bought to repeat you, I had heard of us sigh, “He’s bought Doja Cat cuts” and I silent create no longer know what that is. I know he’s a out of the ordinary deal in that pop world. The truth that that was Cambo’s first write in Nashville was unreal. That is upright phenomenal to me. I’ve listened to a snippet of a Doja Cat music since my supervisor was enjoy, “You know, Cambo does these items,” but I’m no longer familiar.
How did you and Lela build the dance together?
It be my job to create dawdle that every person can assemble it — because Lela can assemble moves the put I’m enjoy, “Survey, that seems awesome, but no person’s even going to are attempting and be taught because it be too onerous.” That Sunday, we had upright released your entire EP, my family was very angry. We came home from church and build [the song’s] chorus on repeat and made it straightforward and we popped it off on the porch. We did two takes after which we slapped it on TikTok. [By] that night it surpassed a million [views]. I mean, it be bonkers. I upright left a Planet Well being and of us were strolling up to me and [saying] “My daughter loves the dance. Can I web an image?”
Why assemble you suspect it has struck such a solid chord with of us?
As a long way as the dance is concerned, as soon as I watch me and my daughter interact, we were free. We weren’t attempting. We did no longer be pleased any expectations. It wasn’t calculated. It wasn’t curated. It be almost enjoy we were ignorant. I create no longer even know if it be a beautiful dance. What does a accurate dancer think of it? Is it upright dreadful, you respect? [Writing] the music, we were upright free. It be enjoy we were four microscopic boys on a playground. My crew loved it, don’t web me unhealthy, but none of us may well perhaps furthermore be pleased predicted the put we were going to be sitting, three or four weeks down the avenue.
Has Applebee’s responded?
We’re in talks. They’re sweet, sweet, sweet of us. I create no longer are looking to let the cat out of the earn, but one thing that truly excites me is that the Oreo shake in actual fact came off the menu several years lend a hand and it be coming lend a hand because of the music. You’re going to chortle at me, but I cannot wait ’till I in actual fact be pleased grandkids and we’re at Applebee’s and they are drinking a shake. And I may well perhaps furthermore sigh, “You know why’s it on the menu? It be because I saved it.” I’m enjoy, “Dude, I will die and Oreo shakes will rush on and on and on.” And I may well perhaps furthermore eradicate credit. It be beautiful awesome.
What’s your favorite section of this adventure to this point?
My favorite section of the music will continuously be the day we wrote it. It be upright sitting in a room with of us and actually taking nothing and making something. Each and on day by day foundation can be the day that that music notion you web in that car may well perhaps furthermore touch millions and millions of of us’s lives. And millions of dads and daughters may well perhaps furthermore assemble a dance together and millions of couples may well perhaps furthermore assemble a dance together and create a memory that they’re going to be pleased the leisure of their lives, that will doubtless be continuously linked to that music. I create no longer be taught about you, but that is magic beautiful there.