It’s not every day you get to chat with Backstreet Boys heartthrob Nick Carter. But, as one of the only women in a male-dominated office, let me tell you: when he calls, you pick up the damn phone. Even if you’re a fangirl risk.
You see, Nick has a new album out (All American) and to the delight of every woman in your life under the age of 50 (Every. Single. One.), the Backstreet Boys are about to take over the music scene once again. Attention must be paid. In addition to releasing their 10th studio album in the new year, Brian, Howie, Kevin, AJ and Nick will be taking up a Las Vegas residency in March. But you already know that — it’s what your wife spent her Christmas gift money on instead of you.
Talking to Nick Carter is a reminder that the more things change (he became a father earlier this year), the more they stay the same (he couldn’t wait to get back in the studio with his bandmates after completing his solo album).
Here are a few other things I learned from chatting with Nick:
The Backstreet Boys’ fanbase is getting younger, not older
“It’s so crazy how our music transcends age! I’ll see 18- and 19-year-olds showing up to the concerts now and wanting to hear our original hits and it’s like wow, really? Aren’t they supposed to be liking One Direction or something? We see a variety of all sorts of fans, which I think is amazing.”
He appreciates a little time to himself
“I wanted to create an album that had a little bit of everything, including stories about my past and being a Backstreet Boy. I also wanted it to have a bit of a rock edge. All American is the best album I’ve done on my own because it allows me to have my own influence. With the Backstreet Boys, when we perform we dance, act, and let the audience sing along. When I perform my own live, I want people to be able to just rock out with me.”
But the Boys all still get along
“We all hang out. We’re friends, we’re family. We love each other and if we didn’t get along or like each other I don’t think we would of lasted this long. It’s a great dynamic being able to do my solo stuff and then come back to a group. It’s complementary for sure.”