Posted on May 23rd, 2018 by admin

Everybody, rock your body right – Backstreet’s back alright!

We all have been, and to be honest still are, screaming our hearts out by singing along to the songs of the world’s most successful boyband, whether we would like to admit it or not. The Backstreet Boys have released some of the most classic hits the world has seen so far – for instance ‘I Want It That Way’, ‘Everybody’ and ‘Incomplete’, to only name but a few, are songs which will never go out of style and which will always see us bouncing to on the dancefloor.

It all started in 1993, when Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough got together to create the legacy of the Backstreet Boys. To this date they have sold over 100 million records worldwide, count to the best-selling recording artists in countries such as Germany, United States of America and Canada and have won and been nominated for numerous awards. Already their very first album release, ‘Backstreet Boys’ was certified three times platinum and diamond in several countries – the band’s success strongly remained throughout their career.
Their brand new single ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ was released last Thursday, May 26th, and we could not be more excited about it. Backstreet Boys have stayed true to creating infectious pop ballads and present yet another anthem which doubtlessly will find you singing along instantly.

1883 Magazine have had the opportunity to have a conversation with band member Kevin Richardson on behalf of the Backstreet Boys – the singer briefly left the band due to family commitments but officially re-joined them a few years later. We start the chat by firstly getting into his personal life including talking about his favourite Netflix shows, and then start investigating into what it’s like being a part of BSB, the most memorable performances and growing as a band.

What is a typical day in the life of Kevin Richardson? Can you give us a little insight?

A typical day – that depends if I am at home a typical morning would begin with my youngest son jumping in bed at 6.30 am, getting all the kids ready for school and kissing them goodbye. On some days I am hopping on my computer and check e-mails, finish work and go to gym, write some more e-mails or go to band rehearsal if there is one. Then I’ll take my son to soccer practice and music practice. After dinner, my wife and I watch some Netflix – that is a typical day in the Richardson house.

What is your favourite Netflix show then?

We love Billions. What else – Stranger Things. There is so much to discover. Sometimes we watch a TV show and when I am away on the road I try to keep up with it so we are always on the same page. Sometimes my wife gets upset when I watch further ahead without her!

You ultimately left Back Street Boys in 2006, what was the major reason for that?

We have done a promo performance in Hawaii which is where the All Stars of the football league got together and we performed during the half-time show. We got back and had some alone time, and that is when I made my decision to leave the group. The reason was because my wife and I wanted to start a family and I wanted to be around for that process. Also some things were going on with our label and I was a little bit discouraged and felt uninspired. So I thought it was best for me to step away. Because when I commit to something I want to commit whole-heartedly. If I feel I can’t give my all then I’d be cheating on me, the band and our fans. I recharged my batteries, spent time with my wife and reflected a little bit. I returned because I wanted to. I felt passion and desire.

What has been your favourite moment with the Backstreet Boys?

There have been a lot of great moments, it is hard to pick just one. So many great things have happened, and which we have accomplished together. One of my favourite performance memories were in the 2000 Grammy Awards. We did a medley of songs in which we honoured vocal groups -we started with the Bee Gees, then ‘Papa is A Rolling Stone’ by The Tempations and ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ by Boyz II Men. We also got our song ‘Show Me The Meaning’ which was nominated that year to perform with Elton John. Also performing with Sting or performing with Aretha Franklin. There are many great performance memories. Also when we played our first shows, back in the 90’s – when we were opening up for other acts such as DJ Bobo in Switzerland and Germany. Then we finally got to go on our own tours and performed in small theatres, then switched to arenas and eventually in stadiums. So much happened.

The Backstreet Boys have existed for over 25 years now, and clearly you have reached a legendary status now. What is your secret to still remaining relevant in an ever-changing music scene though?

It’s just about being inspired. Creating music which excites you! Not just doing it for the sake of doing it but always challenging yourself, always pushing the envelope. Trends come and go in the music industry but you got to be persistent and not give up. Just stay at it. Things come and go. Right now it feels like there is a lot of positive energy around us right now, around the world and the universe. I feel there are good things coming our way – you just have to ride those waves. When you feel like you are on a wave and feel like the energy, the tide is turning away you have to stay through those times – and when it is coming your way you have to cherish the moments.

You’ve got a new single ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ out now – how have you managed to still stay true to your sound?

You write, you record and you collaborate. You talk about the subject matter which is relevant at the time. That’s how you grow and there are producers who share that and have vision, and inspire you, challenge you. You can’t look back at what you’ve done and try to recreate and move forward. You have to evolve, you have to change things. Some things work and some things don’t.

‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ is out now on all platforms.

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