August 14, 2014
Behind Nick Carter and Jordan Knight’s Boy-Band Breakout
New Kids on the Block’s Jordan Knight and Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter knew each other before their generation-dominating groups teamed up for a joint tour in 2011, but they’d never spent that much time together. “They kept pairing us off in our choreography routines and we got to know each other better,” says Carter. “We had a good chemistry. In the eyes of many people, I was like a blonde version of Jordan.”
As the tour went on, they began tossing around the idea of touring as a duo, and maybe even cutting an album. It took a little while, but the debut LP by Nick and Knight comes out on September 2nd. Two weeks later, they launch a 37-date American tour. “A lot of people are just content with what they’ve done in the past,” says Carter. “We aren’t that way. We want to do something more exciting and more adventurous than anything we’ve done before.”
We spoke to both Nick and Knight about what fans can expect on the tour, future plans for the New Kids and the Backstreet Boys, and whether or not they still plan on sticking with their multiplatinum bands in the decades to come.
Walk me through the process of recording this album together.
Knight: We wrote some songs together, but [Carter] was on tour a lot. We had to cram a lot into a very small amount of time. We recorded a bunch in January, but a lot of songs fell through the cracks. Then Nick went to Europe with the Backstreet Boys. He’d send me songs here and there. It wasn’t the easiest process. He worked on his tour bus and backstage. We also live on opposite sides of the country since he’s in Florida now.