The recording business has actually remodeled since 98 Degrees got here onto the scene 25 years in the past, however one factor stays the similar: “There’s nonetheless some nice music being made,” Nick Lachey tells POPSUGAR. Ahead of a 98 Degrees reunion live performance at all-inclusive resort Beaches Turks & Caicos in late August, the R&B group chat with POPSUGAR about nostalgia’s affect on their revival, all issues ’90s boy bands, and what members Nick and Drew Lachey, (*98*) Timmons, and Justin Jeffre have been up to since they first began adorning posters.
Last summer time, the band launched new music for the first time in eight years: an upbeat observe referred to as “Where Do You Wanna Go” that was “nice for the second.” “Everybody had been in lockdown for thus lengthy, and when issues have been opening again up, we thought the track was extremely catchy and simply represented enjoyable,” Jeffre says. “Everybody was prepared to get again out and have some enjoyable.”
“The late ’90s, particularly, was only a feel-good time for music.”
In reality, 98 Degrees credit score society’s obsession with nostalgia for fueling the band’s current music and endurance. “The late ’90s, particularly, was only a feel-good time for music,” Nick says. “People are excited to take a little bit stroll down reminiscence lane to these occasions. It’s a little bit escapism from the wild world we’re residing in proper now, so we’re blessed to be part of that and nonetheless come out and do these nice songs years later.” The band proceed to lean into that nostalgia, performing a medley of in style hits like the Backstreet Boys’s “I Want It That Way” and the Spice Girls’s “Wannabe” at their live performance at Beaches, the place *NSYNC, Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, and extra have carried out.
As veterans, the band — who’re set to introduce much more new music in early 2023 — have an essential piece of recommendation for any up-and-coming musicians: keep humble. “Respect and be good to everyone on the means up,” Nick tells POPSUGAR. “And in case you’re fortunate sufficient to have that rise, you by no means know once you’ll want these individuals on the means.” Timmons agrees, including, “Keep creating and discovering methods to invent your self and keep related on the market. Those sorts of issues transcend time.”
98 Degrees additionally converse with reverence about different teams from their period. When requested who they’d love to recruit from different ’90s boy bands to create a tremendous boy band, the members have a number of picks, together with Boyz II Men’s Wanyá Morris, *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone, the Backstreet Boys’s AJ McLean, and New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre. “We’re buddies with all of them now. It simply relies on in what capability we’re making an attempt to fill that fifth spot, however they’d have to work free of charge as a result of we’re not splitting 5 methods,” Drew jokes.