98 Levels Discuss Boy-Band Nostalgia

The recording business has actually reworked since 98 Levels got here onto the scene 25 years in the past, however one factor stays the identical: “There’s nonetheless some nice music being made,” Nick Lachey tells hollywoodnewsflash.us. Forward of a 98 Levels reunion live performance at all-inclusive resort Beaches Turks & Caicos in late August, the R&B group chat with hollywoodnewsflash.us about nostalgia’s impression on their revival, all issues ’90s boy bands, and what members Nick and Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, and Justin Jeffre have been as much as since they first began adorning posters.

Final summer season, the band launched new music for the primary time in eight years: an upbeat monitor referred to as “Where Do You Wanna Go” that was “nice for the second.” “Everyone had been in lockdown for thus lengthy, and when issues had been opening again up, we thought the track was extremely catchy and simply represented enjoyable,” Jeffre says. “Everyone was able to get again out and have some enjoyable.”

“The late ’90s, particularly, was only a feel-good time for music.”

In actual fact, 98 Levels 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. “Individuals are excited to take a bit of stroll down reminiscence lane to these instances. It is a bit of escapism from the wild world we’re dwelling 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 widespread hits just like the Backstreet Boys’s “I Need It That Approach” and the Spice Ladies’s “Wannabe” at their live performance at Seashores, the place *NSYNC, Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, and extra have carried out.

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS - AUGUST 31:  Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons are seen performing on stage during the 98 Degrees Ultimate Throwback Concert at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa on August 31, 2022 in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.  (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Beaches Resorts) *** Local Caption *** Drew Lachey;Nick Lachey;Justin Jeffre;Jeff Timmons

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 all people on the way in which up,” Nick tells hollywoodnewsflash.us. “And should you’re fortunate sufficient to have that rise, you by no means know if you’ll want these individuals on the way in which.” Timmons agrees, including, “Preserve creating and discovering methods to invent your self and keep related on the market. These sorts of issues transcend time.”

98 Levels additionally communicate with reverence about different teams from their period. When requested who they’d like to recruit from different ’90s boy bands to create a tremendous boy band, the members have a number of picks, together with Boyz II Males’s Wanyá Morris, *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone, the Backstreet Boys’s AJ McLean, and New Youngsters on the Block’s Joey McIntyre. “We’re associates with all of them now. It simply is dependent upon in what capability we’re attempting to fill that fifth spot, however they’d should work free of charge as a result of we’re not splitting 5 methods,” Drew jokes.

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