Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter chatted with Soundspike.com and talked about his influences in music. “First of all, I’ve always been very influenced by rock ballads and those big, early-’90s rock songs and the ’70s big choruses that are just so memorable,” he said. “Like Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’–those things that everyone sings along to and they felt good singing it. Those songs aren’t so complex. I think music is too complex these days. One thing I learned with the Backstreet Boys is to keep it very simplistic. Good hooks are very good. Sometimes, I hear those songs and, yeah, they’re very creative, but they forget about the reason the whole pop era did so well. The Britneys, the Backstreet Boys, they did it. Simple hooks and very simplistic songs are easy for the audience to sing along to. That’s where the comparisons to Bon Jovi and Def Leppard come from.”
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