Donnie and Danny did an interview with FAZ.net. The original is in German, so here is the rough English translation
„The people do not ask nevertheless also different group for their names!” New Kids on the block in the evening sun
14. July 2008 you were the mother of all Boybands, which bestbezahlten entertainers of the world, her have eighty million plates drawn up. Now they are around the forty: Fourteen years after the separation is those new Kids on the block back. In the interview Donnie and Danny explain, why.
In order to be honest, when I heard that there is a comeback that new Kids on the block, thought I, sound tragically.
Donnie Wahlberg: Why?
Well, you are any more new one, you are no more Kids….
Beach Boys are also no more Boys.
After fourteen years: What drives adults of men to demonstrate again too choreographies rehearsed fifth next to each other?
For me personally was it like that I had new Kids a mad career after the dissolution that. And for a few different one of the boys is valid also. I worked with some the best producers and actors of the world, I am a respected actor, I would not like to work, as if I indicate, but around your question to answer… why we again together are? I found a plate, with which we fell in love. I found the music, I liked her, I wanted her to sing….
How do you find to music?
I turned straight with Robert de Niro and Al Pacino in New York, and I had visited our old music attorney, so only, in order to say hello. And it gave me a CD, a demo Tape of a Canadian Singer Songwriter, and it announced, hör's you times, I hab's even not yet belonged. And it affected me immediately. Such a beautiful song.
The single „summer time “?
No, the song is called „Click Click Click “.
So far one was allowed to hear only the single.
I played the song Jordan, and he agreed to go through if I became the admission financiers. And Joe and Danny and John agreed also. And then it made for so much fun that we took up thereafter still another song. And then I decided that I a whole album before financiers, and we to have then a half year worked to. We alone. I organized and financed Fotoshootings, the flights, everything. It was a large risk.
Did you think briefly to change your names?
No. We are, who we are. We are not new, and we are not Kids, but which soll's? Green Day are not green also. That is only one name. And it is a name, which people recognize. And I do not want to criticize you, but the people ask nevertheless also different group not for their names. The people ask us whether we through-brought our whole money that we do not make again music… however why ask that anybody Rolling Stones? The people do not ask adults of group for it….
Rolling Stones play instruments. Rolling Stones do not dance rehearsed choreographies.
They play instruments? And which has with something to do? I wrote Nummer-1-Platten, I have Nummer-1-Platten produced….
Danny Wood: From where do you want to know that we do not play instruments?
, You do not play notion?
Yes, I play guitar.
As said, so far is only the first single well-known, and since you do not play an instrument.
Wahlberg: I do not understand, what to it be so important should to play an instrument. Frank Sinatra did not play an instrument, and it is one of the largest singer legends of all times. That I do not want to compare us with Frank Sinatra… I am even an instrument. I am an entertainer. I write song, I produce song, I hits wrote, I produced hits, sing I hits….
Did you have new Kids on the block after the dissolution that never the desire to make somewhat completely different one? To perhaps still study? They were so young, when your group dissolved, you were all beginning, center twenty.
Wood: Yes, but we made nevertheless completely different things. I have four children. A girl, I adopted one of them, in Russia. Them were eleven months old and eleven Pound weighed. I mean, the life consist nevertheless of more than music or that new Kids.
I ask, because I want to really understand it: Doesn't it feel like a step back to continue where you stopped before fourteen years?
That became it, if we would make it for the wrong reasons. So it is a step forward. If you hear the whole album, you will understand that.
Thus this mark goes around the music.
Absolutely. Otherwise we would not make it. It is like in former times, but with a much higher musical quality.
So far I know only the video to the first single. And there, you excuse, are nevertheless everything completely exactly like in former times. There they dance with naked torsos at the beach, it are pretty girls, you are brown, muskulös… and the music, now.
Wahlberg: Actually another song should have become the first single, a song, in which I process the failure of my marriage. But it did not seem correct for the group to acknowledge thereby. There it concerns my personal life, not around the group as a whole. „Summer time “was stop a good song for the summer, in order to be honest. One will only see with the next two Singles, where we stand today.
That will be interesting, because you were as it were the prototype for all the Boybands, which came to you, Take That, N Sync, Backstreet Boys… now could you the prototype for into the years Boybands come become. Does one say Menband?
Wahlberg: I can say the following: One never knows, how it goes correctly. One can only try to give its best. There are many people, which see the video of „summer time “and to say, okay, those are honestly. And others see it saying and, those make still the same Pop. And if we had made a darker album, it would have given people, which would have found the dumb. We can make it quite for not all. I would have uncoupled lunatically gladly another single than first.
I meant something else. They are now actually the opposite of what one introduces oneself under a Boyband. They are married or divorced, have children. Is expected by Boybands that they work, as if would be free it. They should be projection surfaces. One said certainly nevertheless in former times, you to you should your private life secret keep.
No, one does not have. See, in America gave it only Backstreet Boys and N Sync, here in Europe gave it much more Boybands. Therefore one thinks here, there would not be a formula, a blueprint that one would say to those, like her to give oneself would have… with us was that like that. Nobody said us at that time, how we have to be, because nobody knew, what one should have said us. Do they understand?
Wood: For us there was no blueprint, we was the blueprint. In each regard. The record company did not react to our success, it had a plan.
And which for a success: eighty million sold plates!
Wahlberg: That was rather coincidence. The marketing plan of the record company was wrong. The record company wanted us over the urban-radio stations marked out. Their plan was that we were white boys, who sounded like black boys - we should all fools, and which would like black public us, before it would find out that we would be white. The functioned not. The plan went inclined. And then a Popradiostation played us, and the reaction was upsetting. And in such a way the record company that it had to change the course, noticed it marketed us then as Pop, and all fell themselves like the vultures on us. Later Boybands was formed after us. There it was called, lets it us exactly the same make, we needs a cool one, a shy one, a good one, a strong one and so on. I should be probably with us the strong one. But I was simply only, who I was.
1990 was you the bestbezahlten entertainers of the world, you was times unbelievably famous. Which is more difficult to bear: If constantly fans besiege the house, or if no more fans besiege the house?
All part of the life, it is belonged to. Some people drink much, if they are young, make much party. If they stop thereby, is missing to them somewhat. One can ask oneself: what better, is a life with parties or one without? Keins of both is the correct answer. In the life it concerns other things.
But it must be nevertheless difficult to come down from the summit of the fame again. You played their last route 1994 in much smaller resounding than before. Everything totally all the same?
That will differently answer from that group to everyone. With me was it like that: I accepted. Clearly there are moments, there feels one as in a roller coaster. One evenly still was in the highest high, and then it goes down, and the wave of the energy is away, and you are suddenly alone and think, and now? Then one must remember that it did not concern fame. One must find then something else, with which one can go itself a roller coaster ride. Whether now as a plumber is, as a father, to find as actors… something new which binds one again in such a way, that is the challenge.
If you make photos now again as group, pose, dance - doesn't feel like a terrible Déjà vu?
Sometimes. But we stand there over it.
Did you have to adapt your dance style to your age, so that it does not work in a silly way? Or will you again exactly the same dance on the stage like in former times?
We are today better.
We are better. We are all in super form. None became fat.
They are today in better form than with beginning twenty?
Wahlberg: Look at its muscles!
Wood: I am before three years the Miami marathon coagulated, I am a marathon as I still with that new Kids was run never. I am today better in form. We know today very exactly, what we do, in addition, know, how this juvenile energy is to be controlled. We are today all ripe.
Do you have to smoke all stopped, drinking like the remainder of the world?
Wood: I drank never much.
Thus were you never a wild juvenile Boygroup?
Wahlberg: We had our moments, oh. But it is never gotten out of control. We had luck.
Wasn't one of you once arrested, because he set a hotel carpet in fire?
Wahlberg: I. But I set no carpet in fire.
Wood: It squirted with the fire extinguisher. It should become a caper. There I was. There was no fire.
Wahlberg: There so much fire was in the area, as is in this area here straight fires, and one threatened me to put me for twenty years into the prison. It was complete horse muck. That was a sad time.
Was that the only arrest?
Oh, which I know.
Okay, we speak over something else. Is correct, what in the Internet to read actual you becomes with Michael Jackson into the studio to go?
They would have met, it are said it last week.
No. I should it on 4 July in read Vegas to meet, but did not come off, and it would have had also nothing do with our plate. One of our producers works with it, and I made any joke over it on our press conference. It is to be seen merry, be said now like one again everything can or not, and it goes around. I read, we with Madonna would also work.
Yes, and with Timbaland.
Timbaland is correct.
How much do you have to pay to Timbaland, so that it works with you?
Wood: We do not know yet.
Wahlberg: I know it, but I do not say it to you.
What has to happen, so that you rate the comeback as success?
Wood: That already happened.
Wahlberg: The US route is already nearly sells off, it is unbelievable. We made a great plate, found we a record company, which wanted this plate. All further one is a gift. Let me the still following say, simply because of the direction, into which this interview went: The prices for our concert maps are as low as possible. We do not want to use anybody, we want at nobody to enrich itself. One often used us. We were successful, we much money made, as had hits, but - one acted often not in our interest. We want to now make that differently: We want to make something, which is exactly the same in our interest as in that of the public. So. Thank you.
Interview Johanna Adorján
The single „summer time “is published in August with universal, the album then in September.