New Version Takes on New Children on the Block on the 2021 AMAs

The Nineties was a decade that modified music perpetually. Two of the most important causes for music’s huge grip on the general public in the course of the ’90s have been R&B and boy bands. The R&B group New Version and boy band New Children on the Block have been fan-favorites and nonetheless are immediately.

This 12 months’s American Music Awards shall be bringing the 2 teams head-to-head for a Battle of Boston. With each teams calling Boston their house, this battle for hometown credit score will certainly be a can’t-miss occasion. 

BGN talked with New Version members Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill in regards to the group’s relationship with NKOTB, the way it feels to carry out on the AMA stage once more, and the way the town of Boston influenced them as a gaggle. 

New Version did their final AMA efficiency again in 1997. How does it really feel to have the ability to get again on the AMA stage once more? 

Bobby: It feels thrilling. I’m wanting ahead to it a lot. It’s a privilege to be part of the AMAs interval. However being there with my brothers is simply out of this world. It’s unexplainable.

Your group is going through off towards the boy band New Children on the Block. What was your relationship like in direction of NKOTB, particularly with you each being from Boston and each rising up within the music trade?  

Johnny: They’re longtime associates. We’ve been identified for a lot of, a few years. I simply assume that it’s lengthy overdue that we’ve lastly obtained collectively to collaborate. Time is every part, and I feel that we’ve moved right into a place of the leaders now and the OGs within the sport. We will set the stage and the bar for a brand new era that’s coming as much as perceive, know, and recognize watching artists collaborate, be part of forces, and blend the artwork. We now have identified one another for years. We’re simply actually excited to have this chance to lastly get collectively, work collectively, and explode.

How do you’re feeling the town of Boston formed not solely your music style however your profession trajectory total? 

Bobby: I feel it performs an enormous half in who we’re as individuals. New Children grew up proper down the road from the place New Version is from. It’s exhausting to clarify how vital it’s that we characterize Boston within the fullest of varieties. We’re simply glad that we’re capable of do it for Boston and Boston has our backs always.

What do you’re feeling are the most important classes you have got discovered as musicians who grew up within the ’90s R&B panorama? 

Johnny: By no means get jaded, by no means get caught, by no means enable your self to get comfy, all the time being open, and keen to be inventive, to just accept model and music altering — that has been massively profitable for us. It retains you open and current, and we’re impressed. We’re continuously all the time impressed. That’s been the saving grace to a part of our longevity, not simply as a gaggle however creatively as properly.

R&B is consistently evolving however one factor has stayed the identical — the center and soul behind the music. What are each of your ideas on how R&B has modified from when the group was getting began to what it’s immediately? 

Bobby: Effectively, they’re talking a special language, in plenty of methods and the best way they categorical themselves from a manufacturing standpoint. Every thing has modified from the ’90s to the place we’re immediately. Sonically, you hearken to the various kinds of sounds that they use. Lyrically, they’re talking a special kind of language considerably than what we communicate and what  we have been speaking about. We might come out to say, “I like you.” The way in which they discuss and the way they communicate is a bit completely different. 

Johnny: Rather a lot completely different. It’s so much completely different. You go, “Did he truly say these phrases?” There are every kind of various methods of claiming issues that solely spell “I like you.” They simply say it differently. It’s cool watching simply how R&B has advanced and the way it’s obtained completely different genres. It’s all nonetheless R&B. Every thing has now been put in classes, however the actuality is simply rhythm and blues is rhythm and blues. Soul is soul. There isn’t a manner of getting across the actuality of it and never figuring out that there’s so many alternative issues that come from that recipe. You can also make completely different recipes, but it surely’s nonetheless R&B and nonetheless rhythm and blues.

New Version and New Children on the Block shall be performing on the 2021 American Music Awards November 21, 2021, which begin at 7 p.m. CT on ABC. 


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