Pop star Aaron Carter heading to St. Charles
By ERIC SCHELKOPF - firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Carter holds the distinction of being the youngest male solo artist to have four Top 40 singles.
Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, will perform songs from his illustrious career during his appearance Friday at River Rockhouse, 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. Tickets for the all-ages show are $18 in advance or $20 at the door, available by going to www.river-rockhouse.com.
Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Carter about the upcoming show.
Eric Schelkopf: I understand you’ve been writing some new songs. Are you going to be performing any of the new songs at your show in St. Charles?
Aaron Carter: No, I’m not, actually. I’m just sticking with my stuff from my previous album, because that’s pretty much what it’s about. I just started on Friday recording my new album.
ES: So, what should people expect from the new album?
AC: It’s me, a grown-up version of what everybody knows. And it’s pop music. That’s what it is.
ES: You’ve been singing since you were 7. Is this what you had always wanted to do?
AC: I wanted to do it, because I looked up to my big brother, Nick, and what he did. I wanted to be an entertainer, too.
ES: Did you feel any pressure because of the success Nick achieved with the Backstreet Boys?
AC: No, not really. Nick has always been successful in doing his group thing, and I’ve fortunately been able to stand on my own as a solo artist, and create my own fan base.
ES: A few years ago, you were on the show “Dancing With The Stars.” Were you nervous at all doing that?
AC: I was petrified. I was definitely nervous doing something like that.
ES: What do you enjoy about being on stage?
AC: I just love the music, I love being on stage and performing for people, making them enjoy what they are doing with their time.
I love giving people a good show.
ES: So, when people come to the show Friday, what should they expect?
AC: A high-energy, nostalgic – packed show.
ES: Do you do requests from the audience at all?
AC: Yeah, of course I do.
ES: Have you seen any second-generation fans at your shows, such as someone who liked you when they were younger and now is bringing their children to your shows?
AC: Oh, yeah, I have seen their kids in the audience. I feel really honored and really blessed that my music is being passed down from generation to generation.
ES: The music business has changed a lot since you got involved in it. Do you think it is easier or harder to be a musician these days?
AC: The music industry is a revolving door. It’s not a door that opens and closes. It just keeps going in circles. That’s how it is. And that’s what I’ve seen in my 18 years of experience in the business, my whole life basically. If you know your place, if you know your lane, you’re going to be accepted by people. But if you try to get out of your lane and be something that you’re not, that’s when people are going to call you out on it, and it’s not going to work.
ES: It seems like Justin Bieber is getting a lot of grief these days. Do you have any advice for him?
AC: There’s not really any advice anybody can give to Justin Bieber right now. He’s going to do his thing. You just have to pray that he makes it out OK.
ES: Do you have any dream projects, something that you haven’t tried yet?
AC: I plan on opening up a music and performing arts school. I want to give back.