You may remember Aaron Carter as the child star who took the pop scene by storm—and who can forget that he’s also the younger brother to Nick Carter, a member of Backstreet Boys. With multiple platinum albums, world tours, money and more success than any child could imagine, Carter’s career took a swift turn in the wrong direction. After battling drug addiction, losing sight of his music and acting careers and declaring bankruptcy in 2013, Carter is set to revamp his career and with a new single, “Ooh Wee.”
To put the revamp in motion, he’s on another world tour, and he just so happens to be making a stop in Phoenix, as he discussed with College Times.
College Times: So, I hear you have a new album dropping sometime in 2015. What can your fans expect?
Carter: Well, good music. I mean, they can expect me to be me. It’s kind of a hard question to answer sometimes because people are like “What are they going to expect?” and I’m like, “I don’t know.”
Does your album have a name yet?
Right now, there’s no name for it.
You seem like a fun and flirty guy. It seems like you’re playing to that vibe in your latest single, “Ooh Wee.” Was that what you were going for?
Absolutely, I mean, that’s who I am. Yeah, it’s definitely a fun, vivacious, flirty type of song.
Are you working with any collaborators on your album that you’re willing to share?
I have a feature on the record from an artist named, Pat SoLo, and he’s an up-and-coming artist. The producer that’s doing my album is a Grammy award-winning producer, and his name is Aaron Pearce.
Your tour is called “Wonderful World Tour.” What does it mean to you?
Well, I have a song called “Wonderful World,” and it just made sense to call it the “Wonderful World Tour” because now we’re going all over the world.
Are you superstitious? Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Usually I like to have a prayer before the show. I’m a very big believer in God, so I like to have a prayer before the show. That’s usually the ritual.
The audience must give you so much energy and feedback.
Oh my God, eventually at a certain point in the tour you just can’t catch up on rest. You just gotta deal with being tired. Well, [the audience’s energy]what makes you more tired. You go out there and you get all this energy from the audience that you probably didn’t have, really. And then when you get off stage, you’re like, “Oh my God,” and you’re even more tired.
Because you were so incredibly successful so young, do you feel more pressure as your career progresses?
Oh, for sure. I mean, I don’t want to be 12 or 13 again. I wanna be 26, so I’m not like too concerned about it. I don’t compare myself to who I was when I was a little kid because I was a little kid. And now I’m an adult. I have a lot of experience until my belt.
What do you want for Christmas this year? Anything you’re jonesing for?
Oh yeah, for sure. For Christmas, I’m jonesing to help and feed the homeless on that day, and give back and give shoes, and give to people who are in need of it on Christmas day.
What is the last thing you think about before going to bed?
I don’t know. I’m always thinking about how I can be a better person or a better artist.
What is something your fans don’t know about you?
There’s a ton of stuff…there’s a ton of stuff. (Laughs) I produce music. I can make beats and stuff. I’ve been doing it for fun and for myself.
And, you’re heading for Phoenix soon!
I can’t wait, I love Arizona!
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