Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Nick Lachey on His New Album & Favorite 98 Degrees Song


Former 98 Degrees frontman Nick Lachey is back with a solo album covering his favorite movie songs. 
Nick Lachey Soundtrack of My Life album.
Nick Lachey's new album, "Soundtrack of My Life."
His heyday with the iconic late ‘90s and early ‘00s boy band 98 Degrees may be over, but Nick Lachey’s star continues to rise. The VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live host has a lot to celebrate right now—his fourth solo album “Soundtrack of My Life,” a compilation of his favorite songs from movies, debuts today, he’s expecting child number two with his wife, Vanessa Minnillo Lachey, and he and his brother Drew are realizing their longtime dream of opening up a sports bar in their hometown of Cincinnati.
We caught up with Lachey to find out how he selected the tracks for “Soundtrack of My Life,” what his favorite 98 Degrees song really is, and why he's “excited and intimidated all at the same time” to have a baby girl.
Why was it the right time in your life to make an album called Soundtrack of My Life?
NICK LACHEY: This is actually a project that started many, many years ago and I started recording it quite a while ago. I always knew I wanted to do a cover album, but I wasn’t quite sure what angle I wanted to take with it. And as I began thinking about it, I couldn’t think of anyone who had done a project based around movie soundtracks. I’ve always been such a fan of the marriage between film and movies and how one complements the other, and I thought, what a great way to pay tribute to some of those special moments and do some songs that were meaningful to me.
How did you go about choosing the songs?
NL: Some are songs that I remember specifically the moment when I first heard them in the movie and how meaningful they were, how touching they were. “Falling Slowly” was one, from the movie Once. That was one that Vanessa and I—it kind of became our song and we had it performed at our [joint] wedding shower so I definitely knew I had to put that one on there. And other ones, like [Armageddon’s] “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith—just such a huge, monster song and I’m a huge fan of Bruce Willis so I’m like wow, I should definitely do that one. “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen is from another very, very poignant movie, Philadelphia. I’m one of these sappy guys that actually enjoys crying in movies. I like to be moved, I like to be emotionally touched by what I’m seeing and music is such a big part of that, so I tried to find songs that definitely touched that nerve.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
NL: Well on one end of the spectrum it’s Die Hard. Not too many very good soundtrack songs are from Die Hard. But on the other end of the spectrum, Love Actually is my favorite movie of all time aside from Die Hard. [There are] so many good stories within that movie and we make a point to watch it every Christmas season. We actually did two different songs from that movie on the soundtrack.
Taking it back a little bit to the 98 Degrees days—you did a reunion tour with Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block recently. Would you do another tour with 98 Degrees again?
NL: We had a great time doing that whole project, getting back together. I would never close the door on doing something again with those guys. It was a blast.
What is your favorite 98 Degrees song?
NL: If I had to pick one it would probably be “I Do,” just because it’s been a part of so many peoples’ wedding days. It’s kind of the ultimate honor, the ultimate tribute, for someone to pick your song to be a part of the most special day of their lives.
Vanessa and Nick Lachey.
Vanessa Minnillo Lachey and Nick Lachey are expecting a baby girl. 
You and your wife are expecting a baby girl. Congratulations! Are you excited to have a girl now that you have a son?
NL: I am excited and intimidated all at the same time. I love the heck out of my son, I can’t imagine loving any child more, but I also think that it’s just going to be a completely different experience with a girl. That relationship that everyone talks about between a father and a daughter, is one that I’m excited to experience first-hand.
You’re hosting Big Morning Buzz Live on VH1 these days. What’s it like to take your experience as a pop culture icon and interview people who are also pop culture icons?
NL: It’s fun. For instance, I had Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child on and I’ve known Michelle and toured with Michelle before she was even in Destiny’s Child. So it was great to see her. And we had O-Town who I toured with as well back in the 2000s [on the show]. So sometimes it’s a little bit of a walk down memory lane and great to reconnect with people you do know, and other times you get a chance to meet someone that you’ve never met before and sit down and get to know them. Having been on the other side of an interview for most of my career, I try to bring that consciousness to it. I know what interviews have felt good to me and I try to bring that sensibility to my interviews. My goal is for everyone to walk out of our studio and say, hey that was a blast, I definitely want to come back and do that again.
Who do you think is the coolest person you’ve met on the show?
NL: I interviewed Conan last season, he’s a trip. For me, as someone who grew up on his movies, having Spike Lee on the show was awesome. And Regis, the icon of our industry and someone I look up to.
You and your brother Drew are also opening up a bar in Cincinnati and you have an upcoming A&E series, Lachey's Bar, about it. How did the idea for a bar come about and what kind of bar will it be?
NL: It’ll be a sports bar and restaurant. It’s more like a sports lounge, actually. I’m a huge sports fan, specifically of Cincinnati teams, my hometown. So, opening a place like this is something I’ve thought about and wanted to do for a long, long time. It’s looking like mid-December we’re going to have our grand opening and it’ll all be documented on A&E.