Even though they are not very familiar with Indian artists, US boy band Backstreet Boys believe that the music from the country has transcended boundaries and has reached corners of the world.
"Indian music is floating everywhere! We don't know the artists' names, but we get to hear it all over. Even the films
are huge, especially something like Slumdog Millionaire," said band member Nick Carter.
The four-member band is also open to collaborations with Indian musicians, citing examples of previous tie-ups by US
rapper Jay-Z with Punjabi MC and British rock musician Sting with sitar-player Anoushka Shankar.
"We are always open to collaborations. Since we have been around the world, our inspirations have become international.
We are ready for anything new, and Indian music would definitely be new for us," band member Brian Littrell told
The Backstreet Boys was formed in 1993 with AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson alongwith Nick and Brian.
Kevin left the band in 2006, leaving it as four-piece.
The 17-year-old boy band was on their first visit to India for the Rock 'n India concert where they performed some
of their evergreen hits like 'Show Me the Meaning', 'Shape of My Heart' and 'Quit Playing Games'.
The whirlwind tour included a performance in Delhi and Bengaluru leaving the band with no time to visit other places
in the country.
"We would like to come back again soon and maybe then we'll be able to look around India, but this time we could
only travel from the hotel to the venue and back," said AJ.