Your favorite '90s boy banders: Where are they now?
Ashley Parker Angel has his own MTV reality show, ''There and Back'' -- but what about his O-Town bandmates? Catch up with them, plus members of '90s boy-band favorites 98 Degrees and LFO
FORMER EMPLOYER O-Town
WHERE HE WAS THEN Created on the reality show Making the Band, O-Town sold nearly 2 million copies of its debut album. Fans of the show will remember Miller as the down-to-earth songwriter chosen by the rest of the group to be their fifth member after Ikaika Kahoano dropped out.
WHERE HE IS NOW Still living in Orlando and married to his high-school sweetheart, Miller spends his days working as a hip-hop producer. Wait, a hip-hop producer? ”I pretty much live in the studio,” says Miller, who produces under a pseudonym and won’t reveal the names of any of his tracks. ”You’ll probably hear some of my music, but you won’t know it’s me, because hip-hop people are more receptive to it if they don’t know that a skinny white kid from O-Town produced their beat.” Miller has also released a Coldplay-flavored solo EP, titled ”Slower Than a Gun” (available on his MySpace page), but he’s not exactly itching for another career as a performer. ”When O-Town was over…I went through a lull,” he says. ”I don’t know if it was, like, a depression or whatever, but it was hard to get back in the saddle. There’s a stigma that comes with where we came from, and that doesn’t always go over well in the industry. Not as many doors open up afterwards as you’d think they would.” Still, Miller’s managing to survive in the music biz. ”I really can’t imagine myself doing anything else,” he says. ”The music industry is up and down. Sometimes you’re gonna be rollin’ in it, and sometimes it’s gonna be tough. But that’s the life I chose. I kinda have to stick with it now, you know? I don’t want to go back to school. I don’t want to do homework again.”
FORMER EMPLOYER O-Town
WHERE HE WAS THEN The dread-sporting rebel of the group
WHERE HE IS NOW Living in San Diego, married to his high school sweetheart (notice a pattern?), and working in construction — which seems to suit him better. ”I always wanted to be the AC/DC, life-of-the-party kind of guy, not the ballad, make-everybody-slow-dance guy,” he says. ”I thought that was lame.” So thankfully he also spends time touring with his Southern rock band, Jacob’s Loc. ”The Lynyrd Skynyrd style is what I was trying to model this after,” he says. ”I’ve got my wife singing backgrounds with two other girls, and we’ve got a new drummer who also sides as a fiddle player. This whole record was recorded and engineered by myself in my garage, and my buddy did all the online stuff, so it’s a tight-knit group of all my close friends that make it happen.” And he’s okay with that DIY lifestyle — to a point. ”I wanted something that would make it happen easy, and then when it did, there was no real good payoff,” he says of his O-Town experience. ”We went straight to the top without the fight. I wanted nothing more than to go back and get a job and work a band from the ground up. And now I’ve got that…to the point where I’m like, Man, it’s hard! I wish I had a booking agent or a manager to help me out! So it goes full circle.” And even the life of the party is willing to admit those O-Town albums aren’t so lame after all: ”You know, for pop music, there’s a couple of good songs on there.”
— Whitney Pastorek