Hanson Video Interview On Fighting, Touring
Uinterview sat down with the band Hanson to ask your questions as they head out on their new tour.
- Q: Have you ever considered doing solo projects? - Karen Holmberg
- A: Taylor: Karen, it's funny with the solo project idea has come up throughout our career. It probably comes up with lots of bands. I think especially because we all sing, we all writeâ“people assume that there are going to be solo projects. I think weâve always felt like there's a potential... you know thereâs side projects, there's thing that we'll do that will be different, producing, writing, doing side things, but at it's core Hanson will always be alive and well and active. Zac: I'm going to be like oh I just did this solo project, I need someone to play the piano. Hey Tay [pretending to call] could you come over. I need a guitarist to do a solo, Hi Isaac I know youâre not in my solo projectâ¦. I'll pay you triple scale. Taylor: Part of it is the comedy of just realizing that you have a dynamic between your players and it's an interesting thing to try to go outside of that world, but as well I think we all have a lot of influences and a lot of aspirations. Musically, there are a lot of things that we all do and it wouldn't necessarily fit on the sphere of what makes sense as a Hanson album. I would say keep your eyes and ears open but donât expect any big solo project pushes from us.
- Q: Zac, I read recently that you had a baby boy, congratulations. I wondered how that affects your music and your ability to tour? - Josh, Los Angeles - Uinterview User
- A: Zac: Josh, I know this is hard to believe because you probably read People magazine and heard about the man who had a baby. But I actually didn't have a baby. My wife had a baby [laughs] The man who has the baby is probably a woman who had a sex change - awkward. We did just have a baby, my wife and I. It's incredible. It's life changing. But definitely something people should not be afraid of. When we first told people, I'm 22, they said. 'You're so young, it's going to change things.' Though it changes your life, I don't think it should be something that people are as afraid.
- Q: You dropped your label, and started your own label. What that difficult to build up? - Steve Krause
- A: Zac: I just want to say hi Steve, it's good to see you again. It's been a while. Last time I saw you we were kind of party, place. You know. Issac: Zac, that might have been a different Steve. Zac: There's only one Steve, trust me... When we decided to start our own label, it was definitely a big decision and definitely signing on to take hold of things in a different way than we've ever had been. We've always been very involved in everything we do. From merchandise to our work, to the way the albums are releasedâ¦ But when you actually are the CEO's of a label, it's still different no matter how involved you are. Itâs definitely been a difficult process; one that we feel is very rewarding because of the freedom from people who are not passionate about your project. Often times, when you are with a big company or a big label, you end up in a situation where, well at least in our case, we were part of huge mergers, and all of sudden we ended up with a company that was a rap label, that never would have signed us because they are a rap label and obviously we are not rap artists... Issac: Really? Taylor: Only on the weekends. Zac: [laughs] You just end up in these odd places, where your not with who are passionate about your project or have a clear understanding of where you should go with the project or how to promote it.
- Q: My second question is whatâs the worst thing that happened to you with your old label? - Steve Krause
- A: A: Zac: Steve, this is so like you to ask more than one question. You are such a hog. I mean at that party, I think you drank all the booze, I didn't get anyâ¦ Issac: And now he's asking all the questions Taylor: Well, he has asking about the worst moment with... Zac: I think probably the biggest issue with our last label... Issac: Was the time that it took to make the record... [laughs] Zac: We were originally signed to a company called Mercury, which to be honest, was a good home for us. We had a lot of champions; a lot of people who understood the project and where we were going. Issac: A lot of similar artists on the label... Zac: Yeah, they had a roster that at least somewhat matched what we were dong. Artists that were getting played on the same radio formats and things like that. What happened was... they were part of a huge music merger, it would have been 99... Taylor: Yeah it was the first year it happened... Zac: It was the biggest music merger in history at the time... So you had all these labels being put together, artists being rearranged. There was like 200 artists that were dropped from our label alone. So tons of artists being dropped, a handful of them sticking around, and it was just a bad situation where you had a lot of unrest in the staff, people not knowing if they had a job, so they weren't wanting to make any decisionsâ¦ Or the hard decisions if we're going to spend money now to be successful in 6 months or work a record. You know, it was kind of this situation where no one was where they wanted to be.
- Q: What is it like being so successful at such a young age? -Tanya, New York City - Uinterview User
- A: A: Issac: Well Tanya, success at an early age can potentially be very dangerous for some. I would say in some ways, itâs not undangerous for us. [laughs] I mean, look what happened. Heâs [pointing to Zac] certainly certifiable and I pretty sure I am too... Taylor: Of course, that had nothing to do with success at an early age... Issac: Oh yeah sorry... Anyway, being successful at an early part of our lives was really a goal of ours, as crazy as that might sound. I think we were really really ambitious as young kids. I don't know exactly where that came from. I know that some of the ambitions were in us from genetically from some of our parent's personality traits, certainly probably played a role... Zac: I remember Tay was upset because when we got signed he was a teenager... Taylor: I always wanted to be signed before I was a teenager...
- Q: Being brothers, do you have more or less friction than other bands and what's the worst fight you ever got into? - Uinterview User
- A: Taylor: Tanya, that's a hard question to answer. I mean, one of the things that's interesting about being in a band with your brothers is people that are not brothers say we're like brothers... Issac: Like in a positive way... Taylor: Yeah, and people that are brothers are likeâ¦ Well we donât want to be brothers, we're bandmates. But I think it's hard to separate yourself from your life situation because I think Hanson wouldnât be what it is if we weren't brothers. There's a certain dynamic that comes from the way that we know each other, the way that we grew up, the way we make music together. It just all depends on the people. You have brothers that canât stand each other and then you have brothers who get along. I think we have a lot of respect for each other and thatâs made it work out over time. As far as the worst fight... Issac: There are plenty of fists that have been thrown... and verbal fists Taylor: I remember in particular we were on a radio trip, and we were going from one city to another, and there was something about what we were doing with the promotion of the record and I think you guys full on fist fight like as we were getting to the hotel and then... It was in the car and then we parked at the hotel, the door opened and it continued. Zac: Yeah, I donât remember that. I must have lost!
- Q: Your new tour is called Walk Around the World, Can you explain what it means and how it started? -Amy, West Virginia - Uinterview User
- A: Taylor: Hey Amy, thanks for your question. Part of our story with this whole record is that we recorded an African Children Choir in Molenbeek and in South Africa and really recognizing our ability to make an impact on the issues in Africa with tangible actions, with our music, with our influences and things around us. And that inspired us to do the walks, which we do at all our shows, the 1 miles barefoot walks. Last fall, our goal was to help Tom's Shoes, which is a really cool shoe company, and was to help them to give thousands of shoes to kids in Africa by selling shoes. They donate a pair every time you buy one.
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