Eres Magazine - Argentina
three brothers who shook the music industry 3 years ago are back in the number
one slot in rankings with a more rock-edged album, “This Time Around”.
We’ve been with Taylor, Isaac and Zac in California to talk a bit about
everything, so we recommend not missing this complete interview.
realize you’re famous when people recognize you in the street, when you feel
the looks on your work, not that much in your person. We don’t hide in a
cupboard yet so that fans don’t reach us”, Taylor says. “We don’t think
either we’re the most famous people in the world”, adds Isaac.
life hasn’t changed like the Rolling Stones’”, utters Zac.
then… why did these 3 young brothers amaze the whole world with “MMMBop”,
and are just as famous worldwide as Michael Jackson? In order to find the answer
we flew to Beverly Hills, California, to get the know their new album, “This
Time Around”, and the hidden secret of these music genies.
time did you stay in the studio in order to record this new album?
We recorded all the album in L.A., and the surprise is that the sound is very
different from “MMMBop”, it’s more rock’n’roll,
and has a similar feeling because we’re still Hanson, but at the same time
it’s different, we’ve grown up.
We grew up, and with us our music also, and that’s something you can tell by
listening to our first single: “If Only”. We recorded 18 songs, from which
we had to choose 15 or 12, and that’s the hardest thing, because we like them
all, and it’s tough to discard your own work when you consider it’s good.
obvious growing-up thing, do you think you’re now taking music as a more
We’ve always been into our musicians part. We take very serious this business
and being on a band. People think that since we’re young we have no music
spirits, youth makes you be crazy and fun, but we have the formal attitude in
this business. We grew up with it, and that’s the funniest thing.
divide your work, at music level, or do you create and supervise everything
We do it together. For instance, when Zac comes up with some lyric or rhythm, we
try to better it with the ideas each other have on mind.
The good thing is that none of us have a specific role, we’re all in charge of
our music. We exchange parts in every minute. One of us starts to reply mails
from our website, the other checks out the sound. In this trio we all work
That’s what makes Hanson work, the fact that there are no particular roles,
everything in this album is in a general level. When it’s about our music,
we’re all involved and try our utmost to make it the best way.
you think that a song like “MMMBop” was so successful, when in fact the
lyrics have no message?
No idea. In music, it’s very risky to predict
or state. It was a song that came up in the right time; maybe it was that, we
don’t actually know the answer. It can be because it’s very hilarious and a
lot of people liked it.
It may be because we dig it and we enjoy it. And it’s spontaneous, you don’t
necessarily have to tell stories or give messages.
trouble you the change of voice, or that of all a sudden you go like “Chicken
I believe that the one who is suffering now from that is Zac, as he’s in that
moment in which not only your voice changes, but also everything else…
No, that’s not true, the drastic changes already happened, but the voice
changes until the age of 21.
That’s the problem you have when you sing live, you must decrease the volume
of the instruments so that your voice can be heard, it’s such an eyesore!
new record a couple of DJ’s took part…
Well, we already did that a little bit on our first album. In fact, we invited
musicians such as the Blues Travelers to play with us. We love to make records
in which many musicians are included, and even better if they have experience.
The DJ’s work gives textures and different sounds to ours, let’s say it’s
the flavor or the surprise of the album, to find, for example, harmonica sounds
you weren’t expecting. It’s fun to mix sounds.
any of you open to collaborate in the same way in other albums like your musical
Sure, of course, the thing is that now we’re into this new record; but we are
pretty sure that we’ll have the chance to collaborate with friends.
And we’d do it just for the love we have to music, and to the different
We write songs, and very different, so why wouldn’t we do the same with music;
besides, it’s better when you get out of your own genre and you try different
rhythms such as grunge. One thing is the sound you hear on Hanson, and the other
is the world of opportunities that as musicians we have to compose. Let’s
clarify we aren’t thinking of limiting our sound.
you listen at home when you have to forget about Hanson?
I reckon it’s impossible that my records or our music aren’t in private
moments, because it’s something that we adore, but you mustn’t avoid your
music when you’re relaxing. I mean, we don’t hate listening to us at home,
as well as other kind of music.
When it comes to me, when I go off stage the least I wanna hear is “MMMBop”,
but we compare us with other sound and we still like us. I’m interested in
anything that has to do with Crows: Black Crows, Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow…
Well, also Black Sabbath, Lauryn Hill.
The thing is that before releasing the album you listen to it so many times,
when you compose, record, mix, edit, and then you put it to your family and all
your friends, that you become sick of listening the same thing for six months.
But I love all of our songs, which is why we do them.
among brothers is not easy, there’s always the leader, the boss, and the one
in the middle. Isn’t there a moment in which you can’t stand working for 24
hours one next to the other?
Any person in the world who lives with others for more than 3 hours a day
doesn’t stand the other after a while or begin to have differences… anyone.
But we’re the best friends, none, none of us have an outside friend who could
know him better.
We write together, share our time, compose, everything is one next to the other
and you learn to live in a friendly atmosphere, otherwise, everything would
If I become your friend and we share everything, the moment in which our
opinions differ will come, it’s normal, that’s the way living with others
is. We argue about a better sound, because one of us like a cord, and the other
two don’t; but we do it because we see our faces every single day.
we correct each other mutually, we say: “You can do it better in this note or
this song”, that’s what our fights are about. We get along very, very well.
all the time you have to dedicate to the production of an album, do you have
time to go to school or study?
The truth is that for school, no! But we’re about to graduate, because our
parents teach us and then we sit for the written exams on a school and that’s
imagine in ten years from now singing in the same concept of a group of
No, I would like to be a music producer, make records for somebody else.
Composing songs would be a great option, or having a recording studio.
If we weren’t on the group, we’d still be doing something related to music.
by Nadia, Argentina.
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