TULSA – It’s been 20 years since the hit single MMMBop was released by Oklahoma’s own Hanson brothers. They are still making music, now creating craft beer, and are busy planning their 3rd annual festival called Hop Jam. News 9’s Lacey Swope sat down with Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson to find out where they are now.
Lacey Swope: “I’m sure you remember me. This is from the Mabee Center. 1998. I was 11. I was in section 6. Each one of you throughout the concert made eye contact with me so we’ve basically been best friends ever since.”
Zac Hanson: “Sometimes friendships. You just don’t see each other for a while.”
Taylor Hanson: “It’s the long distance thing.”
Isaac Hanson: “I’m glad you reminded me of this because that’s who you are.’
The heartthrob’s posters filled her walls, and their faces were on her pillows, they’re records were her anthems. For Lacey and millions of others the 90’s were all about Hanson!
“When we first started out we were the chipmunks and the voices were up there,” say Taylor. “What we heard in our heads was the rock and roll stuff. We just sounded like a chipmunk.”
Their sound is a little different now.
“While the music has changed a lot over the 20 years, to me the core essence of who we are as a band and what it is that we were trying to get at from he get go is definitely, definitely the same,” said Isacc.
Their voices have changed, their hair is different, and now they’re dads.
“We all have kids,” said Zac. “Tay’s got five kids. Isaacs got three kids. I’ve got three kids. What people see you doing is making music but what you spend your time doing is raising your kids.”
After the past two decades and several trips around the world, there is only one place they come back to: Oklahoma.
“We went to New York for a while,” said Taylor. “We’ve lived in California. It’s one thing to live in those places. It’s another thing to call them home.”
“It’s place with great roots,” Zac added. “Musically we feel like that is important to find our roots, to be a band from somewhere.”
Investing in their home state and watching it thrive is now a big focus.
“There are a lot of people with good morel centers I guess you could say,” said Isaac. “People that believe in hard work, that some level of trust in their fellow man. That is shall we say a heartland kind of thing.”
They do focus on up and coming musicians.
“By being from here, we’re making cool events happen. Supporting other local artists and telling that story,” added Taylor.
Tickets are on sale now for their 3rd annual music festival called Hop Jam in Tulsa on May 22. It will feature live music and over 60 different breweries. They are also raffling off a custom guitar. Proceeds will go to the Regional Food Bank.