INTERVIEW : Rencontre avec Hanson

Just Music

The Hanson will be in concert in Paris, at La Cigale on June 22 as part of their new world tour! Taylor was kind enough to generously answer our Zoom questions while in Germany.

JustMusic.fr: Your new tour has just started, so how are you meeting with your audience?

Taylor (Hanson): We are happy to be back on the road after the big break that the world has experienced and especially in the music business. Everything is going well and it feels good to think that we have been here for 30 years and that the public has been following us since our first album. I am proud to be able to sing in many countries in front of all our fans and that there is this beautiful connection between us.

JustMusic.fr: When you started in 1992, did you think you would still be singing 30 years later?

Taylor (Hanson): (Smiles) I think I hoped so but everything was new to us, we were learning the business and we didn’t know what was going to happen. We just wanted to make good music and have it appeal to the audience no matter how many. Being an artist is not just about making music, but you have to build something that lasts.

JustMusic.fr: The music industry has changed a lot, was it better before or now?

Taylor (Hanson): I never make a comparison because every period has its problems. When we started, music was controlled a lot by record labels, radios, TV, media… Today, music is so accessible! Before, people had to travel to buy records and now it’s so much easier but also faster. What is amazing is that we can more easily communicate with the public. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the future because the world is changing with new technologies. What matters to us is being able to perform live and meet our audience around the world! Tonight we are going to sing in Germany and we can’t wait (smile).

JustMusic.fr: Your new album has been available since May 20 and it’s called “Red Green Blue”. Can you explain this concept of the three colors to me?

Taylor (Hanson): It’s a record made up of 3 EPs that each of us had done. These are three colors that have always represented us since our childhood: red for me, green for Isaac and blue for Zac. These are our favorite colors and they match our personalities. It is a kind of symbol and when we put these colors together, they form our creativity. After doing all of our albums, it was important for us to try and do something different. In the end, the record sounds very “Hanson” (smile) because we all participated in it even if it’s three different parts.

JustMusic.fr: Can you tell me a few words about your collaboration with Zach Myers for the track “Don’t let me down”?

Taylor (Hanson): This title is part of the “Blue” part of Zac. We have known him for several years and it has always been a question of us doing something together. As he loved the track, it was nice to do a Zac and Zach collaboration (smile).

JustMusic.fr: Who had the idea to invite Frankie Muniz (Malcolm) in the clip?

Taylor (Hanson): It’s another Zac idea (smile). We have known Frankie for 20 years, he is a friend and an excellent comedian. He agreed to shoot in the clip before knowing the synopsis (smile). It was a great shoot and it was really cool of him to do it.

JustMusic.fr: You will be back in Paris, at La Cigale on June 22. What is your relationship with France and your French fans?

Taylor (Hanson): We love France, we’ve always had a great time here and played great shows! We love discovering different cultures depending on where we perform, whether it’s the environment, the food… We are lucky to be able to share our music around the world. We can’t wait to come back to Paris and see our loyal fans again. It’s amazing because we did our first concerts in Europe in 1998 (smile).

JustMusic.fr: You collaborated with Emma Daumas a few years ago, do you want to do another featuring with a French artist?

Taylor (Hanson): Working with Emma was fantastic! It’s a challenge to collaborate with a foreign artist, it was interesting and cool to learn French. I don’t know your artists very well, but it would be a very good idea to do a duet with one of them again (smile).

JustMusic.fr: I couldn’t not tell you about your first hit “MMMBop”. Do you still love it and what does this title mean to you?

Taylor (Hanson): We’re very proud of “MMMBop” because it’s a song we wrote and sang. She means a lot to us and it’s thanks to her that we were able to have this incredible connection with millions of people. It’s always so nice to be able to interpret it every night and share this joy with the public. We have to move on and do other things, but we have never denied this title and we are really proud of it (smile)!

JustMusic.fr: What is your secret for continuing to be so successful?

Taylor (Hanson): (Smiles) We continue to move forward every day by giving ourselves new challenges. We are doing different projects and we are determined to continue. Even though we are successful, we don’t want to rest on our laurels, but we try to outdo ourselves by being creative and taking risks. After our third album, we left our record company “Universal” because we decided to be independent artists. It was important to be able to regain control of our career and we are happy to be autonomous, to make our own decisions.

JustMusic.fr: Have you ever thought of stopping the band to go solo?

Taylor (Hanson): We’ve always been focused on our music and the band. We allow ourselves to participate in different projects, but Hanson will always be Hanson. We are a family and we made this band together. We have done a lot and the most important thing is to continue to do all this as well as possible.

JustMusic.fr: Can you finish by saying something in French?

Taylor (Hanson): (Burst of laughter) Sorry I can’t speak French, I can just say “Merci beaucoup ! “.

 

HANSON ANNOUNCE SECOND PERTH & MELBOURNE SHOWS FOLLOWING FIRST SHOW’S QUICK SELLOUT!

NEW SHOWS!

  • American pop-rock trio HANSON announce second and final shows in Perth at The Astor Theatre on Mon 7 Nov and Melbourne’s The Forum on Thu 17 Nov
  • Hanson.net Members presale begins Thursday 23 June at 2pm local time
  • General public on sale Monday 27 June at 2pm local time
  • Tickets via hanson.net/calendar
  • 8-date RED GREEN BLUE 2022 TOUR playing PerthSydneyAdelaideBrisbaneMelbourne and Auckland in November 2022
  • First Perth and Melbourne shows sold out

Chugg Entertainment and Frontier Touring are pleased to announce American pop-rock trio HANSON are adding two additional concert dates to their now 8-date Australia and New Zealand RED GREEN BLUE 2022 TOUR this November following quick sellouts in Perth and Melbourne. The additional concerts are in Perth at The Astor Theatre on Monday 7 November and Melbourne’s The Forum on Thursday 17 November.

“We’re always excited to visit Australia and we’ve been blown away by the response to the RGB World Tour. What better way is there to celebrate selling out our Melbourne and Perth shows than to add more shows?” said Taylor Hanson.

Hanson.net will have access to the new Perth and Melbourne shows during the 24-hour presale beginning Thursday 23 June at 2pm local time.  The general public on sale will follow from Monday 27 June at 2pm local time via frontiertouring.com/hanson

Tickets to Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Auckland are selling fast.

Touring in celebration of 30 years of music and their recently released new album RED GREEN BLUE [3CG Records] out now, here, HANSON are brothers Isaac Hanson (guitar, vocals, bass, piano), Taylor Hanson (keyboards, vocals, percussion), and Zac Hanson (drums, vocals, piano), as well as supporting members Dimitrius Collins (guitar) and Andrew Perusi (bass).

HANSON will play The Astor Theatre (WA) on Sunday 6 November (sold out) and Monday 7 November (new show), Enmore Theatre (NSW) on Wednesday 9 NovemberHindley Street Music Hall (SA) on Saturday 12 NovemberThe Fortitude Music Hall (QLD) on Monday 14 NovemberThe Forum Melbourne on Wednesday 16 November (sold out) and Thursday 17 November (new show) and finally Powerstation (NZ) on Saturday 19 November.

HANSON released their 11th studio album RED GREEN BLUE last month with a YouTube Album Release Live event here, with the album being a unique combination of three solo-led projects on one (Taylor’s Red, Isaac’s Green, and Zac’s Blue).  The album features the singles ‘Child At Heart’, ‘Write You A Song’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Down’.

Don’t miss HANSON on their RED GREEN BLUE 2022 TOUR of Australia and New Zealand this November.

HANSON
RED GREEN BLUE 2022 TOUR
NOVEMBER 2022
Presented by Chugg Entertainment and Frontier Touring

NEW SHOWS: HANSON.NET MEMBERS PRE-SALE 
via hanson.net/calendar
Runs 24 hours from: Thursday 23 June (2pm local time)
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

NEW SHOWS: GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Monday 27 June (2pm local time)

Sunday 6 November
The Astor Theatre | Perth, WA
18+
SOLD OUT

Monday 7 November
The Astor Theatre | Perth, WA
NEW SHOW
18+
On sale: Monday 27 June (2pm local time)
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Wednesday 9 November
Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW
Licensed All Ages*
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Saturday 12 November
Hindley Street Music Hall | Adelaide, SA
18+
moshtix.com.au | Ph: 1300 438 849

Monday 14 November
The Fortitude Music Hall | Brisbane, QLD
18+
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

Wednesday 16 November
The Forum | Melbourne, VIC
18+
SOLD OUT

Thursday 17 November
The Forum | Melbourne, VIC
NEW SHOW
18+
On sale: Monday 27 June (12noon local time)
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Saturday 19 November
Powerstation | Auckland, NZ
18+
ticketmaster.co.nz | 0800 111 999

Hanson live at Vulkan Arena in Oslo

Disrupted Mag

The rain and dark clouds outside Vulkan Arena have not affected the mood, as hundreds of eager fans wait patiently for Hanson to take the stage in Oslo, Norway on June 12th. Despite having been a band for 30 years, this is the Oklahoma-band’s first concert in the city. The venue is packed, and at precisely 8 pm the lights go off and squeals erupt as the brothers take the stage and “Where’s The Love” starts playing.

With the amount of screams and squeals as the concert-goers dance and sing along to the lyrics, you wouldn’t think that it’s been 25 years since the song was released. A good chunk of the setlist consists of songs from their debut album Middle Of Nowhere, which was released in 1997. Being born in 1999 myself, the thought of watching 40-somethings sing songs they wrote when they were teenagers was kind of odd to me, but the songs are so relatable that they become timeless. And being in the crowd, you’re just watching great musicians perform songs that they’re both proud to have created and excited to share with their fans.

Photo: Emmi Sollie

The screams and loud singing continued as the concert went along, with the band playing a good mixture of both old hits, and newer songs from albums such as Against The World (2021) and Red Green Blue (2022). Watching Hanson on stage, it’s fun to see the three of them all excel both vocally and with their respective instruments. At one point, Taylor was even doing a harmonica-solo, which I have to admit was easily in my top 3 favorite moments of the show. It’s easy to see that they’re passionate about the creative aspects, and they’re clearly enjoying themselves very much as the audience screams out the lyrics of their biggest hits. Eventually they slowed it down with “Save Me”, and there were refreshingly few phones in the air, as the audience quieted down to enjoy the acoustic set that was up next.

The three brothers are all great performers individually, which the show also highlighted by having them each perform a solo song. Zac was the first one up, as he did a piano rendition of “Juliet” from their 2010-album Anthem. Isaac had the audience choose between three song options for his bit, and also played the piano while he sung “More Than Anything” from their 1998-live album Live From Albertane. Taylor, on the other hand, did a song from their newest album, “Rambling Heart”, which they’d never played live before.

Photo: Emmi Sollie

Hanson continued to go back and forth between songs from their different albums, and the crowd was just as ecstatic for every song. The interactions between the band and the fans were something else, with the concert-goers eagerly jumping, screaming and pumping their fists as the band hyped them up. “This Time Around” was a real highlight, as was “I Will Come To You” which also appeared to be a crowd-favorite. Soon after they played their inevitably most famous song, “MMMBop”. Unsurprisingly, the crowd went wild and it’s been a while since I’ve heard an audience scream and sing that loudly. People knew every single word (if “mmmbop ba du bop dop ba du” counts as words?), but I was surprised that they didn’t finish off the show with the 1997-hit single. They did however manage to keep up the good vibes and high energy levels through the final songs, and I don’t think the crowd slowed down even in the short break before the encore. And after a two-and-a-half-hour show, Hanson finished off with “Get Up & Go” and “Man From Milwaukee”.

The concert definitely felt like a celebration of their 30 years of being a band. This is also in line with their new album, Red Green Blue, which pays homage to just that. Being 22 years old, I found myself enjoying myself more than I thought I would, considering I haven’t grown up with the songs the same way others in the crowd has. Still, I’m a sucker for guitar-solos and harmonies, and if you are too, you would absolutely enjoy going to a Hanson-show. Also, I still can’t get over the harmonica-solo (which was just fantastic). The brothers proved that they are nowhere near done being a band, and it’s always special watching someone perform when you can see how much they truly enjoy it.

Check out our photo gallery to see more photo from the concert!

Photo: Emmi Sollie

 

Zac Hanson: “Noi bambini prodigio, a Milano festeggiamo trent’anni di musica”

la Repubblica Milano

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[Translation via Google Translate]

At the Magazzini Generali the concert of the trio of brothers from Oklahoma who at the beginning of the nineties experienced success as a baby band. And now, as adults, they continue to play together.

Among the advantages of starting to make music at a very young age is that of still being artistically and physically fresh to celebrate important anniversaries. The Hansons were a trio of Oklahoma wunderkinds founded in 1992 when the members were 12 (Ike), 7 (Tay) and 6 (Zac). So now these young adults can celebrate their thirtieth anniversary with a record, Red green blue, and a tour that today touches the Magazzini Generali. Zac, the youngest, the drummer, tells us this story.

Let’s start with the disc, which are actually three, one piece each.
“Oh yes, to celebrate these 30 years we have done a work divided into 3 parts: Red is written and produced by Tay, Green by Ike and Blue by Zac. Five songs each that tell each of us. We wanted to make people understand how much – while being a group – we are also three different people, three artists who then know how to put everything together and produce something homogeneous. Here you can feel the different styles, the different abilities of each brother, but also that as a band we still choose to make music together ” .

And what do you understand about her with “Blue”?
“That I am a romantic, I like ballads, pop, telling stories of serenity about the future to live with friends. They are songs that I wrote a long time ago, before this idea, about all the ballads. most of the melody, but it seemed to me that it was a song in need of a special place, and the end of this record seemed to me the perfect place. ”

In the concert, however, you also have another record to present, “Against the world” from 2021.
“Effects of the pandemic. And it won’t be easy to put these songs on the lineup, those of Red green blue and our hits. We will have to invent something. At the moment there are two ideas: a nice long concert, over two hours, and some medley”.

Speaking of this thirty-year anniversary, what are your balance sheets? Child prodigy bands usually have a bad end, not to mention siblings.
“But then there are the exceptions, and I am extremely happy that we are part of it. I understand the difficulties: playing with two people you grew up with, and above all as a younger brother, sometimes it is an amplifier of controversy and quarrels, but all that remains. between us also because it is precisely because of our family relationship that everything settles down in the end. Of course, then I like to be the youngest because it means that I have a lot of time in front of me. I have always loved being the youngest in the room because it meant that I would have had a lot of time in front of me. Thinking about it now, I am 36 years old, which is not many, but not too few, and I have 5 children “.

Who have no plans to start a band themselves?
“Not at the moment, not that I know of. But I tremble at the idea of ​​asking him.”

But is being a rock star as a child a good or a bad thing?
“In the end I think it’s good, of course I know how to do it. I reflected that at the time two out of three things didn’t interest me at all from the famous slogan” sex drugs and rock and roll “.

And have you ever thought about why your success in Italy? Make music that has little to do with our local melody.
“I asked myself yes, as in all other countries where we have a good following. The obvious answer is that we use a universal language like that of music is that we know how to communicate emotions, feelings and passions. In short, straight to the heart. we have never asked the question to Italian fans: we are afraid of breaking the magic “.
WHERE AND WHEN – Magazzini Generali, via Pietrasanta 14 at 20.30. Admission 25 euros plus presale, www.ticketone.it or 892.101

 

 

Moving on from MMMbop: why the Hanson brothers are going solo, together

Canberra Times

Hanson – arguably a synonym in popular culture for band of brothers – took one of the biggest leaps of faith in their career ahead of their 30th anniversary. They deconstructed the group.

“I think for a variety of reasons, both personal and creative, I think we all felt like doing something we’ve not done before was really important,” eldest brother and guitarist Isaac Hanson, 41, saysfrom the pop-rock trio’s hometown of Tulsa.

“It was important to tell a different story about our band than we had and I think [new album] Red Green Blue is a great way to articulate that reality, which is both ‘This is a colour format that makes all the colours of Hanson’, right, but it’s also three bold and uniquely different personalities . . . it’s a little bit like you’re deconstructing your own band in some way, you’re trying to highlight something that you feel like maybe can get lost in the shuffle.”

 

The independent band released their 12th studio album Red Green Blue, or RGB, last month, almost 25 years to the day after their breakthrough single Mmmbop. It is the basis for an 87-date world tour that started in Finland on June 8, and will end in Australia and New Zealand in November.

Each brother wrote and produced a third of RGB – Isaac takes the lead on the green segment, Taylor, 39, on red and Zac, 36, with blue – with Grammy Award winners David Garza and Jim Scott as co-producers. While the brothers played on each other’s songs, Garza also helped “fill in the holes”.

“For all intents and purposes they are very much, they’re about as close as any band can ever get to making solo records,” Isaac says.

“Honestly, without breaking up, it is about as close as you could ever get to a solo record, because truly those sections on the record are really very much Taylor’s vision, my vision, Zac’s vision.

“It created a scenario where you could be as creative as possible without having what I would refer to as excess debate, because it was really a question of ‘Hey man, do you feel this is serving your idea of the song?’, not whether everyone’s happy.

This record is kind of like a giant trust fall, ‘Hey man do you trust me? I hope so because here it goes’ …

“We certainly didn’t squeeze the sponge dry by any means, but we definitely allowed for them to have unique enough flavour and unique enough personality that I think it articulates the point that I think all of us had hoped to make, which is [we are] a band of three lead singers, in some sense.”

Isaac’s green segment is “the most singer-songwriter I have probably ever allowed myself to be” and spans a range of styles, from acoustic ballad Write You A Song dedicated to his daughter Odette, through to the funk and soul fusion Cold As Ice.

But he says another track, No Matter the Reason, which tells the story of fighting for a relationship despite hardships, “may be my favourite song I’ve ever written”.

He says there are songs on RGB that most likely would not have appeared on a Hanson album, but he was not consciously “trying to move away from something that Hanson is or is not”.

“I’m just trying to make the best group of five songs I can make that speak the most to where I am at that moment,” he says.

“If people learn something new about your band, if they hear something they like better than something they liked before, it’s only a reflection of the fact that you put your whole self in.”

RGB follows Hanson’s 2021’s release Against The World, which saw the brothers release seven songs over seven months, and 2018’s String Theory, which re-imagined their back catalogue with symphony orchestras.

The trio is always looking for new ways of approaching their craft, Isaac says.

“If you’re not feeling challenged, if you’re not, shall we say, sore after the workout, then you didn’t probably push yourself quite hard enough.

“I think we had enough trust in each other to strengthen the individual parts of this unit by doing a record like this.

“I would never say that this record was a walk in the park, it was not, it was actually one of the more difficult things I’ve probably ever done, but it was also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.”

Through the process, Isaac says, each brother learned new things about themselves and each other. He says Taylor and Zac “shared what they wanted to but nothing more than they absolutely needed to”, while he preferred to float his ideas with the band.

“I think there were certain things about myself that I was afraid of leaning into,” he says.

“I really play a certain role in the band that I feel very, very happy with in so many cases, but I’m also one to defer to other inspirations and other ideas because I have a tendency to be really of the moment and really like what the unit is bringing and sometimes the downside is that you find yourself, even though you’ve contributed significant amounts to what’s going on, a little * a little bit less like you’re in control of the outcome.

“That’s not bad, but it does sometimes leave one feeling a little bit – there can be insecurity that you bring along with you and this allowed for me to … conquer some of those demons of being a little bit afraid of finishing it exactly the way I wanted to and it being good enough in my own mind.

“Is this going to be OK for me to get this done this way?’ And that shows a certain level of insecurity on my part, which I’m OK with talking about, because isn’t that really where songs come from, some level of searching? Some level of vulnerability?”

Isaac admits that a 20-country tour in five months is ambitious, despite the band playing shows at home in Tulsa over the past two years that were live-streamed across the globe.

“You’ve got to get your sea legs again. I’m sure we’ll fall right back into the rhythm of things and all that, but it is a little bit like going from running sprints to running a marathon,” he says.

Hanson perform in Perth on November 6, Sydney November 9, Adelaide November 12, Brisbane November 14, Melbourne  November 16 and Auckland November 19. frontiertouring.com/hanson