Hanson: MMMBopping Their Way to Fame
by Paul Freeman
Many young pop stars could take a lesson from Hanson. These three brothers ñ Isaac,
Taylor, and Zac Hanson, aged 16, 14, and 11 ñ know what's important. Such songs as
"MMMBop" have made the boys celebrities. Still, they remember the value of family,
friends, and learning.
Here is some of the interview with Hanson from Freezone.
Homeschooling: While promoting their album Middle of Nowhere in Europe, the
threesome explored as many sights as possible. "Because we're home schooled, we like to
do things that are educational," Isaac says.
He believes that home schooling has been an advantage: "You get to pursue your own
interests. In this case, music was part of that."
Musical Roots: The Hansons' mother was a music major in college. Their father worked
for an oil drilling company, and the family lived in Trinidad, Ecuador, and Venezuela
before settling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Living in other countries affected the Hansons' musical
Taylor explains, "We couldn't understand what people were saying on the radio, so we
bought Time/Life records that had all the old songs from the '50s and early '60s on them."
Soon, the three brothers began writing and singing their own songs, which had classic
rock and soul sounds. Now they perform for crowds of screaming girls.
Isaac says, "The vibe you get from being on stage is very cool. There is no feeling like it in
Brothers and Friends: The Hansons haven't let sudden success go to their heads. "We still
do the chores," Zac points out.
Onstage and off, the Hansons stick together. "I don't think of them as big brothers," Zac
says of Isaac and Taylor. "They're my best friends."
Taylor says other friends aren't surprised that Hanson has become a hit. "When our friends
think of us, they think of the music. That's part of who we are. They're just excited about
how it's taking off."
The brothers enjoy sharing the excitement of their career launch with their three other
siblings and parents. Explains Zac, "My parents help us in getting the bookings and
packing up the equipment. They encourage us."
Hanson is aware of other brother acts, but they're establishing their own identity. Zac
points out, "We're not the Jacksons. We are Hanson."