Home Free Interview, 4 August 1997, Austereo Radio Network, Interviewer Keith
Interviewer: We have Hanson here. Welcome to Australia guys!
Taylor: Hey, thanks great to be here.
Zac: Thank you.
Isaac: Hi. Good to be here.
Interviewer: Letís get the names and the ages straight, because every time I read your ages
Interviewer: So Isaac...
Isaac: I am 16.
Interviewer: And Taylor...
Interviewer: And Zac...
Interviewer: Thatís what I had written down anyway.
Interviewer: But everyone Zac, calls you the youngest in the family, but thatís just not true
Zac: Nope thereís...
Taylor: Heís the youngest in the group.
Interviewer: Youngest in the band.
Isaac: There are two younger sisters and a younger brother in the family.
Interviewer: And Mackenzie.
Interviewer: Boy oh boy, and are they singing and writing songs too yet?
Isaac: You know, I mean they're, they're - theyíve got the music in them I think but itís
weíve actually asked our sister, Jessica, if she wanted to join the band. You know you can
bass and she kinda looked at us and went, "ummm no".
Interviewer: Youíre looking for a bass player are you? [laughter]
Taylor: Ah, well.
Isaac: We just thought we thought weíd with the idea of adding another member of the
the band or something. I donít know.
Taylor: Who knows.
Interviewer: Okay, well listen Iíve gotta ask this question as well, why arenít you at
school at the
Taylor: Well actually in the States, itís summer break, but we home school.
Interviewer: You do home school totally.
Taylor: Even before we sang thatís how we did it. It just works for us.
Interviewer: Is that right, now, now is that a situation where you donít let touring get in
the way of
your home school or you take the home school with you?
Taylor: No, you take the home school with you.
Isaac: Unfortunatly... [laughter]
Taylor: Itís more like band school...
Isaac: ...Hotel school.
Interviewer: Itís a portable school.
Interviewer: It fits in very well with the band who needs to go out on the run.
Zac: Yeah, it fits in your pocket [slow weird voice]
Isaac: Pull it out and itís a school!
Interviewer: So, Mum and Dad, are they with you on the road?
Taylor: The whole family goes.
Isaac: Whole family.
Interviewer: Are they on the tour?
Interviewer: So the other 3 kids are with you as well?
Interviewer: Oh, okay, so its a Tarago van to get around!
Isaac: Well, yeah.
Taylor: It makes it more fun for us though, if the whole family comes. Itís more enjoyable.
Interviewer: Itís nice sharing these new sites and new countries...
Taylor: Oh, definitely.
Interviewer: ...with Mum and Dad and your family. Okay guys. You promised you were
sing a song for us. Letís kick off HomeFree. What are you going to do now?
Taylor: Here is MMMBop.
[MMMBop played live in studio, then ad break]
Interviewer: We have Isaac, Taylor and weíve got Zac here. We have the three of the guys
Zac: Hi! [high pitched]
Interviewer: How big is Tulsa, Oklahoma?
Isaac: Tulsa, thereís about a million people in Tulsa.
Taylor: Thatís with all the surrounding areas.
Isaac: And the surrounding communities.
Interviewer: Itís not a small place by any means. Itís a drilling town isnít it? Based on it??
Taylor: Yeah, it was on the top of the world for a while.
Zac: Not... anymore.
Taylor: Not anymore but it was. That was definitely its foundation.
Interviewer: You know the incredible thing about you situation even though your
still not an overnight success story. Because youíve released a couple of cdís previously to
Isaac: They were independently made. I mean we did them ourselves and sold them at
Taylor: And we used them as demos for record companies. We did one in Ď94 and in Ď95
the next one.
Interviewer: One of them was called Boomerang wasnít it?
Isaac: One was called Boomerang and one was called MMMBop.
Interviewer: Where did you get the Boomerang from?
Isaac: From a song called...
Interviewer: Oh, really and you wrote that?
Isaac: On all the songs...on all the songs!!! On all the albums we had written material. On
album there was five originals and three covers.
Taylor: And on the second we wrote all the songs.
Isaac: Yeah, wrote all the songs, produced it and played it all and everything.
Interviewer: So at what age did you start singing it together?
Taylor: Umm, it really started six years ago at that point we were just acappella, no
all, and then after about three years Ike got a guitar from a pawn shop, Zac got some
drums from a
friend who had them in the attic and I already had a keyboard because we played classical
Zac: We had already been playing keyboard.
[commercial break, music played etc.]
Interviewer: What do you think of her? (referring to previous singer)
Isaac: Oh, definitely.
Taylor: I donít think male or female - thatís a pretty damn good voice!!
Interviewer: Indeed it is. And this is HomeFree on todayís Austereo Network. And itís
Williams here with Hanson. Middle of Nowhere already sold 3 million copies worldwide
still on the way up. Itís still top ten in America.
Interviewer: And Australia. I noticed some of the illustrations on the album, was it you
who did some artwork on there?
Taylor: Thatís actually Zac.
Isaac: Yeah, Zacís.
Taylor: Zacís artwork!!
Interviewer: Is that one of your passions you like drawing, Zac?
Zac: Yeah, I...Tay, I and Ike - we all draw.
Taylor: Actually on our downstairs - our garage in our house has now become our studio.
have like a huge mural of things that weíve drawn.
Isaac: All over the walls and things like that. Itís pretty cool.
Interviewer: Well weíll look forward to the next album, next year to see some more!
Taylor: Yeah! [laughs]
Isaac: Yeah, Yeah!!!
Interviewer: Now weíve got Alinda Slone whoís called in from St.Clare. Are you there
Interviewer: Are you going to ask a question of Hanson?
Zac: Hello Alinda. [weird voice]
Isaac: Hello! [very deep, put on voice]
Alinda: Hi. How are you?
Alinda: I really liked your album, have you got any plans for a new one?
Isaac: Ah, well, you know new ones come along eventually, not quite yet though.
Taylor: As far as the new album, no not yet, but songs are always being written.
Interviewer: Thanks for your call Alinda. Weíve got Jacinta Tompkin calling from
you got a question for one of Hanson there Jacinta?
Interviewer: Which one?
Jacinta: Well, what do you mean like?
Zac: How about all of us?
Isaac: Yeah all of us that would work.
Interviewer: Whatís your question?
Jacinta: Okay, itís whyíd you call your CD "Middle of Nowhere?"
Taylor: Have you heard the bonus track "Man from Milwaukee?"
Zac: Okay, if you have the CD itís track 21.
Taylor: You have to let the last song keep playing until the next song starts. Itís starts out,
says, "It started at a bus stop, in the Middle of Nowhere".
Isaac: And we liked the phrase Middle of Nowhere.
Taylor: And it just sounded really cool. "Middle of Nowhere" was a cool title we thought.
Jacinta: Oh, okay.
Interviewer: Thanks for your call.
Taylor: Thanks a lot.
Interviewer: In fact it didnít start off as Milwaukee, didnít it start off as somewhere else?
Taylor: We wrote it when we broke down on our way to make the album in...
Taylor: And it was "Iíve been sitting here too long by a man from Albuquerque". But
Interviewer: Now we have Greg James from Liverpool on the line. Greg your question for
Greg: Hi Hanson. How are you?
Greg: Guys what music did you grow up on and what music do you like listening to now?
Isaac: Well, the music that we started listening to first of all was 50ís and 60ís rock and
People like Chuck Berry, Aretha Frankilin.
Taylor: Otis Redding.
Isaac: Yep, Otis Redding, The Temptations.
Taylor: Beach Boys, Beatles. All the original Rock Ďní Roll soul music mostly.
Zac: Everybody! [loud happy voice]
Taylor: It goes on forever.
Isaac: Yeah, and the music that we listen to now, pretty much everything that is popular.
Taylor: Pop music. Popular music, yeah.
Interviewer: Thanks for your call Greg.
Greg: Thank you. Seeya.
[another commercial break and more music!]
Interviewer: Do you guys like Alanis Morissette? (previous song)
Isaac: Oh, yeah.
Taylor: Oh, yeah.
Interviewer: Now thereís a success story again...
Isaac: Very good.
Interviewer: ...from a debut album. Weíre talking to Isaac, weíre talking to Zac and weíre
to Taylor. Hanson. Simonť is on line 2. Simonť Rubin is calling. Your question for
Zac: Hi. (weird voice)
Simonť: Oh, my God. Hello. Oh, my God.
Zac: Oh, my God. (weird voice)
Simonť: Iím talking to Hanson. Oh, my God.
Sarah (in background): I love you too Zac!
Simonť: Oh, my God. Well you heard that? Well yeah. My friend Sarah is here, and weíre
psyched up so much. Oh, my God.
Interviewer: Okay the question.
Zac: Yeah, we need the question. (said slowly)
Simonť: Oh, yeah Iíd just like to know, how big is your fan club? Cause you know Iím a
part of it.
Taylor: Okay. You mean you want to be on the fan club?
Taylor: Do you want to be on the fan club?
Simonť: Sorry, one second, sorry!
Taylor: Do you want to be on the fan club?
Simonť: Sorry, one second. Hello, sorry.
Zac: DO YOU WANT TO BE IN THE FAN CLUB? [sarcastic]
Simonť: Of course I do. I am already in it.
Isaac: Okay. Well, how big is the fan club?
Isaac: Thereís a lot of people on the fan club.
Taylor: If you want to be on it just write us.
Simonť: Oh, my God.
Interviewer: Well in actual fact the other thing, I think we might let her "Oh, my God"
Zac: Either write us or get on our web-site.
Taylor: Check out our web-site - Hanson Online.
Interviewer: Listen the website, the Hanson website is sensational, www.hansonline.com
... Have I
got it guys?
Isaac: Itís actually a combination between Hanson Online. You know you squish it
Taylor and Isaac: Hansonline.
Interviewer: Yes, we got that subtlety.
Interviewer: And it is in actual fact itself today, it actually lists that the guys are here now.
[another music and commercial break]
Interviewer: This is Keith Williams. Hanson are still with us, Zac, Isaac and Taylor. Shall
one more call guys or will we...?
Taylor: Sure, letís hear it.
Isaac: Sure, why not.
Interviewer: Weíll see if we can get one on line here. Cassey Millicant from Seven Hills,
talking to Hanson.
Zac: Hi. (very high pitched and soppy)
Interviewer: Your question.
Cassey: Are any of your songs inspired by real events?
Isaac: Ah, yes, songs are definitely inspired by real events, along with being inspired by
Taylor: The song "With You In Your Dreams" was written about our Grandma, when she
dying so, I guess that was definitely a real event.
Isaac: Yeah, so I mean, songs are inspired in all kinds of different way, cause you never
what kind of thing is going to happen, and what your going to be inspired by.
Interviewer: Thanks very much for your call Cassey.
Taylor: Thanks alot.
Interviewer: Couple of questions from me guys, Ďcause I know that youíve got to go.
other things to attend to. Is this the sort of success you wanted, when you started off
doing a couple of CDís before you did this major debut. Is this what you wanted to be
this where you want to be at.
Isaac: I think music is definitely what we wanted to be doing, you know however...
Zac: We want to be wherever music is.
Interviewer: Yes, but your lives are never going to be the same, is the point Iím making.
Taylor: Oh, yeah, I mean this is definitely surpassed all our hopes, I mean it was only a
this is way over what we expected. So definitely it is.
Isaac: You know I guess you could say being, we just wanted to do the music, thatís
really why we
were doing it not necessarily for the popularity of it but because we just loved to do
Interviewer: Now how do you feel also when you do a concert and I know you do many,
doors open you guys go on stage the crowd comes in and theyíre all your same age. I
mean is that
what you want?
Isaac: You know I think thatís really cool.
Zac: You want, I guess you know.
Taylor: Um, I think really.
Interviewer: Well they not be your age Zac.
Zac: You want whoever likes the music if someone 80 likes the music you want them to
Taylor: Thereís somebody 18 or somebody 14 or somebody 35, I mean it doesnít matter
you are. If you like the music then itís...
Isaac: You know itís one of those universal languages, you never know whoís going to
the concert or whatever, so yeah I mean you just hope that all kinds of people like the
Taylor: Hope that somebody does.
Interviewer: Music speaks all kinds of languages thereís no doubt about that. Little did
that we were listening to Hanson Down Under.
Taylor: Yeah [laughs]
Interviewer: And a big hit as well, we hope you have a wonderful stay in our country.
joining us on Home Free guys.
Isaac: Thanks a lot
Zac: Thanks (deep voice)
[end of interview]