MTV News Transcript
MTV NEWS: The lead line of all your material says "Hanson: Where Music is Headed."
Do you guys think this is true. Is this where music is going?
TAYLOR: It's kind of a marketing thing. Just to...
ZAC: It's just a good line, I guess you'd say. We don't neccesarily think we're the big
ISAAC: Yeah, yeah. We're the big shots. Right.
TAYLOR: I think things are going away from the alternative thing. So I guess in a way it's
where music is headed. Just because the music we make is more up and just more fun.
And I guess in a way that may be true.
MTV NEWS: Why do you suppose now is the time for that?
TAYLOR: I don't know.
ISAAC: We really don't know.
TAYLOR: Things change. They're always going to change.
ISAAC: I think music is always evolving. Things are always changing. People are always
changing what they like and...
TAYLOR: Styles change.
ISAAC: Just like styles change, music changes.
MTV NEWS: Did you evolve your music to fit into that?
MTV NEWS: Did you ever think "Oh man, alternative is really big, we're never going to
ISAAC: We were always doing what we loved to do. We weren't worrying about what
other bands were doing. We do what we do. And they do what they do. That's the way of
MTV NEWS: But did you ever think you'd have the number 6 single in your second week
TAYLOR: You'd be happy.
ISAAC: The fact that we're in the top ten is, like, "Oh my God!"
TAYLOR: It's pretty crazy.
ISAAC: Yeah. How does that kind of thing happen? You don't know. No. You can never
expect that. You can maybe expect to be in the top 40.
MTV NEWS: Do you look at other artists that are in the top ten with you now and
wonder, "How did we get here with Notorious B.I.G.?"
ISAAC: You start laughing. You go "Oh my Gosh! Michael Jackson is right there. And
TAYLOR: To hear Casey Kasem announce that you're on TV on his charts is.... To look
in Billboard and see your name is pretty cool.
ISAAC: It says Hot Shot Debut. Number 16. You look in the Top 100 charts and see
ZAC: You go "Yeah. Yes. We did it. Whoo Hah." (stands up and does a few karate
MTV NEWS: So what are you going to do to celebrate?
ISAAC: We're probably going to have a giant party with our friends.
TAYLOR: Jump up and down. I don't know.
ZAC: Get girlfriends.
ISAAC: Go on some hot date with somebody. We'll definitely celebrate.
TAYLOR: Something. We'll do something.
ZAC: Go to Laserquest and play, like, fifty times!
ISAAC: The question is will you get there? That's the big question.
TAYLOR: If we get to number one. We'll be happy.
ISAAC: We'll be happy to sit down. I'm sure we'll definitely have a party or something if
MTV NEWS: Tell me about how you guys have been performing together for years. And
specifically tell me about the Blue Rose Cafe.
ISAAC: The Blue Rose Cafe, a friend of ours owns that bar, and he really liked the music,
and he really wanted us to play there. Because it was a bar, we really couldn't play inside,
but the way the cafe is set up there's a really large wooden deck outside where basically
half the people sit outside. And so, during the summer alot of people are out there, and
they got the little mist things keeping people cool...
TAYLOR: So the story is in fact that we really can't play inside bars. That's kinda the
point of it, that we had to play outside. But it ended up being better because the people
from surrounding resteraunts could come over and everybody could come.
ISAAC: Yeah, we got alot of people from playing outside. There's a lot of restaurants in
TAYLOR: And that's something we did a lot. That's the last concert we did before we
made the record.
MTV NEWS: Are you guys getting a lot of offers to play in bars now?
ISAAC: Um, you know, I don't know.
ZAC: We don't know. We haven't been home for like a month.
TAYLOR: So we're basically, like, doing promotion stuff. We just got back from Europe,
so we've been gone a lot. I guess people would want us to play. We would love to play
pretty soon. It's kinda a bummer that you don't get to play all the time, but we're
practicing, and hopefully we'll tour this fall.
ISAAC: We definately miss performing for people. It's a ton of fun to perform. We did get
to perform in February. In something like February or March, and then we're doing Sam
Goody on City Walk in Los Angeles which will be really fun, hopefully there will be a lot
of people there.
MTV NEWS: So you've been doing little things all along.
MTV NEWS: As far as a full scale tour, you're thinking of the fall?
ISAAC: We're thinking about a full scale tour in the fall, yeah. I mean, we've never really
done a full scale tour before. We've been doing local gigs for a long time, for five years,
you know. We did 300 performances in five years.
ZAC: You know, I'm not talking.
TAYLOR: We look foward to touring, if the record goes well then we'll look at the tour
MTV NEWS: So who are your guys early musical influences?
ZAC: Me, me, me, me (Raising hand in air).
MTV NEWS: I heard there was some "Time Life" tape thing you guys were forced to
ZAC: Well, our first influence is, were early 50's and 60's Rock and Roll. The reason we
listened to early 50's and 60's Rock and Roll is because our dad, he works for an oil
company, and his job took us overseas. And since we couldn't listen to the radio, we had
to get some tapes. And we got one of those Time Life tapes. Order now, will not find in
stores. (Says that pretending to be Time Life announcer).
TAYLOR: So we got the 1958 Time Life tape, and we listened to that over and over, and
over, and over. And then later got the whole rest of the set, and that's all the fifties and
sixties Rock and Roll. Like, "Johnny Be Good", "Splish, Splash", "Rockin' Robin", "Good
Golly Miss Molly" and everything else.
ISAAC: And we really love that kind of music, it's great.
TAYLOR: That's the music that really inspired us the most.
MTV NEWS: Do you guys ever perform that music?
ISAAC: That was some of the first music we performed, along with originals that we were
writing. We also performed 50's and 60's stuff. "Johnny Be Good", "Splish, Splah",
TAYLOR: It's always fun when you play songs that the audience gets into old originals.
So hopefully, we'll put some of that in our show to add some flavor.
ISAAC: Yeah, we definately want to do that. You can say that that kind of music is "Dear
to us", because it was very inspirational.
ZAC: It's dear to us, like Rudolph.
TAYLOR: That music is what started it all.
MTV NEWS: Are there any current artists that are influences on you guys as well?
ZAC: I wouldn't say influences but that we like.
ISAAC: We definately listen to people like Aerosmith, Counting Crows, Spin Doctors.
ZAC: Alanis Morissette.
ISAAC: Alanis Morissette, No Doubt.
TAYLOR: Natalie Merchant, I mean, just everything. All the Top 40 stuff and everything
ISAAC: Also listen to R&B things and stuff like that.
MTV NEWS: Yeah, there's sort of an R&B vibe to what you guys are doing. I mean,
people think that "Mmmbop" sounds like a Jackson Five song.
TAYLOR: Well, really the first, we did two independent records before this, and the first
one was, before we had picked up instruments. It was a mostly R&B record, 'cause the
next step was to do an R&B thing, because we really didn't play instruments.
ISAAC: Yeah, we were singing to tracks.
TAYLOR: And that was what, we had also had that influence through that older music, so
that's, and then on our next record it was much more of a Pop Rock thing because we
were playing instruments, and there wasn't a lot of synth stuff. And really on this album,
we mixed the two and had some R&B flavored songs and some Rock and Roll songs.
MTV NEWS: How did you decide which one of you guys were going to play which
instrument? And how long have you been playing it?
ISAAC: Zac has a philosophy over that one, I think.
ZAC: Yeah, well the philosophy is, let me tell you this (stretching his fingers).
MTV NEWS: You're the ham of the group, aren't you.
ISAAC: Yeah, he's definately the ham.
ZAC: No, I'm a chicken. My philosophy is, OK, nobody's arms were long enough so Ike
can play the guitar, so the piano Ike can play as well as Tay, because Ike had been playing
TAYLOR: So I went to the keyboard.
ZAC: And then, what else is left?
ISAAC: Zac was left with the drums. He kinda draws it out, he should tell it faster.
TAYLOR: He's the drummer.
MTV NEWS: How long did it take before you guys were good?
ISAAC: I mean, when when you start out, you aren't as good as you are now.
TAYLOR: Put it this way, we got the drums and the instruments, and a week later we
played live. But that doesn't mean we were good when we played live, it just mean we got
out there and did it.
ISAAC: We got out there, and we really wanted to play, we loved the instruments.
TAYLOR: We wanted to be able to do it ourselves.
ISAAC: We had also been playing piano a lot live in addition to doing a capella stuff, I
would get behind the piano or Tay would get behind the piano, and we'd play. So we've
been playing piano for a long time, but all the instruments was a totally different thing,
totally new thing.
MTV NEWS: We keeping you up, Zac?
ZAC: (Yawning) Yeah.
MTV NEWS: So now, Zac, how did you guys figure out there were four M's in
TAYLOR: Actually, there's three M's.
ZAC: There's three M's. OK.
TAYLOR: I think it just looked good.
ISAAC: It just looked good. Three M's looks like the right size. It wasn't quite
Mmmmmm Bop, and it wasn't quite Mm Bop, it was Mmmbop, a little bit in the middle. It
just looked good, three M's and a Bop.
MTV NEWS: What does that mean, "Mmmbop"?
TAYLOR: "Mmmbop" is really about friendships. The first verse said "You have so many
relationships in this life/Only one or two will last/You go through all the pain and
strife/And you turn your back and they're gone so fast." And that's what it's really about.
It's deeper than it sounds.