Hanson: We’re nerds about music

The Hanson brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac have grown into fine men, but some of their hits, such as “MMMBop,” “Where’s the Love,” and “Penny and Me” are still very much alive among Pinoy music lovers.
Now they’re back in the country for the two-day concert  “Shout It Out Tour,” on Friday, March 30 at Smart Araneta Coliseum and on Saturday, March 31, at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu.

The brothers told the press just what it is that makes their music last.
“We’re nerds about music. We love songwriting or we could probably just easily be songwriters and producers. We like the music side a lot,” Taylor told the press on Thursday, March 29, at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel.
Music that lasts

Many years from now, the band’s lead vocalist and keyboardist shared that they want to be remembered as “Hanson who writes music that lasts.”
“We want to be known for writing songs that last. You know, writing music that stands the test of time, the music that still holds up down the line,” Taylor added.
The Hanson brothers all have their own families now, so they we’re asked if they will allow their kids to form a band, also to be called Hanson.

Zac joked that their kids at least need to be creative enough to think of an original name for their band.
Bits of advice

On a serious note, Zac advised that you need “to have a drive on your own” if you want to be a musician, as it is a hard job. He also shared that a musician’s job doesn’t necessarily pay well, so one needs dedication and passion.
“It’s so hard a job. The thing about being a musician is it has something to be stuck inside you that you can’t get away from, you can’t be happy doing another job.”
The members revealed that they never thought of having solo careers, since they “have so much to do as a band.”
“It’s hard to find a pair of people you can make music with as fluently and share the same kind of aspirations. That being said, I can’t imagine the rest of our career that there will be other projects and things. You have to think what you’re excited about, so we’ve never closed that door. But I think we still have a lot to do as a band,” Taylor said.
Hanson’s Philippine concert aims to promote its album, “Shout It Out,” which is locally released by Polyeast Records. Hanson also had a meet and greet at SM North The Block on Thursday, March 29.
Personal favorites

Isaac’s favorite cut in their new album is “Thinkin’ ‘Bout Somethin’.” Taylor goes for “Waiting for This” while Zac singles out “Musical Ride.”
“I’ve always been incredibly infatuated with Big Time, Motown, and the early R&B kind of sound, whether it be late ‘50s or early‘60s. For me, that song embodies a lot of things that we are as a band. Also, as a guitar player, it’s very rhythmic, not powerful. I don’t want it to be a rock band. I just want it to be like a song which had a groove or kind of funky, for the lack of better word to say it,” Isaac shared.