Hanson Baltimore Sun interview. Zac: ‘Unfortunately, in a lot of cases, Bieber, for instance, the similarities diverge at the connection with young fans & having amazing breakout success. As far as the music, and the influences, we differ a lot. I hope they have a vision for what they’re doing.’
Zac said that through their entire career they retained control of their destiny, which has allowed them to keep touring and recording. Unlike other artists, they weren’t managed to sound more marketable & they didn’t depend on ‘a million writers and producers. It’s always been organic for us.
No one’s writing our songs. A lot of young artists end up in the tabloids or in rehab because oftentime there’s a big machine behind them. They’re running away from who they’ve been.. Call it the Disney machine.’
Though they started with a similar corporate push behind them, in the early 2000s the Hanson brothers grew unhappy with their label, Island Def Jam. In 2003, they started their own label, 3CG Records, and released an album ‘Underneath’ that sold 120,000 copies, respectable for an indie outfit.
Zac: ‘I think for us, being in a label is more about changing with the times. We didn’t see a lot of stability at Def Jam. The advantage is there’s no middleman, there’s no one to share the profits. But there’s also no one there to share the expenses.. Fans who were 12 are now 25.
A lot of them are ladies; some guys, too. We’ve had such a strong connection with our fans. It’s a dynamic not everybody has an opportunity to have, having a relationship with your fans since we were pre-teen.’
Do YOU think the pressure of ‘Disney machine’ is why so many of them crack?