Hanson Talks About ‘The Disney Machine’

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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?

  • JustMeOnOceanUp

    I think so too

  • partyindabaham

    I just think disney is sh.t, as soon as Demi gets outta rehab and finishes Sonny season 3, she needs to quit disney and her words should be “Peace out SUCKAAAAASS!”:)tribute to Chad Dylan Cooper

    Disney Channel didn’t fuck up Demi Lovato. Ugh, so much fucked up misconceptions going around here.

  • LizzieHawkins

    Well the JoBros write their own songs and Demi too, I think.

  • SoRawSUgAr

    I just think disney is sh.t, as soon as Demi gets outta rehab and finishes Sonny season 3, she needs to quit disney and her words should be “Peace out SUCKAAAAASS!”:)tribute to Chad Dylan Cooper

  • SoRawSUgAr

    LizzieHawkins said:

    Well the JoBros write their own songs and Demi too, I think.

    theres like 2 or 3 songs on Demi’s album which Demi doesn’t write or help write probs same with jonas

  • SoRawSUgAr

    awwwwwww the velvet toilet roll toddler is sooooo cute. soft soft soft :)

  • wavy

    ….

  • rockstar101

    Moonbeam said:

    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.’
    ———-
    I don’t think this generalizations are true. The person most incorporated in the Disney machine today is Selena Gomez (doesn’t write her own songs, makes exactly what Disney wants) and she doesn’t look unhappy.
    Jonas is writing their own songs. Miley has her own thing going (I don’t think Can’t be tamed is Disney approved). Demi, is writing her own stuff too.

    Sorry, but Selena ain’t writing her own songs because she can’t!
    And yeah, Demi and JB write their own songs, but they’re held back, too. Listen to Demi’s demo music and compare it to the music that actually got released.

  • bubblepopped

    That Miley and Demi in the picture right?

  • bubblepopped

    *that’s

  • SoRawSUgAr

    i just like watching my icon over and over :)

  • SoRawSUgAr

    bubblepopped said:

    That Miley and Demi in the picture right?

    yup and ur icon, i loveee

  • bubblepopped

    Disney can be a good place to start off in the business, but I don’t think that you should follow them up too much. Cause they are going to make you go mental. They control you way much. People have to have a little space to breathe.

  • bubblepopped

    yup and ur icon, i loveee
    ____

    Thank you ^_^
    whose that in yours?

  • SoRawSUgAr

    bubblepopped said:

    yup and ur icon, i loveee
    ____

    Thank you ^_^
    whose that in yours?

    marina and the diamonds :)

  • myboyinwoods

    lets share a sugar cube. yum.

  • myboyinwoods

    i was myfactoryanimal but some dick reported me. DICK!!!

  • w

    Dontcurr what he has to say tbh.

  • SoRawSUgAr

    myboyinwoods said:

    i was myfactoryanimal but some dick reported me. DICK!!!

    icon person snap! :)

  • StoryOfUs

    Well, I don’t even care for him, her, whatever, but what he said is right. The Disney Machine is ridiculous.

  • picstoburn

    well just don’t go on disney go on nick problem solved.

  • picstoburn

    Nov 13, 2010 @ 11:04 am
    myboyinwoods said:

    i was myfactoryanimal but some dick reported me. DICK!!!

    probably ina.

  • JocelynGeee

    What if there was no disney channel,
    then that would make a BIG diffrence.

  • Sarcasm was always intended

    disney channel is crap now
    Demi needs to quit it because she’d be better off without it.

  • Sarcasm was always intended

    disney channel is crap now
    Demi needs to quit it because she’d be better off without it.

  • LizzieHawkins

    JocelynGeee said:

    What if there was no disney channel,
    then that would make a BIG diffrence.
    —–
    we would be stuck with Nick’s LAME shows.

  • picstoburn

    JocelynGeee said:

    What if there was no disney channel,
    then that would make a BIG diffrence.
    —–
    we would be stuck with Nick’s LAME shows.

    both pretty suck but the people on nick are more talented :p

  • StoryOfUs

    Sarcasm was alw… said:
    disney channel is crap now
    Demi needs to quit it because she’d be better off without it.
    —–
    You’re right, Miley already went out of Disney, now it’s Demi’s time.

  • summer rain.

    Bleh, I’d love to be a Disney star <3

  • partyindabaham

    StoryOfUs said:

    Sarcasm was alw… said:
    disney channel is crap now
    Demi needs to quit it because she’d be better off without it.
    —–
    You’re right, Miley already went out of Disney, now it’s Demi’s time.
    ———
    OK I don’t understand this misconception that being on the Disney Channel MEANS you have to make shitty pop cookie cutter music.

    It’s not how it works, you can be on the Disney Channel and do whatever you want to do. It just depends on if you want to make a LOT of money. If Demi had created the same music she made in her demo, she wouldn’t have been as known as she is now (post-mental breakdown/rehab controversy).

    Demi knew she didn’t HAVE to make a pop album with Hollywood Records. There are a lot of alternative rock artists signed to Disney’s Hollywood Records.

    But since Demi wanted to be the next Hilary Duff/Miley Cyrus as in make a LOT of money, she and her management believed it would be better and more beneficial that she goes the ‘Hilary Duff/Miley Cyrus’ route, which was create family friendly, cookie cutter tweenybopper pop music.

    When you appear on the Disney Channel, you’re not obliged to make shitty pop music or even sinng. Since most of the people on Nick and Disney WANT to make a lot of money, they brand themselves the same way Hilary Duff did, as in form a music career, movie career and TV career.

    You’re not forced to sing when you’re with Disney, actually, Disney don’t even ask you to sing unless if it’s a musical/music-related show. No one forced Selena to sing, she just thought it would be a good financial gain and better for her career, it’s better for any teen TV star to go the ‘Hilary Duff’ route because in most cases, they end up making more money.

    Miley only earns 12,000 from HM, her music career defined her. It’s the reason she’s topping Forbes lists.

    No ONE is forcing these Disney/Nick stars to sing, they just WANT to sing because they either believe it’s fun (some people on those channels can’t sing but are REALLY in love with music) or want to make a LOT more money, which they do.

    No one from Nickelodeon or Disney told Emily Osment, Debby Ryan, Selena Gomez, Victoria Justice and Bridget Mendler to sing. They WANT to either A) make more money or B)people like Debby just do it as fun (she’s really obsessed with writing and producing music), she doesn’t want a music career at all. Miley sang because it’s required for her role as Hannah Montana, Vanessa Hudgens was a professional singer before Disney and her HSM role required her to, Ashley Tisdale signed a music deal with Warner Bros because she wanted to go the ‘Hilary Duff’ route, she knew she’ll make a lot of money through music by branding herself as this ‘teen dream’-like figure because HSM was a big franchise.

  • milenator

    summer rain. said:
    Bleh, I’d love to be a Disney star <3
    ———————

    me too ive alway wanted to be on disney channel since ’04

  • Adeola

    Okay well do any of you keep up with disney gossip, and such and would like to do a weekly gossip column for my new website. Its like a work in progress, but it’ll look good and college applications and stuff. e-mail me at addiemustapha@yahoo.com if your interested.

  • Nick?Miley

    Well the JoBros write their own songs and Demi too, I think
    —–
    and Miley too

    music professionals have no respect for the singers Disney … some singers Disney can not sing and their albums are thanks to machines

    it is sad that talented people Miley, Jonas, Demi have no respect
    —–
    Agree. Hollywood Records singers get zero respect.

    I hope Demi & JB leave Disney & Hollywood Records. They’re too good for that shit.

  • StoryOfUs

    w said:
    Demi and Nick are the most talented musically.
    Miley, Joe and Kevin…not as much, even though I love them.
    This is all IMO stans.

    Is Nick talented and Miley, Joe and Kevin “not as much”? Nick sings like he’s shitting, groaning, he sings like he’s getting hurt. Demi is really talented, but NICK? Ok, he plays guitar, drums, but SO WHAT? Anyone can learn to play it. Miley has a strong different voice, Joe has amazing dance steps and voice and Kevin has a great and different voice, that even is not used so much, it’s great. I know you’re giving your opinion, I like it, I like to give mine too. Well, my mother sings better than Nick.

  • summer rain.

    milenator said:

    summer rain. said:
    Bleh, I’d love to be a Disney star <3

    ———————

    me too ive alway wanted to be on disney channel since ’04

    ———————

    IKR ? me too, since Lizzie McGuire <3

  • deco

    I think Miley, Jonas, Demi have talent, they do not need Disney for write songs and make music

  • TraceSTAN

    Demi is the only Rockstar in the group, she’d give Jim Morrison a run for his money in that department.

  • TraceSTAN

    deco said:

    I think Miley, Jonas, Demi have talent, they do not need Disney for write songs and make music

    Miley and Jonas can leave and at least be okay because they have money, if they fail it’s no big deal they have enough to live. Demi has some money but her show never payed much and her albums haven’t made her much, she needs to stay with Disney for a paycheck.

  • Anonymous

    I can say that Hanson is not irrelevent. They’ve written EVERY song they’ve ever sang and till this day are still writing and producing their own music BY THEMSELVES. But either way I agree with Zac completely and I’m glad that Hanson was smart enough to realize going disney would not have given them a good career. These disney stars are controlled and in my eyes don’t have much talent.

  • TraceSTAN

    Rah Rah said:

    Who cares? Hanson is irrelevant.
    —-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHozn0YXAeE

    They can never be irrelevant.

  • deco

    Now everyone is talking about Disney.. musicians to hate Disney.. it’s about Miley, Jonas, Taylor

    http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/reverb/2010/11/gunnar_nelson_on_the_jonas_bro.php

  • w

    Demi and Nick are the most talented musically.
    Miley, Joe and Kevin…not as much, even though I love them.
    This is all IMO stans.

  • ABC

    I love the new Hanson album. Couldnt care less how many hits they’ve had.

  • Anonymous

    i have to admit i do like the new Hanson song, couldnt name most of their other songs but ‘thinking about something’ is awesome, seen it a few times on vh1

  • SellyismygirlCrush

    who said Hanson was irrelevent? Please. Hanson>Jonas

  • realistgangsta

    who cares and who the fuck is hanson

  • erinh404

    i agree. the jonas brothers do write their songs on their own albums, however think about all the random shit they’ve been forced to do due to disney. camp rock, jonas la, all connected to generic disney crap music. same with miley- she has some really good songs like permanent december, but the hannah montana songs disney forces her to sing are crappy. and same goes for all of them. so sure, they get some artistic freedom, but unfortunately in order to do so, they have to put up with disney’s sh*t.

  • nownlaterz

    Do YOU think the pressure of ‘Disney machine’ is why so many of them crack?

    1)Hanson needs to STFU.
    2)Not gonna lie, Disney’s top 6 don’t have it easy, and the pressure that Disney (& us the fans) bring is a lot to carry.

  • Anonymous

    You may think he’s irrelevant but what he’s saying is right!! Everything Hanson does as a band is real. Too many/MOST singers/bands now days don’t write their own music, and don’t sing live. Half of them aren’t REAL ARTISTS–they are just PERFORMERS! Big difference.

  • Rah Rah

    Who cares? Hanson is irrelevant.

  • amanda

    BAHAHAHAH irrelevant?!?!
    maybe if you stop listening to the same four songs on the radio, you would know that hanson is still making music, touring, and kicking ass.
    nikki reed from TWILIGHT just posted about how much she loves them and went to their concert.

  • Anonymous

    stfu

  • partyindabaham

    mego said:

    Hahah how many hit songs has he had XD
    —-
    How many hit songs has Demi had? ZERO.

    How many Platinum or even Gold certified albums has Demi had? ZERO!

    Ha ha ha ha

    If anything, Demi is the irrelevant one here if it wasn’t for her rehab/cocaine/physical violence controversy.

    Hnason have currently sold OVER 12 Million records worldwide.

    Demi Lovato, after more than 2 years of having 2 whole studio albums, hasn’t even sold 500,000 copies of any of her albums IN TOTAL worldwide.

    That alone says a lot.

  • mego

    Hahah how many hit songs has he had XD

  • rockstar101

    YES! Plus he’s totally right about the “million writers” because that’s why the few Disney kids that are really talented can’t make anything outta their talent! Because they’re depending on what brings the people they work for the most money!

  • dilemma

    http://lolyounghollywood.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/MileyStill.png

    I’m crying of laughter on the banana one xD xD xD

  • rockstar101

    Rah Rah said:

    Who cares? Hanson is irrelevant.

    And that means whatever he says is irrelevant?

  • Anonimuss2.Oh

    Do YOU think the pressure of ‘Disney machine’ is why so many of them crack?

    No. I think Disney is child-slaving freemason corporation who only hires vulnerable kids from the South to do “funny” shit for them. They tell the kids they’re gonna be popular and have material possessions to make up for their sad early childhood. They collect the money and dgaf if the employees fall down the tubes cuz it just gives them an excuse to hire MORE vulnerable kids.

  • bananapancakesplease

    He’s intelligent. It also seems like he listened to Miley’s song Robot quite a few times. But still, the song and he are good reps of what it must be like.

    And by the that, I don’t mean HE was a part of the machine persay, just how his words are true.

  • Moonbeam

    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.’
    ———-
    I don’t think this generalizations are true. The person most incorporated in the Disney machine today is Selena Gomez (doesn’t write her own songs, makes exactly what Disney wants) and she doesn’t look unhappy.
    Jonas is writing their own songs. Miley has her own thing going (I don’t think Can’t be tamed is Disney approved). Demi, is writing her own stuff too.

  • LizzieHawkins

    Hanson had like what? one hit song?
    My god, they can’t talk about it, just no.

  • Ty

    Actually Hanson just released their fourth studio album and has had the most successful independent record releases as18 stated by billboard.

  • SoRawSUgAr

    wutever :)

  • LizzieHawkins

    we would be stuck with Nick’s LAME shows.

    both pretty suck but the people on nick are more talented :p

    Naah, they try too hard to be funny.

  • deco

    Well the JoBros write their own songs and Demi too, I think
    —–
    and Miley too

    music professionals have no respect for the singers Disney … some singers Disney can not sing and their albums are thanks to machines

    it is sad that talented people Miley, Jonas, Demi have no respect

  • Sarcasm was always intended

    Demi has such an amazing voice,she doesn’t belong on Disney.She could go so much further in her career without disney

  • StoryOfUs

    Everyone writes their own songs, BUT Selena. I love her but she’s not talented in musical art.

  • StoryOfUs

    Sarcasm was alw… said:
    Demi has such an amazing voice,she doesn’t belong on Disney.She could go so much further in her career without disney

    Yeah, now think about Selena: Is she talented like this too? I bet if Selena go out of Disney would she be so famous as Demi? I love her, but..

  • Anonimuss2.Oh

    music professionals have no respect for the singers Disney … some singers Disney can not sing and their albums are thanks to machines

    it is sad that talented people Miley, Jonas, Demi have no respect
    =================================

    Ummmmmmm…. O_e
    More like “talented ppl like Nick & Demi”. The rest of them can suck it.

  • TraceSTAN

    it is sad that talented people Miley, Jonas, Demi have no respect

    while i agree they get zero respect, they haven’t earned any yet. To say they write their own stuff is fine, but a 5 year can write a song, it has to be good. As soon as they grow up and lose the grade 5 poetry and standard cliche lyrics they might get somewhere.

  • rockstar101

    Nov 13, 2010 @ 11:42 am
    Anonimuss2.Oh said:

    music professionals have no respect for the singers Disney … some singers Disney can not sing and their albums are thanks to machines

    it is sad that talented people Miley, Jonas, Demi have no respect
    =================================

    Ummmmmmm…. O_e
    More like “talented ppl like Nick & Demi”. The rest of them can suck it.

    I agree.

  • deco

    Jonas for many people are only a Disney product, a band for kids and it’s sad