It’s been 20 years since Hanson released their first hit album. Sally Coates chats to youngest brother Zac ahead of their Gold Coast show
In 1997, pre-teengirls everywhere fell in love with the floppy haired brothers, Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson and their evidently timeless boppy melodies. It’s been a wild ride, but they’ve handled it well. You were 12 years old when Middle of Nowhere was released. How did you manage to avoid the whole child celebrity breakdown? We never surrounded ourselves with people that would be a bad influence and I just wasn’t that wowed by the sex appeal of crazy girls when I was 12 years old. Women screaming at you isn’t that appealing. It’s actually pretty scary when a girl screams and starts crying and throwing herself at you. A couple of years down the road you need someone who offers something more. I was lucky enough to meet my wife when I was 15 at a Hanson concert. But having said that, if I had started at 15 things would have been different. You and your brothers would have been spending a lot of time together – how didn’t you kill each other? People always want to know ‘You were so young, how did you survive it?’ I look at it like we were so young and that’s exactly why we had such a good connection. We were peers and we went through everything together. We were supported by each other. Being brothers has been a huge positive for us. We’ve been able to make a lot of good and bad choices together. Being the 20th anniversary of Middle of Nowhere you must reflect on what’s changed in that time. What stands out to you? Social media is more shocking now than ever, people are literally killing each other on it. People think they need to live on social media but it’s a reflection of who you are. There is this amazing combination that happens when you have success and infatuation and people who identify deeply with what you do – people you don’t even know. I’m constantly impressed and honoured but also a little scared and a little bit embarrassed – the relationships people think they have. I think it’s a little harder to know your way in the modern world. Do you mean for everyday people or musicians? Both, but for musicians obviously there are pros and cons. You’re expected – you need – to send out a pic twice a day, be on top of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tweet all the time. It’s a lot. But we always saw that despite this social media is a huge asset. You can connect with fans. Being from Oklahoma, we can only get around the world so much – we can’t tour everywhere so this allows us to. Hanson perform at The Star, June 24.
Brothers Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson will entertain fans at The Star on June 24.