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

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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.

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