No matter what, I will always hope for that day when I look around and can say, 'Oh yeah, I wrote a song that touched me emotionally the way that a song like 'She's Got A Way,' by Billy Joel did.'
There are some seminal things that happened in the '70s for me: Billy Joel and Jackson 5.
Hanson will be associated with 'MMMBop' and long blonde hair in the same way the Beatles are associated with mop tops and suits.
We pushed our first record, 'Boomerang,' to different labels, but it was hard for them to see though the 'white guys singing R&B' thing.
Being an entrepreneur means being a creative businessperson.
There are very few people who have done more than one Christmas album.
My parents were never condescending to us. They treated us like adults from a very young age.
I joke that we're not dissimilar to a rock band in the '70s.
Texas is a pretty free state.
Most of our shows are about two and a half hours long.
The premise of anything you do - whether it's writing a song or any business - is ultimately that it hinges heavily on your belief in the thing that you're doing and promoting and selling. It's a reflection of who you are in a very deep way.
We've sold over 100,000 records so far, and we're an independent label.
We said from the very beginning that we're in this for the long haul.
We're Midwestern guys who grew up listening to soul music.
I was totally offended when people said we were like *Nsync. I've got nothing against them. I know those guys. But comparing us was lame. It was apples and oranges.
Yes it was we, are a few years back parted from our record company and took the album that we were making with them and released it independently in the United States had a number one Independent debut in the United States.
Don't misunderstand good manners for passivity.
Hanson is not the pop band that a lot of people think we are. I think we're a lot more rooted in a lot of music history... we're songwriters, we're singers, we're players first. We're not entertainers, we're not celebrities, and frankly, we don't really want to be.
As much as we were very proud of being a pop band, I know we never felt like we fit into that category.
I think there are a variety of misconceptions that go along with what 'MMMBop' and our band has been perceived as from the beginning, but I have absolutely no qualms whatsoever about playing 'MMMBop.'