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Sixty seconds with Taylor Hanson



Indy: You and your brothers topped the charts with "MMMBop" back in 1997, at a time when you were still just teenagers. These days, especially after [2007 album] The Walk, you seem to have convinced a lot of people that Hanson's grown into a very credible group. What would you say that album has done for you?

TH: It's a record that's kind of about saying we're survivors. The Walk is the journey. It's not a run. It's not a sprint. It's not a chase. And the record has done that throughout this process. [It's proven] we're not going anywhere.

Indy: One of the major moves you made came with your third CD [Underneath], when you negotiated your release from Island Def Jam and formed your own label [3CG Records]. Why did you decide that self-releasing your albums was the way to go?

TH: We found ourselves having sold millions of records, standing in boardrooms with corporate label guys from a rap label that had no idea what to do with us. We have never been told or been able to believe we couldn't do something. So with the [3CG] label, we weren't afraid of it.

Indy: You've continued to do one-mile barefoot walks with fans before shows on this tour, partnering with TOMS Shoes to donate shoes to those in need. What are those walks like for the three of you?

TH: It's great because we've had such an opportunity to impart some of our personal feelings in a very direct way with our fans, and just thank them for coming. We've had anything from 100 people to 1,000 people just on the walks we've done before our shows. So it's pretty cool and it definitely makes our days interesting.

At the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Nov. 3.

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