When you want something, it's not that easy. You have to know what you want and keep going for it.
Our choice to become independent again was about our belief in the relationship between us and our fans. We're passionate about the future of independent music.
About eight months in, we realized there was going to be more difficulty than we thought.
A lot of labels are hiring a lot more accountants than people that know music.
People don't realize who this band is always been because we're so young, and it's hard to get over that stigma.
Radio is a really strange business now, too. There's a very narrow door and a very few people control what gets played.
There's always a spattering of people who see Hanson who were influenced by classic '60's and '70's rock and roll. In a lot of ways, we're sort of the anatomy of a '70's rock band if you examine what we do: white guys who grew up listening to soul music from the '50's and '60's.
You have to lead people to get excited and be passionate and be activated by what you do.
You never get to pick how you get pinned and how people perceive you.
Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day.
As I discovered music, especially Rock 'n Roll, new territory was opened to me. I was lured by the unbridled rhythm of this art form. It was like gasoline on the fire of my youthful spirit.
I want to be able to talk about changing the world through your actions and being a generation that is aware and a force to be reckoned with - and at the same time be dancing.
Hopefully, there's a place in music for Tinted Windows. If we're really trying to be iconic, we should just stop right now. If one of us could die, that would also help. But I don't think anybody wants that gig.
I know for my wife and I, we always loved the idea of being young parents. It is an incredibly inspiring and challenging job being a parent, and as it turns out, being young really helps you keep up.
The Tinted Windows shows were very fun but it's very different for me as a performer. I'm not playing music - I'm just singing and I missed that. I miss rocking out on keys, drums, guitar... whatever it is.