Meet Mac Hanson, Pop Trio Hanson's Aspiring Rock Star Younger Brother, With New Band Joshua & the Holy Rollers: Exclusive


Mac’s band Joshua & the Holy Rollers’ new music video “Hey Hey” is premiering in the present day on Billboard.

With his soulful, gritty voice and easy rocker vibes, there are few clues that the cigarette-smoking, long-haired crooner singing concerning the darkish sides of temptation in his new music video for “Hey Hey” is the 24-year-old youthful sibling of the brother trio that made up late-'90s pop-rock powerhouse, Hanson.

He grew up within the shadow of his “MMMBop” singing siblings (37-year-old Isaac, 35-year-old Taylor and 32-year-old Zac,) and initially shunned a profession in music — however 21 years since his brothers first topped the charts, Mac Hanson is about to make his personal mark in music along with his band, Joshua & the Holy Rollers.

“Growing up, music was one thing I relegated to my brothers — that was their factor, and I felt I wanted to find my very own identification,” the singer admits as he debuts the video completely on Billboard. “Looking again, I see how satisfaction and ego can get in the best way of what you need to do or are supposed to do. I notice now that my hesitancy in direction of doing music was largely worry — worry of the way it would possibly look or be perceived.”


“I’d be mendacity if I stated a part of that worry wasn't additionally [accusations of] nepotism,” he provides. “Part of my complete battle of determining who I’m and what to do with myself has been making an attempt to carve out my very own means, and never be recognized by [my brothers]. I like and respect them and their music, however it’s important to create your personal personhood.”

Spending his childhood the one means he knew how — on tour along with his household, with a good friend circle consisting of roadies — it was solely pure that music was engrained in Mac early on. He wrote his first music at 14, impressed by unrequited love. While his brothers belted out their hits to venues around the globe, loud and boisterous Mac — maybe making an attempt to be heard over the piercing screams that trailed his brothers — was consistently instructed to calm down and “use his inside voice.”

Coupled with these fears of nepotism accusations, he prevented the trail well-trodden by his household and began school at simply 14 (aided by years of home-schooling), the place he studied cinematography, video manufacturing and English. Relocating to Los Angeles at 16, Mac discovered work within the movie trade, modifying, writing, directing and likewise dabbling in appearing.


Although music remained a ardour, it wasn't till an enlightening tenting journey to Joshua Tree National Park that he determined it was time to pursue the household enterprise.

“I used to be sitting on prime of a rock watching the solar fall behind mountains, enjoying guitar and writing music, and simply felt an upswell in my soul,” remembers the singer, whose full identify is Joshua Mackenzie Hanson. “I stood on prime of this rock, ripped off my shirt and yelled into the gap, ‘I’m fucking loud. Deal with it!’ [I had] been instructed to make use of my inside voice my complete life. I’m huge and loud and there’s a sure identification there that I hadn't come to phrases with, however I lastly acknowledged it was one thing I wanted to be pleased with and embrace, and a part of embracing that loudness and my musical tendencies meant leaning into that ability set.”

Armed with the best lesson instilled in him from his brothers’ success and struggles — “to seize maintain of the reigns your self and never await another person to make it occur for you” — Mac got down to make a file. But whereas some might need assumed his well-known surname would assist, by the tip of 2017, he discovered himself “up in opposition to a brick wall,” with none of his musical ambitions coming collectively. Swallowing his satisfaction, he turned to the household he had been making an attempt to set himself aside from for thus lengthy.

“I reached out to my eldest brother [Isaac] and at last, absolving myself of my satisfaction and worry, I requested if he’d assist me file,” says Mac, who performs six devices. “He instantly stated, ‘Yes, in fact. We’re doing this!’ which was such a beautiful, full-circle second.”

“We had talked about it earlier than, as a result of just a few years again I introduced a music once I went house for Christmas and we recorded it, and I believe it was the primary time he acknowledged how a lot life expertise had been occurring between Christmases and between our ongoing lives,” he provides. “It was a very symbiotic second, seeing that we’re all extra alike than we care to acknowledge — and we acknowledge numerous likeness already!”

As a co-producer, Isaac grew to become a vital a part of the recording course of, with Mac including it was particularly useful to have his enter as a vocalist.

“Isaac was the primary particular person to ever give me a vocal lesson, and thank God as a result of in any other case who is aware of what would have occurred!” he says. “It’s onerous to completely encapsulate how a lot he delivered to the desk — all the things a producer, a brother and a 25-year veteran of the trade might carry. The music wouldn't have been near nearly as good with out Isaac.”

It was Isaac who satisfied Mac to launch “Hey Hey” as his first single. The monitor is his most private but, centering on temptations and their ugly penalties. Just like a woman impressed Mac’s first music at 14, a decade later it was one other woman fueling his first single as he grappled with deceit. “I used to be sitting in my bathtub calling this woman and simply shaking with rage, feeling so deceived and damage,” he says. “I stated, ‘Everything you could have of me — each present, each image — burn all of it! We can not discuss ever once more.’”

Directing the video himself, Mac referred to as on friends like Big Bang Theory star and “fantastic supporter,” Johnny Galecki, to assist with the 26-hour shoot.

An EP, titled Tribulations, will observe earlier than the yr’s finish. Echoing Mac’s journey to seek out and embrace his musical future, the songs heart on discovering one’s place on the planet, and vary from rock ballads to calypso jazz numbers.

It’s the antithesis to the sunny pop-rock his brothers (who’re nonetheless touring and have a double EP, String Theory, releasing on Nov. 9) are broadly remembered for, however Mac insists the contrasting type was unintentional. After all, he was singing alongside to Paul Simon and rocking out to Aerosmith as a “chubby, curly-haired 9-year-old child.”

“My brothers and I’ve comparable style, however someplace alongside the road, I began listening to much more rock’n’roll — Aerosmith, Queen, Van Morrison, Black Crowes,” he says. “So, I believe my music is only a reflection of how very totally different our lives have been and my pure tendency [towards harder rock]. There was undoubtedly by no means a thought to being one thing totally different. I simply wrote the songs that have been sitting in my head, and it seems they have been a special type of sound.”

Watch Joshua & the Holy Rollers' new music video "Hey Hey," premiering completely on Billboard beneath.