|3T is back|
|3T made their debut ten years
ago. The boys – who are also famous for being Michael Jackson’s nephews – have been out of the spotlight
for quite a while. But they are now back with the top-10 hit Stuck On You, and their new album Identify is soon to follow.
Why such a long hiatus? TJ, Taj and Taryll tell their story.|
3T first entered the charts in 1995 with the hits Anything
and Why. Their album Brotherhood, which was produced by Michael Jackson, went gold. Michael Jackson would also be the cause
of problems between the group and their record company, Sony. “Our new album should have been out in 1999,” says
Taryll. 3T are in chilly Holland to promote their new single and upcoming album. However, the boys do not arrive in a limo
with darkened windows accompanied by gorilla-sized bodyguards, as we’ve come to expect from other Jacksons. 3T want
to stay as “normal” as they can. During our interview it became obvious that the boys hate the glitter and glamour
that so often go along with star status.
3T is happy to be back in Holland. “The fans have
never forgotten us and for that we’re thankful. We knew they were waiting for a new album,” says TJ, who is happy
to give us the low-down on the band’s long silence.” It was mainly the fault of the record company. Differences
between uncle Michael and Sony meant we couldn’t release the album. It had already been recorded and everything. We
were bursting with music and creative ideas, but since Sony had all the rights to the songs, we couldn’t perform them.
We almost felt like prisoners. We were finally released from our contract in 2002. We had to write a completely new album
and we also now have our own record label.” During their absence from the music scene, the boys have been anything but
idle. Taj: “We kept busy alright. Hard not to when you love music so much. We wrote songs and kept working hard at our
music. We also finished school. Since we were really young when we started out, school work did take a backseat then. As hard
as it was, we have always tried to be regular teenagers.”
It would be hard not to
want to discuss the Jackson family, what is up with Michael and the child sex charges against him and Janet and her infamous
bare breast incident. The brothers laugh about it all. Taj: “Our family is always in the news. Always has been and probably
always will be. In the US everything is blown out of all proportion in the media. Rumors take on a life of their own. And
of course the media love running stories that put you in a bad light. We’ve learned to take everything with a pinch
of salt. We don’t even bother to read the lies people print about our family.” The boys are reticent about their
uncle Michael. “All we want to say about Uncle Michael is that we stand behind him. We are completely convinced of his
innocence. He is a special man, a real idealist who wouldn’t hurt anyone. As he says in his song, he wants to heal the
world and make it a better place. One of the most important things he taught us is to say what you think and to enjoy each
beautiful moment. He has always supported us in our career and we will always be grateful to him. Without Uncle Michael, there
would never have been a 3T.” Is it difficult being a Jackson? “Being famous can be difficult. The spotlight is
always on you and you have no privacy. However much we wanted it, we couldn’t be regular kids. But it does have its
advantages. We really grew up surrounded by music. There was always music at home. I remember well seeing Michael Jackson
perform when we were still little boys. Our dad, Tito, was a member of the Jackson Five. He was another great inspiration.
He taught us that you have to develop your own style, a style you can be proud of.
gay-night.nl 2004 -
by Anneke Ruys
2004-2011 "3T's Detour" detour3t.com