Interview: Hannah Wants

Straight out of Birmingham, Hannah stepped out from behind her West Midlands backdrop to represent electronic music on the global stage. If you like your Deep House and Bass, or you’re simply an occasional frequenter of nightclubs; it’s unlikely you haven’t heard of Hannah Wants. Recently, she took up residency at Ibiza’s famous nightclub Amnesia, headlined the 14,000 strong Relentless Energy Stage at Leeds Festival and this September saw her play her first Pacha Festival in Amsterdam. Seemingly unstoppable and with a thirst to take her DJ status above and beyond, we caught up Hannah to find out more about how she first learnt to master the decks and the complicated process behind those ever-popular mixtapes.

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How did first get involved in electronic music? Did you always want to be a DJ?

I’ve been passionate about music since I can remember and I started going out to raves around the age of 16. Music has always been my life, I wanted to be a DJ literally the first time I stepped into my first club and saw what a DJ was and what he was doing to the dance floor. It was from that moment my little DJ dream began.

Where did you first learn to DJ and use the decks?

I learned to DJ when I was 16 on a pair of Numark belt drive turntables. I set the decks up in my bedroom, locked the door and just taught myself. At first I didn’t even know I had to adjust track tempos haha, it took a while but it was fun and I feel self teaching definitely allowed for a unique mixing/DJ style.

What’s involved in the whole process of putting together a mix tape?

It’s a long one! I’ll start short listing for the next mixtape as soon as I’ve uploaded the most recent, the more choice you have music wise when you come to start the mix, the better. Then for me it’s all about the journey of the mix. I like it to start more chill, head into peak set kinda business, and then I always end my bi-monthly mixtape series with some downtempo beats.

What are you looking for in a track when you mix songs for mixtapes?

It’s just gotta fit. I like to dig deep for tracks, I love going through old hard drives to find some old gems that I haven’t heard or played in a while but still bang. I go through hundreds of promos each week and then hunt on websites whenever I can find the time, if I love it then it’ll find it’s way onto the mix.

Best electronic dance track of 2016?

Hard question as there have been so many great tracks released this year. One that’s featuring heavily in my sets right now is Bastian Bux – Screenshot, so so good!

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What’s your stance on the issues UK nightlife venues are facing, for example Fabric in London?

It’s a sad and real scary situation, especially in London. We’re losing way too many clubs and closing down venues is not going to be the solution to the problem in my opinion, it’s just gonna push raves back to being underground which will be far more dangerous in terms of the health and safety of everybody. The UK has some of the best clubs and holds some of the best events in the world and it’s gotta remain that way!

What’s your biggest highlight as an artist so far?

That’s another tough one, there have been many over the years and for different reasons. Waking up each day knowing I’m living my dream is an overall highlight… I love what I do, I’m happy and that’s what it’s all about.

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