Photo: Jack Kirwin
Hannah Wants has an infectious enthusiasm for dance music and it permeates in everything she does. From her festival-conquering DJ sets to her bi-monthly mixtape series and dancefloor-devastating productions, her energy seems boundless and you get the sense she’s savouring every moment of her sky-rocketing career. “I wake up every day with a smile on my face knowing I’m living my DJ dream” she tells us, taking time out from her current UK Tour which has already seen sold out shows in Cardiff, Manchester and London. “I want to be the best I can be for as long as I can, so I’ll just continue to work hard, embrace each day and see where this crazy journey takes me!”
So far that "crazy journey" has reached dizzying heights. Last year alone she scored a top 20 hit with ‘Rhymes’, played every festival worth its salt and achieved one of her personal ambitions of playing Amnesia’s sacred terrace – where she’ll be returning as resident for another season at Together this summer: “To be a resident for the second year running is just fully surreal” she beams. “The room is perfect, the sound is amazing and the feeling you get when you’re behind the decks playing to thousands of people raving on their holiday...it’s incredible.”
Before booking your holiday to Ibiza however, there’s the small matter of a party in Glasgow this Friday where she’ll be joined by legendary junglist-turned-house-head, DJ Zinc, at SWG3. “I’m hyped to be returning! Everyone knows the Scottish crowd are up there with the best crowds in the world” she confirms. Having played everywhere from Australia to Canada, that accolade definitely comes from experience.
With everything that she’s achieved so far, you might wonder if there are any goals Hannah is still chasing? “Of course!” she exclaims. “If you haven’t got goals and ambitions, why would you be doing it?"
Listen to Hannah’s forthcoming release on Toolroom, ‘Just’, as well as the most recent installment of her mix series. You can also read our full interview with Hannah below:
SynthGlasgow: You’ve just embarked on a nationwide What Hannah Wants tour, with many of the dates sold out already; what’s the response been like at the parties so far and are you looking forward to returning to Glasgow?
Hannah: I’ve played two dates so far, Cardiff and Bournemouth, and they both exceeded any expectations I had. We worked so hard on getting the production of the tour to fit the brand...dark, raw, ravey vibes. And we’ve booked DJ’s we know can deliver; it’s such a good feeling when it all comes together. Both shows were a sell out and the crowds were immense. I’m a happy girl!
About Glasgow...I’m hyped to be returning! Everyone knows the Scottish crowd are up there with the best crowds in the world. I can’t wait to see how crazy we gonna get!
SG: You recently announced that you’ll be a resident for Together at Amnesia this summer which is really exciting. You played there a couple times last year – can you describe what it’s like being in control of a room like The Terrace?
Hannah: It’s kinda hard to describe. Playing on the terrace of Amnesia was a career goal of mine for YEARS, so to now be a resident for the second year running is just fully surreal. The room is perfect, the sound is amazing and the feeling you get when you’re behind the decks playing to thousands of people raving on their holiday...it’s incredible. Arrrghhhh...you’ve got me daydreaming now! Roll on the summer!
SG: When we spoke to you last May you said that Ibiza “was the perfect place to start pursuing my dream”. At the risk or sounding overly sentimental, do you feel that dream has come true?
Hannah: 100%. I wake up every day with a smile on my face knowing I’m living my DJ dream. Don’t get me wrong, it’s taken me years to get here, but then again so it should.
I have lots of personal career goals I’m yet to achieve and I want to be the best I can be for as long as I can, so I’ll just continue to work hard, embrace each day and see where this crazy journey takes me!
Photo: Dan Reid
SG: Your gig schedule has been pretty much non-stop for the last year, but you still find time to compile your bi-monthly mixtape series. How important are the mixes in terms of sharing your passion and staying connected with fans on a personal level?
Hannah: The mixtapes provide a great deal of bi-monthly stress, let me tell you! Haha! Finding the time is sometimes so difficult but preparation is key - I’m OCD with organisation which helps and they’re so important to me I refuse to let the mixtape timeline slip. I always make it happen one way or another.
You’re right in saying that they’re my way of staying connected and personal with the people who support and follow me. They allow me to show the whole of me as an artist and delve into all the genres and sub-genres I’m feeling, some of which I obviously couldn’t play in a peak time DJ set.
SG: We just had a listen to your new track on Toolroom which is sounding hot! When do you find time for production work?
Hannah: Production is something I worked on long and hard behind the scenes during the whole of 2015 and it’s something that I’ll be spending more time on moving forward. I’ve been working on finding my sound as a solo artist and I’m sooooo excited for my music to start getting released going forward. ‘Just' will be the first release this year and there’s lots more where that came from.
SG: Finally, 2016 is gearing up to be another special year for you. How far into the future do you think about in terms if your career? Are there any ambitions or goals you’re still pursuing?
Hannah: Of course! If you haven’t got goals and ambitions, why would you be doing it? I’m not gonna tell you what they are though. What’s that saying!? “Work hard in silence; let the success do the talking.”
At the risk of sounding all deep, I set both short and long-term goals and I strive towards them every day! Look at EZ’s career, it’s both lengthy and legendary. That’s what dreams are made of!
The What Hannah Wants Tour comes to SWG3 in Glasgow on Fri 11th March with support from DJ Zinc and SYV. Room 2 will feature Silicone Soul, Mia Dora and Stefan Janik. Advance tickets are available from Gigs In Scotland. Hannah Wants ‘Just’ is March 4th on Toolroom.