Born Hannah Alicia Smith, Birmingham-based DJ and producer Hannah Wants has developed quite a name for herself in the electronic music scene. Following an 18-month battle with breast cancer, the former professional soccer player-turned DJ/producer has ramped it up in full force, just wrapping up a month-long tour through the United States, as well as
Birmingham-born Hannah Wants (real name Hannah Alicia Smith) has proven herself a formidable force on more fields than one. A former professional soccer player on the English national team, Smith traded in her cleats for CDJs after a happenstantial run of showings in Ibiza nearly a decade ago. She soon began racking up eminent breakout DJ awards just a handful of years after.
Known worldwide for her SoundCloud mixtape series, Smith has made her meticulously crafted mark via the bassline-predicated, garage-y house strain that Brits are so ubiquitously known for. This style has caused her to continuously collide in her come up with the likes of fellow house habitue, Chris Lorenzo, who assisted in Smith’s hallmark club cuts, “What I Want” the Daft Punk “Technologic”-sampled “Rhymes,” as well as a length of others.
Smith recently took the next natural step in her ever-expanding career, establishing her own label, Etiquette, largely focused on housing her own most momentous releases. Dancing Astronaut recently got a chance to touch base with Hannah Wants, to find out about both her long-term and more acute vision for the Etiquette imprint, the genesis of her latest single, “Love Somebody,” as well as how she harnesses motivation from staying physically active, transferring her organic flow of endorphins the best way she knows how: into music production. Want-ing more? Open wide, because she’s also curated an hour-long, tech and bass-brimming mix specifically for the occasion.
What made you decide you were ready to start your own label?
Running a label was always something I wanted to do, but I’m a big believer in things rolling out at the right time. If you’re gonna do something, you’ve gotta do it properly and there’s actually a lot of background work to put in before you start. So I guess Etiquette had been a plan in motion since 2017.
Having my own productions at a level that I was finally happy with was also a big part of the label birth. “Bamboozle” was the opening track for the label and it was the first solo production I was 100% proud of and played in my sets.
Where did the inspiration for “Love Somebody” come from? You know what, it was a super sunny day and I was listening to “Good Love” in my car and the vocal hook got stuck in my head for days. So, I wanted to translate the vocal and some good vibes into a track for my sets.
Any short-term developments on the Etiquette front? I guess just that I’m super proud of the opening nine months of the label. We managed to sign one of my favorite producers in the game in that of Kevin Knapp, it was a proud moment to welcome him to the Etiquette family, and I’m hoping it won’t be the last we hear of him on the label. We’re consistently and heavily featured in the Beatport Hype charts which is a great look and we’ve got so much fire in the pipeline. It’s exciting times.
What’s the long-term goal with Etiquette? To be a familiar main base for what I believe to be by far my strongest productions to date and to represent and push both up-and-coming producers as well as already established names in the game. Our music policy is bass-influenced music across a wide and varied house genre.
What’s been your proudest moment in your professional career thus far? This is a very difficult question to answer as I’ve had many proud and happy moments over the past decade. In general, I’m just extremely proud on a daily basis to be doing what I love for a living. I’ve been in the game professionally for nine years now and it still feels like I’m just getting started, I got lots more I’m striving for in the next five to nine years.
Who or what has been your biggest non-electronic influence lately and why? This might be an unusual answer, but am I allowed to say the gym? It’s not a person, but hitting the gym daily or as regularly as possible contributes massively to my mood and motivation. When my brain has clarity, my avenues for influence and creativity are better, fresher, and wider. The stepping machine I’m currently on while doing this interview may have been an influence for this answer, also.
The UK house warrior, Hannah Wants returns to her own label, Etiquette, with a new solo production, “Love Somebody.” This latest bass-heavy tech house offering burnishes Wants’ reputation for bringing a unique flavor to the sound of her native England. The bassline on “Love Somebody” finds the intersection between bouncy and groovy while the well-placed vocal sample gracefully fills the mid-range without overpowering the rest of track.
This single is Wants’ fourth release on Etiquette and only the ninth release on the label overall. The imprint represents house and bass music from both up-and-coming artists and established names in the scene including Kevin Knapp, Vangelis Kostoxenakis, and Frederick & Kusse. Each release on Etiquette demonstrates the artists’ signature style combined with a sense of exploration.
Hannah Wants is back on her Etiquette imprint with a captivating new single, “Love Somebody.” Hannah builds upon the grooving, classically influenced sound that she’s come to make her own over the years, fusing a soulful vocal hook into a punchy, bass-heavy house foundation. https://www.beatport.com/release/love-somebody/2572337 It’s a veritable dance floor weapon to keep in the
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Earlier this week, the music world was blessed with a slew of remixes of Seven Lions, Wooli and Trivecta‘s “Island,” featuring takes from Sullivan King, TYNAN, and many more. Among these is a celestial reinvention from Au5. He’s created a meticulously pieced together version of the song, adding his signature melodic dubstep elements and a heavy helping of bass to craft an adaptation that’s all his own.
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Just days after announcing a nine-stop US tour, Hannah Wants has unveiled a new single on her Etiquette label, “Love Somebody.” The tech house tune, released in original mix and extended mix formats, consists of retro vocals over an irresistibly infectious beat. This one’s primed for a dance floor and practically begs listeners to keep their feet moving into the wee hours of the morning.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
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Hannah Wants is a true juggernaut. Despite going through possibly her biggest trial to date across 2017 and 2018, the stalwart came out on top and is ready to take on the USA for a full-fledged, headlining tour in June. She’ll be hitting multiple top cities across the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami under her freshly revamped “What Hannah Wants” concept.
Through “What Hannah Wants,” the veteran will be heralding back to her DJ roots, playing extended sets to diehard crowds and intimate, small venues. She’d roadtested this tour reincarnation in the UK and Ireland to great success. Along the way, Hannah will also be giving newer artists a platform to grow by handpicking opening acts that she feels deserve the spotlight.
The tour comes off the back of an upcoming single on her label Etiquette as well, titled “Love Somebody.” By the sound of it, the tune is an infectious vocal house ensemble that will heat up the dance floors that she conquers on her travels across the pond.
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One of the most notorious and prolific mixers in the game, Hannah Wants, has announced she will be launching her very own label, Etiquette, on October 12. Wants will be releasing some of her own original music under the new imprint, including her forthcoming “Close To You” and “You Keep Comin.” A variety of house and bass, both established and less-seasoned acts alike are set to follow suit soon after.
The watershed announcement for the British producer will be capped off by an exclusive launch party in East London. Wants has confirmed she and a slew of guests will be performing at the soiree, spinning from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., though the precise location has yet to be disclosed.
The news is quite a tonal shift from her announcement last week that she has been battling breast cancer since her diagnosis 18 months back. Wants has been bestowed titles like Mixmag‘s Breakthrough DJ of 2014 and navigated her way through dance music’s most sought-after hotbeds, like Ibiza’s Ibiza Rocks and Manchester’s The Warehouse Project.
Hannah Wants has revealed to fans that she has been battling breast cancer in a lengthy statement on social media. The international DJ heroine has gone public with her diagnosis after 18 months, detailing to fans how the life-changing discovery actually wound up being a transformative experience. She describes the music industry’s toll and the impacts that her demanding touring lifestyle had on the cancer diagnosis, and how her holistic approach to a cure has now resulted in a more balanced and healthy way of life. A reduced touring itinerary and a spiritual focus have been key in Hannah’s battle as well. The post ends on a reassuring note, as it seems the UK house force is on the road to recovery.