Meet Hannah Wants
Hannah Wants.

Hannah Wants. Courtesy of Craig Fleming.

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Hannah Wants may be best known for producing house music beats with an infectious bassline, but the acclaimed artist was formerly a professional soccer player. 

The house music producer left the sport when she was 23-years-old to pursue her passion for music. Wants says that she suffered from compartment syndrome, which is a condition that caused her to often be in intense pain from the knees down, and unfortunately the surgery she underwent for it didn’t fix the issue. “So that, along with the fact that I was getting in from the clubs at 7 a.m., showering then heading back out to play premier league football (soccer), obviously wasn’t working,” she says.  “It just felt like the right time to hang up my boots and pursue my other passion in DJing.”

Given that she was a former athlete, fitness has always been important to Wants, but she adds it became even more important to her after she was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago at the age of 30. The tastemaker says that she chose to heal holistically after her surgery instead of seeking conventional treatments, adding that diet and exercise have been key to her recovery. Even when she’s busy touring, Wants makes a point to keep up with her fitness regimens, noting that she actually finds it easier to train while on tour because she has more responsibilities when she’s home.

Wants is currently on her “What Hannah Wants” tour, where she is performing special edition extended sets. “When I play longer sets, I like to go on more of a journey,” she notes. “I like to play tracks that people may never have heard or may have not heard for years. I like to play music that I played years ago, yet still work in my sets today. I really enjoy building the sets and taking the crowd on a journey with me.” 

Notably, the producer is also personally scouting for local talent to open for her on her “What Hannah Wants” tour. The artists says she remembers how difficult it was to “get a foot in the door” when she was beginning in her career, so she hopes to help others by offering them the opportunity to open for her. Wants is finding these local acts by asking up and coming talent to send in a mix and an application form, and she has also found openers by hearing other people hype up artists. “It’s actually a really enjoyable thing to do,” she says. “I’ve had some great DJs join me on tour and made a few friends along the way, also.”

According to Wants, her background is in bassline house, speed garage and old skool UKG, but she now considers herself a house DJ who has always been influenced by bass. Fans who attend her tour can hear her newer sound, along with some of her older tracks and other genres, like techno or something with a minimal beat, she says. Wants released a hit track last year dubbed ‘Bamboozle,’ and it was the first song to be released off her record label, Etiquette. The artist notes that ‘Bamboozle’ was the first track she released where she felt she had found her sound.   

“If I’m honest, I wasn’t 100% on my solo releases pre ‘Bamboozle,’ and it was a big lesson learned because once something is out there, there’s no taking it back,” Wants says. “My collaborations early on in my career were harder in sound to what I make and play now, and when the bass scene that I was once in got harder I transitioned into more of the house music scene. I guess I just hadn’t found my rhythm as a solo producer. ‘Bamboozle’ was a pivotal track in my career as it was the first solo production where I was 100%, playing every set and one that I was genuinely proud of. Lessons learned: every release post ‘Bamboozle’ has and will be released under the same premise.”

As for what’s next: Wants says she is back to touring after taking “time off from the long haul tours” due to her cancer diagnosis, but she is excited to be playing in North America more.

Learn more about Hannah Wants here.

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Hannah Wants may be best known for producing house music beats with an infectious bassline, but the acclaimed artist was formerly a professional soccer player. 

The house music producer left the sport when she was 23-years-old to pursue her passion for music. Wants says that she suffered from compartment syndrome, which is a condition that caused her to often be in intense pain from the knees down, and unfortunately the surgery she underwent for it didn’t fix the issue. “So that, along with the fact that I was getting in from the clubs at 7 a.m., showering then heading back out to play premier league football (soccer), obviously wasn’t working,” she says.  “It just felt like the right time to hang up my boots and pursue my other passion in DJing.”

Given that she was a former athlete, fitness has always been important to Wants, but she adds it became even more important to her after she was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago at the age of 30. The tastemaker says that she chose to heal holistically after her surgery instead of seeking conventional treatments, adding that diet and exercise have been key to her recovery. Even when she’s busy touring, Wants makes a point to keep up with her fitness regimens, noting that she actually finds it easier to train while on tour because she has more responsibilities when she’s home.

Wants is currently on her “What Hannah Wants” tour, where she is performing special edition extended sets. “When I play longer sets, I like to go on more of a journey,” she notes. “I like to play tracks that people may never have heard or may have not heard for years. I like to play music that I played years ago, yet still work in my sets today. I really enjoy building the sets and taking the crowd on a journey with me.” 

Notably, the producer is also personally scouting for local talent to open for her on her “What Hannah Wants” tour. The artists says she remembers how difficult it was to “get a foot in the door” when she was beginning in her career, so she hopes to help others by offering them the opportunity to open for her. Wants is finding these local acts by asking up and coming talent to send in a mix and an application form, and she has also found openers by hearing other people hype up artists. “It’s actually a really enjoyable thing to do,” she says. “I’ve had some great DJs join me on tour and made a few friends along the way, also.”

According to Wants, her background is in bassline house, speed garage and old skool UKG, but she now considers herself a house DJ who has always been influenced by bass. Fans who attend her tour can hear her newer sound, along with some of her older tracks and other genres, like techno or something with a minimal beat, she says. Wants released a hit track last year dubbed ‘Bamboozle,’ and it was the first song to be released off her record label, Etiquette. The artist notes that ‘Bamboozle’ was the first track she released where she felt she had found her sound.   

“If I’m honest, I wasn’t 100% on my solo releases pre ‘Bamboozle,’ and it was a big lesson learned because once something is out there, there’s no taking it back,” Wants says. “My collaborations early on in my career were harder in sound to what I make and play now, and when the bass scene that I was once in got harder I transitioned into more of the house music scene. I guess I just hadn’t found my rhythm as a solo producer. ‘Bamboozle’ was a pivotal track in my career as it was the first solo production where I was 100%, playing every set and one that I was genuinely proud of. Lessons learned: every release post ‘Bamboozle’ has and will be released under the same premise.”

As for what’s next: Wants says she is back to touring after taking “time off from the long haul tours” due to her cancer diagnosis, but she is excited to be playing in North America more.

Learn more about Hannah Wants here.

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