Hannah Wants just wants you to “Love Somebody.” Following an 18-month battle with breast cancer, the former professional soccer player-turned DJ/producer is back with a new single and tour to coincide.
Deemed the “child of the garage generation,” the 33-year-old has been consistently unleashing mixtapes and projects for her loyal fanbase, while shutting down stages all across the world. In 2015, she began to pay her success forward through her What Hannah Wants touring concept — where she picks local talent in each market as support for her gig.
Now she’s had a renewed mentality, shifting her focus into wellness on top of the music. Her new single, “Love Somebody” is released through her own Etiquette Records imprint. EDM.com chatted with Wants on her one-day stop in Los Angeles to discuss the health is wealth lifestyle and her desire to put on up and coming DJs.
EDM.com: What was the creative process behind “Love Somebody?”
Hannah Wants: The initial idea for this tune came when I was driving in my car and I had Inner City’s “Good Love” on repeat. The vocal hook remained in my head for a hot minute; I thought it’d sound great reinvigorated for something I could play in my sets. When you’re making music and it gives you goosebumps, you know you’re on the right path. I wanted feelgood house music vibes and something that’s gonna translate well in both clubs and festival stages. After being road tested thoroughly in my UK.. and Ireland What Hannah Wants tour now that I've just started festival season, I’m happy to say the mission has been accomplished.
How’s balancing tour life with being mostly plant based?
That totally depends on which country I’m in. America’s actually fucking amazing on the whole, one of the easiest countries in the world to eat clean and healthy. Before I land in my next destination, I’ve generally already Googled the life outta' my location and found out my nearest organic juicery and salad bars. Luckily, I usually don’t have far to go!
What’s your cheat meal?
I’m a sucker for a Chinese take out. My level of hangover dictates my level of cheat.
What is the What Hannah Wants tour concept?
The What Hannah Wants tour concept speaks for itself. It’s what I want. putting on a branded tour allows me to have more control over different aspects of the events - things like support lineups, production, venues, choosing longer set times, etc. It’s much more tailored tour and much more of a representation of me as an artist.
Can you tell us more about your talent searches and the process that goes into that?
When I put on a What Hannah Wants tour in the U.K., I always look to find some up-and-coming DJ talent to join me on tour and play the opening set, which in my opinion is one of the hardest sets of the night. Warming up a club room right is a skill! I’m aiming to roll this out worldwide eventually, but the planning and man hours it takes to coordinate is monumental. It’ll be done when I can do it right.
I remember how difficult it was to get a foot in the door. It’s important to give back and help others if you’re in a position to do so. I’ve ran competitions back home where up and coming DJs send in a mix and application form, I chose DJs to come and play the opening set for each of my tour dates. I’ve asked for, hunted for, and am hyped about up and coming DJs and put them on my lineups as warm-up. It’s actually a really enjoyable thing to do, I’ve had some great DJs join me on tour and made a few friends along the way.
What's your favorite part about playing the States?
How welcoming the people and the crowds are. Everyone’s so friendly; it’s refreshing and nice! Whenever I tour America, I always feel the maddest emotions and I don’t think it’ll ever change. It’s the most humbling experience to rock up in a club on the other side of the world, and have a room of people waiting for you to do what you do. I speak with people who have traveled for hours and hours to make the gig, people who come to multiple gigs on my tour, people who tell me they love my doggy Ivor and have him as their screensaver. I always leave the club feeling hella grounded and grateful for life. I really appreciate it all.
What can we expect music wise in the future?
“Love Somebody” was released last month, that’s been working well in my sets for about six months now. It’s a release I’m super stoked with. In terms of the future, I’m sitting on a nice amount of music at the moment. I actually finished a collaboration with one of my favorite producers, which I’m really excited about! That’s all I can really say at the moment, just keep your eyes and ears peeled!