“Hannah Wants (aka Hannah Alicia Smith) is a star rapidly rising through the ranks not just in Birmingham but throughout the UK and beyond.” - music blog.
Hannah Wants is a self-taught house music DJ from Birmingham. She mixes a variety of house genres but her style is often heavily ‘bass’ influenced.
In 2012 alone, Hannah has played alongside the likes of Annie Mac, Disclosure, Justin Martin, Marcus Nasty, Danny Howard, Huxley, SBTRKT, Roska, Jamie George, Oneman, Redlight, Magnetic Man, Mak & Pasteman and XXXY.
Having been brought up in a musically orientated family Hannah was surrounded by a mixture of sounds such as Soul, R&B, Alternative Rock, Indie and 80’s/90’s house and electro from a very early age and her passion for music was easily established.
As Hannah grew older so did her ambition in wanting to become a DJ which would enable her to show off her style and preference of music to the masses. She developed a love for the late 90’s/early 2000’s house, speed/uk garage genres and on her seventeenth birthday was fortunate enough to receive her first set of vinyl decks. With nothing but a pair of Technics, Allen and Heath mixer and an ever-expanding cross-genre vinyl collection Hannah found her forte.
In 2010 Hannah decided to spend the summer in Ibiza in a brave attempt to gain DJ experience, musical knowledge and a positive reputation. With her unique style she quickly made a name for herself gaining a residency at Hush, winning three DJ competitions and playing at numerous clubs, bars and boat parties across the isle including Eden, Es Paradis, Space, Viva, and Vodka Club. It was in Ibiza that Hannah secured her first UK residency for one of the Midlands’ largest events GLAS.
Since returning from Ibiza at the end of September in 2010 Hannah Wants continued to impress the crowds and gained a fast-growing reputation across the country and played at major clubbing events in a a variety of cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Bradford, Leeds and London.
2011 was another big year as Hannah Wants began headlining clubbing events in the UK. In June, she returned to Ibiza for two months and played at various events / clubs such as Space, Eden, Es Paradis, Hush, Plastik, and Hed Kandi, as well as holding her own weekly night at Viva where her music selection / DJ style gained her many a fan. Upon Hannah’s second return from the Balearics, her DJ’ing career and reputation as one of the UK’s hottest talents, has gone from strength to strength.
In 2012 Hannah Wants has; won a Mixmag DJ competition, DJ’d at an underground warehouse rave in Germany, mini-toured in South Africa, played at events such as Creamfields, Annie Mac Presents, 2.31, Cream and has guest mixed on both Rinse FM & Kiss FM.
Although primarily a DJ, Hannah has always had a huge interest in the production of music and some her more recent tracks have been getting support from the likes of Shadow Child, Justin Martin, Claude Von Stroke, Eats Everything, B. Traits, Kry Wolf, Ben UFO, Chris James, Huxley, Gorgon City, Andi Durrant, Foamo, Marcus Nasty, Andy George & Jaymo, and DJ Q to name a few.
Hannah’s tracks have been supported on and received numerous plays on national radio stations; BBC Radio 1, Capital FM, 1Xtra, Kiss FM and Rinse FM.
Entering into 2013, things are already looking busy and Hannah appears set for a big, break-through year. Gigs are already locked in all around England including Manchester, Bristol, London, Leeds, Birmingham and Exeter, playing at some of the most reputable house music events such as Troupe at XOYO, The Exchange, Cream, 2.31 and playing alongside the likes of Ben Pearce, DJ EZ, Hot Since 82, Darius Syrossian, Roska, Kim Fai and Shadow Child.
Hannah Wants will be featured in February’s Mixmag issue as their “Keep An Eye On” artist which sits nicely with an EP release on Food Music consisting of “Dappy” and “None A Them” which is due for release in February / March. An exclusive guest mix is also set to drop on MistaJams BBC Radio 1/1Xtra show in the new year (date tbc).
With a strong ambition to build her ever growing status as a unique, credible and standout DJ/artist, 2013 is set to be her best yet.