The stratospheric rise of Hannah Wants has put her firmly centre stage for 2015...
Able to announce a new show on Radio 1 at the same time as she receives her Best of British Breakthrough DJ award, Hannah Wants now has two things that most DJs would happily stir-fry their own small intestine for.
“I’ve been DJing for over a decade now and it’s an art that I’m really passionate about, so I’m really glad that I’ve been recognised,” she beams. “I want to thank everyone who voted because it means the world to me.”
But they’re not the only things Hannah has that sets her apart from other DJs. For the Birmingham lass has also inspired her own dance move: the hands folded in a W shape that make the crowd look like the Wu-Tang Clan’s rave wing wherever she plays.
“I didn’t start it — it could have been one of my friends behind the decks — but now it’s just spread,” she laughs. “It’s unique and cool to have all those Ws up there though.”
Those Ws have been seen all around the world this year, with Hannah spinning her rough bassline house sound everywhere from America to Ibiza to Croatia to festivals like Creamfields which she says “I’ve dreamed of playing for years”. As the award attests, she really has ‘broken through’ in 2014, yet rather than stamping on the fingers of those beneath her as she climbs fame’s ladder, she’s giving them a leg up instead: launching a competition for unknown DJs to send her their mixes and maybe bag a support slot on her headline tour in 2015.
“I know how hard it is when you’re first starting to DJ,” she recalls. “I know there must be some real raw talent out there so I want to find a rising DJ for the warm-up slot to help them with their career.”
And what Hannah Wants, Hannah seems to get.
MAK & PASTEMAN