With the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final on the horizon, I can't think of a better woman to feature in this series than distinguished DJ/footballer dual threat Hannah Wants. With her native England playing Croatia today for a one-way ticket to the championship in Moscow, you can bet that Hannah will be screaming bloody murder at her television for a few hours with a Newcastle in hand. And after that game, win or lose, she'll be heading to Southern California in August for her debut appearance at Splash House, the radiant music festival in Palm Springs that moonlights as a pool party utopia where you'll see more flamingo floaties than an Instagram ran by a basic named Becky.
This lady kills it. Flaunting an assiduous workhorse mentality and some downright formidable production chops, she possesses an uncanny ability to sample hip-hop and blend it with kinetic deep house rhythms. Take, for instance, her April 2013 single "Oochie Bang," which she produced alongside fellow house maven Chris Lorenzo. Sampling Nas is a daunting task, to say the least, but she audaciously cuts his 2001 classic "Oochie Wally" and flips it into a Molotov cocktail of a bass record.
Ahead of Splash House, Hannah put together an exclusive playlist for EARMILK. I also caught up with her to chat about tricks up her sleeve for the festival, new music and the women who inspire her most.
EARMILK: Let's start things off with "Bamboozle." I think that track is really special. How has the reaction from your fans been?
Hannah Wants: Thank you! Bamboozle has been working the dance floors properly since the first time I dropped it! The reaction from my fans has been great, I'm always really grateful for people's support.
E: You've mentioned that "Bamboozle" marks the start of a new chapter in your career. Why?
Bamboozle marks the start of a new chapter in my career and it feels right to release it on my own record label...
New single. New record label. Soon come! 💕 pic.twitter.com/4w2sxjAT7y
— Hannah Wants (@hannah_wants) February 11, 2018