Hannah Holland [United Kingdom] Musician

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We would like to Thank ELECTRIC DAYS & YOU Hannah for giving us the chance to have this INTERVIEW which we so excited for!

Shall we start?

How did you get into DJing?and how old were you when you first time mixed your 1st two tracks ?

I always had some involvement with music, played bass in a band as a teenager and went to clubs from the age of 14. I also had a couple of really great DJ friends, who sometimes let me have a go on their decks; I just fell in love with it. Eventually i bought some and started collecting records, playing in my bedroom and friends parties, until i did my first public gig when i was about 23, after gaining quite a following from these crazy house parties we used to throw regularly.

Who were some of your influences when you started DJing? 

My biggest influence was my late friend Sonia, aka 1 half of Soto, who sadly passed away last year. She used to play a mixture of everything, in the most fierce passionate way. I loved to hear JoJo De Freq at Nag Nag Nag, one of the best clubs in London. Miss Kitten, Erol Alkan, and Damian Lazarus were my favorites when i first started.

Who would you think is the best ambassador for the genre you play?

Kim Ann Foxman, Steffi and Virginia are all badass.

Do you prefer DJing or producing?

They are both very different! i adore being in the studio and creating, i still have so much to learn, it’s a great discipline. DJing is instant good times, i love creating a vibe and connecting to a crowd, being locked into the music and the dancefloor, it’s very special and very creative.

And do you have any Productions in the market? And can we know the releases names?

I have many projects on the go, i just had a release called Nyctophillia on Matt Walsh’s new comp, and there will be more from my labels, Batty Bass and Native City, coming at the beginning of next year. I just put up a bootleg i made called Butch Pretty Boy; you can check it on my Soundcloud.

What is the best and worst part of being a DJ?

The energy exchange between the music, the crowd and you, is like no other feeling when it’s all alined. The hangovers are the worst thing about DJing!

Who would you love to DJ alongside with?

If i could go back in time it would be Larry Levan and Ron Hardy.

You have played in many Clubs all over the world like Bugged Out, The Warehouse

Project, Fabric, Ibiza’s Amnesia, Glastonbury and The Arches in Glasgow, which one was your favorite and why?

Glastonbury is always my highlight of the year, its somewhere I’ve been going since I was a kid and playing there is a dream. When there is a special connection with the crowd, then it’s great for me, and that can happen at a tiny club as well as a huge one. It’s all about the good vibes.

Where do you find the best audiences?

The most enthusiastic audiences i have found are generally in Northern England or Scotland, keep going north up the UK and the more wild they get! My regular London crowd is always the best, of course. It’s hard to say, I’ve found great audiences worldwide!

We heard that you will be playing at ELECTRIC days on the 10th of October, is this your first time to UAE -Dubai?

It is, I’m really excited to play, the party and venue look amazing!

Can we know more about your gig?

Spreading good vibes and great sounds on the roof top, is the general agenda!

What is the best city that you have traveled to as a tourist?

New York is my favorite.

Is there a perfect set length, and if yes, how long would it be?

I love a 5 – 6 hour set, to go through different styles and build gradually going on a journey.

What advice or tips would you give a young and upcoming DJ? And especially for female DJS?

Always follow your heart, work your ass off and learn your craft.

What are your goals for 2015?

As always to get some great music out there from amazing artists via my labels and beyond.

Was pleasure having you with us looking forward for your gig in DXB at Electric Days 😉

Thanks, I can’t wait !!!

Hannah X

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