Production duo HANNIE talk Drama, equality and being the best you can be

We caught up with electro-pop production duo HANNIE, after their latest single Drama was released last week.

Your latest single, Drama ft. Isaiah Dreads & Hicari, dropped last Friday – can you tell us about the track?

Totally! We wrote it with our friends Shai and Ryan (HICARI). It was such a fun day, we were just hanging and jamming at our studio and Drama is what came out of it. The whole song is super relatable which is important to us. A couple of days later we played the demo to Isaiah Dreads when he came round to our studio and he immediately started rapping over the Middle 8, so it was a no brainer to keep him on the track. This makes it even more exciting for us since we’ve never released a song with a rap feature before!

How did you both meet and what made you decide to start producing?

We met on our first day at uni when we were put in one of the same classes together. We were the only girls on our courses so I guess we HAD to become friends.  We were both pretty nerdy so that helped the bond.  I (Annie) started producing when I was about 13 when my guitar tutor introduced me to Logic and I’ve always been messing around creating music since then. Hannah started to get into producing at uni.

Do you have any advice for other women interested in getting involved in production/playing their own instruments?

Throw yourself into it, watch lots of tutorials and spend as many hours as you can on it.  Try to connect with people who are also doing it, preferably people who are further along than you are because then you’ll always be learning from them. And of course, have fun!

Left: Hannah Koppenburg, right: Annie Wagstaff

You are advocates for LGBTQ+ rights and feminism. Why are these issues so important to you?

It’s important to us that these issues start to not be issues.  We have lots of friends in the LGBTQ+ community and have seen people’s health put on the line because of their sexual orientation, so it’s something that is close to us. Everyone will be happier and healthier when minorities are totally accepted without a thought or questions.

Have you encountered any challenges as women in the music industry?

The main challenge is really proving yourself. Especially when it comes to playing an instrument, it’s often presumed that you’re not as good as the guy next to you simply because you’re a girl – which is crazy.  You can’t just be as good as the guys, you have to be better. You have to prove that you can really play your instrument or your really know your way around Ableton to be taken seriously. For us, this just pushes us to be the best we possibly can at what we do.

What can be done to ensure the music industry is more inclusive and diverse?

More LGBTQ+ people need to be coming up in the industry.  It’s important that they are seen by society to be role models and for people to be aware that whoever they are they can do whatever it is that they want to do, whether it be music or drama or whatever else.

Left: Hannah Koppenburg, right: Annie Wagstaff

What are you most proud of so far?

It’s the small things. When people send us clips of them hearing our song in the shops or at the petrol station or in a bar, that’s the coolest thing ever and makes us super proud.

What have you got planned for the year?

We’re insanely stoked for this year. We have written so many songs in the past year and they’re all hopefully going to be released this year! So a LOT more music from us, but also live shows. We just got back from a rehearsal and you can definitely catch us playing around London in the next few months. There may be some shows outside the UK too. We’re always getting so many messages from people all over the world and would love to play in their cities and meet them.

What’s currently in your headphones?

Julia Michaels – Inner Monologue Part 1. The entire thing it is SO FRIGGING GOOD!

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