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Hannah V

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Cores aka Alex Hayes

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jtester@bucksmusicgroup.co.uk

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In Hannah's Words: I was classically trained on the piano as a kid in Berlin, got heavily into jazz as a teenager and moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music. I was introduced to my first sequencer at the Academy - I chopped up Janet Jackson songs and thought I was the bomb!

After I left the Academy, I worked in a million bars and hotels playing background piano. Turns out jazz gigs don’t really pay, so I had to hustle hard! I saved up enough money to buy a crappy old PC, got Logic and continued writing and producing. Every Tuesday I would have sessions at my flat - I would make a massive roast curry chicken and people would pass through to record.

My friend Lloyd Life heard my demos and took me to meet Dillinja. He wanted to hear something new, so I wrote, produced and got a full track vocalled within 3 days. Nothing happened with the track, but the hunger was born. I wonder if Dillinga still remembers that?

My keyboard session gigs started rolling in. I finally could afford a Mac! I got asked to play for Gnarls Barklay and got sent the stems, having to program keyboards for the first time. At this point, I didn’t even know what stems were! It was nuts, but somehow I got away with it.

I teamed up with my friend G and started producing funky house tracks. I did all the writing and production while he sorted out studios, spoke to DJs and took care of the business side. I'm sure some of those tracks are still floating around somewhere.

That summer I joined the Bugz In the Attic live band – this was a turning point in my production career.

The boys really took me under their wings. Daz-I-Kue was the first person to show me how to chop up a break in Recycle. Kaidi introduced me to jazz funk recordings I had never heard before. Cliff helped me cable up my keyboards properly. Thylord was a master at programming keyboards and got me into analog synths.

Soon after, I started working on an ambient D’n’B album featuring singer Jo Harrop and tried to combine everything I had learned so far.

In the meantime, my session gigs kept getting bigger. Daniel Merriweather, Anastacia, Sugababes, Taio Cruz, Jay Sean, Jason Derulo, and then the big one in 2010 – Rihanna. I got a call on a Tuesday for Riri and was on a plane on a Friday learning songs on the flight. I didn’t really come home for a year. As soon as I was back in London I started playing for Jessie J.

During this time, I got some interest in my DnB album which got me a bit of cash behind the music. I decided to make the sound more contemporary and started collaborating with different people and finessing my sound, which got me signed by Pitched Up.

And here we are.

My influences today are super eclectic. I love producers such as Diplo, Timbaland, Dre, Kanye, etc.
Working with artists like Rihanna, Jessie J, Cee-Lo and Daniel Merriweather introduced me to so many different producers sonically. Some came to rehearsal, so I got to kick it and watch them work; from Danger Mouse who uses samples so instinctively, to Mark Ronson who is all about the live elements, to the craziness of the Bugz in the studio. I observed and soaked up all of this knowledge like a sponge.

In terms of my own productions, I always wanted to add a deeper level of musicality. I grew up on the masters such as Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye - classic songs, beautiful chords, powerful interpretations. That's the ish right there for me! I want that depth in my own music – that timeless feel coupled with modern production techniques, knocking drums, screeching synths and a gritty bottom end.

Sincerely
Hannah
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Hannah V "Hannah V"
Album: Version 2.0
Genres: Hip Hop/Rap, Hip-Hop, Rap

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