HANNIE, the songwriting duo of multi-instrumentalists Hannah Koppenburg and Annie Wagstaff release their brand new single ‘Target’ today, featuring vocals from rising Canadian singer Ralph.
‘Target’ is the second single from HANNIE and much like their debut single ‘Cosmic Bound’, it perfectly showcases the girls’ ear for a massive hook and a disco-infused pop groove. The track smashes though genre boundaries with stabbing synths and a face-melting guitar solo from Annie. Much like recent acts Disclosure and Clean Bandit, HANNIE write and co-produce their own tracks, handpicking different vocalists to collaborate with for each track.
“Target was one of the first songs we ever wrote together.” Say the girls; “Ralph was over from Toronto and so we were super happy to be able to write a song with her. It was awesome fun and the song came together so easily. Ralph works just like us – quickly, and we love that!
It’s all about being a free spirit, wanting to settle, but just not being able to. The song hints at a relationship but we wrote it thinking about more than just that. It’s about not being content with where you are and always wanting to move on to the next step. Not in a dissatisfied way, more in a wanting things to continually improve kind of way. Ralph sings it amazingly and we couldn’t be happier with it.”
Forming HANNIE in 2017, Hannah and Annie initially met at ACM University in Guildford, the only girls swimming in a male dominated sea of aspiring guitarists and keyboard players. Hannah, originally from South Germany plays keys and Annie, born in Surrey, guitar and it didn’t take them long to connect musically – going on to play in various bands before eventually forming HANNIE last year.
Within a year HANNIE have gone from putting up online videos filmed in their living room, to having over 160,000 followers, keenly awaiting their next move.