Hanover made up by Joel and Calan are a Pop Duo from the North West, influenced by Lionel Richie, The Bee Gees and a range of modern artists. They have just written and recorded their debut album after their Radio One play in January and frequently feature on BBC Introducing Manchester and Merseyside.
How did you all meet?
Joel – “We met through gigging in different bands years ago and last year, me and calan both decided to start H A N O V E R in a restaurant on Hanover St. in Liverpool, hence the name! We played a show at the Elevator Bar in Liverpool in separate bands when we were younger and that’s where me and Joel met, then when our old bands parted ways we met up and started writing from there!”
Describe your music in three words
Joel – “Ambient Electronic Pop”
Describe each member in one word
Calan – “Sound”
Joel – “Alright”
How hard has it been to get your music noticed?
Joel – “It’s been fairly straight forward for us really, which is strange as I personally have always been in bands for fun. With help from our producers, we receive a lot of support from BBC Introducing, which helped us gain airplay on BBC Radio 1 at the start of the year. It was a really nice way to kick off 2017 which has been great for us so far! I feel like the support of Dave Monks from BBC Introducing Merseyside from early on really helped us. Recording at Sugar House Productions was where it all started and they’ve been amazing throughout this whole process”
Tell us a random fact about yourself.
Joel – “I am random and that’s a fact…”
Calan – “I’ve got weirdly flexible fingers and I have no idea why, it’s a sight to see”
If you could play at any venue in the world where would it be and why?
Calan – “I’ve always wanted to play Brixton Academy and Manchester Apollo.. I’ve seen some of my favourite bands growing up at the Apollo and to play either of those venues would be a dream”
Joel – “Off the top of my head this is a really difficult one to answer. I have to say the same stage The 1975 played outside in LA because that just looked phenomenal”
If you could go on tour with any band/artist who would it be and why?
Calan – “I’d love to be able to tour a country and be able to watch bands like HAIM and The Japanese House play every night for a month, they’re two that stick out for me”
Joel – “I’d love to tour with DNCE. They seem like really sound people and their music is”
What has been the best and worst gig you have played?
Calan – “We were really nervous before our first show, we were told we were going to be played on Radio One literally minutes before our set which did not help the nerves one bit!”
Joel – “Our first gig at The Cavern in December last year for Dave Monks. First time working with backing tracks + nerves before and during the set isn’t good combination”
Can you tell us about your new single?
Joel – “L U N A R was written during our stay in a flat in Manchester. It focuses on change, which is a reoccurring theme in our songs, as it’s something me and Calan have dealt with a lot over the years. In the case of L U N A R, the lyrics express devotion to a loved one despite time and change intervening at times. It’s one of my favourites off our recently recorded album!”
Calan – “Lunar means a lot to me and is up there as one of my favourites, it felt amazing taking it into the studio and watching it grow into what it is now”
What are your plans for the rest 2017?
Calan – “We’ve just finished recording and I’m exciting to see what the next few months bring, it’s been very non-stop and fast so far so it would be amazing for that to continue throughout this crazy year!”
Joel – “We’d love to gig a lot more as we have loads of material to do so and to experiment with. Aside from that, I can’t say anything but #SomethingsChanging”
Do you have a pre-show ritual?
Calan – “A couple of glasses of Pinot Grigiot and some alone time just to focus, we’ve been able to play some great shows to lots of people this year so it’s been harder to chill before our sets when the crowds have been so good!”
Joel – “I like to meditate and do a little yoga in my own space. Some gigs can be stressful, so it’s nice to unwind before playing a show”
What’s advise would you all give to a small band that were trying to make it?
Calan – “I’d say if music is what you want to do, don’t live in a realistic mindset, I just left University to focus on Hanover and I feel like if you want it, it needs to be your priority, so take every oppertunity and never stop writing!”
Joel – “Believe in your own music and use every resource you can! Use the internet wisely and warm to a more business-minded approach with your music”
What do you think makes your music stand out?
Calan – “I feel like we have a nice blend of pop music with our own twist, I feel like we’ve found our own sound now so we just hope people can relate to it!”
Joel – “Although we’re comparable to other artists, I feel like we’re unique in the sense that our music is packed full of influences across all genres, however, we’re forging all those influences in a big musical melting pot, which is the fundamental HNVR sound”
Do you have any funny/interesting gig stories you can share with us?
Joel – “We once had a fan travel from London to see us which was crazy!”
What has been the most random thing a fan has done to you or at a gig?
Calan – “I think probably someone coming from London out of the blue to watch us play was crazy, will never forget that!”
Joel – “I came front of stage after our set supporting Saint Motel with a pair of broken sticks and was shocked at the response that I got, as the first two rows of people were all asking for them, so I gave them to a lady who seemed really eager to take them”
In 10 year’s time where would you like the band to be?
Calan – “In a position where music is our life and what we do for a living, I’d love to be able to go to countries far away and hear people singing our lyrics”
Joel – “I’d love to be touring; Seeing the world, making new friends along the way and just living my dream. Making a living from it would honestly just be a bonus, as I’ve never wanted anything more since I was a kid”
What was your first gig as a band?
Joel – “The Cavern for Dave Monks from BBC Introducing Merseyside”
What was your first gig you went to and how much has that influenced you in your music?
Calan – “My first show was Busted at the Manchester Arena, but the show that I was most inspired by was Barry Gibb in the same venue years later, I laughed, danced and cried all in one night and I’m happy that I got to see a member of the band that my Dad brought me up on live, something I’ll never forget”
Joel – “Knowsley Festival when I was around 11. I saw Joss Stone, Madness, The Wombats and Keane. I’ll always remember that gig, I cried (I was 11) because we had to leave before I head Crystal Ball by Keane which was my fave tune ever then, but they played it as we were leaving and I’ll always remember that. Night time, good music and lights… lights which is also a song of ours”
By Siân Parker