Hannah Wants has had a complicated couple of days, and she's likely hoping that the move she just made will put the controversies plaguing her career to rest. The Birmingham DJ/producer has come under fire for releasing a track titled "Found The Ground" that bears distinct similarities to Joy Orbison & Boddika's variation in production (VIP) of their 2012 track, "Mercy," and she's issued a statement that she claims will be her "first and last comment" on the matter.
Hannah Wants was proven to have been familiar with the variation in production of "Mercy," as a video surfaced of her playing the track during a 2014 set in Leeds. Predictably, the internet had a field day - in addition to generally vicious reactions on social media, the Hannah Wants Wikipedia page was altered to refer to her as a "British DJ and plagiarist," and assert that her most successful track to date was "ghost-written by DJ and producer Chris Lorenzo" and that she "gained infamy for stealing Boddika & Joy Orbison's 'Mercy (Boddika VIP)' and labeling it as her own" (the page has since been rewritten).
In a post to her Facebook page, Hannah Wants has written that "it's no secret" that she had drawn inspiration from "Mercy." "I’ve been supporting Mercy (VIP) on radio, in mixtapes and in my DJ sets since it’s release and I went into the studio to create a piece of music that had a similar impact on the dancefloor," reads the post. "It was never intended to insult or offend."
Neither Joy Orbison nor Boddika have made a comment of their own regarding the similarities between Hannah Wants' "Found The Ground" and Boddika's VIP of "Mercy." In the meantime, you can read Hannah Wants' full statement below:
This will be my first and last comment I’ll make on the subject as I pride myself on professionalism and not engaging in negative bullshit but here’s my response to all of the Internet ridiculousness over the past 48 hours to anyone who wishes to hear the truth as opposed to social media madness...
Found The Ground was made around 9 months ago and it’s no secret that the inspiration for the track was Joy O & Boddika – Mercy (VIP). I’ve been supporting Mercy (VIP) on radio, in mixtapes and in my DJ sets since it’s release and I went into the studio to create a piece of music that had a similar impact on the dancefloor. It was never intended to insult or offend.
Not one sample of any kind was taken from Mercy (VIP) to create Found The Ground so I’d like to squish the serious and may I add illegal “plagiarism” allegations right here. It is merely bitter controversy and a harder hitting headline for articles.
To anyone saying, writing and reporting that Mercy (VIP) and Found The Ground are “identical”... Wow. Are there similarities? Yes. Are they “identical”? Not at all. I could sit here and list the differences bar by bar, sound by sound but I won’t. Anyone with a set of working ears can pick apart the tracks.
I could (anyone could!) list literally hundreds of tracks over the years that have; sounded a little, fairly or extremely similar to others, been clearly inspired by others, physically sampled small or large parts of other tracks (both with or without consent), again I could go on and on here but I won’t.
Whether you agree or disagree with the any of the above it is subjective to each person but y’know what? It’s music and it’ll never change. Do I humiliate, comment or hate on any of the hundreds of promos I receive each week that have any kind of familiarity to another song? No. I don’t have the time or the will and it’s also not my place to pass judgement on anyone or anything. Let's put the world and the very real problems into some perspective here? Like really.
On an end note; people love a bandwagon, people love to hate, people enjoy trying to pull others down, people chat shit, people seem to get a mad kick out of saying the worst kinda things about other humans they’ve never even met or even have met yet been nice to their face (I’m not sure which one is worse!?)...
Unfortunately it’s life but I genuinely rest in the knowledge that 99.9% of the time the people who fall into the above categories never seem to be doing better than you and that’s enough ammo for me to keep me motivated, learning lessons and moving forward.
Thanks to my supporters you mean the absolute world and thanks to the people both inside and outside of the industry who have hit me up with kind words. After what can only be described as a fairly stressful day or two I’m off to spend some time with my family. ☺ x