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Feature: From matchdays to Madonna

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Feature: From matchdays to Madonna

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She has a regular slot on Radio 1 and counts Madonna among her fans.

But before achieving global success on the turntables, Hannah Wants was turning defenders inside out in the colours of Aston Villa.

The Birmingham-born DJ's reputation has snowballed in the recent years.

As well as playing Europe's top clubs and festivals, she produces a popular bi-monthly mixtape series and is a regular on BBC Radio 1's Residency.

Until the age of 23, though, football was Hannah's passion.

She was the star striker for Villa Ladies before hanging up her boots for a career behind the decks.

"I had many amazing years playing for Villa," said Hannah.

"I joined the U10 setup and stayed all the way through to the Ladies team.

 "I remember my very first game for the Ladies - we were 2-0 down away at Liverpool.

"I came on as a sub and scored a hat-trick for us to win the game. It was one of those dream debuts.

"Giving it up was one of the hardest decisions of my life.

"I was getting in from DJ'ing at 6am on a Sunday morning and having to go and play Premier League football around the country. My two passions were clashing!

"I started to climb in the DJ world and I was also making a living out of it - something that wasn't happening playing football.

"But I have so many amazing memories of Villa. Facilities and funding for women's football weren't as good as they are now but playing for a big-name club meant you generally had the best that was available.

"We sometimes trained at Bodymoor Heath and regularly on the astro-turf at Villa Park."

Hannah's decision to choose music over football certainly paid off.

Her meteoric rise began when she spent consecutive summers in Ibiza in 2010 and 2011.

She is now one of the biggest names in dance music and even played to Madonna and her daughter Lourdes at a recent gig at top Ibiza nightclub Amnesia.

Even so, Hannah admits her music choices weren't always to the taste of her Villa team-mates!

"I liked to be in charge of the music in the dressing room whenever they'd let me but to be honest we had a wide range of ages in the team," she explained.

"So my music choices weren't always appreciated as much as they should have been!"

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By @AVFCOfficial 7th October 2015