HANCO hears an “Echo”

“Echo” is about asking & confronting an echo you head. Why are the words coming back when all you want is a response from the person you’re calling out to! HANCO had the privilege of working with world-renowned DJ Regi and his team who are all great writers & DJ’s. HANCO is a priority artist for David Gresham Records and has had over 500,000 streams.

HANCO is a 21-year-old singer, composer and performer from Pretoria, South Africa. His introduction to the stage was at the age of five and knew that his passion for music originated there: “As the adrenaline rushed through me, I knew that was what I would do for the rest of my life no matter what”. HANCO regularly performed and wrote music throughout his childhood and began leaving his mark with a unique tone in voice and songwriting ability.

HANCO has been performing and composing for 15 years. “I write non-stop because I believe success lies in trial and error. In other words, give up on my dream? I don’t think so! This is what I was born to do”. After his final year in high school, HANCO decided to learn more about music and attended SAMI, the South African Music Institute, where he specialised in the field of songwriting, piano and music theory.

Upon completion of his studies, HANCO signed to The David Gresham Record Company in early 2018. He collaborated with renowned DJ Mark Stent (Madonna), and released “I Will Survive” in 2018. The song made an impressive impact in the industry and reached several top ten charts and other playlists on popular South African radio stations. HANCO released his single “As You Are” near the end of 2018 and was added to Apple Music’s NEW MUSIC DAILY playlist.

“As You Are” has more than 400 radio plays in South Africa and thousands of streams worldwide. 2020 is expected to be a big one for HANCO as he is preparing to release his debut album. He is set to travel to the USA and The Netherlands in 2020 to write and hopefully perform in places such as Nashville, Los Angeles and Amsterdam. He is extremely excited to see what 2020 has to offer.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!