Sanna Hansson grew up in a small village in the south of Sweden where she was surrounded by music from an early age. At the age of three Sanna was given her first microphone, made out of a toilet roll, aluminium foil and a curly telephone cord. Since the age of 9 she has been writing an endless number of songs.
In 2007 she entered a local talent show and won, which marked the beginning of Sannas musical journey. At that time, she entered multiple talent shows, but were also a member of the performance group LL Dance Company where she both sung and danced at events such as the opening of the shopping mall Entré in Malmö and shows at Kävlinge Theatre. A few years later Sanna formed the band Sanna and Elin together with pianist Elin Lennartsson, which after a few years later became the trio Ravishing Mint by adding her brother Hampus Hansson. Ravishing Mint performed at festivals such as Malmöfestivalen and the event SommarLund but also parties and weddings. In 2013 they made it to the regions final of the music competition Musik Direkt.
Sanna has also devoted time to educate herself in the subject of music. At the age of 9, she started taking keyboard and piano lessons and at 12 she began taking singing lessons. Sanna also went to Rytmus Musikergymnasium in Malmö where she studied singing/songwriting for three years. After graduating she moved to London to study songwriting for a year at the well-known university The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance. In the UK, Sanna developed her musicianship and found her personal songwriting style. She also performed at several venues such as Paradise by way of Kensal Green, The Alleycat on Denmark Street and The Trafalgar Hotel. After moving home to Sweden she took part time courses in music theory and music theatre history followed by a year on the singer/songwriter programme at Malmö Musikhögskola. She is currently studying strategic communication and digital media at Lund University.
In 2015, Sanna started playing together with talented musicians Phelix Jakobsson (bass), Oskar Nyberg (guitar) and Kristian Lindberg (drums). The collaboration started while she was still living in the UK when she brought together a group of musicians over the Internet. Phelix was an old classmate from Rytmus, Oskar's sister used to take dance classes with Sanna and Kristian simply replied to an add Sanna posted on Bandfinder. Since their first rehersal in July 2015, they have developed a sharp sound and a unique stage image. During the first year of playing together, the band had an average of one gig per week and often often more. In December 2015 they won 'Battle of Music' in Malmö, where the jury complimented them for a professional performance, catchy songs and elaborate stage outfits.
In April 2016 the band went to London to play some of the venues Sanna had played as a solo act during her year in the city: The Good Ship, The Moustache Bar, Aspers Casino and London's biggest shopping mall Westfield.
BYE BYE STRAWBERRY PIE
In the summer of 2016, Hampus Hansson joined the band on keys and backing vocals. This allowed Sanna to be more free on stage, and the band entered a new level of quality in their live performances.
During 2016, Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen worked on their first EP - "Bye Bye Strawberry Pie". The record was produced and mixed by the new keyboard player, Hampus Hansson, and mastered by Tobias Ekqvist at Sunnanå Studio. On January 12th 2017, the band celebrated the release by hosting a party at Moriska Paviljongen in Malmö. The EP was released on digital platforms on the 13th of January.
After the release, guitarist Oskar went away on a six month trip around the world. During the spring of 2017 the band collaborated with guitarist Sebastian Zakrisson for several shows. Oskar arrived back home just a month before the release of the single "Humbug" with "Drunk" added as a B-side. He recorded the guitar track before leaving and the rest of the band continued the work during the spring. The single was premiered on the Swedish music blog Popmuzik the 12th of July and released on several streaming services the 14th of July. This release was also produced and mixed by the band's keyboard player Hampus Hansson and mastered by Tobias Ekqvist at Sunnanå Studio.
In the summer of 2017 the band performed at gig venues such as Far i Hatten in Malmö and at festivals such as Landskronakarnevalen and Malmöfestivalen. The following December they arranged the headline show "Bienvenue Décembre" at Arena 305 in Malmö where they invited dancers from LL Dance Company to join on stage.
FOR THE CHEAP SEATS IN THE BACK
2018 was an eventful year for the band. They started recording their first full-length album "For the Cheap Seats in the Back" together with talented Tobias Ekqvist. The band were looking for a raw, creative sound that would capture the songs at their best. Interesting arrangements took shape with a male choir, quirky instruments and theatrical vocal parts.
The summer included shows at events such as SommarRock Svedala, Landskronakarnevalen and EuroPride in Gothenburg.
In the fall, Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen got a new band member when Hampus Hansson decided to leave the band to focus on his own music projects. The keyboard player who took his place is Victor Morand, an exceptional musician.
On the 15th of March 2019, the album was released on various digital platforms and the band threw a big party at Azalee in Malmö to celebrate. Since then, blogs such as Chicago Crowd Surfer and If It's Too Loud has written about the album.