Exclusive HMA17 Show to be Aired on Sky This Weekend

Highlights of the Heavy Music Awards 2017 are to premiere on Scuzz TV (Sky 367) on Saturday (September 16) at 9pm.

It will be repeated on Sunday, September 17, at 10pm.

The show will feature performances from headline act Creeper, Venom Prison, Vukovi and Dead! as well as appearances from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter and HMA winners Architects, Enter Shikari and Download Festival’s Andy Copping.

One of the on-stage features of HMA17 – which was sponsored by EMP – was the voiceover work of former BBC radio presenter Clare Reeves.

Clare’s dulcet tones announced each of the finalists at House of Vans London on August 24.

As a professional UK voiceover artist, Clare records a wide range of projects including TV and radio commercials, documentary narration, corporate videos, e-learning, museum soundscapes, audio guides, interactive voice response IVR and much more.

These top quality projects have been sent around the world to clients including Trivago, BMW, Deloitte, BBC, National Geographic, Hilary’s Blinds, Abu Dhabi Government and Unilever.

Clare is a BBC-trained radio presenter/audio engineer and an actor, passionate communicator and beachcomber.

The HMA team caught up with Clare to talk more about her fascinating work and mission to “bring your words to life”.

Q. Tell us about Clare Reeves and the work you do as a voice over artist (VOA)?

I’m Clare and I’m a Voiceover Artist. The wonderful thing about my work is the wide variety of projects and clients. My work includes voicing TV and Radio Commercials, TV documentary narration, Corporate productions of all kinds – from promotional videos, explainer videos for websites, phone answering systems, event announcements, exhibition stands to elearning! Then some days I work on museum soundscapes and audio guides and jingles for DJs / Podcasters.. I’ve even leant my voice to a dance music track and I’ve got an Art Installation coming up soon!

Q. What type of businesses do you work for?

All sorts, from global brands such as Unilever, BMW, Deloitte and Fox International Channels to UK based businesses, the NHS, charities and startups. I believe every business has a story to tell and a brand they treasure – using a professional voice is the best way to sound as good as you look.. businesses pay so much attention to their logo without sometimes thinking about what voice is on their answering system.. I think that is beginning to change and people are more aware of the power of a pro voice in an increasingly competitive world.

Q. You are one of the region’s leading VOA. How did you get into that industry?

I worked in the BBC for many years both sides of the microphone, as a radio presenter and also as a sound engineer at the BBC World Service. I used to direct the BBC’s TV Channels live on air and I’m a confirmed broadcast technology geek! I’m a total telly addict. I also have a background in acting with some theatre training. All of these things really came together for me after I had my son.. I wanted to build my own career, do something I loved that I could grow over the years. Voiceover isn’t just talking, it’s a hugely complex set of skills that all have to come together at a given moment to create the right thing. Some clients like to direct – others like me to direct myself. It’s about bringing words to life and giving them meaning as you lift them off the page. I train hard with a coach in LA and one in the UK as well. It’s vital to push yourself, to keep on top of current Voiceover trends (yes, there are trends) as it’s a very competitive business.

Q. How has being a VOA changed over the years, in terms of producing recordings and using technology?

Technology is ESSENTIAL for Voiceover Actors. I record most of my work from my own studio, at home, into Adobe Audition on my Mac – I edit and mix in the digital world and send finished files digitally as well. Clients also like to direct me live sometimes over Skype.. it’s all very current. It’s changed hugely since the days of having to go into a studio to be recorded on tape. Also in terms of how I find work and how work finds me.

Q. Tell us how, as a VOA, you use the Internet to connect with the public?

Most of my work finds me via the internet as well, and I use online marketing and social media a great deal too. I’m a little obsessed with Twitter.. it’s great for collecting contacts as well as keeping a profile amongst the public and clients. I endeavour to keep my website up to date with showreels and videos and news of what I’m up to. One aspect of the technology that can be overlooked is how wonderful it is to keep connected. As I say, I work largely on my own – it could be very isolating – but thankfully I have a fantastic network of friends in the business and we chat daily online, share stories and wisdom etc. It’s a bit like being in an office – well, the good bits!

Q. How can using a VOA enhance an event?

Events are exciting, they are an occasion. I think that participants and guests want to feel special at an event. By using a pro Voiceover to make announcements (we call it being “Voice of God” in the VO biz!) I think you are saying “we are serious, we are professional, we respect you and want you to feel special, this matters”. It also means that the brand holding the event looks good.. you don’t notice a great voice necessarily – you notice a great event and how you felt.

Q. If a business wants to use your services, what is the best way of connecting with you?

Pop over to my website clarereevesvoiceovers.com and send me a note via my contact form – I’m always happy to chat through what you think you need, provide a free sample and quote for you. Even if you have never worked with a voiceover before, I make things easy and help you out every step of the way.

Photo: James North Photography

Heavy Music Awards 2017 – Winners Announced

Architects, Black Sabbath and Enter Shikari were among the winners at the inaugural, public voted, Heavy Music Awards tonight (August 24).

Brighton five-piece Architects scooped Best Album for All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, while legendary metal band Black Sabbath landed Best UK band in the year they wrapped up their farewell tour.

Reacting to their victory Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi told the HMAs: “On behalf of the guys, many thanks for voting us Best UK Band.

“I’m sorry we can’t be there but no one is better qualified to accept the award than our old mate and long time supporter Andy Copping. All the best.”

Following that, the packed venue witnessed a powerful acceptance speech as Architects frontman Sam Carter dedicated the victory for ‘All Our Gods…’ to their much-missed guitarist Tom Searle.

Heavy Music Awards 2017 – with headline sponsor EMP – was presented by Kerrang Radio’s Alex Baker and Sophie K at House of Vans London.

Around the Awards horror-punk favourites Creeper headlined the live performances, supported by Venom Prison, Vukovi and Dead!

Fans of rock and metal chose Gojira to win Best International Band and Download Festival’s Andy Copping presented Best Live Band to Enter Shikari at the star-studded invitation-only event.

Best Breakthrough Band was won by US metalcore act I Prevail.

Live Nation’s Andy Copping had hit the stage earlier after it was revealed that the fan’s favourite in the Best Festival category was Download, while O2 Academy Brixton walked away with the 4.3kg metallic statue for Best Venue.

On an emotional night which celebrated the best talent on and off the stage across Heavy Music, respected photographer Ashley Maile was posthumously presented The H – a special recognition award presented for outstanding positive contribution to the heavy music scene.

Mr Maile – who photographed major rock stars including Slash, Ozzy Osbourne and James Hetfield – passed away in 2013 following a battle with cancer, aged 36.

Flying in from Sweden Henrik Udd collected Best Producer for his collaborations with Fredrick Nordstrom and Olympus presented the Best Photographer award to Ben Gibson.

The cover of the Ghost album Popestar – by Zbigniew M Bielak – won the public vote in the Best Album Artwork category.


Heavy Music Awards 2017 – The Winners

BEST ALBUM presented by EMP
Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph / Producers: Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd)

THE H
Ashley Maile

BEST UK BAND presented by UPRAWR
Black Sabbath

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND presented by PPL
Gojira

BEST LIVE BAND presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment
Enter Shikari

BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by House of Vans London
I Prevail

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK presented by The Pit
Ghost – Popestar (Zbigniew M Bielak)

BEST PRODUCER presented by Believe
Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER presented by Olympus
Ben Gibson

BEST FESTIVAL presented by Jackson Guitars
Download Festival

BEST VENUE presented by Scuzz
O2 Academy, Brixton


The Heavy Music Awards 2017 was sponsored by EMP, House of Vans London, Scuzz, UPRAWR, PPL, Eagle Rock Entertainment, The Pit, Believe, Olympus, Jackson Guitars, BIMM, Cloven Hoof Rum and Rocksteady Music School.

Thank you to everyone who judged, voted or otherwise supported the HMAs in any way.

Slipknot and Black Sabbath Scenes To Premiere At HMA17

Special live recordings of Black Sabbath and Slipknot which have never been seen before in public are to be screened at the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

A total of six songs taken from Black Sabbath’s The End tour and Slipknot’s Knotfest Mexico will be shown at the House of Vans cinema at HMA17 on August 24.

Slipknot’s clips are part of a new 90 minute documentary about the band entitled Day Of The Gusano which is to be premiered in more than a thousand screens across the world as a ‘one night only’ cinematic spectacle on September 6, 2017.

Talking about the film, Slipknot’s M.Shawn Crahan, aka ‘Clown’, said: “Slipknot still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It’s been a surreal life of rock and roll for Slipknot and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you.”

Black Sabbath’s End Of The End – from which the excerpts are to be shown at the HMAs – brings fans up close and personal with the story of the final, emotionally-charged concert, in which the band perform hits including Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs and many more. The film also joins Sabbath in the studio as they deliver unique and exclusive performances of some of their favourite songs not played on the tour, and catch an intimate glimpse into the band’s world; the music, relationships and banter, alongside personal anecdotes.

Speaking about the film Ozzy Osborne said: “What a journey we’ve all had. It’s fucking amazing”. This is the final word from the greatest heavy metal band of all time.”

End Of The End is to be shown for one night only in mrs than 1,500 cinemas worldwide on September 28, 2017.

Both films will be released in other formats at a later date and are distributed by Eagle Rock Entertainment.

HMA17 Best Breakthrough Band Longlist Part 3: O-Z

With the public voting now closed for the Heavy Music Awards 2017, and in the run up to the event on August 24 at House of Vans London, we are revealing the longlists of our categories, as nominated by our judging panel of over 300 industry experts.

For the Best Breakthrough Band category – presented by House of Vans London – we received almost 200 nominations – with the criteria stating that an artist must have released their first official single, EP or album in 2016.

With so many nominations, we have decided to break down the list into three segments. Below you’ll find the final part of the list, covering O through Z.

The finalists, as announced in May, are:

Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Foxxes (Universal)
Casey (Hassle)
Dead! (Infectious)
I Prevail (Fearless)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic)
Zeal & Ardor (Radicalis / MVKA)

You can listen to tracks from each artist – and discover some new artists while you’re at it – via the embedded playlist at the bottom of this post.

 


HMA17 Best Breakthrough Band – The Longlist

Obsidian Kingdom
Onirism
Petrol Girls
Plini
Power Trip
Prophets Of Rage
Pup
Puppy
Raveneye
Roam
Shadow Of Intent
Shvpes
Sinistro
Stone Broken
Strange Bones
Suicide By Tigers
SUMAC
Sumerlands
Swedish Death Candy
Sylar
Tax The Heat
Tempt
The Bad Flowers
The Black Queen
The Danger Of Falling
The Dirty Nil
The Gospel Youth
The King Is Blind
The Lowest Form
This Be The Verse
Tigress
Toseland
Toska
Trash Boat
Trecelence
Twin Wild
Venom Prison
Veridian
Violent Soho
Vodun
Vola
Vukovi
Waco
Wallflower
Watchcries
Waterparks
When Our Time Comes
With Confidence
Wretch
WSTR
Zeal & Ardor
Zoax

 


Venom Prison To Play Heavy Music Awards 2017

Venom Prison have joined the line-up to play the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

The death metal band – who are finalists in Best Breakthrough Band at HMA17 – will join headline act Creeper, Vukovi and Dead! at House of Vans London on August 24.

Speaking about the HMAs, a representative for the Welsh five-piece said: “Venom Prison look forward to representing the more extreme side of heavy music at the Heavy Music Awards on August 24.

“See you there.”

Access to the Heavy Music Awards is by invitation only, but there are a handful of tickets left to win – keep an eye out for a special competition very soon.

Photo: Carly Tyrell

Creeper to Headline Heavy Music Awards 2017

Creeper will headline the Heavy Music Awards 2017 at House of Vans London.

Fresh from playing the Vans Warped Tour in the United States, the horror-punk six-piece – who’s debut album ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’ hit the UK’s top 20 earlier this year – will lead the line-up on August 24 at the inaugural HMAs.

In addition to performing, Creeper are finalists in the Best UK Band category – presented by Uprawr – and the result of the public vote will be announced on the night.

Speaking on playing the HMAs, the south coast sextet said in a statement: “We are excited to perform at the Heavy Music Awards.

“We believe that the initiative to create an impartial awards celebration – which truly sees peers and contemporaries from the alternative world nominating and voting for the best heavy music out there today – is very important.

“It’s an honour to be nominated for an HMA, and to play at the ceremony.”

 

Vukovi

Vukovi

 

Opening the main stage will be fast-rising Scottish rockers Vukovi, who head to Reading and Leeds Festival the following day.

Vocalist Janine Shilstone told the HMAs, “[It’s the] first ever awards show the band have been invited to – and to top to it off the HMA gods wants us to perform. Double whammy.”

 

Dead!

Dead!

 

Special guests Dead! – nominees in the Best Breakthrough Band category, presented by House of Vans London – will get the HMAs warmed up with a performance on the venue’s second stage.

A very special guest will be announced shortly as main support on the main stage.

Access to the event is by invitation only, but there are a handful of tickets left to win – keep an eye out for a special competition very shortly.

HMA17 Best Breakthrough Band Longlist Part 2: E-N

With the public voting now closed for the Heavy Music Awards 2017, and in the run up to the event on August 24 at House of Vans London, we are revealing the longlists of our categories, as nominated by our judging panel of over 300 industry experts.

For the Best Breakthrough Band category – presented by House of Vans London – we received almost 200 nominations – with the criteria stating that an artist must have released their first official single, EP or album in 2016.

With so many nominations, we have decided to break down the list into three segments. Below you’ll find the second part of the list, covering E through N.

The finalists, as announced in May, are:

Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Foxxes (Universal)
Casey (Hassle)
Dead! (Infectious)
I Prevail (Fearless)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic)
Zeal & Ardor (Radicalis / MVKA)

You can listen to tracks from each artist – and discover some new artists while you’re at it – via the embedded playlist at the bottom of this post.

 


HMA17 Best Breakthrough Band – The Longlist

Eat Fast
Eldamar
Elephant Tree
Estrons
Falls
Fallujah
Fangclub
Fire From The Gods
Fizzy Blood
FOES
Freak
Frontierer
G.L.O.S.S.
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra
Glam Skanks
God Damn
Gone Is Gone
Good Tiger
Grayscale
Grumble Bee
Halfpace
Harbinger
Heck
Highly Suspect
HMLTD
Homebound
I Prevail
I, The Mapmaker
Idles
Immolated Moth
Inglorious
Jonestown
Kamikaze Girls
Kenneths
King Nun
Knocked Loose
Kylver
Last In Line
Loathe
Lody Kong
Making Monsters
Måntra
Memoreve
Movements
Napoleon
Nervus
Normandie
Nova Twins

 


Sophie K and Alex Baker to Present Heavy Music Awards

Broadcasters Sophie K and Alex Baker are to present the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

The duo – who both present popular shows on Kerrang! Radio – will take the helm at House of Vans London on August 24.

Sophie K presents the weekday breakfast show on the rock and metal station while Alex fronts Fresh Blood every Wednesday night.

Speaking to the HMAs Sophie K, who also presents for Scuzz TV and is UK correspondent for Alternative Press USA, said: “Before I even knew what the Heavy Music Awards were I said yes because I know the team from being the best at what they do.

“There is something so special about the HMAs and I feel it’s exactly what the British rock scene needs.

“While people are saying rock is dead, as fans we know its not.

“It’s as strong as it’s ever been, it’s just evolved. The HMAs is an award ceremony designed for the fans and already the level of response has proved how much rock fans care.

“The thing I love about this event is it is actually decided by fans, your votes genuinely matter.

“The tables have turned, the media used to tell us what to like and had all the power but now we decide.

“That is why I am so excited about the HMAs, we get to see which bands matter to you and for the first time show support to people who are making a big difference but often don’t get recognised, such as photographers. Plus its a chance to catch some great live music and have a few drinks, who wouldn’t be excited about that.”

Speaking on the HMAs, Alex Baker, who has been supporting and breaking new talent in the scene since 2007, said: “I am humbled and stoked beyond words to have been asked to present the inaugural Heavy Music Awards – it is a true celebration of the best of the best in our scene.

“I mean look at the fucking nominees! Actually stop for a moment and look at that list!! 100 per cent credibility, 100 per cent integrity. The House Of Vans is going to go off on the night, and I cannot wait.”

HMA17 Best Breakthrough Band Longlist Part 1: A-D

With the public voting now closed for the Heavy Music Awards 2017, and in the run up to the event on August 24 at House of Vans London, we are revealing the longlists of our categories, as nominated by our judging panel of over 300 industry experts.

For the Best Breakthrough Band category – presented by House of Vans London – we received almost 200 nominations – with the criteria stating that an artist must have released their first official single, EP or album in 2016.

With so many nominations, we have decided to break down the list into three segments. Below you’ll find the first part of the list, covering A through D.

The finalists, as announced in May, are:

Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Foxxes (Universal)
Casey (Hassle)
Dead! (Infectious)
I Prevail (Fearless)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic)
Zeal & Ardor (Radicalis / MVKA)

You can listen to tracks from each artist – and discover some new artists while you’re at it – via the embedded playlist at the bottom of this post.

 


HMA17 Best Breakthrough Band – The Longlist

Abandoned By Bears
Against The Current
Andy Black
Angel Du$t
Antimateria
Area 11
As Sirens Fall
Astranoid
Astroid Boys
Bad Omens
Bad Sign
Barishi
Better Than Never
Big Jesus 
Big Spring
Black Foxxes 
Black Peaks
Blood Youth
Boston Manor 
Breathe in the Silence
Bright Curse
Broken Teeth
Brutai
Brutus
Buffalo Summer 
Can’t Swim
Carcer City
Casey 
Chapter & Verse
Church Of The Cosmic Skull
Coast To Coast
Columbus
Conjurer
Conscript
Cortes
Counterfeit
Cover Your Tracks
Creeper 
Culture Abuse
Cursed Earth
Cyborg Octopus
Danny Worsnop
Darke Complex
Darkher
Dead! 
Deathflux
Despite Everything
Dream Wife
Drinsipa

 


Best International Band Sponsored By PPL

Music licensing company PPL has been announced as the sponsor of the Best International Band category at the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

A Day To Remember, Beartooth, Deftones, Every Time I Die, Ghost, Gojira and Metallica are challenging for the accolade, which will be decided by public vote.

The award will be presented by PPL on stage at House of Vans London on August 24.

Speaking about the HMAs, Peter Leathem, Chief Executive of PPL said: “We are delighted to support the Heavy Music Awards this year.

“Metal and all heavier forms of music are important to PPL, and it is a genre which has experienced unwavering loyalty from its fans for many decades.

“We look forward to celebrating the scene’s achievements on August 24.”

Founded in 1934, PPL collects money for tens of thousands of performers and record labels.

The organisation licenses recorded music in the UK when it is played in public or broadcast and ensures that revenue flows back to its members.

These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners.

Co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, Andy Pritchard, said: “I struggle to think of anything more important in modern music than ensuring that emerging artists are rewarded for their work.

“PPL is such an important organisation in many ways and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Heavy Music Awards.”

PPL is separate to PRS for Music, a company which collects and distributes money on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers, for the use of their musical compositions and lyrics.

Click PPL for more information

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