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Amazon Music Unveiled as HMA20 Headline Sponsor, Upset Announced as Media Partner

Amazon Music has been unveiled as the headline sponsor for the Heavy Music Awards 2020, taking place on Thursday 21 May at London O2 Kentish Town Forum. Now in its fourth year the HMAs have continued to grow exponentially, recognising talent across the entire creative landscape in the rock and metal communities – including artists, events, producers and photographers; culminating with a raucous fan focused celebration, which is now considered an integral part of the live music calendar.

This is the first year that the Heavy Music Awards have partnered with Amazon Music, which, as a part of their commitment to the genre, will see the streaming giant play an active role in promoting the HMAs to a huge audience – hosting the Official HMA20 Playlist on Amazon Music Unlimited and curating exciting digital content. As well as being the headline sponsor, Amazon Music will also sponsor the coveted ‘Best Album’ award category.

Andy Pritchard of the HMAs said, “With the Heavy Music Awards now in its fourth year and establishing itself as an event with significant international reach, we are proud to welcome Amazon Music as our headline sponsor for 2020. Their approach is progressive and their team is engaged with what makes heavy music great, and we could not be more excited to get started on our plans for the event in May.”

Upset Announced as Media Partner

Upset MagazineThis week the awards have also announced their first media partnership with UK rock and alternative outlet Upset Magazine. With a perfectly aligned audience, aesthetic and ethos the brands go hand-in-hand and can look forward to a new level of visibility in 2020.

Upset’s Stephen Ackroyd said, “We’re delighted to be working alongside the HMAs for 2020. Over the past few years it has established itself as a key date in the scene, so it’s impossibly exciting for Upset to come on board to help celebrate the brightest and best artists from the louder end of the spectrum.”

Dave Bradley, HMAs co-founder said, “Upset have been blazing a trail as one of the most exciting publications in rock for some time, and importantly for us they back that up with real integrity, which is the most valuable currency for any art.

“Both Amazon Music and Upset Magazine support heavy music in a way that is built on respect and a desire to effect positive change, which aligns with our own mission, and which will allow us to push harder to new audiences than ever before.”

See more: Amazon Music | Upset Magazine

Young Photographer of the Year 2020 Winner Announced

The winner of the fourth annual Heavy Music Awards Young Photographer of the Year competition is Dani Willgress.

Following several thousand votes for the six finalists, Dani took the victory for this image of Yungblud at O2 Academy Brixton in November.

 

Yungblud by Dani Willgress

Yungblud by Dani Willgress

 

Dani will now have the chance to be mentored by legendary rock photographer Paul Harries at an exclusive London photoshoot.

You can follow Dani on Instagram here.

Moshhh Return as Official Content Partner with Heavy Music Awards

Acclaimed media studio Moshhh has returned as Official Content Partner for the fourth annual Heavy Music Awards.

The Margate-based organisation have been making waves with filmed content for the likes of While She SleepsHolding Absence, Chapter & Verse, Anavae and Delaire, The Liar, and will once again work closely with the HMAs team to bring interviews and live footage to fans throughout the evening as part of the HMAs’ digital-first approach for 2020.

Moshhh founder Charlie Ryan said, “It’s no secret that we LOVE heavy music, and that’s why we’re absolutely ecstatic to announce that we’re covering the Heavy Music Awards for a second year running! We can’t wait to bring you all the best bits from this years event!!”

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “Working alongside Moshhh in 2019 was an amazing experience, they’re a great team who understand completely what it is that makes a rock show such an exciting place to be. We are ecstatic to have them back on-board for 2020 to further push the HMAs out to what is a rapidly growing global audience.”

You can take a look at Moshhh’s clip of Loathe live at HMA19 below, and find out more about them here.

 

Young Photographer of the Year 2020 Finalists Announced

Now in its fourth year, the Heavy Music Awards Young Photographer of the Year competition has welcomed thousands of entries since 2017 from emerging amateur talents aged 16-21.

For the 2020 edition, revered lensman Paul Harries took the time to judge the entries, picking out his six favourites. The winner will then have the chance to be mentored by Paul at an exclusive London photoshoot.

The next part of the competition is down to you. Pick YOUR favourite and help to crown this year’s Young Photographer of the Year.

THE FINALISTS

Sky Buerhaus
Martha Fitzpatrick
George Girvan
James Kay
Josh Leveridge
Dani Willgress

Paul Harries – known around the world for a portfolio bursting with iconic images of artists including Nirvana, Muse, Green Day, Metallica, Biffy Clyro, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Slash, Bring Me The Horizon, Ghost, My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots, Blink-182, Slipknot and countless more – said, “It’s a privilege to be asked to provide a short-list for the Young Photographer of the Year competition. I’m regularly asked for advice by budding young photographers so this is a great opportunity for me to edit for the most promising 16-21 year olds. I’m already looking forward to working with the winner on a shoot next year so I can offer advice, hopefully inspire, and perhaps share a few trade secrets.”

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The Young Photographer of the Year competition has become hugely popular since its inception in 2017, and the winner of 2018’s contest, Eleanor Sutcliffe, became a full member of the HMA19 photo team, shooting the red carpet attendees and winners.

Skillet by Sky Buerhaus

Dream State by Martha Fitzpatrick

Woes by George Girvan

The Dangerous Summer by James Kay

Yungblud with We Are One by Josh Leveridge

Yungblud by Dani Willgress

Dead Simple Accounting Signs Up for HMA20

Highly-regarded financial experts Dead Simple Accounting have partnered with the Heavy Music Awards for 2020 as an Official Supporter.

The Reading based firm works closely with musicians, creatives, freelancers and small businesses to take the hassle out of finances, with a client list that speaks for itself – including the likes of Architects, Sylosis, TesseracT, SikTh and more – offering a full range of services relevant to every corner of the music industry: self-assessment tax returns, book-keeping, VAT returns, company formation, year ends, payroll, forecasting… Even mortgages.

DSA’s Director James Clayton – otherwise seen as guitarist in The Arusha Accord – has a musical background which means his team understands such music-centric subjects as PRS royalties, merch splits, record advances, multiple revenue sources, touring and subsistence rates. He said, “Loud music and beer you say? Count us in! We’re stoked to be supporting the 2020 HMAs: a very important part of the music calendar.”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “Obviously it can be easy to look at the show on stage and forget about the very real behind the scenes challenges facing everyone who works in the music industry. Quality accounting can be the difference between being able to make a tour work, record another album or simply keep tabs on cashflow, it’s that important. You don’t have to look far beyond Dead Simple Accounting’s client list and reviews to know that they’re one of the best in the game. We’re proud to welcome them to the HMAs for the first time in 2020.”

Find out more about Dead Simple Accounting at their website.

Ticketmaster Returns to Sponsor Best Festival at HMA20

Global ticketing giant Ticketmaster will partner with the Heavy Music Awards for a third consecutive year, stepping up their involvement to act not only as Official Ticketing Partner, but also for the first time as sponsor of the Best Festival category.

Having been involved with the HMAs since 2018, this agreement sees a significant step up in support for the scheme, and will once again provide market-leading ticketing support for the event on Thursday 21 May 2020.

Bonita McKinney, Ticketmaster’s Business Development Manager – Music & Festivals, said, “From alt to prog and the heaviest of the heavy, metal and rock has always been massively important to us at Ticketmaster.

“This was our 16th year working with Download Festival and also saw us working with venues and promoters Fuel Rock Club, Sin City, Marshall Live and Damnation Festival to name a few. It really meant a lot to us when Slipknot got number one back in August as we’ve worked with their team for a while, and continue to champion heavy artists such as Black Futures, Holding Absence, Vukovi and Yungblud across our discovery platforms.

“We are really excited to be sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards for a third year, and look forward to celebrating the achievements of this loyal and passionate industry.”

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Dave Bradley said, “Ticketmaster have been a wonderful partner of the HMAs for a long time now, so it’s great to be welcoming them back in a significantly expanded role for 2020. Ticketmaster’s team are incredibly passionate about pushing the rock and metal cause on the biggest stage. It’s a real privilege to work alongside them for HMA20.”

 

 

The Best Festival category was won by Bloodstock Open Air in 2019 (pictured above), with Download Festival and Hellfest Open Air picking up the award in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Public voting for the fourth annual Heavy Music Awards will open on 12 Feb 2020.

HMA Young Photographer of the Year Returns for 2020

The Heavy Music Awards Young Photographer of the Year competition is back for a fourth year to celebrate outstanding talent among young photographers in the rock and metal scene.

The 2020 edition will once again invite amateur photographers aged 16-21 to submit their images in the hope of snaring the prize. For 2020 we’re excited to announce that the winner will have the chance to be mentored by legendary rock lensman and HMA19 Best Photographer Paul Harries at an exclusive London photo shoot.

Paul will also be responsible for selecting the finalists, before the public is invited to cast their votes and decide the winner.

Paul Harries

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Babymetal and Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes – by Paul Harries

Paul Harries – known around the world for a portfolio bursting with iconic images of artists including Nirvana, Muse, Green Day, Metallica, Biffy Clyro, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Slash, Bring Me The Horizon, Ghost, My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots, Blink-182, Slipknot and countless more – said, “It’s a privilege to be asked to provide a short-list for the Young Photographer of the Year competition. I’m regularly asked for advice by budding young photographers so this is a great opportunity for me to edit for the most promising 16-21 year olds. I’m already looking forward to working with the winner on a shoot next year so I can offer advice, hopefully inspire, and perhaps share a few trade secrets.”

Enter Shikari by Dan Mills

The winning shot from YPOTY 2019 – Enter Shikari by Dan Mills

The Young Photographer of the Year competition has become hugely popular since its inception in 2017, and the winner of 2018’s contest, Eleanor Sutcliffe, became a full member of the HMA19 photo team, shooting the red carpet attendees and winners.

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “YPOTY has become one of the most fun and exciting elements of the HMAs each year – the quality of the photographs we receive is astounding, and we’re incredibly proud to be able to offer this platform to those who will undoubtedly be at the vanguard of heavy music photography in years to come. Having Paul Harries involved for 2020, a genuine legend of the scene, is a real honour.”

Entry for YPOTY20 is open now this location.

For 2020, entrants are asked to submit two photos.

To be eligible, you must be aged 16 to 21 on the date entry closes – 18 December 2019.

Finalists will be announced on 20 January 2020, when public voting will also open. The vote will close on 31 January 2020. The winner will be announced 5 February 2020.

Young Photographer of the Year 2020

Heavy Music Awards Moves to May for 2020, Returns to O2 Forum Kentish Town

The Heavy Music Awards will move to May for its fourth annual celebration, returning once again to London’s 2,300 capacity O2 Forum Kentish Town on Thursday 21 May 2020.

Having taken place in late August from 2017 to 2019, the event is now situated at the front end of the European festival season, and closer to the previous calendar year which forms the basic criteria for entry.

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “HMA19 was a huge success at the O2 Forum – the entire team is superb and the venue worked perfectly for the Heavy Music Awards. We’re excited to return to Kentish Town with some great new additions to the day to create an even more memorable event for attendees, and even more value for our amazing sponsors and supporters.”

With the new timetable, the nominations and public voting process will now take place much earlier in the year. Exact dates – as well as the line-up for HMA20 and details of the Young Photographer of the Year 2020 competition – will be announced in due course.

 


 

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For HMA20 sponsorship enquiries please email team@heavymusicawards.com.

Heavy Music Awards 2019 Winners Announced

The winners of the third annual Heavy Music Awards have been announced at a packed O2 Forum Kentish Town, hosted by Laura Jane Grace alongside live performances by Cancer Bats, Loathe, Nova Twins and Delaire The Liar.

Following wins at both HMA17 and HMA18, Architects continued their run with two awards here – the first time any winner has picked up multiple awards at the same HMAs. The Brighton act picked up Best Album for ‘Holy Hell’, as well as Best Live Band.

Australian heavyweights Parkway Drive picked up Best International Band, capping off a summer that saw them smash a headline performance at first-time Best Festival winners Bloodstock Open Air.

Elsewhere, Best UK Band was taken out by Bring Me The Horizon in the year they topped the All Points East line-up and celebrated a number one album in ‘amo’, while Dream State picked up Best UK Breakthrough Band.

HMA18 headliners Fever 333 won Best International Breakthrough Band, Ghost won Best Album Artwork for the second time in three years thanks to Zbigniew M. Bielak’s work on ‘Prequelle’, legendary snapper Paul Harries won Best Photographer, and Dan Weller picked up Best Producer.

Finally, the hugely popular Dixon family received The H for their services to the heavy music scene. The family are revered on the live circuit for selflessly offering accommodation to bands touring the north east for many years.

 


 

Heavy Music Awards 2019: The Winners

Best AlbumPresented by EMP
Architects – Holy Hell
Epitaph Records, Produced by Josh Middleton and Dan Searle

Best UK Band – Presented by Spotify
Bring Me The Horizon
RCA Records

Best International BandPresented by The Pit
Parkway Drive
Epitaph Records

Best Live BandPresented by O2 Forum Kentish Town
Architects
Epitaph Records

Best UK Breakthrough BandPresented by Believe
Dream State
UNFD

Best International Breakthrough BandPresented by Fireball
Fever 333
Roadrunner Records

Best Festival
Bloodstock Open Air

Best Photographer
Paul Harries

Best ProducerPresented by Allianz Musical Insurance
Dan Weller

The H
The Dixon Family

 


 

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For HMA20 sponsorship enquiries please email team@heavymusicawards.com.

Behind The Desk with Allianz Musical Insurance: Dan Weller

As part of our series of interviews with producers in partnership with Allianz Musical Insurance – sponsors of the HMA19 Best Producer category – we are discussing career highlights, studio set-up and great advice with some of the finest producers operating in rock and metal today.

For the third edition, we’re talking to Dan Weller. Based primarily in London, Dan is also known as member of SikTh and has produced releases by the likes of Enter Shikari, Young Guns, Dream State, Bury Tomorrow, Babymetal and many more.


What studio are you based at?
For many years I had my own places in London. These days I travel for most of my work. However, when I’m writing a work at my publishers (Bucks Music) studio in Chalk Farm, London.

Could you give us an overview of your career?
My route into production was via forming a band (SikTh) in 2000. We signed a record deal and had the pleasure of visiting some amazing studios. I became obsessed with recording and never looked back. Along with Justin (one of the sikth vocalists) we set up a business where we travelled to bands’ homes recording them. We cut our teeth by working cheaply and frequently – sleeping on floors and learning on the job. Eventually we were getting enough work that we set up a studio in Old Street, London and both took on our own work separately.

What have you been working on in 2019?
Dream State debut album which is amazing. A band called North Atlas from Glasgow, and co-writing/producing an artist from Nashville called Jeffrey James.

What has been the proudest moment of your career as a producer?
I would say Bones by Young Guns going active number one in the US. We had worked together from the very start so it was special to see them rise to notoriety in America.

What would you say are the pros and cons of owning your own studio?
Pros: It looks great to clients, enables you to make the acoustics your own etc.
Cons: If you travel a lot it’s just a massive waste of money and sits gathering dust.

 

 

What do you see as the biggest pitfalls when starting out as a producer?
In the current climate it would be the massively competitive nature of it all. Everyone is selling themselves far too much. Focusing on your own skills and staying in the real world as much as possible is key – try not to get sucked into being a name on the internet. Meet people as much as possible.

What has been the most important technological advance you’ve seen in production since you started out?
The fusion of the internet. We used to have to post CDs 🙂 now we can upload files, Skype bands, order parts from Amazon… Completely changed the game. Yes – I now feel very old.

How important is it to insure your equipment? Have you ever had to deal with theft or damage that required an insurance claim?
I’ve never owned huge amounts but the little I do own I have always insured. Luckily, I’ve never suffered a theft.

What is the best piece of production advice anyone has ever given you?
Colin Richardson once told me that I had a “producer’s ear” and that I should pursue a career. I’m sure he was just being polite but I took it in and used it as motivation.

Finally, what one prediction would you make for music production in the next 10 years?
I have absolutely no idea. But people will always want to make music.


You can find out more about Dan on his website.

And you can find out more about Allianz Musical Insurance, sponsors of the HMA19 Best Producer category, at their website.

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