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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

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.

Category Spotlight: Best Breakthrough Band

We’re taking a closer look at the finalists for the inaugural Heavy Music Awards – if you’re still trying to decide your favourite, or if you’d like to discover some new artists, this is a great place to start.

First up it’s Best Breakthrough Band, a category presented by House of Vans London.

Please note: judges had the option to keep their votes private. The lists you see below are from judges who were happy to publicise their selections, and are not an indication of the total number of nominations.


Black Foxxes

Following their acclaimed debut EP ‘Pines’, Black Foxxes released their debut album ‘I’m Not Well’ via Spinefarm in 2016. The Plymouth trio have rapidly built a dedicated fanbase thanks to non-stop touring and an ability to craft songs that marry melody, heaviness and a bristling nervous energy to devastating effect.

Black Foxxes received nominations from*: Jamie Otsa (Wall of Sound PR), Dave Rajan (Parlophone), Andy Bayley (Spinefarm), Alex Herron (Scuzz), Louis Dale (Eagle Rock), Helen Buffett (Eagle Rock), Daniel P. Carter (BBC Radio 1 Rock Show), Tom Stabb (Sony)…

Black Peaks

Brighton’s Black Peaks formed in 2012 under the name Shrine, and have gone on to produce a debut album, ‘Statues’, that is beloved to critics, fans and fellow artists. Vocalist Will Gardner possesses a unique range, often pivoting from guttural bellows to a delicate falsetto to rabid screams in the same song. The band’s invitation to open for fellow HMA17 finalists Deftones at their mammoth Wembley Arena show demonstrates their acceptance at the top table of heavy music.

Black Peaks received nominations from*: Emma Van Duyts (Public City PR), Stephen Hill (That’s Not Metal), Rob Collins (Cooking Vinyl), Lauren Reading-Gloversmith (Inception PR), Lottie Hunt (BIMM), Mark Rawlings (EMP), Andy Saiker (Warner), Callum Galbraith (Universal), Christopher Lee (Punktastic), Daniel P. Carter (BBC Radio 1 Rock Show), Warul Islam (Communion)…

Casey

One of two Welsh five-piece acts on this shortlist, Casey released their debut album ‘Love Is Not Enough’ on Hassle Records (Lonely The Brave, We Are The Ocean) at the tail end of 2016. The band bring together emotionally-charged post-hardcore with crushing, intricate guitarwork in the vein of California’s scene stalwarts Being As An Ocean, underpinned by a fragility that belies their tender years. This year has already seen their stock rise thanks to a string of high energy live shows, but the best, most excitingly, is yet to come.

Casey received nominations from*: Dom Patience (Chalk Inc), Paul Towers (Impericon), Luke Logemann (UNFD), Zach Redrup (Dead Press), Steph Van Spronsen (Live Nation), Satvir Bhamra (Warner), Andrew Dex (Stencil)…

Dead!

South coast alt-rockers Dead! have been building a buzz thanks to a huge raft of live shows – often in rooms that could barely call themselves venues – and yet, most satisfyingly, the band have been delivering on the hype. Their music is relentlessly adventurous and almost impossible to categorise, but having signed to Infectious/BMG for the UK and Rise Records in the US, Dead! look set to continue their sonic assault in a big way.

Dead! received nominations from*: Jack Parker (All Things Loud), Tom Lynam (Tone Management), Arun Chamba (Shazam), Alex Herron (Scuzz), Andy Bayley (Spinefarm)…

I Prevail

While their social numbers may be lightyears ahead of many of their contemporaries, Michigan’s I Prevail are the archetypal overnight success – four years on from their formation, the band are now enjoying success on an international level thanks to their 2016 debut album ‘Lifelines’. The band’s twin vocal set-up gives them scope to explore many aspects of the heavy spectrum, but I Prevail always keep the energy levels up to create an exciting live spectacle.

I Prevail received nominations from*: Smiley Dave (DJ / Presenter), Sian Hainsworth (Freelance), Sophie K (Freelance), Kieron Fensome (Guitarguitar), Sue Reinhardt (Eleven Seven)…

Venom Prison

Welsh five-piece Venom Prison bring brutally relentless death metal to the HMA party alongside some refreshingly unflinching lyrics taking in a variety of social and political issues. Fronted by Larissa Stupar – who is rapidly making her name for herself thanks to some vicious vocal performances on debut album ‘Animus’ – and backed by a band that is taking a new approach to traditional death metal, Venom Prison are earning new fans fast and can look ahead to a very bright future.

Venom Prison received nominations from*: Thea de Gallier (Freelance), Lais Martins-Waring (LD Communications), Simon Robinson (Tour Manager), Paul Towers (Impericon), Jamie Graham (Sumerian), Dean Whitaker (Imperial), Callum Galbraith (Universal)…

Zeal & Ardor

Zeal & Ardor is a unique musical project fusing black metal and traditional slave songs, started by Manuel Gagneux, a Swiss-American musician who had previously created a chamber pop project called Birdmask. The band’s star has risen quickly, with debut album ‘Devil Is Fine’ hitting Bandcamp in 2016 to widespread acclaim, before a re-release on MKVA in early 2017.

Zeal & Ardor received nominations from*: Sam Kelly-Wallace (Jackson), Judith Fisher (BJF PR)…

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*This list is just a selection of judges to have nominated this artist.

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