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EMP: “It’s going to be an amazing event”

With just over one month until the first Heavy Music Awards, we sat down at House of Vans London with Headline Sponsor EMP to chat about the big night and their ranges of exclusive merchandise.

EMP’s social media guru Elena Marastoni met music broadcaster Smiley Dave, watch the full interview below:

 

Believe Backs Best Producer Award at HMA17

The Best Producer category at the Heavy Music Awards 2017 is to be sponsored by Believe Distribution Services.

Believe offers a range of “smart” marketing and distribution services to labels and artists across the world including online distribution, trade marketing, video and unique synchronisation services.

The company prides itself as “a team of international music-loving professionals who have been handpicked from across the music industry to provide high level strategy and support to our clients”.

Believe’s client list includes Xtra Mile, One Little Indian, UNFD, Earache, and Season of Mist.

They will attend the Heavy Music Awards at House of Vans London on August 24 and present the Best Producer Award.

Andy Bibey, Senior Label Manager at Believe, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to further our involvement with the Heavy Music Awards and partner with them to support the very first (and hopefully annual) event.

“Believe are proud to be sponsors of the Best Producer category, which features an incredibly talented array of nominees.

“Working closely with labels and artists in this genre for distribution and marketing, it’s great to see the scene thriving like it currently is, thanks to the hard work by the producers, artists, labels, distributors and all others alike”.

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “We are delighted to welcome Believe to the HMAs.

“Their involvement underlines the quality that is involved in all aspects of this event.”

Believe has over 400 employees globally with offices in France, UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, LATAM, Asia, Eastern Europe, The Middle East and Africa.

The company empowers artists and labels to maximize the value of their music in the transitioning digital music space by providing them with a full suite of services: digital music and video distribution, digital marketing and promotion services, synchronization and neighboring rights management, full label services including international physical distribution and campaign management, as well as in-house record label AllPoints, and DIY distribution platform TuneCore.

Believe prides itself on providing personal tailor made services for each label and artist and leverages its network of 32 offices around the world staffed with local music industry and digital marketing experts to support its clients on a global basis.

Championing innovation and transparency throughout its ten-year history, Believe has developed leading in-house technology as well as a range of analytical and promotional tools to help labels & artists leverage the benefits of digital.

Believe is the digital distribution home to the likes of Brownswood Recordings, Southern Fried, Hospital Records, Tru Thoughts, One Little Indian, Future Classic, World Circuit, Nettwerk Records, Soundway, Kartel Label Services, Xtra Mile Recordings, Saregama, Soulfood Distribution, Distri, AFM Records, Parov Stelar, K-Tel, Scorpio Music, Halidon, Chinese Man Records, Nowadays Records, Delicieuse Records, Prime Direct and Southern Record Distribution.

Believe’s in-house label AllPoints and Label Services department has delivered globally successful release campaigns for James Vincent McMorrow, Gavin James, Devlin, Youssoupha, Grand Corps Malade, Breton and Public Service Broadcasting, achieving multiple chart successes and sales certifications.

For more information, visit believemusic.com

Jackson Guitars Sponsor Best Festival at HMA17

Jackson Guitars has lent its iconic name to the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

The Californian-based manufacturer – which counts members of such diverse acts as Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, Megadeth, Anthrax, Machine Head, Limp Bizkit, Trivium, Gojira and Periphery among its artist portfolio – will sponsor and present the Best Festival Award at HMA17 on August 24.

The finalists for the Best Festival award are 2000 Trees, ArcTanGent, Bloodstock Open Air, Desertfest, Download, Reading & Leeds, and Slam Dunk.

Jackson Guitars – synonymous with breakthrough designs – was founded in the late 1970s and produces a series of custom and production instruments.

Iconic Jackson models include the Kelly™, King V™, Double Rhoads, Soloist™, bolt-on neck Dinky™, Concert™ Bass PC1 (based on Jackson’s signature model for Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen) and their most outlandish body design, the X-shaped Warrior™.

The HMA event, at House of Vans London, will feature a showcase display of Jackson Guitars allowing guests to shred on some of the latest models.

Helen Varley, EMEA Head of Marketing for Jackson said: “We are thrilled to support the new Heavy Music Awards and help to celebrate the diverse world of rock and metal music”.

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the HMAs, said: “It is an honour to welcome such a globally revered brand to the Heavy Music Awards.

“Jackson Guitars has a rich heritage of working with some of the most iconic guitarists in rock and metal history and we’re privileged to have them sponsor the Best Festival award.

“We look forward to welcoming the Jackson team to the HMAs and giving our guests the chance to get hands on with these amazing instruments.”

Click here to explore the Jackson Guitars range

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.

Heavy Music Awards 2017 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Heavy Music Awards 2017 have been announced.

Following an intensive period of voting by more than 300 of the music industry’s leading lights, the final seven for each category at the inaugural Heavy Music Awards have been unveiled.

Spread across ten categories, the finalists represent the heavy music industry’s favourite artists, albums, album covers, photographers, producers, venues and festivals for the calendar year of 2016 – taking in everything from undisputed heavyweights to the very freshest artists on the scene.

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “We are so excited to see that the industry has produced shortlists that span the vast breadth of the heavy music landscape.

“Beyond the seven finalists in each category, the judges produced a staggeringly comprehensive list of nominees – almost 150 individuals were nominated for Best Photographer, while a similar number were put forward for Best Producer. A huge testament to the strength in depth currently on offer across this amazing scene.

“Rock and metal fans are among the most loyal and well-informed music lovers on the planet, so it comes as no surprise to see such an eclectic mix of the absolute highest quality. Every one of these finalists would be a worthy winner – but it’s up to the public to decide who that should be!”

 


 

The HMA17 Finalists

BEST ALBUM presented by EMP
Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph / Producers: Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd)
Deftones – Gore (Reprise / Producer: Matt Hyde)
Every Time I Die – Low Teens (Epitaph / Producer: Will Putney)
Gojira – Magma (Roadrunner / Producer: Joe Duplantier)
Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (Blackened / Producer: Greg Fidelman)
Oathbreaker – Rheia (Deathwish / Producer: Jack Shirley)
Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere (Vagrant / Producer: Eric Palmquist)

BEST UK BAND presented by UPRAWR
Architects (Epitaph)
Biffy Clyro (Warner)
Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Sabbath (Vertigo)
Bring Me The Horizon (Columbia)
Creeper (Roadrunner)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND
A Day To Remember (ADTR)
Beartooth (Red Bull)
Deftones (Reprise)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph)
Ghost (Loma Vista)
Gojira (Roadrunner)
Metallica (Blackened)

BEST LIVE BAND presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment
Architects (Epitaph)
The Dillinger Escape Plan (Party Smasher)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Ghost (Loma Vista)
Gojira (Roadrunner)

BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by House of Vans London
Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Foxxes (Universal)
Casey (Hassle)
Dead! (Infectious)
I Prevail (Fearless)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic)
Zeal & Ardor (Radicalis / MVKA)

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK
Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph)
Black Foxxes – I’m Not Well (Universal)
Deftones – Gore (Reprise)
Ghost – Popestar (Loma Vista)
Gojira – Magma (Roadrunner)
Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason (Nuclear Blast)
Opeth – Sorceress (Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast)

BEST PRODUCER
Tom Dalgety
John Feldmann
Greg Fidelman
Matt Hyde
Dan Lancaster
Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd
Will Putney

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER
Tom Barnes
Corrine Cumming
Ben Gibson
Ross Halfin
Paul Harries
Jennifer McCord
John McMurtrie

BEST FESTIVAL
2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
ArcTanGent, Compton Martin
Bloodstock Open Air, Derby
Desertfest, London
Download Festival, Donington
Reading & Leeds Festival
Slam Dunk Festival, Birmingham / Hatfield / Leeds

BEST VENUE
Black Heart, Camden
The Dome, Tufnell Park
KOKO, Camden
O2 Academy, Brixton
O2 Forum, Kentish Town
Rock City, Nottingham
The Underworld, Camden

 


 

The Heavy Music Awards 2017 will take place on 24 August at House of Vans London.

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Voting closes 5pm, 30 June 2017.

EMP Headline Sponsor of Heavy Music Awards 2017

Rock and metal merchandise company, EMP, has been confirmed as Headline Sponsor the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

Described as “Europe’s leading multi-channel retailer of music and entertainment-inspired apparel and accessories”, EMP will present the award for Best Album at the inaugural HMAs on August 24 at House of Vans London.

Having become a regular fixture across the heavy music landscape both in the retail and the live music arena, EMP will now enjoy exposure at the event, through the HMAs’ rapidly expanding online audience, and via the extensive television coverage on Sky channel 367 thanks to our Broadcast Partner, Scuzz.

EMP’s Ajay Nassa said: “As Europe’s number one retailer of rock and metal merchandise, EMP is a natural fit to partner with the Heavy Music Awards.

“Founded over 30 years ago in Lingen, Germany by a group of die-hard rock and metal fans, we now operate in 18 countries across Europe, with more than 11,000 pieces of band merchandise available, including hundreds of exclusive items unavailable anywhere else.

“Sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards is a chance for EMP to engage with its fans and celebrate the talent and diversity of the metal world and its importance within the music industry.”

You can explore EMP’s Online Store at this location.

House of Vans London to Host Heavy Music Awards 2017

House of Vans London has been unveiled as the venue for the first Heavy Music Awards on August 24.

Just months after the intimate Metallica: Hardwired At House Of Vans show, the unique 30,000 square foot labyrinth beneath Waterloo station, will play host to the inaugural HMAs.

The space – which boasts a main stage, art gallery, cinema and skate bowl, mini ramp and street course – will welcome 800 guests for the big night.

House of Vans London opened in 2014 and has since hosted some of the most exciting names in rock and metal including Bring Me The Horizon, Slaves, Turbonegro, Cancer Bats and Foo Fighters.

 

Metallica at House of Vans London

 

It regularly hosts modern art exhibitions, creative workshops, film screenings, gigs, boasts the UK Vans Skate Team and provides a platform for street culture and fashion.

In addition, House of Vans will sponsor the Best Breakthrough Act category at the HMAs – underlining Vans’ commitment to promoting new music.

A spokesperson for the venue said: “House of Vans is hugely excited to host the first ever Heavy Music Awards. Music and creativity is deeply-rooted in the Vans and House of Vans identity and we are delighted to support in this way.”

The House of Vans is where “Off The Wall” lives. It’s a place where imagination lets loose over concrete bowls, art installations, workshops and concert stages, inspiring every person who runs, rolls, or stomps through its door. Located in Brooklyn, New York and Waterloo, London, as well as pop-ups around the world, the House of Vans is home to the creativity that moves us.

Find out more about House of Vans London here: houseofvanslondon.com


The Heavy Music Awards 2017 is an invitation-only event. Stay tuned for details of how you can win the chance to attend.

 

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