Gearing up for the release of their debut EP ‘Talk To Me Like I’m Dead’ later this year via ILA, Worcester’s alt-rockers HVMM have already proven their worth in the industry with recent single ‘Lacerate’. We got the chance to put some questions to the group’s lead guitarist, Ebony Clay, about their passions, influences, ambitions and more…
For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound?
If I’m honest our sound is in the process of being established. A slight unease can come with that as it’s subject that everyone wants you to be clear on, but there’s also clarity, strangely, in the unknown.
What challenges have you faced in the music industry so far?
I am judged even before people have seen me play. I will always be ‘the girl’ in the band. And that is just fine by me!
How difficult would you say this career path is in terms of making a name for yourself?
Musicians have so many options now in terms of getting their music heard. I know of people selling records without even playing a gig! If you work hard, you will see results.
How important is it for you to have creative control over the work you produce?
It’s important for me to listen and learn from those around me. It makes me grow as a player.
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?
I always try to listen to new music from all genres. Play a new guitar pedal or play in a different tuning, so I’m not stuck in my ways.
If you could collaborate with anybody going forward, who would you choose and why?
Beth Hart. She has an unreal raw talent and has a voice that gives me goosebumps.
Tell us a random, funny fact that not many people know about you.
I have a tattoo of a fish wearing a hat.
Do you have any definitive aims or goals for your career?
I would love to play at one of the larger festival. Reading, Download, Glastonbury… I love them all.
Where do you hope to be this time next year?
The goal posts are constantly moving and changing, but if I can be playing shows with new music in new venues, I will be happy.
What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?
We are releasing our first EP ‘Talk To Me Like I’m Dead’ on September 1, which I am very excited about. We will be playing in our home town, Worcester to mark the occasion.