This is my second artwork and collaboration with Old Night Industries Record label. ‘IIVII’ is the second album in Whisperhead’s Worship Them tetralogy. The EP starts with the intro ‘Rot’, followed by the long ‘The Slow Rise of Dying Growth’ and ending with the acoustic, tranquil ‘Plagueheart’.
As with all Old Night Industries releases, IIVII will be available on numerous streaming and downloading services. No physical release is in the works for any of the Worship Them albums. Official website and more infos here >> CLICK
I will be creating two more artworks for the next Whisperhead’s chapters in the next few months.
Here is one of my latest DVD artwork for Magic company BigBlindMedia. “The Double Lift Project with Liam Montier” 2 DVDs! out 17th March 2014.
The Double Turnover (most usually referred to as a double lift) is perhaps the single most essential move in all of card magic. It is the act of turning over two playing cards whilst creating the impression that you are handling just a single card. You can learn more about the content here >> CLICK
The Library Of The Human Soul have just released their first album called ‘Happiness‘ composed by some very talented and successful composers like Dan Graham from The Magic Theatre and Gothic Storm Music. They are a new music library I will be working with over the next few years and I will be designing all their album covers. Listen to the full album of 90 tracks on Soundcloud here >> CLICK
Follow and Like the new ‘The Library of The Human Soul‘ Facebook page here >> CLICK
I’m extremely honoured to have been nominated for ‘Best Graphic Designer’ of 2013 in the Trailer Music Awards (hosted by Trailer Music News) for my work designing album covers for Audiomachine, Twisted Jukebox, Gothic Storm, Ethos Music, Proofsound and Really Slow Motion. I would really appreciate it if you could click the link and vote for me (It takes 5 secs). Thank you so much !! >> CLICK HERE TO VOTE
When Audiomachine got to announce that NBC had again decided to use their music to kick off the 2014 Sochi Olympics, they assembled a digital EP including audiomachine favorites “Breaking Through” and “Equinox” along with the brand new Paul Dinletir penned composition “Deep Heart”. They got in touch with me to work on the art direction and set up the layout and title for the artwork. Here is ‘Champions Will Rise’. You can listen to the new tune here >> CLICK
The EP is now available on iTunes >> CLICK
Here is THE TRIGGER. A new album cover I have designed for TWISTED JUKEBOX. Looking for raucously cool energetic and swaggering retro guitar tracks for your next production? Look no further!…. This is it ! Energetic swaggering retro guitar tracks ! Still not convinced ?? Go and listen to this teaser reel here >> CLICK
Are you into chunky main room dance tunes and Pop music with filthy synth riffs? YES?? so this album is made for you! Here is my latest album design for Twisted Jukebox. A cool scifi visual I enjoyed designing using a mix of 3D and real photos to create the female android part. ‘Holograms‘ is their latest offering of EDM & Electro House music perfect for advertising campaigns, TV promos, Sports Highlights and Television.
Check out the Teaser reel here >> CLICK
Leo Lyons (10 Years after) and Joe Gooch kick off the year with a new Hundred Seventy Split CD simply titled ‘HSS’. The record is scheduled for release on the 7th February 2014. You can order here >> www.hundredseventysplit.com
Artwork and design by DOSEprod. You can check out photos of the digipak in the portfolio here >> CLICK
I was very happy to be contacted by ARTJUNKY.net and answer some questions about my background, inspiration and current projects. If you want to know more about my process for creating a commission or what I view as my greatest achievement please go and check out the featuring/interview at their website here >> CLICK
Artjunky.net is a contributor based online art and design magazine, supporting artists, illustrators, designers, photographers and makers.
DARKFALL are a five piece metal band Based in Edinburgh, Scotland. They take influence from bands such as, Alter Bridge, Dream Theatre, Avenged Sevenfold and Trivium. They got in touch with me asking if I could design their new band logo and a gig flyer. Check out Darkfall page on Facebook here >> CLICK
Once again I had the pleasure to work with the awesome German Musician/Composer Voicians (amazing fact: he is half human/half pizza). I have designed many different single and album artworks for him over the last few years and I also designed his logo. Furthermore Voicians has recently created several Production Tracks for FiXT (Home of Celldweller, Blue Stahli…) and Position Music to infect the TV and Film industry!. His new full-length album ‘A Matter Of Time’ will be released on 28th January 2014! 100% DOSE recommended !
Here is a new fun DVD I designed for BigBlindMedia called ‘Nothing but the truth’. Funny, commercial, engaging and insane FUN, Nothing But The Truth is the perfect packet trick. It slips into your pocket, but plays HUGE! It is self working (with some more advanced handling options offered on the DVD) and leaves a lasting impression on audiences of all sizes! Check out all the infos and a video trailer here >> CLICK
Here is the first artwork of 2014 I have designed for Music publishing company Twisted Jukebox. ’AUTUMN GLOW’ has just been released. An album that’s full of warmth, feel good nostalgia and the love of home! Warm & welcoming cool indie folk with a selection of male/female vocal tracks. Perfect for Advertising, Television, Film, TV promos & more! You can listen to the full album here >> CLICK
Byron Fry is an arranger/producer/composer/multi-instrumentalist/guitar virtuoso. Well known in the L.A. music scene, he has only recently turned his attention to writing and producing his own killer, guitar-oriented rock-fusion. Byron has recently completed a new CD, ‘EXPLOSIVE’, as a follow-up to his debut CD, COMBUSTIBLE. The digipak was designed by Sam Hayles and has been added to the DOSEprod portfolio. You can see photos here >> CLICK
I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Interactive Design Institute about my career so far, my vision, my work, my inspiration, aspects of being a freelancer and how I spend a typical working day. You can also read an insightful piece about me growing up in UK in the 70s and my move to France in the 80s, setting up DOSEprod in the late 90s and how music was an inspiration on my development as a designer.
“If you are ever called upon to describe a classic career path for an independent design consultant, you need look no further than Sam Hayles; graphic designer, animator, illustrator and visual artist. Sam Hayles not only exemplifies the skills, attributes and vision required to be a successful practitioner in the world of contemporary design but his portfolio demonstrates his ability to work across a variety of media. His work can best be described as “dark”. But this is too trite; too easy a label to apply to a body of work that has consistently expressed a profound understanding of the potential impact that an integrated approach to the Arts can have on an audience.” … To read the full article and interview >> CLICK HERE
I have been working with another Edinburgh based metal band called Darkfall. They asked me to design their new logo and also to create a flyer for their upcoming gigs. This one is happening on Friday 8th january at Bannermann’s – Edinburgh. Playing with Edgeville Hellride and Zero Hour. I will show you their new logo in my next post.
Gothic Storm ‘Epic Emotional Rock’ album cover. Here is the fourth album artwork I designed for Music Publishing company Gothic Storm ‘Epic Emotional’ Serie which will be released soon (Industry release). To keep in touch with their latest news you can check out the Gothic Storm Facebook page here >> CLICK
Twisted Jukebox have just announced the release of their new album ‘Lifeline Tensions’. Raise your pulse and increase the tension with our minimal atmospheric tension building soundtracks full of suspense and with subtly climatic endings made for knife edge situations… This is the first artwork I created for them this year and many more to come. They wanted something minimalist and graphic. You can listen to the full album here >> CLICK
Following up my previous post about Riverwood Air (see below) I thought I would show you the first GUI design I did for them. RAW Power consists of over 1GB or 626 samples of metallic objects, perfect to fuse into media projects. Specific items recorded include gym bars, clips, doors, sheeting, zips, frames, weights, pipes and metallic brass mutes. Over 7 hours of recording sessions were used to record hits, drops, scrapes, bangs and crashes. You can see the final interface and get all infos about the plugin here >> CLICK
Riverwood Air (RAW) is a new small-scale and ambitious sample library developer and who are here to bring you great value niche virtual instruments. There aim is to record and produce instruments that do not currently exist in the market or ones that can only be purchased in huge collection/ensemble libraries. I was involved in creating all the visual identity for RAW which you can see on their new website. I also designed the GUI for their first virtual instrument called RAW Power (Mettalic Percussion) which can purchase on their website for only £30.00 (click here). Launched in late 2013 after two years of planning and research, RAW aim to assist and support composers and sound designers by producing sample libraries that are in tune to modern day project needs. RAW instruments are designed to complement the main libraries you already use – day in, day out.
Go and check out the new RAW website which contains all the DOSEprod designs : CLICK !!!!!
“With great samples, comes great responsibility”
Here is the artwork for the next Hundred Seventy Split album called ‘HSS‘ which will be released in february 2014. I really enjoyed creating the designs for the digipak and 8 page booklet, all in a Art deco style. The band includes amongst it’s members Leo Lyons, former bass player with the British late 1960s to 1970s rock group Ten Years After. You can listen to samples of the new album here >> CLICK
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. It’s been a great and prosperous 2013 for sure! Let’s look forward to some new adventures coming in the year 2014. Stay tuned and be safe. GET YOUR DOSE of presents and good times with the people you love the most. Cheers!
Thanks for a great year and best wishes to all the fantastic people I got to work with. Bring on 2014 with many more artworks and amazing projects. Thanks to all the people who support and follow my work.
Take care and Happy Xmas holidays to you all. PEACE – Sam Hayles.
As you may know my biggest inspiration is music and movies. Just for fun here is my 12 ‘best of 2013′ movies and music albums (in no particular order).
Star Trek Into Darkness
Thor: The Dark World
Only God forgives
Man of Steel
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Senser ‘To the capsules’
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‘ Push the sky away’
Gary Numan ‘Splinter’
NIN ‘Hesitations Mark’
Filter ‘The sun comes out tonight’
Alice in Chains ‘The Devil put Dinosaurs here’
Clutch ‘Earth rocker’
Cult of Luna ‘Vertikal’
Depeche Mode ‘Delta Machine’
The Dillinger Escape Plan ‘One of us is the killer’
Queens of a Stone Age “… like Clockwork”
Here is the next artwork I produced for Music publishing company Gothic Storm. They will be releasing this album in 2014 part of a serie called EPIC EMOTIONAL. I designed the covers for the 4 albums. This is EPIC EMOTIONAL ELECTRONICA. To keep in touch with their latest news you can check out the Gothic Storm Facebook page here >> CLICK
Here is the packaging design for World Strings Guzheng by Evolution Series. I was glad to read and learn that music composer Clinton Shorter (Film Composer on District 9, Pompeii, 2 Guns, Contraband, Jappeloup …) found my interface design for World Strings Guzheng beautiful! I loved his work on District 9!
“As a regular user of World Percussion 2.0 I was eager to get my hands on Evolution Series latest World Strings Guzheng, and needless to say I was not disappointed. The attention to detail is second to none and the playability is extremely impressive. With a beautiful interface and intuitive controls, it inspires you with every note.”
Clinton Shorter. FB page here >> CLICK