May Hem first played with Nancy and the Dolls in 2017, when she stood in on bass for Jilly Idol at 'Alternative Fest' in Skegness. She later went on to stand in on guitar with them and has since become a permanent member.
May Hem loves playing with The Dolls because ‘they’re fantastic musicians, and the energy that bounces between the band onstage is incredible. On top of this, the crowd are always so dedicated, and when you throw their energy into the mix it creates something extra special. Yet even through all of the energy, we look out for each other on and off stage, which is a combination that’s hard to find. It’s an honour to play with these girls’.
May Hem originally started playing bass just before her 12th birthday in 2011. She performed her first gig three weeks later and has been gigging ever since. She then began playing guitar in 2018. She had bass lessons, but is so far self taught on guitar.
Despite being the only musician in the family, she grew up being exposed to many different genres, and has loved music for as long as she can remember. One of her earliest memories is falling in love with Jeff Wayne’s War Of The World’s around age 2. She loves all genres of music and listens to everything from electronic and funk, to prog, jazz and world music.
Some of her favourite artists include 'Pink Floyd', 'Tool', 'Tears For Fears', 'Slipknot', 'Red Hot Chili Peppers', 'System Of A Down', and 'The Smiths'. If she could be mentored by anybody, it would be John Frusciante. Justin Chancellor, Roland Orzabal and Anoushka Shankar are also big inspirations to her.
Her favourite song of the set to play is Holiday In Cambodia.