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Congratulations to the Independent Music winners at ARIAs

01.12.2014

Sia

The 2014 ARIA Awards on Wednesday night proved to be a big nght for independent music, with a incredible number of artists being recognised for their talented independent releases.

The big awards of Best Female Artist and Album of the Year went to SIA for 1000 Forms of Fear (Monkey Puzzle), which also picked up Best Pop Release and Best Video.

Chet Faker's Built On Glass (Future Classic) nabbed him the title of Best Male Artist and Best Independent Release along with artisan and fine arts awards for Best Engineer, Best Producer and Best Album Art.

Bomb's Away (Empire of Song/Chugg Music) gained Sheppard the award for Best Group, John Butler Trio's album Fresh & Blood (Jarrah Records) took out Best Blues and Roots Album, Dan Sultan was awarded Best Rock Album for Blackbird (Liberation Music) and DZ Deathrays picked up  Best Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal Album for Black Rat (I OH YOU).

Peking Duk walked away with Best Dance Release for their track High featuring Nicole Millar (Vicious Bitch) and Hilltop Hoods who performed on the night took out Best Urban Album for their 2014 release Walking Under The Stars (Golden Era).

A massive congratulations to all of the talented independent artists who were nominated and took home awards!

2014 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Winners

10.10.2014

Remi

The 2014 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have wrapped up their ninth year delivering a superbly entertaining evening handing out 14 awards to some of Australia’s finest talent, including multiple award winners Violent Soho, international breakthrough artists Courtney Barnett and Sheppard, and first time nominee Remi, all taking out awards.

The hotly contested Best Independent Artist award went to talented singer songwriter Courtney Barnett, who also won the Best Independent Single/EP award for her single ‘Avant Gardener’.  Phenomenal local and international success has followed the single’s release, and has seen Courtney not only playing some of the world’s biggest music festivals but also performing on high profile US TV talk show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Remi’s extraordinary breakout year continued as he not only took out the award for Best Independent Hip Hop Album for his brilliant sophomore release ‘Raw X Infinity’, but was also the lucky recipient of the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant.  With burgeoning international interest, and many critics calling him the new global voice of Australian hip hop, the $50,000 prize money, which is specifically designed to help musicians boost their profile overseas, will help fund his forthcoming European and US touring commitments over the next few months. Awarded to emerging independent artists, the prize money must be used exclusively to help tour, showcase, record, or relocate overseas to further their careers.

Rob Elder Brand Manager for Carlton Dry said “The music scene in Australia has never been stronger and Carlton Dry is proud to support young Aussie artists looking to make the jump into the overseas market.   Having seen King Gizzard explode over the last 12 months we can’t wait to see how Remi takes his music to the globe throughout the next year and beyond.”  

Violent Soho walked away winners in two categories, picking up key awards for their critically acclaimed album ‘Hungry Ghost’, which was acknowledged by the industry as the Best Independent Album, and also the Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album. Adding a refined nuance and subtlety to their armoury with this, their third album, Hungry Ghost’ is Violent Soho’s most powerful offering to date.

Brisbane hit makers Sheppard were presented the award for this year’s Breakthrough Independent Artist. Their meteoric rise both locally and internationally over the past 12 months follows on from the release of their single ‘Geronimo’, which has reached an astonishing 4 x Platinum status, and gone on to become one of the highest selling Australian singles of the year.

RÜFÜS were awarded Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album for their debut album release ‘Atlas’.  Filled with indie-dance rhythms, darker housey stylings and a heap of anthems, the success of the debut album from the Sydney three-piece proved their credible and accessible dance music deserved the praise it received.

Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single went to Peking Duk for their hit single ‘High’. Commandeering airwaves and dance floors alike, Peking Duk soared to the top of the charts with their massive double platinum single ‘High’ which featured vocalist Nicole Millar.

In an award voted for by their Record Label peers, I OH YOU were acknowledged as the Best Independent Label.  The cutting edge label boasts some of Australia’s best young talent including DMA’s, Bleeding Knees Club, City Calm Down, DZ Deathrays and the 2014 dual award winning Violent Soho.

The Award for the Best Independent Blues and Roots Album went to dynamic blues rocker Dan Sultan for his third full-length studio album, ‘Blackbird’.  Recorded with award-winning producer Jacquire King in the Nashville studio whose name it bears, ‘Blackbird’, is a smouldering yet tender blues-tinged rock affair that resonated with critics and audiences alike. 

Halfway took out their first CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for the Best Independent Country Album for ‘Any Old Love’.  Produced by the esteemed Go-Betweens founder Robert Forster,  ‘Any Old Love’ is the bands 4th studio album and a journey into the outback world of broken down jockeys and bar room redemption.

Gurrumul and The Sydney Symphony Orchestra won the Best Independent Classical Album for ‘His Life And Music’.   Recorded Live at the Sydney Opera House in May 2013 as part of the Vivid Festival, ‘His Life And Music’ captures the artistic spirit of one of the nation’s most extraordinary artists.

Last but not least, Paul Grabowsky Sextet took out the award in the Best Independent Jazz Album category for The Bitter Suite”.  Drawing on everything from the Rolling Stones to Rachmaninoff,  The Bitter Suite” is an adventurous and intense contemporary jazz album by pianist, composer, arranger, conductor Paul Grabowsky – one of Australia’s finest jazz legends.

The CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS once again proved to be one of the Industry’s most entertaining evenings, and a night peppered with stunning live performances from artists who crossed all musical genres including award winners Remi and Sheppard, alongside nominees DMA’S, Safia and Meg Mac.

WINNERS below for the 2014 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS:

Carlton Dry Global Music Grant Winner - Remi

Best Independent Artist  - Courtney Barnett

Best Independent Album, presented by Rdio - Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost

Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year, presented by PPCA – Sheppard

Best Independent Single/EP, presented by Levi’s  - Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener

Best Independent Label  - I OH YOU

Best Independent Hip Hop Album - Remi - Raw x Infinity

Best Independent Country Album - Halfway - Any Old Love

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album - Dan Sultan – Blackbird

Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album - Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost

Best Independent Jazz Album - Paul Grabowsky Sextet - The Bitter Suite

Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single - Peking Duk - High

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album - RÜFÜS – Atlas

Best Independent Classical Album  - Gurrumul / Sydney Symphony Orchestra – His Life And Music

Carlton Dry Global Music Grant 2014 - Shortlist

11.09.2014

Air 2014 nominees

Announced today at Big Sound: the shortlist of 2014 Carlton Dry Global Music Grant nominees.

Established in 2013, the $50,000 Carlton Dry Global Music Grant was created in conjunction with AIR to help fund an international tour for an independent, emerging Australian act to boost their profile and further a career overseas. Last year’s inaugural Grant was awarded to seven-piece garage rock gang King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. The Grant funded King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’stours of the USA, with shows in Dallas, Chicago, Washington, residencies in New York City, a slot on Austin’s the legendary Psychfest plus shows in Canada, China,Iceland, Netherlands and the UK. The prize money was also used to rent a ranch for a month in upstate New York where the band recorded an album that has been signed to Castle Records in the USA and Europe’s Heavenly Recordings. This October will see King Gizzard return to the US to tour in support of their new album.

Rob Elder, Brand Manager for Carlton Dry said “There is so much talent in Australian music right now and the grant is a way we can support young artists and give them the opportunity to take their music overseas”.

Carlton Dry is excited to announce that the 2014 shortlist nominees are:

Fractures

Remi

SAFIA

Saskwatch

The Smith Street Band

These 5 artists have been shortlisted in recognition for their remarkable achievements over the last 12 months as well as their potential to achieve great things overseas.

David Vodicka, Chairman of the Board for AIR said “this Grant is something that AIR is very proud of. We can’t think of a more direct way to help a great emerging artist in their career. The fact that the whole thing was instigated by Carlton Dry shows thevalue of our partnership with them.”

The winner of this $50,000 Grant will be announced at the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Wednesday October 8th at North Melbourne’s Historic Meat Market as part of a partnership with AIR. For more information on the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant please visit www.air.org.au

 

Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Nominations announced!

08.09.2014

Awards nominees

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is pleased to announce the nominees for the ninth Annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards.

This year’s nominees include a stunning array of the country's brightest emerging artists, alongside established and respected performers, acknowledging yet another extraordinary year for Independent music.  Awards to be presented during the evening include Best Independent Album, Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Hip Hop Album, the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant, and Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album among others.  

The nominations for Best Independent Artist have each received multiple nods, with Violent Soho leading the pack across 4 categories, including Best Independent Album, Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album for their latest release ‘Hungry Ghost’, and Best Independent Single or EP presented by Levi’s for ‘Covered In Chrome’.

Sia is nominated for three awards including Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Album for her sixth studio release,  ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’, and Best Independent Single or EP for her world-wide hit ‘Chandelier’ which reached Top 10 in a number of countries including Australia, the US, the UK, Norway and New Zealand.  Previous dual award winner Chet Faker is also nominated in three categories for Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album and Best Independent Dance, Electronica Album for his self-produced debut album “Built On Glass”.

2013 nominees RÜFÜS garnered three nominations: Best Independent Album and Best Independent Dance, Electronica Album for the band’s debut album Atlas’ and Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single for Sundream’.  Courtney Barnett is up for two awards, Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Single or EP for ‘Avant Gardener’, the track that saw her US network TV debut when she performed on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.  Past winners Dan Sultan and John Butler Trio are both nominated for Best Independent Blues And Roots Album and newcomers D.D Dumbo and Allday are nominated for their first awards.

The nominees for the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant will be announced on September 11th at Bigsound. The Carlton Dry Global Music Grant winner will receive $50,000 to go towards breaking the international music market.

The Awards will be held at the Meat Market in Melbourne this coming October, and will include performances by nominated acts Sheppard, Remi, DMA’s, SAFIA and Meg Mac.

Nominations below for 2014 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS:

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST

Chet Faker

Courtney Barnett

John Butler Trio

Sia

Violent Soho

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM

Chet Faker - Built On Glass (Future Classic)

RÜFÜS – Atlas (Sweat it Out)

Sia - 1000 Forms Of Fear (Monkey Puzzle)

Total Control - Typical System (Independent)

Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost (I Oh You)

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

D.D Dumbo

DMA's

Meg Mac

Remi

Sheppard

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP presented by Levi’s

Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener (Milk Records!)

DMA's - DMA's EP (I Oh You)

Sheppard – Geronimo (Empire of Song)

Sia – Chandelier (Monkey Puzzle)

Violent Soho - Covered In Chrome (I Oh You)

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM

Allday - Startup Cult (ONETWO)

Horrorshow - King Amongst Many (Elefant Tracks)

L-FRESH The LION – One (IVienna People Recordings)

Remi - Raw x Infinity (House of Beige)

Thundamentals - So We Can Remember (Obese Records) 

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

Davidson Brothers – Wanderlust (Independent)

Halfway - Any Old Love (Plus One Records)

Sara Storer – Lovegrass (ABC Music)

The Painted Ladies - Play Selections From 'The Loner' (Plus One Records)

The Perch Creek Family Jugband - Jumping On The Highwire (Vitamin Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

Dan Sultan – Blackbird (Liberation Music)

John Butler Trio - Flesh & Blood (Jarrah Records)

Little Bastard - Little Bastard (Four | Four)

Mia Dyson – Idyllwild (Black Door Music)

Paul Kelly - The Merri Soul Sessions (Gawd Aggie Recordings)

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM

DZ Deathrays - Black Rat (I Oh You)

High Tension - Death Beat (Cooking Vinyl Australia)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Oddments (Flightless)

sleepmakeswaves - Love Of Cartography (Bird's Robe Records)

Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost (I Oh You)

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

Andrea Keller Quartet with Strings - Wave Rider (Jazzhead)

Gian Slater - Still Still (Which Way Music)

Joseph Tawadros - Permission To Evaporate (ABC Jazz)

Julien Wilson Quartet - This Is Always (Lionsharecords)

Paul Grabowsky Sextet - The Bitter Suite (ABC Jazz)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Andras Fox – Overworld (Homeloan Records)

Chet Faker - Built On Glass (Future Classic)

Guerre - Ex Nihilo (Yes Please)

RÜFÜS – Atlas (Sweat it Out)

Ta-ku - Songs To Break Up To (HW&W Recordings)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE

Kilter - They Say (etc/etc)

LUCIANBLOMKAMP - Help Me Out (Yes Please)

Peking Duk feat. Nicole Millar – High (Vicious Bitch)

RÜFÜS – Sundream (Sweat it Out)

SAFIA - Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds (Independent)

BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL ALBUM     

Anna McMichael and Tamara-Anna Cislowska - Close Your Eyes and I'll Close Mine 

Gurrumul & Sydney Symphony Orchestra - His Life And Music 

Jane Sheldon & Nicole Panizza - Nature          

Michael Kieran Harvey – Psychosonata

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - Hush Collection, Vol. 13: The Magic Island 

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out www.air.org.au

 

The 9th Annual

CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Wednesday October 8th, 2014

Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne

 

Air Announces Performers for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

26.08.2014

AR Performers

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is pleased to announce the performers for the ninth Annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. This year's exceptional lineup promises to showcase some of Australia's most exciting new and emerging talents, with live performances by Sheppard, Remi, DMA's, SAFIA and Meg Mac.

The past 12 months has seen the meteoric rise of Brisbanes hit makers Sheppard, who gave us the biggest Australian songof the year with the pop-slice-of-heaven "Geronimo". Sheppard managed to break all manner of records, clocking up a massive 7 weeks as the #1 song at radio, reaching triple platinum status and the longest running #1 single for a 100% indie release of all time. 

Melbourne’s Remi had an extraordinary breakout year with accolades nothing short of brilliant for his much anticipated second album “Raw X Infinity”, recorded with his musical collaborators Sensible J and Dutch and released through his own record label House Of Beige.   From multiple high-rotation radio singles (including the summer anthem “Sangria”, and the edgier tracks “Livin’” and “Tyson”), an extensive national sell out tour across the country and burgeoning international interest, many critics are calling him the new global voice of Australian hip hop. 

Sydney three-piece DMA’s exploded with the hype for their debut single ‘Delete’.  The catchy anthem was the first taste off the band’s debut self-titled EP which was released in April, and has placed the band well and truly on the international music industry’s radar. 

Another superb addition to the evening’s performances is electro-indie three-piece SAFIA.  Their breakthrough single 'Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues' saw them a synth-driven force to be reckoned with. Set to release a brand new single “You Are The One” this September, which promises more of their unique cross-genre sounds, SAFIA are warning you to get ready to dance.  

Also joining the line up is 23-year-old singer-songwriter and soul-pop sensation Meg Mac. Gearing up to release her debut EP, MEGMAC, slated to drop mid September, the talented young Melbournian has been turning heads with her latest single “Roll Up Your Sleeves”.  The lilting neo-soul ballad is the perfect vehicle for her gorgeous voice, and heralds a huge future ahead for this enigmatic chanteuse. 

Stay tuned for further announcements including nominations, guest presenters and more.  For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out www.air.org.au

The 9th Annual

CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Wednesday October 8th, 2014

Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne

 

Carlton Dry Global Music Grant Applications Open

01.07.2014

2014 Grant

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) and Carlton Dry are pleased to announce that applications for the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant are now open for 2014.

Established in 2013, the $50,000 Grant has been created to help fund a trip overseas for an emerging Australian artist or band to boost their profile overseas. The Grant is awarded by Carlton Dry each year at the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, as part of a partnership with AIR.

Applicants must be Australian artist or band who is self-released or released by an independent label. The prize money must be used exclusively to help the artist tour, showcase, record or relocate overseas to further their career.

David Vodicka, Chairman of the Board for AIR said, "this Grant is something that AIR is very proud of. We can't think of a more direct way we can support young artists and give them the opportunity to take their music overseas. We can't wait to see the entries that come in this year."

Applications close on September 1st, with entries judged by a selected panel of industry experts. 

The winner of the grant will be announced at the 2014 Calton Dry Independent Music Awards in October.

Last year's inaugural $50,000 Grant was awarded to seven-piece garage rock gang King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. The Grant helped fund a recent tour of the US, with shows in Dallas, Chicago and Washington, a slot on the legendary Austin Psychfest, residencies in New York City and additional dates in Canada. The prize money was also used to rent a ranch for a month in upstate New York where the band worked on a new record.

Interested artists should check the conditions of entry and review the criteria in full prior to submitting an application here.

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent Music check out www.air.org.au.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard set for first US tour thanks to Carlton Dry Global Music Grant

07.05.2014

King Gizzard

The winners of the inaugural Calton Dry Global Music Grant, seven-piece outfit King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are ready to utilise their prize money with both an international tour and a writing sabbatical slated for the remainder of the year.

Eric Moore, the band's drummer/multi-instrumentalist said, 'We plan to make several international trips in the next 12 months to help establish our career globally. Our first trip is to the USA and Canada in May which will be our first performances outside of Australia."

The $50,000 grant awarded to the band last October will help fund their performances overseas which will see the band tour the US performing in Dallas, Chicago, Washington with a slot also confirmed on the legendary Psychfest in Austin before the band head to Canada. The prize money will also be used to rent a ranch for a month in upstate New York where the band will begin work on a new record.

Before heading off, the band recently finished a hghly successful Australian tour, playing "wierd shows in each city so they could get used to playing several nights in a row," according to the group. All of the shows had great crowds including five sold-out shows at venues in Melbourne.

In 2013, Carlton Dry established the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant. The grant was created to help fund a trip overseas for an emerging Australian artist or band as a way to boost their profile overseas.  The grant will be awarded by Carlton Dry each year as part of their sponsorship of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) Awards.

As the Australian music scene has more diverse talent than ever before, artists are now competing in a global music market and the resources required to give them a leg up onto the world stge cannot be underestimated. The Carlton Dry Global Music Grant has been created to ensure that current and future generations of emerging Australian artists have the opportunity to take their music careers abroad.

Commenting on the benefits for King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Moore said, "Having the opportunity to travel and perform overseas will be a huge help to our band. We are a self-sufficient seven piece that has alot of expenses. Without the grant I'm not sure we would be able to take the wonderful opportunities  that have been offered to us."

Conditions for entry are that the band or artist must be emerging, Australian, self-released or released by an independent label and that the prize money must be used exclusively to help tour, showcase, record or relocate overseas to further their careers.

Should talented emerging Australian Artists consider applying for the 2014 Carlton Dry Global Music Grant?

Final words of encouragement from Moore, "Absolutely - this grant is an incredible opportunity for any young Australian band trying to build an international career. There are so many world-class independent bands in this country that just dont have the financial resources to tour extensively and play in different markets. This grant makes that possible.

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music click here.

2013 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

10.10.2013

AIR Awards 2013 winners

The 2013 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have wrapped up their eighth year delivering a superbly entertaining evening and bestowing 14 awards on some of Australia’s finest talent, with international breakthrough artist FLUME and first time nominees VANCE JOY and KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD ending the night as multiple award winners.

Winning in 4 categories overall, the indisputable international rising starFLUME well and truly made his mark on the evening picking up key awards for his critically acclaimed self titled debut album, which was acknowledged by the industry as the Best Independent Album and the Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album.  He also took out the award for Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single for the albums breakout song “Holdin’ On”, and to round out the perfect quartet of gongs, a win in the coveted Best Independent Artist category. FLUME’S stunning year of global accolades continues with these multiple wins at the 2013 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS.

The hotly contested Breakthrough Independent Artist award went to talented new singer songwriter VANCE JOY, who also won the Best Independent Single/EP award for his exquisite  “God Loves You When You’re Dancing”EP.  Since the EP’s release, international acclaim has followed and a frenetically paced schedule has seen VANCE JOY crisscrossing the globe for tours in Australia, Canada and the US.

One of Australia’s most charasmatic hip-hop artists SETH SENTRY won theCARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for Best Independent Hip Hop Album for his epic release “This Was Tomorrow”Since the release of this ARIA Top Ten debut album in September last year,SETH SENTRY has been achieving milestones in leaps and bounds. Frommultiple high-rotation radio singles on triple j to extensive national sell out tours across the country, he also spared a moment to make history in becoming the first Australian hip-hop artist to perform on US late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Multiple award winners, Melbourne seven-piece garage rock gang KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD took out the award for Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album for their debut record “12 Bar Bruise”.  Self described as “Completely fried Theremin wielding psychopaths” their first full length release showcased everything from a garage full of vocal filters and effects, to the full force of a three-guitar attack; and is about as visceral as it gets.  KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARDalso took out the newly created Carlton Dry Global Music Grant.  The band were awarded this opportunity of a lifetime winning the $50,000 grant for emerging independent artists, specifically designed to help musicians boost their profile overseas. The prize money must be used exclusively to help tour, showcase, record, or relocate overseas to further their careers, and will be a welcome financial reward to help them promote their recently released album“Float On – Fill Your Lungs in the international market. 

In an award voted for by their Record Label peers Sydney based FUTURE CLASSIC were acknowledged as the Best Independent Label.  With a total of 11 nominations in this years awards between FLUMEJAGWAR MA andCHARLES MURDOCH, it was easy to see the enormous level of success this label has achieved to be this years standout worthy winner. 

The Award for the Best Independent Blues and Roots Album went toPAUL KELLY for his 19th studio album  “Spring And Fall”. “Spring And Fall” tracks the relationship of a couple from start to finish, and was an album that struck a chord with fans and critics alike, both in store and on stage where he performed the album in its entirety from start to finish on his 2013 national tour.

CATHERINE BRITT took out her first CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for the Best Independent Country Album with her 5th album release  “Always Never Enough. Recorded, in Austin, Texas the 13 track album is an extraordinary release, produced by one of Australia’s finest Alt country and roots singer songwriters, Nash ChambersLast but not least, JONATHAN ZWARTZ took out the award in the Best Independent Jazz Album category for his  “The Remembering And Forgetting Of The Air” release, while AMY DICKSON won the Best Independent Classical Album for “Catch Me If You Can”. 

The CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS once again proved to be one of the Industry’s most entertaining evenings, and a night peppered with stunning live performances from artists who crossed all musical genres including award winners SETH SENTRY and KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD (who pulled off a surprise unannounced performance!), alongside ARCHIE ROACH, VIOLENT SOHO, BIG SCARY, RÜFÜS and SASKWATCH.

WINNERS below for the 2013 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS:

Best Independent Artist  - Flume

Best Independent Album - Flume – Flume

Breakthrough Independent Artist - Vance Joy

Best Independent Single/EP  - Vance Joy - God Loves You When You're Dancing

Best Independent Hip Hop Album - Seth Sentry - This Was Tomorrow     

Best Independent Country Album - Catherine Britt - Always Never Enough

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album - Paul Kelly - Spring And Fall

Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - 12 Bar Bruise 

Best Independent Jazz Album - Jonathan Zwartz - The Remembering And Forgetting Of The Air 

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album - Flume – Flume

Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single - Flume – Holdin’ On       

Best Independent Classical Album  - Amy Dickson - Catch Me If You Can 

Best Independent Label - Future Classic

Carlton Dry Global Music Grant winner - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out www.air.org.au

Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Nominations Announced

04.09.2013

AIR Awards

Nominations for the eighth Annual CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have officially been announced.

This years nominees include a stunning aray of the country's brightest emerging artists, alongside established and respected performers, acknowledging yet another extraordinary year for Independent music. Awards to be presented during the evening include Best Independent Album, Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Hip Hop Release and Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Release among others.

Electronic Wunderkid Flume and Indie Rock Dance duo Jagwar Ma lead the pack with five nominations each. The two acts have not only been nominated in the same categories which include Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album and Best Independent Dance / Electronica Album, but are also signed to the same label, Future Classic.

Previous nominess Big Scary garnered three nominations this year, while past winners The Drones alongside newcomers Seth Sentry, Vance Joy, Dick Diver and Courtney Barnett are all nominated in two categories. 

AIR in conjunction with the new sponsor are also incredibly excited to announce the inaugural Carlton Dry Global Music Grant. This joint-initiative will offer one award nominee $50,000 cash to be used exclusively in helping the artist tour, showcase, record, or temporarily relocate in order to further their career overseas. More details to follow soon. 

The awards will once again be held at Revolt Art Space in Kensington this coming October, and will include performances by Archie Roach, Violent Soho, Saskwatch and nominees Big Scary, Seth Sentry and RUFUS.

Nominations below for 2013 for CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS:

BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE

Big Scary

Dick Diver

Flume

Jagwar Ma

The Drones

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM

Big Scary - Not Art (Pieater)

Dick Diver - Calender Daus (Chapter Music)

Flume - Flume (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma - Howlin (Future Classic)

The Drones - I See Seaweed (MGM)

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Courtney Barnett

Kirin J Callinan

Seth Sentry

The Rubens

Vance Joy

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP

Big Scary - Luck Now (Pieater)

Courtney Barnett - History Eraser (Milk! Records) 

Flume - Holdin' On (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma - Man I Need (Future Classic)

Vance Joy - God Loves You When You're Dancing 

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM

Bliss n Eso - Circus In The Sky (Illusive) 

Illy - Bring It Back (Obese Records)

Seth Sentry - This Is Tomorrow (High Score Records)

Spit Syndicate - Sunday Gentlemen (Obese Records)

Urthboy - Smokey's Haunt (Elefant Traks) 

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

Baylou - Go To Hell And I Love You (ABC Music)

Catherine Britt - Always Never Enough (ABC Music)

Karl Broadie (A Side B Side Seaside (WJO)

Lee Kernaghan - Beautiful Noise (ABC Music)

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

Mama Kin - The Magicians Daughter (MGM)

Mia Dyson - The Moment (MGM)

Paul Kelly - Spring and Fall (Gawd Aggie Recordings) 

Tim Rogers - Rogers Sings Rogerstein (Four | Four)

The Cat Empire - Steal The Light (Two Shoes Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM

King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard - 12 Bar Bruise (Flightless)

Kingswood - Change Of Heart (Capgun Kids)

Parkway Drive - Atlas (Resist Records)

The Mark Of Cain - Songs Of The Third And Fifth (Feel Presents)

The Smith Street Band - Sunshine and Technology (Poison City Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

Allan Browne Trio - Lost In The Stars (Jazzhead)

Christopher Hale - Sylvan Coda (Which Way Music)

Jonathan Zwartz - The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air (Planet)

Magnet - Magnet (Magnet Sounds)

Trichotomy - Fact Finding Mission (Jazzhead Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Collabones - Die Young (Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control)

Flume - Flume (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma - Howlin' (Future Classic)

ShockOne - Universes (OneLove)

Yolanda Be Cool - Ladies and Mentalman (Sweat It Out)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE

Charles Murdoch - Dekire Featuring Oscar Key Sung (Future Classic)

Flight Facilities - Clair De Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg) (Independent / AWAL)

Flume - Holdin On (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma - Man I Need (Future Classic)

RUFUS - Take Me (Sweat It Out)

 

AIR Announces Performers for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

28.08.2013

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The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is pleased to announce the performers for the eighth Annual CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS.  This year’s exceptional lineup promises to showcase very special performances by some of the Australian Music industry’s finest talent. 

On the eve of the release of their highly anticipated album ‘Hungry Ghost’, Violent Soho bring their riffs, hooks and the trademark wail of frontman Luke Boerdam to centre stage at the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. After playing nearly 250 shows around the world in their last year of touring, these four long-haired punk skateboarders from the streets of Brissy knuckled down in their hometown to record their soon to be released third album.  And the result is astounding.  Following the 2008 debut ‘We Don’t Belong Here’ and the band’s self-titled second album,  ‘Hungry Ghost’ - due to hit the shelves September 6th – is a record that is Intelligent, melodic, and dripping with attitude. 

Beloved, respected and admired musician, Aboriginal singer/songwriter Archie Roach joins the lineup to perform for the first time at this years awards.   Producing his first recorded work since 2009, the critically acclaimed and much lauded album ‘Into The Bloodstream’ was released this past October.  Since the album’s release Archie has taken his ensemble all over Australia to perform at both major music festivals and in some of the country’s finest concert halls. Archie has also rightfully picked up a number of awards over the last few months, not only winning 3 at the National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin, but on the night was also acknowledged for his body of work and was inducted into the NIMA hall of fame. 

Also joining the lineup are past AIR Independent Music Award nominees, Big ScaryThe duo’s 2011 nominated album ‘Vacation’ saw the alt-pop outfit tour the globe playing to sold-out audiences across Australia, US, Canada and India.  The first Australian act to sign with US label Barsuk Records, (home to Death Cab for Cutie, Menomena, Phantogram and Ra Ra Riot) the Melbourne outfit released their second album ‘Not Art’ locally through their own label Pieater, distributed by Inertia. This stunning sophomore release showcased Big Scary’s unique sound, and saw them break free of the minimalist shackles of being a two-piece rock band, and fashion an album that was beautiful, colourful and complex.

Filling the dance card slot for the evening will be RUFUS.  The band from Sydney have gained plenty of attention over the past few years with multiple sold out shows in Australia, releasing remixes and originals through the French tastemaker label Kitsuné, invitations to play at CMJ Festival, sold out parties in NYC and main stage festival appearances in Moscow. All this made enough noise to get the attention of the late Australian Dance Legend, Ajax, who signed the band to his label, Sweat it Out in early 2013. The culmination of all their hard work was the recently released debut album, Atlas’ which has gained widespread critical acclaim and airplay across the country, including the coveted feature record slot at triple j, and an amazing #1 debut on the ARIA chart.

Another superb addition to the evening’s performances is Melbourne 9-piece soul outfit Saskwatch.  Every band has a story to tell about how they started out and where playing their music has taken them. But few can say they have gone from busking on the streets to gracing the stage at Glastonbury in just four years. Yet for Melbourne band Saskwatch, this is just one of many remarkable feats in their short history.  Releasing their debut album, Leave It All Behind’, to widespread acclaim in 2012, the band also established their reputation as one of the city’s most electrifying live acts, with ecstatic horns and one of the tightest rhythm sections in town.

One of Australia’s most  acclaimed hip-hop artists Seth Sentry will also perform at this year’s awards.  Since the release of his critically acclaimed ARIA Top Ten debut album ‘This Was Tomorrow’ in September last year, Seth Sentry has been achieving milestones in leaps and bounds. From multiple high-rotation radio singles on triple j to extensive national sell out tours across the country, appearances at festivals including Breath Of Life, Fat As Butter, Come Together, Sprung, Big Day Out and Groovin The Moo, he’s also spared a moment to make history in becoming the first Australian hiphop artist to perform on US late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Stay tuned for further announcements including new Awards, nominations, and guest presenters.  For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out www.air.org.au

 

The 8th Annual

CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Wednesday October 9th, 2013

Revolt, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington

2012 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

17.10.2012

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The 2012 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have wrapped up their seventh year delivering a superbly entertaining evening and bestowing 12 Awards on some of Australia’s finest talent, with CHET FAKER the only multiple award winner, taking out two major honours.

Rising star CHET FAKER (aka Nick Murphy) well and truly made his mark on the evening, not only with a surprise unannounced live performance, but also by picking up the awards for Best Independent Single / EP for the critically acclaimed “Thinking In Textures” and the award for Breakthrough Independent Artist.  A Subtle slice of Soulful electronica, the debut ep has gathered a groundswell of interest both here and internationally, and proved to be a worthy and popular winner on the night.

The hotly contested Best Independent Album category was taken out by Sydney garage punk band ROYAL HEADACHE for their self-titled debut album. Championed by the likes of Pitchfork amongst other noteworthy media around the globe, ROYAL HEADACHE’S self-titled debut is a paragon of garage power pop that manages to capture the energy and antics of the band’s much lauded electric live show.

Last year’s only dual award winners THE JEZABELS backed it up again in 2012, and repeated the success by taking out the award for Best Independent Artist, the award they won in 2011.  This award sees the band capping off yet another massive year for them both locally and internationally.

2011’s Peoples choice award winner 360 won the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for Best Independent Hip Hop Album for the epic release, “Falling and Flying”.   An inspired mix of rap’s traditional down-to-earth grit and indie electro’s atmospheric heights, this second album for 360 has reached Platinum plus status, achieved critical acclaim, and been the catalyst for sell out tour dates across the country in the past 12 months.

One of the most hotly talked about bands of the past year, Brisbane two-piece DZ DEATHRAYS took out the award for Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album for their debut album Bloodstreams”.  A 14 track assault vehicle, the album represents the duo’s last four years of hard work and is a deserving recipient of this year’s award.

This year also saw the Awards expanding into new territory, with the introduction of the Best Independent Label category, which was voted for by their Record Label peers.  The inaugural awards was taken home by ELEFANT TRAKS, the Sydney Hip Hop collective who in the past year have released albums from The Herd, Urthboy, Hermitude, Sietta, The Last Kinection and Sky'High.

On the dance front, TOM PIPER also achieved back to back wins, taking out the award for Best Independent Dance / Electronica or Club single with his collaboration with DANIEL HARLEY, for their single “LGFU”. And after a stellar live performance of their hit single “Speak Of The Devil” – which mirrored their exceptional award winning video - HERMIITUDE took out the award for Best Independent Dance / Electronica album with “HyperParadise”.

The Award for the Best Independent Blues and Roots Album went to LANIE LANE for her debut album “To The Horses”.  Exploding onto the scene in the past 18 months singer-songwriter and guitarist LANIE LANE not only brought her unique talent and charisma to the stage with her performance at this year’s Awards, but her debut album with its collection of 11 songs that mix early rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and rockabilly took home her first JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD. 

JESS RIBEIRO & THE BONE COLLECTORS took out their first JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for the Best Independent Country Album with their release  “My Little River”. Former triple j unearthed winners, their debut album is full of dark and dusty ballads that has seen them compared to the likes of Karen Dalton, Cat Power, Neil Young and Johnny Cash.

And last but not least, MIKE NOCK TRIO PLUS – took out the award for the Best Independent Jazz Album for “Hear And Know”. With an already remarkable repertoire, and as vibrant and capable as ever at 72 MIKE NOCK’S latest release features two outstanding emerging talents, saxophonist Karl Laskowski and trumpeter Ken Allars.

The JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS once again proved to be one of the Industry’s most entertaining evenings, and a night peppered with stunning live performances from artists who crossed all musical genres including award winners HERMITUDE, CHET FAKER, and LANIE LANE alongside HOUSE Vs HURRICANE, LOON LAKE, THE BAMBOOS and TIM ROGERS, and PAUL KELLY (featuring DAN KELLY).

2012 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS:

Breakthrough Independent Artist - Chet Faker

Best Independent Single/EP - Chet Faker “Thinking In Textures”

Best Independent Album - Royal Headache “Royal Headache”

Best Independent Artist - The Jezabels

Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Album – 360 - Falling & Flying

Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album - DZ Deathrays “Bloodstreams”

Best Independent Label – Elefant Traks

Best Independent Dance/Electronica a Club Single - Tom Piper & Daniel Harley “LGFU”

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album – Hermitude “HyperParadise”

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album - Lanie Lane “To The Horses”

Best Independent Country Album - Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors - My Little River

Best Independent Jazz Album - Mike Nock Trio Plus “Hear And Know”

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out http://www.air.org.au

2011 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

13.10.2011

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The 2011 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have wrapped up their sixth year delivering a superbly entertaining evening and bestowing 12 Awards on some of Australia’s finest talent, with THE JEZABELS the only multiple award winners, taking out 2 major honours.

Rising stars THE JEZABELS well and truly made their mark on the evening picking up the awards for Best Independent Single /EP for their critically acclaimed debut EP “Dark Storm”  (the third and final installment of their EP Trilogy) and also the award for Best Independent Artist. Already enjoying a massive year both locally and internationally and now, winners in two categories at the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS, its little wonder THE JEZABELS have been earmarked as a band to watch.

It was a night out for our female artists who not only blew everyone away with their live performances but also in the award stakes, with Rock icon ADALITA, taking out the gong in the hotly contested Best Independent Album category, earning well deserved and long awaited recognition for her first solo album, the self-titled “Adalita.  Newcomer EMMA LOUISE was acknowledged as the Breakthrough Independent Artist for the sublime sounds of her ep “Full Hearts and Empty Rooms” and its superb singleJungle” which spent more than 20 weeks at the top of the Independent charts.

Perth based Hip Hop artist DRAPHT won his first JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for Best Independent Hip Hop Album for the epic release, “The Life Of Riley”.  Currently on a sold out 21 date National Australian tour, “The Life Of Riley” album debuted at Number 1 on the ARIA chart, and gave us the hits “Bali Party”, “Sing it” and “Rapunzel”, and is now officially certified Gold.   Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album went to Melbourne Trio MY DISCO for their third and highly acclaimed record 'Little Joy'.   An astounding collection of songs from the first single ‘Young’ - a near nine-minute-long epic, to the chilling and tightly-wound sounds of 'River”, MY DISCO have managed to cultivate enormous respect among independent music communities both locally and internationally, and now further acknowledgement comes in the form of this year’s Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album award.

This year also saw the Awards expanding into new territory, with the introduction of the Best Independent Dance / Electronica or Club Single category. The new category also produced another first, with the Award voting resulting in a tie taken out by TOMMY TRASH AND TOM PIPER for their single “All My Friends Featuring Mr. Wilson” and SEEKAE with their track “Blood Bank”. London based Australian duo PNAU took out the already established award for Best Independent Dance / Electronica album with “Soft Universe”, a 10 track opus that has been described as the finest example yet of their epic techno pop, and is their 4th studio album and most successful charting record to date.

The Award for the Best Independent Blues and Roots Album (for his double Deadly Award winning release “Rrakala”) was taken out by former winner GURRUMUL. His second full-length release, “Rrakala” follows in the footsteps of his multi award winning double platinum debut album and confirms GURRUMUL’S status as one of the definitive Australian folk artists of our times.  WAGONS took out their first JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for the Best Independent Country Album with their latest release “Rumble, Shake and Tumble”. From its stomping outlaw country tracks, to the irresistible crooning classic pop songs, charismatic front man Henry Wagons wields his mighty fist as a premiere story teller on this, the band’s stunning fifth studio album.

Internationally renowned saxophonist, composer and multi-award winner SANDY EVANS was awarded Best Independent Jazz album for her 60 minute extended jazz composition  “When The Sky Cries Rainbows”. These outstanding works, exquisitely played, created a landmark album, which has now been recognized as the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD’S finest Jazz album for 2011, adding to EVAN’S already remarkable repertoire.

And finally taking out the peoples choice award for Jagermeister’s Most Hunted was 360 who released his groundbreaking second album, “Falling & Flying” last week, to critical acclaim and booming sales. Debuting in the top 5 of the ARIA charts this week and remaining at the top of the iTunes Album charts, the sophomore release from this innovative indie rapper sounds like no hip-hop release to come before it, and the public agreed by voting 360 the inaugural Most Hunted artist at the 2011 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

The JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS once again proved to be one of the Industry’s most entertaining evenings, and a night peppered with stunning live performances from artists who crossed all musical genres including award winners ADALITA and EMMA LOUSE, alongside CALLING ALL CARS, ILLY (featuring OWL EYES) and THE HOLIDAYS.

2011 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS:

Best Independent Artist - The Jezabels

Best Independent Album – Adalita - “Adalita” (Liberation Music)

Breakthrough Independent Artist - Emma Louise

Best Independent Single/EP - The Jezabels – “Dark Storm” (Independent/MGM)

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album – Pnau – “Soft Universe” (Etc. Etc.)

Best Independent Dance/Electronica a Club Single -Seekae – “Blood Bank” (Rice Is Nice/Popfrenzy)

-Tommy Trash and Tom Piper – “All My Friends Featuring Mr. Wilson” (Ministry Of Sound)

*Joint winners (votes exactly the same)

Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album - My Disco – “Little Joy” (Shock Entertainment)

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album – Gurrumul – “Rrakala” (Skinnyfish/MGM)

Best Independent Jazz Album - Sandy Evans – “When The Sky Cries Rainbows” (Independent/ABC Music)

Best Independent Country Album – Wagons “Rumble Shake and Tumble” (Spunk Records)

Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Album – Drapht – “The Life Of Riley” (The Ayems Records)

Jagermeister Most Hunted Award (Peoples Choice) – 360

THE 2011 JAGERMEISTER MOST HUNTED AWARD

16.09.2011

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The Jagermeister Most Hunted Award is a new award that will feature for the first time at the Sixth Annual 2011 Jagermeister Independent Music Awards.

The Jagermeister Independent Music Awards are being held on 12th October at one of Melbourne’s newest performing Art Spaces, Revolt in Kensington.

Presented and produced by The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), this year’s Jagermeister Independent Music Awards will once again reward the country’s highest achieving independent artists across all genres.

The Jagermeister Most Hunted Award is the only publicly voted award and will be voted by Jagermeister fans using the Jagermeister Australia Facebook fan page.

Nominees for the award have been selected by the Australian Independent Record Label Association and cover a cross section of Australian Independent Music.

The nominee list for the very first Jagermeister Most Hunted Award includes; the Jezabels, Art V.s Science, Pnau, Drapht, Bliss N Eso, Illy, Little Red, The Potbelleez, Dream on Dreamer and 360.

Fans can vote for their favourite artist on the Jagermeister Facebook page, and go into the draw to win exclusive tickets to the awards. The prize includes airfares, transfers, accommodation and the opportunity to co-present the Jagermeister Most Hunted Award to the winning artist on the night.

The winner will also be given the chance to meet and greet the artists performing at the awards.

For more information check out the Jagermeister Australia Facebook page here

LET THE HUNT BEGIN

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

13.09.2011

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Nominations for the sixth Annual JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have officially been announced, and they include a stunning array of the country's brightest emerging artists, alongside established and respected performers, acknowledging yet another extraordinary year for Independent music.

Leading the pack (along with Seekae) with 4 Nominations for her critically acclaimed debut solo album is rock icon and Magic Dirt front woman Adalita, nominated for BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST, BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM, BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR and BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP for her stunning song “Hot Air”.

Also receiving a nomination for the coveted BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM and BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM awards is Perth based Hip Hop artist Drapht, who’s “Life Of Riley” album was not only number 1 on the Jagermeister Independent Charts, but was also Number 1 on the ARIA chart, and has recently been certified Gold.  After a busy year on the charts and on the road, former Winners Art Vs Science received well-earned nominations in the BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST and BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM categories, as did dynamic 3-piece Seekae for their sophomore electronica release “+Dome”.  Abbe May will also vie for BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST and BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM for her latest release ‘Design Desire”, a clever cocktail of indie riff-rock, psychedelia and blues.

Newcomer Emma Louise has been acknowledged for the sublime sounds of her ep “Full Hearts and Empty Rooms” and has been nominated for BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR and BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP.  Fellow rising stars, the Jezabels have also had a massive year already with sold out local and international tours, U.S. chart action, and now, nominations in two categories - BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST and BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP for “Dark Storm”, the third and final installment of their EP Trilogy.

This year also sees the awards expanding into new territory, with the introduction of the BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE / ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE category which presents new opportunities for artists such as Tonite Only and Tommy Trash and Tom Piper, and compliments the already established award for BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE / ELECTRONICA ALBUM, which sees The Potbelleez and Pnau nominated among others for the 2011 award, and finally, Seekae are nominated in both Dance categories, bringing their total to 4.

Channel [V] will be on hand once again to film the event, producing a JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS special to air in October, which will feature live performances from Adalita, Calling All Cars, The Holidays, Illy (featuring Owl Eyes) and Emma Louise, plus Artist interviews and exclusive back stage footage of the event.  Shaun James, General Manager, XYZnetworks Music Channels said “Channel [V] is proud to once again partner with AIR and the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards. These Awards foster and pay tribute to Australia’s Independent artists and, as a champion of all Australian music, Channel [V] looks forward to showcasing the event to our audience.”

Unfortunately due to unexpected international touring commitments, Seekae will no longer be performing at the awards.  We are however, pleased to announce that Sydney 4 piece The Holidays will now take to the stage and will no doubt bring a touch of summer as they entertain us with the sounds of their magical dance floor anthems and mellow, breezy melodies.

For a full list of the nominees and more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music click here

The 6th Annual

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Wednesday October 12th

Revolt, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington

Featuring live performances from Adalita, Calling All Cars, The Holidays, Illy (featuring Owl Eyes) and Emma Louise

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

01.09.2010

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Nominations for the fifth Annual JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (formally known as the Jagermeister AIR Awards) have officially been announced, and they include a stellar array of the country's brightest emerging artists, while acknowledging an extraordinary year for Independent music.

Leading the pack with 3 Nominations a piece, Sia, Dan Sultan and Cloud Control will all vie for BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST and BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM - with Sia also nominated for BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP, Dan Sultan for BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM, and Cloud Control for BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST.

Also receiving a nomination for the coveted BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM award is Australian music Legend Rowland S Howard, who passed away last year and is recognized posthumously for his final recording “Pop Crimes” which was released only months before he died.

After a busy year on the charts and on the road, former Winners British India and Eddie Current Suppression Ring both received well earned nominations in the BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST category, alongside first timers Bridezilla for their BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST nomination, and BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP nods to Little Red for “Rock It” and The Temper Trap for “Love Lost”.

We are also pleased to announce the Host for the 2010 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS will be NOVA 969 Breakfast Announcer Scott Dooley, who will MC the evening alongside a number of high profile special guest presenters including Channel [V] presenter Billy Russell.

Proudly sponsored by The City Of Melbourne, the 2010 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS is the Marquis event in Melbourne Music, a new 12-day programme designed to celebrate the city’s diverse and lively music scene.

Channel [V] will be on hand once again to film the event, producing a JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS special to air in October, which will feature live performances, artist interviews and exclusive back stage footage of the event. Shaun James, General Manager for the XYZ Music Channels said “We are proud to be partnering with AIR for another year to deliver the Jagermeister Independent Music Charts, and the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards to our audience.”

Also In support of the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS, an exciting new addition to the Award Categories has been added this year, with NOVA looking for the ‘most popular independent artist of 2010 as voted by Nova listeners!’.  Wade Kingsley, Nova Group Integration Manager said, “Part of Nova’s DNA is to support Independent music, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with the Australian Independent Record Association.”

You can jump on line to vote at www.novafm.com.au

MOST POPULAR INDEPENDENT ARTIST (as voted by Nova listeners):

Basement Birds

Birds Of Tokyo

Bliss N Eso

John Butler Trio

Little Red

Midnight Juggernauts

Philadelphia Grand Jury

Sia

The Cat Empire

The Temper Trap

 

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS 2010 NOMINEES:

 

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST

British India (Independent/Shock)

Cloud Control (Ivy League)

Dan Kelly (Independent/Shock)

Dan Sultan (Independent/MGM)

Eddy Current Suppression Ring (Aaarght!)

Sia (Independent)

 

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST

Bridezilla (Inertia Recordings)

Cloud Control  (Ivy League)

Otouto (Two Bright Lakes/Inertia)

Philadelphia Grand Jury (Boomtown Records/Shock)

Richard In Your Mind (Rice Is Nice/Other Tongues)

The Jezebels (Independent/MGM)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM

Cloud Control – Bliss Release (Ivy League)

Dan Kelly – Dan Kelly’s Dream (Independent/Shock)

Dan Sultan – Get Out While You Can (Independent/MGM)

Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Rush To Relax (Aaarght! /Shock)

Rowland S Howard – Pop Crimes (Liberation)

Sia – We Are Born (Independent/Inertia)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP

Bliss N Eso – Down By The River  (Illusive)

Little Red - Rock It (Liberation)

Philadelphia Grand Jury – The Good News (Boomtown/Shock)

Sia – Clap Your Hands (Independent/Inertia)

The Jezabels – She’s So Hard (Independent/MGM)

The Temper Trap – Love Lost (Liberation)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

Ash Grunwald – Hot Mama Vibes (Delta Groove/Shock)

Dan Sultan – Get Out While You Can  (Independent/MGM)

Jeff Lang  - Chimeradour (ABC Records)

Mama Kin -Beat and Holler (Independent/MGM)

The Beautiful Girls – Spooks (Independent/MGM)

The Red Eyes – Red Army (Independent/MGM)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK OR PUNK ALBUM

50 Lions – Where Life Expires (Resist/Shock)

Calling All Cars – Hold, Hold, Fire (Independent/Shock)

House Vs. Hurricane – Perspectives (Independent/Shock)

Parkway Drive  - Deep Blue (Resist/Shock)

The Amity Affliction – Youngbloods (Boomtown/Shock)


BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

Amber Lawrence – When It All Comes Down (Compass Brothers)

Deborah Conway – Half Man, Half Woman (Independent/MGM)

Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and The Little Hillbillies – Lost Music Blues (Liberation)

The Dingoes – Tracks (Liberation)

The Sunny Cowgirls – Summer (Compass Brothers/Shock)


BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP/URBAN ALBUM

Horrorshow – Inside Story (Elefant Traks/Inertia)

Lowrider – Round The World (Illusive)

M-Phazes – Good Gracious (Obese Records)

Ozi Batla – Wild Colonial (Elefant Traks/Inertia)

Urthboy – Spitshine (Elefant Traks/Inertia)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE / ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Faux Pas - Noiseworks (Sensory Projects/Inertia)

Jamie Lloyd - Beware Of The Light (Future Classic)

Midnight Juggernauts - The Crystal Axis (Siberia/Inertia)

Nick Thayer - Just Let It Go (Independent)

Opiuo - Slurp And Giggle (Addictech)

Space Invades - Soul:Fi (Invada Records)


BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

Alister Spence Trio - Fit (Rufus Records)

Allan Browne Quintet - Une Saison En Enfer (Jazzhead)

Ben Winkelman Trio - Odysseys (Jazzhead)

Bernie McGann - Double Dutch (Independent)

Jamie Oehlers and Paul Graboswky - On A clear Day (Jazzhead)

Joe Chindamo - Another Place Another Time (Jazzhead)

Jonathan Zwartz - The Sea (Independent)

Mike Nock Trio - An Accumulation Of Subtleties (FWM Records)

Stu Hunter - The Gathering (Vitamin)

Way Out West - The Effects Of The Weather (Jazzhead)

** Please note – nominees in this category will be reduced to 5 pre-event

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out http://www.ausindies.com/ 

The 5th Annual

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

The Forum Theatre, Melbourne - Friday October 1st, 2010

Doors open at 8:00pm

Tickets - $29 +BF and are available now @ http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/