Last Year

 

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2012′s AIR 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”

 

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For the first time ever, 2012 saw the addition of a new category for the AIR’s Independent Music Awards.

The award for Best Australian Independent Label is one that recognises the amazing companies that make Independent music in Australia what it is. Over 100 AIR label members were asked to choose the Best Independent Label for 2011-2012, and we were delighted to announce the nominees:

  • Elefant Traks - Sydney Hip Hop collective who in the past year have released albums from The Herd, Urthboy, Hermitude, Sietta, The Last Kinection and Sky’High.
  • I Oh You - a label that in its short existence has achieved great things with a roster including DZ Deathrays, Bleeding Knees Club, Snakadaktal and now Violent Soho and City Calm Down.
  • Jazzhead - A trailblazing Australian jazz label who have had a nominee in every one of AIR’s Independent Music Awards since its inception.
  • Inertia Recordings  – the label arm of Inertia Music, Australia’s biggest independent distributor.  Inertia Music released incredible albums in 2012 by The Bamboos, and Dappled Cities.
  • Stop Start Music - whose roster includes Ball Park Music, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Millions and North East Party House.

 

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Nominations for AIR’s 2012 INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS were as follows:

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST

360
Ballpark Music
Chet Faker
The Jezabels
Royal Headache

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM

360 – Falling And Flying (Soulmate)
DZ Deathrays – Bloodstreams (I Oh You)
The Jezabels – Prisoner (MGM)
Royal Headache – Royal Headache (RIP Society)
The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap (Liberation)

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Chet Faker
Husky
San Cisco
Royal Headache
The Rubens

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP

360 – Boys Like You (Soulmate)
Alpine – Gasoline (Ivy League)
Chet Faker – Thinking In Textures (Opulent)
Oh Mercy – Drums (Casa Del Disco)
San Cisco – Awkward (Island City Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM

360 – Falling & Flying (Soulmate)
Funkoars – The Quickening (Golden Era)
Katalyst – Deep Impressions (Invada)
The Herd – Future Shade (Elefant Traks)
Yung Warriors – Standing Strong (Payback Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

Graeme Connors – At The Speed Of Life (WJO)
Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors – My Little River (Gaga)
Luke O’Shea – The Drovers Wife (WJO)
Sue Ray – Red Roses (Plus One Records)
Warren H Williams – Urna Marra (ABC Music)

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

Ash Grunwald – Troubles Door (Delta Groove)
John Butler – Tin Shed Tales (Jarrah)
Lanie Lane – To The Horses (Ivy League)
Saskwatch – Leave It All Behind (Northside/Shock)
Xavier Rudd – Spirit Bird (Salt X Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK OR PUNK ALBUM

Calling All Cars – Dancing With A Dead Man (Homesurgery / SHK)
DZ Deathrays – Bloodstreams (I Oh You)
Frenzal Rhomb – Smoko At The Pet Food Factory (Shock)
House Vs Hurricane – Crooked Teeth (UNFD)
The Peep Tempel – The Peep Tempel (Wing Sing)

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

Barney McAll – Graft (Jazzhead)
Benjamin Hauptmann – Benjamin Hauptmann (Yum Yum Tree Records)
Mike Nock – Hear And Know (FWM Records)
Peter Knight – Fish Boast Of Fishing (Listen Hear Collective)
The Vampires – Garfish (Earfish)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Hermitude – HyperParadise (Elefant Traks)
Chet Faker – Thinking In Textures (Opulent)
Jonti – Twirligig (Misteltone)
Oliver Tank – Dreams (Yes Please)
T-Rek – Dance Music (Rubber)
Sampology – Doomsday Deluxe (Sampology Soundtracks)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE/ELECTRONICA SINGLE

Chet Faker – Terms And Conditions (Opulent)
Flume – Sleepless (Future Classic)
Parachute Youth – Can’t Get Better Than This (Sweat It Out)
Tom Piper and Daniel Farley – L.G.F.U. (Hussle)
Tonite Only – Go (Downright)

 

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