Oct 10, 2013

WINNERS: Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards.



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 star FLUME 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 the CARLTON 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. From multiple 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 WIZARD also 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 FLUME, JAGWAR MA and CHARLES 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 to PAUL 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 Chambers. Last 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.


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