Artist News Awards

AIM Awards presented

By | Published on Wednesday 3 September 2014

Independent Music Awards

Now, if you thought the indie label community came together in London EC1 last night for an annual awards bash, you’re sorely mistaken.

Oh no, that was just cover for a meeting of the Indie Label Generals who, having now taken the offensive in the Magnificent Battle Of The Google, were meeting to select their next target. The evil wizards of Warner, Sony and especially Universal, under Grand Master Grainge, are always an obvious target, but you have to be careful bombing those content distribution tunnels, because you never know when they’ll come in useful for launching that new indie-folk band you just signed into the Latin American market.

MTV was beaten into submission long ago; MySpace was fully defeated through that uneasy alliance with The Zuckerbergs; you’ll never trust the Apple boys, but let’s see what happens with their Beats Stratagem; and Spotify will probably need a good bombing in a few years time, but let’s wait till we’ve cashed in our shares on IPO Day. So who to use our ultimate weapon, AKA The Wenham, against next?

Aha, you thought I was going to tell you, didn’t you? No, this is confidential information available only to the privileged few granted full security clearance by the Mills Committee ahead of last night’s gathering in The Brewery. And any cab drivers they blabbed to on the way home. Though, just to give the cover some credibility, some awards were handed out over port and cigars…

Independent Breakthrough Of The Year: London Grammar
Best Live Act: Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Hardest Working Band or Artist: Ghetts
Most Played New Independent Act: London Grammar

Independent Album Of The Year: Arctic Monkeys – AM
Independent Track Of The Year: Twin Atlantic – Heart & Soul
Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album: Ben Watt – Hendra
Catalogue Release Of The Year: Various – Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
Independent Video Of The Year: Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – You Will See Me

Golden Welly Award For Best Independent Festival: Barn on the Farm

Best Small Label: Hyperdub
Independent Label of The Year: Domino

Indie Champion Award: John Doran, The Quietus
Special Recognition Award: Alison Wenham, AIM
Outstanding Contribution To Music: Richie Hawtin
Pioneer Award: Martin Mills, Beggars Group
Innovator Award: Steve Goodman aka Kode9, Hyperdub Records