The Association of Independent Music has celebrated the very best that independent music has to offer tonight at the second annual AIM Independent Music Awards. Hosted once again by renowned broadcasters and arbiters of taste, Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq, with live performances from Frankie and the Heartstrings, Big Deal and Land Observations, the Awards, held at the Brewery in Clerkenwell, has established itself as the event of the year for independent music talent.
CEO of AIM Alison Wenham said of the awards “Our second awards has marked a stellar year for the independent sector – congratulations to all the nominees and winners! This list of winners is like no other, and truly reflects the breadth of talent and diversity in the independent sector. A fantastic night was had by all, and we look forward to celebrating further success for the independents in 2013.”
The Prodigy proved their enduring popularity with the masses, receiving the Best Live Act Award as voted for by visitors to the-fly.co.uk. New mum, Adele, was also among those honoured at the event, winning the PPL Award for Most Played Independent Act, capping what has been a momentous year for her. Rising stars Alt-Jtook home Independent Breakthrough of the Year recognising their huge success in the past 12 months, which has seen them become one of the UK’s most popular bands. Enter Shikari, who led the nominations, landed the coveted Independent Album of the Year accolade, beating off stiff competition from Alabama Shakes and Liars. First Aid Kit’s ‘The Lion’s Roar’ was awarded Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album.
It wasn’t just the artists having all the fun, with a wealth of the Independent sector’s behind the scenes movers and shakers also tasting glory. Black Butter Records, who scored a number 1 hit with Rudimental’s ‘Feel The Love’ earlier this year, claimed Best Small Label, Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde won Independent Entrepreneur of the Year and Ian Evans, IME Music accepted the prestigious Indie Champion Award. The Independent Label of the Year trophy went to 4AD in recognition of their consistently strong A&R, with releases this year from Grimes, Twin Shadow, Purity Ring and Mark Lanegan Band.
As previously announced, Edwyn Collins received the Outstanding Contribution To Music award, which was presented on the night by Edwyn’s long term friend Vic Godard of Subway Sect fame and Frankie & The Heartstrings, whose debut album was produced by Edwyn. Mute Boss, Daniel Miller accepted the Pioneer Award, recognising his huge influence on the independent sector and electronic music in a career spanning three decades, which was presented to him by Domino Recordings founder and previous recipient of the Pioneer Award, Laurence Bell.
In total 15 Awards were presented on the night, with 11 categories voted for by an expert panel of judges from across the music industry, one decided by airplay stats, and a further 3 categories voted for by the public. A full list of winners is below.
AIM INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS:
Best Live Act (voted for by visitors to the-fly.co.uk): The Prodigy
Independent Breakthrough Of The Year (in association with 7Digital): Alt – J
Hardest Working Band Or Artist: 65daysofstatic
Best Difficult Second Album: First Aid Kit – ‘The Lion’s Roar’
Independent Album Of The Year (In association with Bird & Bird): Enter Shikari – ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’
Best Small Label (in association with Sound Performance): Black Butter Records
Genre Spotlight Award: Wiley – ‘Evolve Or Be Extinct’
Independent Entrepreneur Of The Year (in association with The Orchard): Simon Raymonde – Bella Union
PPL Award For Most Played Independent Act: Adele
Special Catalogue Release Of The Year: The 13th Floor Elevators – ‘Music Of The Spheres’
Independent Label Of The Year (in association with EDC): 4AD
Indie Champion Award: Ian Evans – IME Music
Best Independent Festival (voted for by visitors to thisisfakediy.com): LeeFest
Outstanding Contribution to Music (in association with eMusic): Edwyn Collins
Pioneer Award (in association with Nokia Music): Daniel Miller, Mute
AIM would like to thank its sponsors and partners for their continued support: The Fly, This is Fake DIY, Sound Performance, PPL, Nokia Music, The Orchard, 7Digital, Music Week, Bird & Bird, Jack Daniel’s, Atticus Beer, EDC and eMusic.