Winners of Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Revealed

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Winning in 4 categories overall, international rising star Flumemade 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. 

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, while one of Australia’s most charasmatic hip-hop artists Seth Sentry won the Best Independent Hip Hop Album award for his epic release “This Was Tomorrow”.

Multiple award winners, Melbourne seven-piece garage rock gang King Gizzard & The Lizzard Wizzard took out the award for Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album for their debut record “12 Bar Bruise” and 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” and 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”, 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”.

Here's a full list of all the winners of 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
Colin McAlpine