Steve Goodman, the founder of dubstep label Hyperdub, will receive the new Innovator Award at the upcoming AIM Independent Music Awards. AIM, the not-for-profit trade body representing the U.K. indie music industry, created the new award to honor boundary-pushing artists, labels and executives, and will single out Goodman at an event in Clerkenwell on Sept. 2.
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Goodman, who DJs and produces under the name Kode9, founded the London-based Hyperdub label in 2004. Artists on its roster include Hype Williams, DVA, Fatima Al Qadiri and the late DJ Rashad. Goodman has collaborated with artists including Spaceape, Lee Scratch Perry and Junior Boys on his own releases. He also hosts a monthly Hyperdub radio show.
"You can only do so much on your own, so really this award is for all the artists I work with and the team that distribute and promote our music behind the scenes," Goodman said in a statement on Thursday.
The AIM Awards are voted on by a panel of judges from across the media and music industry landscape, including individuals from Radio 1, NME, The Independent and VICE. Other categories include best live act, best "difficultt" second album and hardest working band or artist.
AIM was founded in 1999 to represent the independent music industry across the U.K. and boasts over 800 members.