With four trophies, electronic music producer Harley Streten -- aka Flume -- was the big winner at Australia’s eighth annual Independent Music Awards on Wednesday night.
Flume’s self-titled debut won for best independent album and best independent dance/electronica album. He also went on to collect best independent dance/electronica for his breakout song “Holdin’ On,” and he claimed one of the night’s top prizes, the best independent artist award.
Flume has just wrapped a U.S. tour which included a set at the new Laneway Festival in Detroit.
Flume’s big awards night caps a huge 12 months. “Flume” opened at No. 2 last November, held-off the top spot by One Direction. The set later climbed to No. 1 on the ARIA albums chart and is now platinum certified Down Under. The LP spawned the gold-certified singles "Sleepless" and "On Top" (ft T-Shirt), and the double-platinum certified "Holdin On,” all of which cracked the Triple J radio network’s "Hottest 100" poll of 2012.
Also at the ceremony in Melbourne, newcomer Vance Joy and the impressively-named King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard were the other multiple winners.
Joy won the breakthrough independent artist trophy and took out the best independent single/EP award for his “God Loves You When You’re Dancing” EP. Earlier this year, Joy signed a recording deal with Atlantic, which encompasses all territories globally with the exception of Australia and New Zealand, where he’s released by Mushroom Group label Liberation. The artist, who has toured the U.K. and North America in recent months, recently saw his debut single “Riptide” reach double-platinum certification in Australia.
Sydney-based Future Classic -- the company behind Flume and the international success story Jagwar Ma -- won the best independent label category.
Hometown heroes 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.” The seven-piece garage rock outfit also claimed the Australian $50,000 ($47,000) “Global Music Grant,” a new initiative from this year’s event sponsor, the Carlton Dry beer brand. The rockers will be expected to use the cash exclusively to help tour, showcase, record, or relocate overseas to further their careers.
Rapper Seth Sentry won best independent hip hop album for his release “This Was Tomorrow”. During his acceptance speech, he paid tribute to "ex-girlfriends who put up with me when I was a scumbag wannabe rapper, and paid my rent."
Performers on the night included Seth Sentry, King Gizzard, Archie Roach, Violent Soho, Big Scary, Rüfüs and Saskwatch.
The 2013 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards full list of winners:
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