Sydney hip hoppers Hermitude today won the 8th annual Australian Music Prize (AMP) during a ceremony at Sydney’s The Basement venue.
Hermitude’s fourth album “HyperParadise” beat a shortlist which included sets by Flume, Tame Impala, The Presets, Grand Salvo, Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors, Liz Stringer, Daily Meds and Urthboy, and a longlist which numbered well over 300 albums.
The AMP is modeled on Britain’s Mercury Music Prize and Canada's Polaris Prize and is decided by a music industry panel, whose single goal is to identify and reward the outstanding creative Australian album of the past year.
The duo of Angus Stuart and Luke Dubber were on hand to collect the trophy and their Australian $30,000 ($31,000) winner’s cheque.
“Wow. I wasn’t really expecting this,” Stuart told the audience. He went on to thank their independent label home Elefant Traks, which he described as "the most incredible label we could possibly hope for. It’s like a family. We have barbecues where we all hang out. It’s the most close-knit community.”
Today’s AMP victory caps a big year of critical acclaim for Hermitude, during which time they’ve won an AIR Award, two SMAC awards, and been nominated for ARIAs nomination and broadcaster Triple J’s J Award. Earlier, the group signed a global publishing deal with Sony/ATV and their song “Speak of The Devil” was released by Regal Recordings/Parlophone in the UK and Astralwerks in the U.S.
The award was presented by Glassnote president and founder Daniel Glass, who sat for a keynote interview with Billboard’s Australia correspondent Lars Brandle. Glass sung the praises of Australia’s current crop of artists. "I think you’re in the middle of something very special here," he told the music industry audience. "You talk about eras, moments that happened in Seattle, Montreal, San Francisco… there’s something going on here. Through the Temper Trap, I saw a renaissance of a scene here, and in the quality of music and production and touring.”