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“The future of music today”

1 October 2004

Independent Music New Zealand “The future of music today”

Indies Take Out The Lion’s Share of Tuis and bNets

IMNZ would like to congratulate the artists signed to New Zealand independent record labels, who took away the biggest swag of the awards at the Vodafone 2004 Music Awards, held last Wednesday September 22 at the Aotea Centre. 17 of the 27 Tuis (including those given out at separate ceremonies) went to artists with independent record labels or who are self-released.

The talk of the evening was of Scribe’s phenomenal clean-up job, as he took away a staggering load of 7 awards out of the 9 categories he was nominated in, for his single Stand Up and his album ‘The Crusader’, released on Auckland independent label Dirty Records through FMR. The album’s producer, P-Money, had previously won the Best Producer award at a ceremony held on August 25.

Other winners included Olympic opening ceremony score composer John Psathas (Trust Records, through Border Music) who took away the award for Best Classical Album. Te Vaka’s album ‘Tutuki’, out on Warm Earth Records and distributed through King Music, won Best Pacific Album, and Best Maori Album went to previous Tui winner Ruia for his album ‘Hawaiki’, out on Tangata Records through Magnify, on one of New Zealand’s biggest independent labels, Parachute, took away the award for Best Gospel/Christian album for ‘In Wonder’ and Goldenhorse (Siren, via EMI) won the Airplay Record of the Year award for Maybe Tomorrow.

Last year was also a great year at the Tuis for independent artists and labels, with 16 out of the 20 awards on offer at the 2003 New Zealand Music Awards going to artists in the independent sector.

The independent prize ratio was even higher at the b-Net awards held at the Bruce Mason Centre on September 10, with 11 out of the 15 categories going to independent artists and labels. Scribe did well again here, winning 3 awards including Outstanding Achievement, while Concord Dawn took away 2 awards including Best Album for their album ‘Uprising’ (Uprising Records) and Shapeshifter (Truetone, through Rhythmethod) won the award for Most bNet Radio Play for Been Missin’.

Independent Winners at the Tuis

Best Classical Album – John Psathas – ‘Psathas: Fragments’ (Trust)

Best Gospel/Christian Album – Magnify – ‘In Wonder’ (Parachute)

Best Jazz Album – Rodger Fox Big Band – ‘A Rare Connection’ (T-Bone)

Best Maori Album – Ruia – ‘Hawaiki’ (Tangata)

Best Pacific Album – Te Vaka – ‘Tutuki’ (Warm Earth)

Best Male Solo Artist – Scribe – ‘The Crusader’ (Dirty)

Airplay Record Of The Year – Goldenhorse – ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ (Siren)

Best Urban/Hip Hop Album - Scribe – ‘The Crusader’ (Dirty)

Best Music Video – Chris Graham/Scribe – Stand Up (Dirty)

Single of the Year – Scribe – Stand Up (Dirty)

Songwriter of the Year – Scribe, P-Money, Con Psy & Savage – Stand Up (Dirty)

People’s Choice – Scribe (Dirty)

Album of the Year – Scribe – ‘The Crusader’ (Dirty)

Best Producer – P-Money – ‘The Crusader’ (Dirty)

Best Country Music Album – Donna Dean – ‘Money’ (Southbound)

Best Country Music Song – Donna Dean – Work It Out (Southbound)

Best Folk Album – Brendan Montgomery & Mike Considine – ‘Mountain Air’ (Self-released)

Indie Winners at the bNets:

Best Video: Misfits of Science Fools Love (HooF)

Best Live Act: Fat Freddy's Drop (The Drop)

Most Promising New Act: The Checks (Unreleased)

Best Hip Hop Release: Scribe 'The Crusader' (Dirty)

Best Electronic Release: Concord Dawn 'Uprising' (Uprising)

Best New Zealand Remix: Scribe Not Many the remix (Dirty)

Best Compilation: 'A Low Hum' (A Low Hum)

Best Unreleased Song: Open Souls In Our Hands (Unreleased)

Best Album: Concord Dawn 'Uprising' (Uprising)

Most bNet Radio Play: Shapeshifter Been Missin' (TrueTone)

Outstanding Achievement: Scribe (Dirty)


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