Violent Soho, Courtney Barnett and Remi win big at the AIR Awards

He may not have been nominated for an ARIA award but Remi cleaned up at the AIR Independent Music Awards, which were presented at an event hosted by Dylan Lewis in Melbourne last night.

The MC took out Best Independent Hip Hop Album for his debut record Raw x Infinity, in addition the event’s most coveted prize the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant, which awards him $50,000 for touring globally.

Courtney Barnett continued her year of domination winning Best Independent Single/EP for ‘Avant Gardner’ and Best Independent Artist. Accepting the award on her behalf, her partner and Milk Records co-owner Jen Cloher spoke about how significant Barnett’s success has been: “It’s cool seeing a young woman, singing in an Australian accent under her own name … connecting around the world”, she said.

The other big winners of the night were Violent Soho who took out Best Independent Album and Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album. During their acceptance speech guitarist James Tidswell revealed that the band almost didn’t make it to the awards because his t-shirt – which was emblazoned with the logo “Eat, Shit, Die” – was deemed too inappropriate to board his flight from Brisbane. According to the guiatrist the airline capitulated at the last minute, allowing him to board the plane on the condition he turned the shirt inside out. Hell, fuck yeah!

Other winners on the night included Soho and DMA’s label I Oh You Records, who took out Best Independent Label; Dan Sultan who won Best Independent Blues And Roots Album; and RÜFÜS for Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album. See the full results below.

2014 AIR Independent Music Awards

Best Independent Artist

Courtney Barnett

Best Independent Album

Violent Soho – Hungry Ghost

Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year


Best Independent Single/EP

Courtney Barnett – ‘Avant Gardener’

Best Independent Label


Best Independent Hip Hop Album

Remi – Raw x Infinity

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album

Dan Sultan – Blackbird

Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album

Violent Soho – Hungry Ghost

Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single

Peking Duk – ‘High’

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album

RÜFÜS – Atlas

Best Independent Classical Album

Gurrumul / Sydney Symphony Orchestra – His Life And Music

Best Independent Country Album

Halfway – Any Old Love

Best Independent Jazz Album

Paul Grabowsky Sextet – The Bitter Suite