Courtney Barnett Wins Big At The Independent Music Awards

Written by Emmy Mack on 23rd October, 2015

Courtney Barnett Wins Big At The Independent Music Awards

Courtney Barnett has cleaned house at the 2015 Carlton Dry independent Music Awards, scooping up the gongs for Best Independent Album for Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Best Independent Single for Depreston and Best Independent Artist for the second year running.

The ocker lady-bard, who is currently on tour in the US, accepted the major award via video message, gushing: “Thank you for this award for Best Independent Artist. This one means a lot to me, it’s important as an artist to be able to create what you want, when you want to and I’m very grateful to be able to do that right now.”

Other big winners of the night were #1 Dads aka Big Scary frontman Tom Iansek, taking out the coveted Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year gong following the release of his album About Face – and Seth Sentry, who scooped the Best Independent Hip Hop Album accolade.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard bagged the same award in the Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk category, beating out the likes of Northlane and The Smith Street Band, while Flight Facilities took out the Dance/Electronica field.

The night also yielded some stellar performances, with John Butler surprising everyone by appearing to bust out a rendition of his beloved 2007 hit Better Than, and Airling, Bad//Dreems, Dead Letter Circus and Harts similarly rocking the house.

Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) CEO Dan Nevin has heaped praise on the whole affair.

“What a fantastic way to celebrate the 10th Awards and AIR’s 20th year,” he said. “It’s so great to see the independent sector come together and pay tribute to the great work that is seeing our artists find local and international success.”

Check out the full list of award winners below.

Watch: Courtney Barnett – Depreston

2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Award Winners

Best Independent Artist
#1 Dads
Chet Faker
Courtney Barnett – WINNER
Vance Joy

Best Independent Album
#1 Dads – About Face
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit – WINNER
Flight Facilities – Down To Earth
Hermitude – Dark Night Sweet Light
Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away

Best Independent Single Or EP
Bad//Dreems – Cuffed & Collared
Courtney Barnett – Depreston – WINNER
Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
Hermitude – The Buzz (Feat. Mataya & Young Tapz)
Vance Joy – Fire And The Flood

Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year
#1 Dads – WINNER
Client Liaison
Japanese Wallpaper
Totally Mild

Best Independent Hip Hop Album
Baro – 17/18
Briggs – Sheplife
Citizen Kay – Demokracy
One Day – Mainline
Seth Sentry – Strange New Past – WINNER

Best Independent Country Album
Amber Lawrence – Superheroes
Frank Yamma – Uncle – WINNER
Jim Lawrie – Eons
Raised By Eagles – Diamonds In The Bloodstream
Troy Cassar-Daley – Freedom Ride

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album
C.W. Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo – WINNER
Fraser A. Gorman – Slow Gum
Gurrumul – The Gospel Album
Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams
Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions – Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions

Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy Or Punk Album
British India – Nothing Touches Me
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz – WINNER
Northlane – Node
The Peep Tempel – Tales
The Smith Street Band – Throw Me In The River

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album
Collarbones – Return
Flight Facilities – Down To Earth – WINNER
Hermitude – Dark Night Sweet Light
Seekae – The Worry
Ta-Ku – Songs To Make Up To

Best Independent Dance, Electronica Or Club Single
Collarbones – Turning
Generik – The Weekend (Feat. Nicky Van She)
Hayden James – Something About YouWINNER
Nicky Night Time – Gonna Get Better (Feat. Nat Dunn)
Rüfüs – You Were Right

Best Independent Jazz Album
Allan Browne Quintet – Ithaca Bound
Barney Mcall – Mooroolbark – WINNER
Gian Slater – Still Still
Mike Nock Octet – Suite Sima
Sarah Mckenzie – We Could Be Lovers

Best Independent Classical Album
Alicia Crossley – Alchemy
Amir Farid – Amir Farid Plays Javad Maroufi: Golden Dreams And Other Works
Amy Dickson / Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Island Songs
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra – Brandenburg Celebrates – WINNER
Zubin Kanga – Piano Inside Out

Best Independent Label
Milk! Records – WINNER

Image: Courtney Barnett @ The Metro, Sydney 08/05/15 / Photo: Ashley Mar


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