Winners announced for the 2011 Jagermeister Independent Music Awards

The 2011 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have wrapped up their sixth year delivering a superbly entertaining evening and bestowing 12 Awards on some of Australia’s finest talent, with The Jezabels the only multiple award winners, taking out 2 major honours.

Rising stars The Jezabels well and truly made their mark on the evening picking up the awards for Best Independent Single /EP for their critically acclaimed debut EP Dark Storm (the third and final installment of their EP Trilogy) and also the award for Best Independent Artist. Already enjoying a massive year both locally and internationally and now, winners in two categories at the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS, its little wonder The Jezabels have been earmarked as a band to watch.

It was a night out for our female artists who not only blew everyone away with their live performances but also in the award stakes, with rock icon Adalita, taking out the gong in the hotly contested Best Independent Album category, earning well deserved and long awaited recognition for her first solo album, the self-titled Adalita. Newcomer Emma Louise was acknowledged as the Breakthrough Independent Artist for the sublime sounds of her EP Full Hearts and Empty Rooms and its superb single “Jungle” which spent more than 20 weeks at the top of the Independent charts.

Perth based Hip Hop artist Drapht won his first JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for Best Independent Hip Hop Album for the epic release, The Life Of Riley. Currently on a sold out 21 date National Australian tour, The Life Of Riley album debuted at Number 1 on the ARIA chart, and gave us the hits “Bali Party”, “Sing it” and “Rapunzel”, and is now officially certified Gold. Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album went to Melbourne Trio My Disco for their third and highly acclaimed record Little Joy. An astounding collection of songs from the first single ‘Young’ - a near nine-minute-long epic, to the chilling and tightly-wound sounds of 'River”, My Disco have managed to cultivate enormous respect among independent music communities both locally and internationally, and now further acknowledgement comes in the form of this year’s Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album award.

This year also saw the Awards expanding into new territory, with the introduction of the Best Independent Dance / Electronica or Club Single category. The new category also produced another first, with the Award voting resulting in a tie taken out by Tommy Trash and Tom Piper for their single “All My Friends Featuring Mr. Wilson” and Seekae with their track “Blood Bank”. London based Australian duo PNAU took out the already established award for Best Independent Dance / Electronica album with Soft Universe, a 10 track opus that has been described as the finest example yet of their epic techno pop, and is their 4th studio album and most successful charting record to date.

The Award for the Best Independent Blues and Roots Album (for his double Deadly Award winning release Rrakala) was taken out by former winner Gurrumul. His second full-length release, Rrakala follows in the footsteps of his multi award winning double platinum debut album and confirms Gurrumul's status as one of the definitive Australian folk artists of our times. Wagons took out their first JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for the Best Independent Country Album with their latest release Rumble, Shake and Tumble. From its stomping outlaw country tracks, to the irresistible crooning classic pop songs, charismatic front man Henry Wagons wields his mighty fist as a premiere story teller on this, the band’s stunning fifth studio album.

Internationally renowned saxophonist, composer and multi-award winner Sandy Evans was awarded Best Independent Jazz album for her 60 minute extended jazz composition “When The Sky Cries Rainbows”. These outstanding works, exquisitely played, created a landmark album, which has now been recognized as the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD’S finest Jazz album for 2011, adding to Evan's already remarkable repertoire.

And finally taking out the peoples choice award for Jagermeister’s Most Hunted was 360 who released his groundbreaking second album, Falling & Flying last week, to critical acclaim and booming sales. Debuting in the top 5 of the ARIA charts this week and remaining at the top of the iTunes Album charts, the sophomore release from this innovative indie rapper sounds like no hip-hop release to come before it, and the public agreed by voting 360 the inaugural Most Hunted artist at the 2011 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS


Best Independent Artist - The Jezabels

Best Independent Album – Adalita - “Adalita” (Liberation Music)

Breakthrough Independent Artist - Emma Louise

Best Independent Single/EP - The Jezabels – “Dark Storm” (Independent/MGM)

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album – Pnau – “Soft Universe” (Etc. Etc.)

Best Independent Dance/Electronica a Club Single
-Seekae – “Blood Bank” (Rice Is Nice/Popfrenzy)
-Tommy Trash and Tom Piper – “All My Friends Featuring Mr. Wilson” (Ministry Of Sound)
*Joint winners (votes exactly the same)

Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album - My Disco – “Little Joy” (Shock Entertainment)

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album – Gurrumul – “Rrakala” (Skinnyfish/MGM)

Best Independent Jazz Album - Sandy Evans – “When The Sky Cries Rainbows” (Independent/ABC Music)

Best Independent Country Album – Wagons “Rumble Shake and Tumble” (Spunk Records)

Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Album – Drapht – “The Life Of Riley” (The Ayems Records)

Jagermeister Most Hunted Award (Peoples Choice) – 360