VP Records’ Patricia Chin, Run a Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Ghostly Among …
June 26, 2015 - accent chair
There might be no sweeter mark in all a song business than a American Association of Independent Music’s (A2IM’s) Libera awards, a fourth of that took place final night in New York, celebrating a eccentric song sector’s immeasurable accomplishments.
This year a Libbys, as they are informally known, seemed generally celebratory, as a eccentric song trade physique that birthed a uncover recently sealed ranks to energetically conflict — and change — Apple’s preference to abstain profitable royalties to artists during a three-month giveaway conference of a streaming service. While Taylor Swift (who annals for a eccentric tag Big Machine) and her well-reasoned minute played no tiny partial in Apple’s process reversal, that preference could not have happened though a efforts of A2IM and a other bloc partners (including Merlin and AIM), who laid a grounds for a change.
“People know what happened,” Beggars Group owner and and A2IM house member Martin Mills, whose association issued a unrelenting refusal to Apple, told Billboard. “In a finish she put a round in a net” Mills said, regulating a soccer embellishment though holding a credit for all a tough work him and his colleagues put in in environment adult a compare and putting a round on a china platter (to extend a metaphor) for Swift.
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The night, however, belonged to a indie world’s many successful artists and businesses of a past year, mostly ignored by a mainstream (but not indispensably a marketplace) and whose accomplishments this village collected to honor. This enclosed endowment winners like a tiny eccentric electronic tag Ghostly International, critically lauded artists like Run a Jewels (Mass Appeal), Family of a Year (Nettwerk), Sturgil Simpson (30 Tigers) and The War on Drugs (Secretly Canadian), as good as Warped, that won for a artistic wrapping of Aphex Twin’s “Syro” manuscript (find a full list of winners below).
The prominence of a dusk any year, by far, is a display of A2IM’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and this year was no exception. With a events’ past winners-in assemblage — Mills, Tommy Silverman and Bruce Iglauer looked on — this year’s target was a first-ever womanlike eccentric song executive. A2IM could not have done a some-more honourable choice in a advanced VP Records’ Patricia Chin, co-founder of a largest Reggae and Caribbean song business in a world.
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To a station ovation, a fable (and great-grandmother) asked a distinct doubt some in a assembly certainly wondered: “Who is this Chinese lady with a Jamaican accent?” Chin went on to explain how, along with her late-husband Vincent “Randy” Chin (Vincent + Patricia = VP Records), began in a song business in Kingston in a late ’50s, offered used jukebox singles out of Randy’s Record Store. She named checked paragons of Reggae including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Augustus Pablo, Gregory Isaacs among others all of whom a Chins knew.
Citing “political oppression,” a twin left Jamaica for a U.S in a late ’70s with “$50 in a pockets” and rebuilt their business from blemish in a distant opposite Jamaica — Queens. The business grew to turn an eccentric song sovereignty with offices all over a world, sub-labels, publishing, placement and a register filled with contemporary heading lights in Shabba Ranks, Yellowman, Beenie Man, Sean Paul and others.
Chin had many correct difference for arriving eccentric businesses, including “surrounding yourself with dedicated and ardent people,” “love what we do and do what we love” as good as embracing change and pity in success.
Two of a evenings many highlights enclosed Sub Pop’s co-founder Jonathan Poneman jumping adult and down on theatre and screaming “This is fucking awesome!” on usurpation a endowment for tag of a year (over 6 employees) and honoring Alison Wenham, chair of a UK indie trade physique WIM, with a special “Appleseed Award” that famous her as a colonize in building a eccentric song community.
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This year a rather spontaneous and shambolic eventuality was severely extended by a further of a long-overdue opening component featuring essence hustler Charles Bradley who bookended a ceremony
This awards also capped off A2IM’s annual Independent Music Week and noted a organization’s tenth anniversary. “Every year gets better,” pronounced A2IM’s always- desirable president, Rich Bengloff. “It’s a jubilee of a village that continues to grow in terms of participation. The cherry on a cake was conference a story of Patricia Chin and her family entrance to New York 35 years ago with $50 and a bin full of records.”
2015 Libera Award Winners
Hardest-Working Artist of a Year (sponsored by BMI)
Sharon Jones The Dap-Kings (Daptone)
Marketing Genius Award
Run a Jewels, Meow a Jewels / Tag a Jewels (Mass Appeal)
Best Sync Usage (sponsored by Silva Screen/So Recordings)
Family of a Year, “Hero,” Boyhood (Nettwerk)
Record Store Day
Creative Packaging Award (sponsored by A to Z Media)
Aphex Twin, Syro (Warp)
Groundbreaking Album of a Year (sponsored by INgrooves)
Run a Jewels, Run a Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)
Heritage Album of a Year
Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain/Thirty Tigers)
Breakthrough Artist of a Year (Sponsored by Merlin)
Sturgill Simpson (High Top Mountain/Thirty Tigers)
Video of a Year (sponsored by YouTube)
FKA Twigs “Two Weeks” (Young Turks)
Video of a Year (sponsored by YouTube) — Fan Vote
Die Antwoord “Ugly Boy” (Zef Records/Kobalt Label Services)
Album of a Year (sponsored by Fox Rothschild LLP)
The War on Drugs, Lost In a Dream (Secretly Canadian)
Label of a Year (5 or Less Employees) (sponsored by The Orchard)
Label of a Year (6 or More Employees) (sponsored by ADA)