Besides members of the media contingent thirsty and desperate enough to sequester sneaky beverages away from those for whom the refreshments were originally intended, the other winners at last night’s 27th ARIA Awards were actual musicians including ya bois Flume, the members of Tame Impala and One Direction who, for reasons of not knowing where Australia is, stayed home to polish their ARIAs instead. That’s a euphemism.
Twenty-two-year-old producer journalists over the age of forty are contractually required to describe as an ‘electronic wunderkind’, Harley Streten cleaned up in four of his eight nominated categories, taking home Best Male, Best Dance and Breakthrough Artist in addition to the already-awarded Producer Of The Year for his eponymous debut album, a victory made all the more sweet for his being totally tone deaf: “Do you know the really coolest thing about winning this is?” Flerm asked of assembled media. “I’m a producer, I don’t even sing. I actually did a bit of research and found out that never in the history of the ARIAs has someone who doesn’t sing won this award. I’m not a frontman. I prefer to spend my time sitting in a dark room, in front of a laptop.” Hopefully that one’s not a euphemism.
Tame Impala also scored a deserved win for their brilliant sophomore album of the year, Lonerism, alongside pointy platinum gongs for Best Group and Best Rock album. In what were perhaps some of the best acceptance speeches of the evening not delivered by a radiant Jess Mauboy, the band thanked their mums and members of their “not creative” crew for “doing things while we sitting around eating soft cheese.” That one’s definitely not a euphemism.
Here’s the full list of winners from the Australian music industry’s night of nights and rabid canapé consumption, and a winner’s playlist because reading is hard and listening requires zero effort.
Best Dance Album (Flume)
Producer Of The Year
Album Of The Year (Lonerism)
Best Rock Album
Best Pop Release (Armageddon)
Best Australian Live Act – ‘Get Along Tour’
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
Best Independent Release (Push The Sky Away)
Best Adult Contemporary Album
Best Female Artist
ARIA Song Of The Year (Resolution)
Best Blues and Roots Album (Sharkmouth)
Best Children’s Album (A Little Day Out With Justine Clarke)
TOM & ALEX
Best Comedy Release (The Bits We’re Least Ashamed Of)
KASEY CHAMBERS AND SHANE NICHOLSON
Best Country Album (Wreck & Ruin)
Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album (Asymmetry)
Best Urban Album (Bring It Back)
Best Video (Firestarter) directed by Christopher Frey
Best International Artist
ARIA Hall Of Fame
ARIA Industry Icon Award
Last night Flume used the ARIAs stage to praise the current state of Australia’s electronic music scene and the artists making waves within the community. This week in Sydney, Australia’s electronic music community will converge at the Electronic Music Conference (EMC) at Carriageworks. It’s open to the public and will see the world’s biggest DJs (including Armin Van Buuren, Boys Noize, Ferry Corsten) and a raft of music industry insiders come together to talk about the current music landscape and hopefully inspire and champion a new generation of electronic superstars. In addition to the conference, delegates will receive free and discounted access to a massive schedule of after-hours events and parties. A limited number of $379 final release tickets are still available for the conference and can be purchased here from Moshtix.
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