Other winners at London ceremony included Wolf Alice, Young Fathers, Skepta and Transgressive Records
FKA Twigs stressed the importance of independent labels and artists as she collected a prize at the AIM Awards in London last night (September 8).
Wolf Alice, Skepta, Young Fathers and Enter Shikari also collected prizes at the ceremony, which was held at the Roundhouse in Camden and was hosted by John Kennedy. Noel Gallagher attended the awards and handed the prize for Most Played New Independent Act to Jungle.
Speaking to NME after collecting her prize for Best Independent Track for ‘Two Weeks’, FKA Twigs was keen to praise the spirit of independence in the music industry.
“The independent music industry is so important,” she said. “We’re artists that genuinely do everything ourselves. We don’t take other people’s songs and just sing them, we’re not just singers, we’re not just somebody that plays a guitar riff that’s already been written for them, we’re the people that create it. And that’s why things like these awards are so important. It just highlights that, it shines a light on people that are genuinely doing themselves.
Twigs, who recently revealed the ambitious 16-minute video to accompany the release of her ‘M3LL155X’ EP, also admitted that she often has to abandon some of her bigger ideas when practicality gets in the way. “I get them all the time,” she said of the scrapped plans. “My ideas are getting bigger and weirder! I always have ideas I know I’m going to recreate or develop at a later date.”
Other winners at the AIM Awards included Transgressive Records (home to bands including Foals and Two Door Cinema Club) who were named Independent Label of the Year and Hardest Working Band Swans. Skepta was awarded Outstanding Contribution to Music.
Full list of winners
Best Small Label: Erased Tape Records
Best Difficult Second Album: Young Fathers – ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’
Special Catalogue Release Of The Year: Cities of Darkscorch boardgame
Hardest Working Band Or Artist: Swans
Golden Welly Award For Best Independent Festival: Brainchild Festival
Independent Breakthrough Of The Year: Wolf Alice
Indie Champion: Marc Riley, BBC 6 Music
Independent Video Of The Year: Flying Lotus – ‘Never Catch Me’
Best Live Act: All Time Low
Independent Track of the Year: FKA Twigs – ‘Two Weeks’
PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act: Jungle
Independent Album of the Year: Enter Shikari – ‘The Mindsweep’
Independent Label of the Year: Transgressive Records
Pioneer Award: Digby Pearson, Earache Records
Innovator Award: Peter Quicke, Matt Black and Jonathan More of Ninja Tune
Outstanding ontribution to Music: Skepta