The 12th Golden Indie Music Awards (GIMA) was held on November 6th, Kaohsiung Music Center.
The slogan of GIMA this year is “GIMA is now”. The wordplay originates from the pronunciation of the acronym GIMA, which is quite similar to the pronunciation of “now” in Taiwanese. The slogan last year was “GIMA is the future” so it has moved from the future to now, stating that the ongoing creativity of Taiwanese music scenes is getting more attention.
The biggest winner of the night goes to Flesh Juicer. The metal band won Best Album, Best Band and Best Live Performance. They’ve also performed twice, adding up to a total of fifth time showing their faces on the ceremony. Their award-winning album Golden Taizi Bro has been described as bringing back a sense of nu metal. Interestingly, their newest single “Modern Siren”, featuring Julia Wu, remind some metalheads of Evanescence. Who knows, maybe the next retro breeze of nu metal is really around the corner.
When Panai Kusui won the Jury Award with her self-portraying Love, and Yet, the 52-year-old singer/activist came up to the stage and shouted to raise the awareness of the upcoming referendum next month, gaining a big round of applause.
Young rapper wannasleep won the best new artist. Being grateful and honest, he thanked his doctor who gave him sedative prescription so he could speak properly onstage and shouted out to his favorite ramen shop Kikanbo. Kumachan, who happened to be the judge of talent show Rappers, the contest in which wannasleep won 6th place, dedicated his best hip-hop song award to the show and all contestants.
It is a night that glorified artists. As one of the first live events that allowed audiences, the applause and screaming reminded us how much we miss live gigs.