On October 7th, the 12th Golden Indie Music Awards revealed their nominations, honoring the prolific and energetic music scene of Taiwan.
Different from the Golden Melody Awards (GMA), GIMA focuses more on artists who can write their own music by setting the signing up criteria to that at least 70 percent of the songs in the album need to be self-composed by the performing artists. Moreover, the awards are categorized by music genres. Once being considered by some the minor league of the GMA, GIMA gradually figures out its unique shape, making connections with the Far East Pacific music scenes by setting up awards like Best Asian Creative Artist and inviting oversea judges.
The lead runner of this year’s nominees is Flesh Juicer. The death metal band move past their phase of traditional element and pentatonic scale, brings nu metal and electronic beats together in their newest album Golden Taizi Bro, and is nominated for Best Album, Best Band, Best Live, Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song.
Following Flesh Juicer, LINION, Fade to Blue, žž, Chien Chien Lu all come second with four nominations. Rock trio Sorry Youth, who just released their vinyl in Japan and actively perform on several online showcases, are nominated for Best Band and Best Rock Album with Bad Times, Good Times, their 3rd album, which reminds people of New Order and Interpol with their rich 90s alternative guitar riffs.
On Jazz, Yen Ting Lo who won the award last year is still back in the game with The 13th Heron, Nominated for Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Song. Island Futurism, a big band consisting of over 10 members, playing a fusion of Afrobeat fusion and locality elements, paying tribute to Tony Allen, is a rare, one of a kind in Taiwan. Their work AIslanders is nominated for Best Jazz Album, stirring up the uncertainty for the jazz genre a little.
We have been talking about the black music waves in Taiwan for several years. Finally in this year’s GIMA nominees, we see the list of R&B genre consists of ØZI, LINION, 9m88 and YELLOW all have been well-known by the indie lovers, and all are potential upcoming big names. As for hip-hop, TroutFresh, GorDoN and Kumachan are all famous OGs in the realm. wannasleep, a newbie in the game and finalist of the talent show The Rappers, are nominated for Best Hip-Hop Album and Best Hip-Hop Song, next to Kumachan, who happens to be a mentor of the show.
The award ceremony will be held on November 6, Saturday. This year, GIMA brings the whole ceremony to southern Taiwan, Kaohsiung, the port city where Megaport festival is held as part of the serial events for the newly launched Kaohsiung Music Center.