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DMA’S dominate 2021 AIR Awards

Senior Journalist, B2B
DMA’S dominate 2021 AIR Awards

With a hattrick, DMA’S were the big winners Thursday night (Aug. 5) at the 2021 AIR Awards, held at Adelaide’s Freemasons Hall.

The Britpop revivalists snagged trophies for independent album of the year, best independent rock album or EP with The Glow, and Best Independent Dance, Electronica Or Club Single for The Avalanches remix of ‘Criminals.’

Stream DMA’S – ‘Criminals (The Avalanches Remix)’:

Perth indie rock outfit Spacey Jane were two-time winners, bagging Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year and ‘Booster Seat’ taking out Independent Song of the Year.

The winners’ circle included Gordi (Best Independent Pop Album or EP for Our Two Skins), The Chats (Best Independent Punk Album for High Risk Behaviour), Vika & Linda (Best Independent Blues and Roots Album for Sunday (The Gospel According to Iso)), Polaris (Best Independent Heavy Album for The Death of Me), Katie Noonan (Best Independent Jazz Album for The Sweetest Taboo), and Banoffee (Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Album or EP with Look At Us Now Dad).

Watch Spacey Jane’s ‘Booster Seat’:

I OH YOU collected the prestigious Best Independent Label gong and the 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award went to Deena Lynch (aka Jaguar Jonze), in recognition of her work in “courageously calling out unacceptable behaviour” and for raising awareness for the industry to have a code of conduct to ensure everyone’s safety in the workplace, reads a statement from AIR.

The annual AIR Awards was presented as a hybrid event at Adelaide’s Freemasons Hall and was streamed on YouTube.

“Congratulations to all the nominees and winners tonight,” comments AIR CEO Maria Amato. “In a year of continued lockdowns and enormous challenges, it was great to see Australian Independent artists continue to create new music and connect with engaged audiences.”

2021 AIR Award Winners:

Best Independent Label

I OH YOU (Presented by Moshtix).

Outstanding Achievement Award

Deena Lynch (Presented by Merlin)

Independent Album Of The Year


Independent Song Of The Year

Spacey Jane – Booster Seat

Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year – Presented by PPCA

Spacey Jane

Best Independent Soul/R&B Album or EP

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Crossover

Best Independent Country Album or EP

Fanny Lumsden – Fallow

Best Independent Blues and Roots Album or EP

Vika & Linda – Sunday (The Gospel According To Iso)

Best Independent Pop Album or EP

Gordi – Our Two Skins

Best Independent Rock Album or EP


Best Independent Punk Album or EP

The Chats – High Risk Behavior

Best Independent Heavy Album or EP

Polaris– The Death Of Me

Best Independent Hip Hop Album or EP

Chillint – The Octagon

Best Independent Dance or Electronica Album or EP

Banoffee – Look At Us Now Dad

Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single

DMA’S – Criminals (The Avalanches Remix)

Best Independent Jazz Album or EP

Katie Noonan – The Sweetest Taboo

Best Independent Classical Album or EP

Joseph Tawadros / James Tawadros / Sydney Symphony Orchestra / Benjamin Northey – Live at The Sydney Opera House

Best Independent Children’s Album or EP

Teeny Tiny Stevies – Thoughtful Songs For Little People

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.


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