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| 4 November 2018 | Reply



Ahead of this weekend’s biggest WAMFest & WAMCon program yet, the 2018 WAMAwards lead the way in shining a dazzling light on an incredible weekend of local music to come. Taking place in its luxe new home at The Hyatt Regency, this year’s sold out WAMAwards were bigger than ever. Welcoming international and national industry experts, and WA’s finest music exports and up-and-comers, WA’s music industry went all out last night celebrating the exciting yet humble industry that inhabits the West.

It was a big night of doubling down with Alana Macpherson, Caitlin Nienaber, Carla Geneve, Feels, Jacob Diamond, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Odette Mercy all receiving two awards each. But ultimately it was Elise Reitze-Swensen and Rosie Taylor of electronic duo Feels who lead the way with three awards, with their label WOMPP (Women Of Music Production Perth) picking up the award for Label Of The Year on top of awards for Best Live Electronic Act and Best Electronic Producer.

It was no surprise to see adored former RTRFM brekkie host Caitlin Nienaber awarded both Industry Representative of the Year and the prestigious Golden WAMi. Having hung up the headphones to head East earlier this year, the awards were a perfect parting gift for Caitlin who flew back to celebrate the win with Perth’s music community.

The night also paid tribute in honouring this year’s two Hall of Fame Inductees Dixie Battersby (DB Publicity) and The Stems with these phenomenal individuals taking their place amongst the local legends before them. All have been integral in shaping the current landscape of our local and National industry.

For the fifth year in a row, (clearly) WA’s favourite spot to catch budding local music Mojos Bar picked up the award for Most Popular Venue.

The Annual Kiss My Camera awards went out to Denis Radacic, Emanual Rudnicki, and Matsu.

The night also featured stellar performances by Hall of Fame inductees The Stems, award winners Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Carla Geneve, Hyclass and award nominees Gemma Farrell Quintet, Your Girl Pho, and Ralway Bell. Needless to say, the WAMAwards set an exciting precedent to kick off WAMFest Live and WAMCon 2018!


Best Album (presented by APRA AMCOS) – Abbe May (Fruit)

Best Blues/Roots Act (presented by Blues at Bridgetown) – Mama Kin Spender

Best Country Act (presented by Mustang Bar) – The Little Lord Street Band

Best EP (presented by Rosemount Hotel) – Demon Days (Magic Eye)

Best Experimental Act (presented by RTRFM) – Eduardo Cossio and Louise Devenish

Best Folk Act (presented by Clancy’s Fishpub Fremantle) – Jacob Diamond

Best Hip-Hop Act (presented by Perth Theatre Trust) – Hyclass

Best Indigenous Act (presented by NAIDOC Music Awards) – Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

Best Jazz Act (presented by The Alex Hotel) – Alana Macpherson Nonet

Best Live Electronic Act (presented by Advanced Electrical Equipment) – Feels

Best Metal/Heavy Act (presented by scenestr) – Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving

Best Music Video (presented by Johnny Ma Studios) – Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (Social Candy)

Best Pop Act (presented by Lolly Box Music) – Stella Donnelly

Best Punk/Hardcore Act (presented by The Poster Girls) – Nerve Quakes

Best Regional Act (presented by Nannup Music Festival) – Tracey Barnett

Best Rock Act (presented by Badlands Bar) – Carla Geneve

Best Single (presented by Mojo’s Bar | Cool Perth Nights) – Carla Geneve (Greg’s Discount Chemist)

Best Urban Act (presented by Sorrento Strategic Music) – Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics

Best World Act (presented by Fairbridge Festival) – Grace Barbé

Golden WAMi (presented by City Of Perth) – Caitlin Nienabar

Industry Representative of the Year (presented by Freo.Social) – Caitlin Nienabar

Label of the Year (presented by Happy Mag) – Women Of Music Production Perth


Most Popular Act (presented by The Aardvark) – Tame Impala

Most Popular Live Act (presented by RAC Arena) – Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Most Popular Music Event (presented by – Falls Festival

Most Popular New Act (presented by The Bird) – Wooly Mammoth

Most Popular Venue (presented by moshtix) – Mojo’s Bar


Best Bassist (presented by Hyatt Regency Perth) – Jennifer Aslett and Roy Martinez

Best Brass/String/Woodwind Instrumentalist (presented by Discus On Demand) – Alana Macpherson (Saxophone)

Best Drummer/Percussionist (presented by Shiny Rabbit) – Daniel Susnjar

Best Electronic Producer (presented by Noisegate) – Feels

Best Guitarist (presented by Hammer Ink Merchandise) – Jacob Diamond

Best Keys/Synth Artist (presented by Yamaha | Sound Centre) – Harry Mitchell

Best Live Sound Engineer (presented by WAAPA | ECU) – Chris Wright

Best Studio Sound Engineer/Producer (Presented by SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute) – Matt Gio (Rada Studio)

Best Vocalist (presented by Media Arts Lawyers) – Odette Mercy


Best Live Shot of a WA Act – Emanual Rudnicki for his photo of Southern River Band

Best Live Shot of a Touring Act – Denis Radacic for his photo of The Butterfly Effect

Best Press Shot of a WA Act – Matsu for his photo of Lincoln MacKinnon

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