Independent Music Awards Tag

Q&A With Hotspur

What’s the meaning of your band name? Our old bass player wanted to name the band “Arsenal”— which felt a little too much like a German industrial metal band to me — but their arch rivals are Tottenham Hotspur. We started researching the name a...

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Q&A With Hemoptysis

What’s the meaning of your band name? It means “coughing up blood.” We were calling ourselves “Misanthrope” but there was a signed band in Europe that had it and put out several albums under that name....

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The Steel Wheels 4x IMA Nominee & Country Song Winner

“Imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show, and then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers. In truth, attempting to compare [The Steel Wheels] to anyone is an injustice, since after one...

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Q&A With Hans Mayer

Describe your nominated work: Silly Biz, Hans Mayer Favorites, is a collection of 22 songs from eight previous recordings. These songs will keep kids giggling, singing, jumping and dancing. All the favorites are here, from my trademark tune, “My Brother Eats Bugs” (yep, he really...

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Q&A With Halie Loren

Describe your nominated work: “Thirsty”, nominated in the Jazz Song category, is a Latin-jazz song about the lonely aftermath of a breakup, and the subsequent longing to have that person back. Though I definitely relate to it more now than when I wrote it, the...

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Q&A With Grand Vanity

What’s the meaning of your band name? It has been said that this world is all vanity and vexation of spirit. Our musical endeavors are a search for the grander side of a dim landscape, hence “Grand Vanity.” One other contender was “The Special Relationship,”...

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Q&A With Gina’s Picture Show

Describe your nominated work: I wrote “Don’t Be Mad” back in the summer of 2007 while still attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I wrote it about a particular battle I was having between my heart and my head in relationship to a...

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