The Drum&BassArena Awards 2014

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What’s the difference between Andy C and a buffalo?

Andy C charges more.

And with some playful smack talk, delivered via Dub Phizix (winners of best video for ‘Buffalo Charge’), the Drum&BassArena  awards were off with a rumble and a boom-ttsss.

International representation was actually brilliant. The State of Mind boys from NZ took away best album, Hollandian lad, Maduk, was hailed as best newcomer and Austrian duo Camo & Krooked won best live act – not love act - as was misconstrued thanks to the curse of predictive text…

As one of the night’s hosts, support for Dynamite MC nearly blew off the roof (heh) as he humbly accepted the award for Best MC.  Becky Hill did Wilkinson proud performing their blissful collab ,‘Afterglow’, and later in the evening, an impassioned performance from DubFX had a transportive effect and, red bull in hand, I could pretend I was slumming to his tunes in a beach festival sound shell – something  which I am both impressed with, and grateful for.

Think it’s safe to say, there will be some sore heads in the Hospital Records camp today after they cleaned up best label and best club night. An obvious call for those who have been to a Hospitality event - there can only be one clear winner in this category for 2014. The crew have had a huge year and were properly lively in all the good ways on the night.

Fabio joined old buddy Grooverider in the  Drum&BassArena  Hall of Fame, and rightly so. His speech made the deep seated partnership between those two and the genre, perfectly clear. Another man with strong roots in the scene, Andy C, took away best DJ for the sixth year running. A pick which the endearingly intoxicated man next to me offered to bet £5 on, prior to the announcement…I ain’t no fool buddy– that one was in the bag.

After Jenna G delivered the final performance, and the behaved portion of the night drew to a satisfying close, the Executioner delivered his acceptance speech. One which weaved the families of D&B together and concluded with a little sentence which I wholeheartedly believe captures the tremendous love that room held for the mighty genre that is the drum and the bass:

‘Once it gets under your skin, it’s there forever – and it never leaves you.’

Amen Andy lad, amen.

Congrats, huge respect and massive fat ups to all those involved on the night –

full list of winners are here:

Best Video: Dub Phizix & Strategy – Buffalo Charge (2013 winner: Wilkinson – Afterglow)

Best Newcomer DJ: Emperor (2013 winner: Etherwood)

Best Newcomer MC: Skittles (2013 winner: Visionobi)

Best Newcomer Producer: Maduk (2013 winner: Etherwood)

Best Club Night: Hospitality (2013 winner: Hospitality)

Best Festival: Let It Roll (2013 winner: Outlook Festival)

Best Live Act: Camo & Krooked (2013 winner: Netsky)

Best Label: Hospital Records (2013 winner: RAM Records)

Best Track:Sigma – Nobody To Love (2013 winner: Wilkinson – Afterglow)

Best Album: State Of Mind – Eat The Rich (2013 winner: Camo & Krooked – Zeitgeist)

Hall Of Fame 2014: Fabio (2013 inductee: Dillinja)

Best Vocalist: Riya

Best MC: Dynamite MC (2013 winner: DRS)

Best Producer: Noisia (2013 winner: Camo & Krooked)

Best DJ: Andy C (2013 winner: Andy C)

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List courtesy of Drum&BassArena