Bethan Shuff || January 19th
The Music Awards of Staffordshire and Cheshire (MASCs) are less than a month away, on the 11th February at King’s Hall, Stoke.
There are four more awards than last year, so a total of 13 wards up for grabs, with titles like Best Solo Act and Best Album there for the taking.
In the run up to Christmas, Lee Barber announced the nominees for each award. One or two announcements each day had us all on the edge of our seats waiting to see which local acts had been chosen.
I spoke to some of the nominees about how they were feeling about their nominations, and here were some of the responses.
Only One was the single from John Dhali, and the video had people going crazy. John won Best Solo Act at last year’s awards, and is nominated again this year, alongside Best Music Video. John said he’s ‘Really happy about the nomination - I suppose it means people are in to what I'm doing as an artist so I'm glad about that. I think the music awards are an awesome way to 1. Celebrate the area's underrated music scene and 2. Draw attention and build a buzz around the music which will help artists to gain momentum and encourage them to keep pursuing their craft.’
Another video up for Best Music Video is one that turned social media orange for the week: Thieves Asylum – IKYKIK. Everything turned orange as we anticipated the announcement of what all the fuss was about. TA said, ‘It’s great to be nominated for best video, with I.K.Y.K.I.K we worked really hard on making the branding and image around the release as strong as possible. Luke Medlock did a stunning job of bringing the whole theme to life, and the award should be aimed at his great work. All we did is turn up and look pretty and we struggled doing that.’
Alter Eden are a rock band up for both Best Rock Act and Best Music Video with Colourless. Frontman Nick said the band are ‘massively excited and humbled to be nominated’ and that ‘the music awards is doing something that no-one else in the area (or other areas for that matter) is doing right now - it's effectively printing a big huge map and adding a gigantic "GREAT MUSIC LIVES HERE" stamp on it.’
Up for Best Act, Psyence tell us to ‘expect the unexpected’ after dressing rather dapper in top hats and tails last year. ‘Buzzing to be nominated again! And we can't wait for the night if last year is anything to go by.’
Dom Morgan, frontman of Divenire, also does some solo work too, and is up for Best Solo Act. Dom said, ‘The music awards are a great thing, they bring all different genre acts from around the local area to showcase some amazing talent and music. I'm very honoured to be nominated for best solo act, it's something I didn't think would happen for this year, as my music in 2016 has been touch and go, but I am so grateful that I am part of the nominations. Make the best act win, and I will look forward to making new music in 2017!’
You can still vote for your favourites and purchase tickets for the evening at http://www.staffsmusicawards.co.uk/#musicawardshome
Voting closes on the 25th January.