2012 San Diego Music Award Nominees Speak Out

San Diego music scene’s finest talent will be on display at the 2012 San Diego Music Awards. Taking place August 13th at Humphreys By The Bay, the gathering will honor the wide array of artists who create locally. Here’s seven of the nominees speaking about their nominations.

Al Howard of The Black Sands and The Heavy Guilt –  Nominated for Best Alternative (The Heavy Guilt)  and Best New Artist and Best Rock Album (Black Sands)

1. How does it feel to be nominated for a San Diego Music Award?

Feels good; it’s always rewarding to be acknowledged for something you’re doing creatively, just a signal you’re sculpting your music in the right direction.

2. One thing you are most proud of for being nominated for best Alternative? 

I’m proud to be in a category with bands that we respect a lot and consider friends–The Burning of Rome, Little Hurricane & Dead Feather Moon. We’ve played with all those bands and dig what they’re doing. It’s nice to feel like a part of a creative community. Also, I listened to something called “alternative” in the 90s, so that’s happenin.

3. One thing that has helped your career the most last year? 

I’ve met a few great singers in the past year and working with different voices has helped me grow as a writer. It’s given me new perspective and a different palette to paint with. With the Heavy Guilt, we’ve been able to play out live a ton and under some extreme circumstances, stretch our legs on the road and we’ve gotten to a level of tightness where it feels like a well oiled machine. That’s always been the goal.

4. The thing you enjoy most about the San Diego Music Scene?

I enjoy making music with friends who I respect. We have a scene I’d consider myself a fan of as well as a part of. Transfer, Dead Feather Moon, John Meeks, Low Volts, Blackout Party, Grand Tarantula, Old Tiger, Nena Anderson and New Kinetics, these are bands that push us to be better, to play better and to write our best songs.

5. If you win, what will you do with the award, where will you put it?

We have a practice space that could always use some further adornment other than the Katy Perry poster on the wall.

Tim Lowman of Low Volts and Blackout Party – Nominated for Song of the Year and Best Blues(Low Volts) and Best Local Recording (Blackout Party)

1. How does it feel to be nominated for a San Diego Music Award?

Feels great! It’s really cool to get recognition from a major city for being an artist. I’ve sacrificed more than anyone will ever know to be able to write, record and play music. Makes Mama proud! Hi Mom!!!

2. One thing you are most proud of for being nominated for Song Of The Year?

Super proud that it got placed on one of my favorite shows- WEEDS!! Plus, it mentions and immortalizes some of my best friends’ names: “Porter, Stephen Rey and Doug!”

3. One thing that has helped your career the most last year?

Friends and fans, fans and friends. Also, Fred at The Repair Zone and Adam at Satellite for keeping my gear alive. My poor, poor gear.

4. The thing you enjoy most about the San Diego Music Scene?

Going deaf at The Casbah.

5. If you win, what will you do with the award, where will you put it?

Well, last year I walked with three awards somehow. This year, including my band Blackout Party, I got nominated for three more. I believe they are made of bronze, so, maybe I could weld them into some sort of hobo-igloo-castle?

Colin Clyne – Nominated for Best Acoustic

1. How does it feel to be nominated for a San Diego Music Award?

It feels great to be nominated in amongst other talented individuals, some who are friends.

2. One thing you are most proud of for being nominated for Best Acoustic?

I feel proud that I have managed to be nominated two years in a row. I’m still trying to make an impact; I still mean what I’m doing and singing and that must reflect in the fact that people believe in me. Winning one of these SDMA’s is great and it puts a wee bit of pressure on you. People come out to see you play and they expect something special. Some artists perhaps shy away from that but I rise to it, I embrace it, and the day I feel like I can’t give the process 100% I’ll go away and learn how to knit sweaters or something.

3. One thing that has helped your career the most last year?

Two things: Winning the ‘Best Acoustic Act’ at the 2012 San Diego Music awards helped. Off the back of that I had a lot more people offer me gigs, TV opportunities, interviews………whiskey, you name it!
Becoming a Father, it allowed me to see what’s important. My touring has slowed down recently but it has taken the ‘panic’ away from me that if I take a break from it, I’m finished! In truth, I’ve just started!

4. The thing you enjoy most about the San Diego Music Scene?

Nice venues, nice people…………….not too many Scottish singer songwriters!

5. If you win, what will you do with the award, where will you put it?

Next to my single malt whiskey collection. To remind me that, much like music, whiskey is God’s gift to the working man and he can take that gift from him anytime he wants!

Nena Anderson – Nominated for Best Americana or Country

1. How does it feel to be nominated for a San Diego Music Award?

Great! It’s always nice to be recognized by my peers and fans for the hard work i’ve put in over the year. This is my 10th nomination and it’s always an honor.

2. One thing you are most proud of for being nominated for Best Americana?

I’m happy that my sound is classified as such…most people think Americana as more of a country/bluegrass sound. But to me, Americana is a mix of American music styles: blues, country, jazz and rock. And that’s exactly what I do.

3. One thing that has helped your career the most last year?

I’d say that would have to be my fans. Thanks to them sharing my shows and music, i continue to connect with more people and have better shows. Not only is it making my music better, it’s also helping to support my career and pay the bills!

4. The thing you enjoy most about the San Diego Music Scene?

I love the diversity of the San Diego scene. There is so much talent here. It is spread across many styles of music and yet everyone supports each other.

5. If you win, what will you do with the award, where will you put it?

My son, Ellis (10 years), has already staked a claim on it. If I win, it will go on a shelf in his room, with his favorite stuff: his snow globe collection and photos by Art Brewer and Lance Mountain.

Cuckoo Chaos – Nominated for Best Alternative and Best Alternative Album

1. How does it feel to be nominated for a San Diego Music Award?

It feels great. We love this city and it’s nice to feel loved back.

2. One thing you are most proud of for being nominated for Best Alternative?

It’s just such an honor to be nominated in the same category as Little Hurricane. They are possibly the best band of all time and a huge inspiration to us!

3. One thing that has helped your career the most last year?

Our drummer Dave Mead did 147,925 sit ups last year. I think that really gave us an edge over bands. To look upon his chiseled torso is to know the true reality of existence.

4. The thing you enjoy most about the San Diego Music Scene?

The SD music scene is seriously filled with some of the kindest, warm hearted people we have ever met. It’s a pleasure to live in a place where people haven’t forgotten how to be human beings.

5. If you win, what will you do with the award, where will you put it?

Well I’m not entirely sure what we did with the award we won a couple years ago. I imagine it would end up in the same place. Then the other one wouldn’t have to endure any more long lonely nights of solitude.

Josh Damigo – Nominated for Best Acoustic

1. How does it feel to be nominated for a San Diego Music Award?

Being nominated gives me a few feelings. The first is the reassurance that Kevin Hellman understands that I am a San Diegan. (I was left out last year because I lived in Los Angeles and San Diego… Instead of just SD… Ridiculous.) The second is that of absolute gratitude. It’s nice to be recognized for hard work, but after that nice feeling, I’m still at the grind trying to make a buck outta nothing. It’s a nice break from gigging and promoting.

2. One thing you are most proud of for being nominated for Best Acoustic?

I kinda mentioned it, but it’s Great being called San Diegan again. This is home for me, and there’s nothing greater than representing your home.

3. One thing that has helped your career the most last year?

My new album has been a huge factor in helping me this last year. Having my fans raise over 13,000 dollars to make it was a humbling and overwhelming experience! This is all because of them.

4. The thing you enjoy most about the San Diego Music Scene?

You can weed out the pretentious peeps pretty quickly- nobody puts up with that in San Diego. I can chill with A.J. Croce, Steve Poltz, Berkley Hart, Transfer, Little Hurricane and Silent Comedy and not feel like they think they are better than me… Even if they all are… I love our scene.

5. If you win, what will you do with the award, where will you put it?

I started putting all of my awards/plaques in the bathroom. We have a running joke that we piss excellence in our house.

Wendy Bailey – Nominated for Best Pop Album

1. How does it feel to be nominated for a San Diego Music Award?

Oh, it’s quite nifty! Nice to be recognized by your peers in this way.

2. One thing you are most proud of for being nominated for Best Pop Album?

I’m just really proud of this album (‘String Theory’). Proud of the songs, our performances, the production–proud of all we did and all it took to make it happen.

3. One thing that has helped your career the most last year?

Frankly, being nominated last year for an SDMA. The nomination just happens to help with getting gigs, networking…it’s a respected and helpful boost.

4. The thing you enjoy most about the San Diego Music Scene?

I’ve always experienced a great sense of community with the scene–everyone supports and encourages everyone in same or different genres.

5. If you win, what will you do with the award, where will you put it?

Well indeed, if I happen to get this award, I’d keep it right by my guitars and notepads. They take up a good portion of my living area; so they’re always visible—as would be the award.

 

One Response to 2012 San Diego Music Award Nominees Speak Out
  1. fat lando
    July 27, 2012 | 4:55 pm

    Wow great site and great interviews. My band Hocus is nominated for Best Rock Band…good luck to my fellow nominees and see you on August 13th :)

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