WAM Announces Craft Award winners and Hall Of Fame Inductees

WAM Announces Craft Award winners and Hall Of Fame Inductees

Ahead of the big show this Thursday.

Whilst most of the WA Music Awards winners will be revealed this Thursday 5 November at the awards party at Jack Rabbit Slim’s, WAM has today announced a few of the WA talents who will be acknowledged, namely this year's inductees into the WA Music Hall Of Fame, and the Craft Award winners.

For the Hall Of Fame, WA's "First Lady Of Jazz" - Helen Matthews, will join Paul Sloan, managing director of Billions Australia and Supersonic Enterprises. Matthews' long and checkered career includes a nationally-adored ABC Variety show, being front-woman for bands like JT & The JAzzmen, Nova Dreams and The Helen Matthews Quartet, playing alongside some of the country's finest jazz artists and director of the Fremantle Jazz Festival. Meanwhile Sloan's Billions roster features 50-odd clients that include the likes of Arcade Fire, Nick Cave and Bon Iver, and Supersonic has been responsible for some of the state's most successful shows and outdoor events like Rock-It Festival.


In addition to the above, WAM have revealed this year's winners in the craft categories, which you can check out below:


Adam Round - WINNER

Chris Wright

Ian Stuart

Jay Brandner

Kasey Veryzer

BEST SOUND ENGINEER (studio) Presented by TheMusic.com.au

Andy Lawson

Dan Carroll

Joel Quartermain - WINNER

Kevin Parker

Matt Giovannangelo

BEST ELECTRONIC PRODUCER Presented by Cool Perth Nights

Ashley Hosken (Diger Rokwell)

Laura Jane Lowther (KUČKA) - WINNER

John Dewhurst (Sable)

Regan Mathews (Ta-ku)

BEST MALE VOCALIST Presented by The West Australian

Jacob Diamond

Jake Webb (Methyl Ethel)

Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) - WINNER

Morgan Bain

BEST FEMALE VOCALIST Presented by The AU Review

Ama Quinsee (Legs Electric)

Joni Hogan (Joni In The Moon) - WINNER

Ofa Fotu (Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics)

Sophie Hopes (Tired Lion)

BEST GUITARIST Presented by X-Press Magazine

Ben Witt

Cameron Nicholas (Cold Fate, Silent Knight)

Lee Jones (Ruby Boots) - WINNER

Luke Dux (The Floors, The Wilds, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, The Wishers, Davey Craddock & The Spectacles, Flooded Palace, Dom Mariani & The Majestic Kelp, Atomic Lunchbox)

Mitch McDonald (The Love Junkies)

BEST BASSIST Presented by Alex Hotel

Alex Canion (Voyager)

John Brown (Mei Saraswati, Boom! Bap! Pow!) - WINNER

Roy Martinez

Ryan Dux (The Floors, The Kill Devil Hills)

Sara McPherson (Rag N’ Bone)


Ashley Doodkorte (Voyager, The Floors, Will Stoker & The


Elle Walsh (The Love Junkies)

Liam Young (Puck, Skullcave)

Louis Rando (Malignant Monster, The Furor) - WINNER

Elliott Smith

BEST KEYS / SYNTH ARTIST Presented by Music Feedback

Gordon Cant (The Amani Consort, The China Blue Experiment)

Jake Steele (Tobacco Rat, Yarkhob, KUČKA)

Ron Pollard (Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving) - WINNER

Tara John (Joni In The Moon)


The Kiss MY WAMi CD is out and about - head HERE for a preview listen to 34 of the 40 tracks.

The WAM Festival kicks off this Thursday with the official Awards Party, followed by Showcase events, the WAM conference, Saturday Spectacular, Sunday Best and more. You can download a full program HERE.

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