Kim Sinclair of SpinCount Music & Promotions in Milton has been nominated for Independent Company of the Year. Sinclair was nominated for the same award last year as well.
SpinCount is a radio promotions company, which Sinclair says provides two types of service. The first is providing commercial, radio-ready, music to radio stations across North America. Then once the music is sent to the stations, SpinCount follows up and promotes the artists.
Sinclair could not be reached by press time.
Tim Feswick of Feswick Productions was nominated for the first time last year for Studio Engineer of the Year. Feswick has upped his nominations by two, adding Studio of the Year and Producer of the Year to his second Studio Engineer of the Year nomination.
Feswick says he is very excited to have all three nominations this year, but what he is most excited about is Producer of the Year.
“They all mean a lot to me, because you're basically competing against every studio engineer, recording studio and every producer in Atlantic Canada,” he says. “But the nominations for Producer of the Year are chosen a little differently than anything else. They're chosen by producers across Canada. Top notch producers.”
Feswick says it is an honour to be chosen for a nomination because the producers from other provinces are not as familiar with the Atlantic nominees. “They're not biased at all. They haven't heard material from this area,” he says.
“To me, it's just as good as winning to be honest,” says Feswick. “The nominees themselves are chosen from this board of producers. They nominate you on the quality of production of the material you submit to them.”
Although he says competition is stiff, Feswick also says he is happy to have his little Liverpool studio nominated to go up against some of the “really big heavy hitters.”
“I think I've come far,” says Feswick. “I work very, very hard at my craft. I'm always trying to better myself.”
His hard work is paying off. Feswick says his studio is reaching a larger client base, including working with an artist from the other side of the world.
“One of the songs I did submit was a girl who flew up from Australia to record here,” says Feswick. “They were saying she could go anywhere in the world. Everyone’s asking why would she come to Liverpool Nova Scotia of all places.”
Music artist Kat Le Key has traveled throughout the world, and has five CDs released. After hearing some samples of what he produced, Feswick says she said the quality coming from him was "consistently excellent."
“I thought it was quite an honour to hear that,” says Feswick.
Feswick says he will be heading up to PEI for the awards, and it is something he does not want to miss out on.
“I find it's a really good place to meet clients that I've had in the studio, so see where they've gone with the projects and see how their tour is going,” says Feswick. “It's an excellent opportunity to network with people in the industry.”
East Coast Music Week 2011 will take place April 13-17 in Charlottetown, PEI.