The Niagara Music Awards vs. Glass Apple Bonzai

Last night I was the recipient of two awards at the 2015 Niagara Music Awards.
The Engineer of the Year award and the Album of the Year award.
I’m absolutely honoured and elated to have won in two categories that I feel are based entirely on merit and skill.

I pride myself in my recording quality and technique and to have those attributes recognised is a wonderful feeling.
Winning the Engineer of the Year award alone would have left me feeling very proud and satisfied…

Winning Album of the Year absolutely blew me away.
A total surprise.
Not that I don’t recognise my skill as a songwriter, but I am aware that the type of music I make isn’t necessarily the most popular or understood.
Synthpop is kind of a strange grey-area.
So to have the entire album recognised and given accolade was a very proud moment for me.
To be honest, I’m still reeling from it.
Awards aren’t everything, but they ARE something.
And winning these awards is a very big something.

So let me take the time to thank everyone who helped make Night Maze (the album that won) the amazing thing it is.

Jessie Deye, Lex Gore, Sheenah Ko, and Matty DiFranco for contributing their flavourful backing vocals.
The inimitable Paul Sizer for the absolutely amazing artwork.
Martin Bowes for his perfect mastering job.
And of course….Steve.
Steve’s sax solo really is the icing on the cake. Not to mention the unending support from him and his awesome on-stage antics.

Cheers, triple Cheers to all of you.

– Daniel X. Belasco


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