Bluesfest boss adds Grammy to chest
By RACHEL AFFLICK
SITTING in his office, Bluesfest director Peter Noble clicked his computer screen on Monday and discovered his Lennox Head label had made music history.
Aim Records secured the first Grammy win for an Australian independent label when Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience were announced as winners of the Grammy for Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album.
Unable to make it to Los Angeles for the awards, Mr Noble phoned Simien when the news broke on the Internet.
“He’s going through the roof. It’s such a wonderful thing. People in this industry spend their entire lives just to be recognised,” Mr Noble said.
Mr Noble signed American artist Simien after discovering him many years ago playing in a New York club.
Simien has performed locally at the Bluesfest and the Beach Hotel at Byron Bay, and is expected to return to our shores next year.
In another first for an Australian independent label, Aim was also nominated for the Best Tropical Latin Album Grammy for Greetings From Havana by Cubanismo.
Mr Noble established Aim Records 30 years ago in his living room.
“It graduated to the garage, then to the bedroom with the garage as a storeroom. Now it has a proper office – it only took us 20 something years,” Mr Noble said.
He describes the label as his big ‘train set’.
“I’ve always wanted to make roots music or blues.
“I love doing it,” he said.