IMPALA hands annual award to Armin Van Buuren
By Chris Cooke | Published on Friday 21 February 2014
In a busy week for prize giving, pan-European indie label trade body IMPALA announced the winner of its annual Outstanding Contribution Award earlier this week, and this time it went to Armin Van Buuren, mainly in his guise as co-founder of Dutch EDM label Armada.
Announcing this year’s winner, IMPALA boss Helen Smith told CMU: “This award underlines the exceptional achievements of Armada Music and Armin. Armada’s essence as an independent record label: dynamic, creative, flexible and innovative, was recognised as outstanding. This award is unique as the jury is made up of other independent label leaders across Europe”.
Then Van Buuren himself added: “What an honour to receive this award! It is truly amazing and I’m so proud of what we have achieved as an independent label in this genre over the past ten years. I believe that a healthy independent music scene in Europe will guarantee a constant flow of variety in musical culture”.