Who will win at the BMAs?

Lo­cal stars pick their fa­vorite nom­i­nated artists

Boston Herald - - THE EDGE - Jed GOT­TLIEB — jed.got­[email protected]­her­ald.com

Imake my lo­cal loves clear. This year I wrote dozens of fea­tures and re­views on my fa­vorite Bos­ton bands and New Eng­land artists — in­clud­ing a score of sto­ries on this year’s crop of nom­i­nees at the Bos­ton Mu­sic Awards (Wed­nes­day at the House of Blues). So for the 2018 BMA pre­view, I reached out to past win­ners and cur­rent nom­i­nees to find out who they love.

While I do need to slip in some sup­port for a new love — Ed Bal­lon, how can it be 2018 and you make R&B to­tally fresh? Amaz­ing! — I have a lot of faith in the voices these lo­cal aces rec­om­mend. Carissa John­son on Pho­to­com­fort

Punk rock up­start and song­writer ex­traor­di­naire Carissa John­son knows her way around a killer rock ’n’ roll tune. In 2017, she won the BMA for new artist of the year and the leg­endary Rock ’n’ Roll Rum­ble. (This year, she’s up for four awards). She dis­cov­ered in­die act Pho­to­com­fort through pro­ducer Benny Grotto.

“He had noth­ing but great things to say so I had to check the mu­sic out,” John­son said. “I wound up lov­ing the sound and the vibe, and the videos, too. It’s re­ally great, orig­i­nal stuff and would love to see the singer Jus­tine (Bowe) be rec­og­nized for the work.” Pho­to­com­fort could take home awards for dance/ elec­tronic artist and pop artist. Sheel Davé of Bad Rab­bits on Oompa

Bad Rab­bits have be­come some­thing of BMA roy­alty. The pop/funk/R&B/dance band have ei­ther played the party or won a BMA ev­ery year since 2013. (This year, they are up for top R&B act, which they have won five years run­ning.) Davé digs hip-hop MC Oompa for 2018.

“Her song ‘Catch 22’ is hard,” he said. “When I lis­ten to mu­sic, I usu­ally hear rhythm and melody first. I rarely pay at­ten­tion to lyrics on first lis­ten. For some rea­son, Oompa re­ally got me pay­ing at­ten­tion to the mes­sage from the jump. I think she de­serves a win.”

Alex Ne­cochea of Wor­ship­per on Sarah Borges

You may know Ne­cochea as the me­tal mas­ter and hard-rock­ing gui­tarist from Wor­ship­per, Town­ship and Bang Ca­maro. Re­cently, he be­came smit­ten with the ta­lent and drive of Borges (who is up for the Amer­i­cana award).

“Sure, as her (new) tour gui­tarist with the Bro­ken Sin­gles, I am bi­ased, but Sarah is the real deal,” he said. “I get to see it up close. She is ded­i­cated to the tough, un­for­giv­ing, ex­haust­ing hus­tle of mak­ing mu­sic and get­ting on the road to bring it to her fans. … She brings zero pre­tense to what she does, mak­ing her brand of rock ’n’ roll hon­est, ac­ces­si­ble and true.” Moe Pope of STL GLD on An­jim­ile

Hip-hop hero Moe Pope thinks his scene is over­flow­ing with ta­lent — he thinks La­trell, Cousin Stizz, Mil­lyz, Oompa and Cliffnotez have had mon­ster years. But in­die singer-song­writer An­jim­ile re­ally cap­tured Pope’s ears with both live shows and the new, hyp­notic and ex­otic al­bum “Col­ors,” which ranges from droney shoegaze to bub­bling bossa nova.

“An­jim­ile is hands-down one of my new fa­vorites,” Pope said of the artist nom­i­nated for three BMAs. “I love their voice and have been lucky enough to catch An­jim­ile at a few shows this year, and the song­writ­ing is un­be­liev­ably beau­ti­ful.”

Brian Charles on Weak­ened Friends

Charles, up for stu­dio pro­ducer of the year, has worked with scores of killer bands. But pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally he has seen in­die act Weak­ened Friends (up for two BMAs) hus­tle to be­come maybe the next lo­cals to go na­tional.

“From book­ing their own tours, trav­el­ing back and forth to the record­ing stu­dio from their band house in Maine, to trav­el­ing the globe play­ing shows to pick up fans the old-fash­ioned way, I have so much re­spect for this band,” he said. “They are very de­serv­ing of this year’s artist of the year award.” Dutch ReBelle on the whole scene

Bos­ton MC Dutch ReBelle dropped one of the best hip-hop sets of 2017 with­out even try­ing (left­overs col­lec­tion “No Stems”), then turned around in 2018 and re­leased the new LP “Bang Bang.” (Start with the boom of “Lit.”) Great can rec­og­nize great. She says Joyner Lu­cas de­serves to be hip-hop artist of the year for the track “Stranger Things” and Bos­ton-born, L.A.-based TeaMarrr should grab the R&B award. She also thinks hip hop/ trap/party jam night Ova-Ez needs to take home the award for mu­sic night of the year.

TIME TO SHINE: Sarah Borges is up for Amer­i­cana artist of the year at the Bos­ton Mu­sic Awards on Wed­nes­day.

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