Mute Chief Daniel Miller will be honoured with the Pioneer prize at AIM Independent Music Awards, taking place in London on October 29th. Miller will receive the prize for beeing „one of the most influential figures in the history of electronic music“, as the AIM says in a press sheet.
Miller founded Mute Records in 1978 releasing his first single Warm Leatherette as The Normal. Later he signed artists like Fad Gagdet, DAF, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Erasure, Yazoo, Moby, Liars, Goldfrapp und – of course Depeche Mode. As you all know did the handshake seal the contract in 1981, when Depeche Mode were supporting Fad Gadget on a gig in Bridgehouse.
On first reaction Miller says: „I am very flattered and honoured to receive this award. It’s particularly special to be acknowledged by fellow Independents.“
Congratulations, Mr. Daniel Miller!