Aux Awards 2023 Winners Revealed




A record number of public votes were cast in recognition of the brightest and most innovative names in independent music.


The results of the 2023 Aux Awards have been revealed in celebration of the best in independent music makers, technology and music industry brands. Founded by the online platform,, where creators can store, sync and collaborate on audio files in a seamless way with anyone in the world, the Aux Awards was led by a public vote and saw winners across 9 categories commended for their innovative steps and successes over the last 12 months. 

Disco house producer Angel Lee picked up the Hot Tip Award for Best Independent Artist, American melodic rock band Luna scored Best Album for their Dust We Are LP, neo-soul / RnB artist Rachel Jane scored Best Single for Still Here, and tech house producer and DJ Sir Francis was awarded in the Game Changer category for Most Innovative Artist.



Technology and music industry brands that won over the public include music production podcast Tape Notes who scooped Best Music PodcastIndependent Venue Week came out on top in the Breaking Barriers category, and fresh start up company Softside, which helps artists connects with fans through the curation of merchandise, was crowned in Best New Music Tech.

A record number of votes were cast this year with double the amount of the debut awards in 2022.

The shortlist of over 70 nominees was thoughtfully selected by the visionary team at Aux together with reputable industry partners MusicAlly, Lady of The House and DataTransmission., founded by tech start-up entrepreneur Ben Bowler (formerly of / Indie Tech Ltd / Send Music) commented,

“At the core of our company is a desire to support independent musicians, that’s why we set strict rules on who can be nominated to make sure the underrepresented artists get a chance to shine. Seeing artists like Rachel Jane, Luna, and Angel Lee come through and win makes it all worthwhile.  Moreover, I’m humbled to see musicians, industry and fans alike come together with true excitement for this year’s voting, it definitely exceeded our expectations.” 

The full list of winners from the Aux Awards 2023 are below and they can also be viewed here in the Awards unveiling video:

Hot Tip – Best Independent Artist/Group

Angel Lee

On Repeat – Best Independent Single

Still Here by Rachel Jane

Long Play – Best Independent Album

Dust We Are by Luna

Sound and Vision – Best Independent Music Video

Shelf Lives

Game Changer – Most Innovative Artist

Sir Francis

Top of the Feed – Best Content Creator

Music Industry Mentor

Daily Download – Best Music Podcast

Tape Notes

Breaking Barriers – Best Music Business

Independent Venue Week

Future Tech – Best New Music Tech


Over 30,000 musicians, producers and podcasters are already using the Aux platform (launched in Beta in late 2021) and experiencing a new way of working using the pioneering platform, its AI tools, and music industry directory. Bowler’s mission to simplify the remote music making process alongside career-furthering tools position Aux as an indispensable platform of the future.