The AIM Awards judging panel is comprised of experts, enthusiasts and taste makers from music journalism, radio and television. Judges are carefully selected from a variety of fields, to ensure nominees and winners are eclectic, exciting and representative of the diversity of UK Independent music.

Meet the AIM Awards 2018 judging panel below!



Aaron Coultate – Resident Advisor

Aaron Coultate is Resident Advisor’s managing editor. Among other things, he’s written longform pieces on Tokyo’s listening bars, the London record shop Honest Jon’s, Kampala-based collective Nyege Nyege and Düsseldorf’s Salon Des Amateurs. 



Alex Hoffman – VICE UK

Alex Hoffman is Head of Music for VICE UK, managing VICE’s music channel, Noisey from its launch to present day. As a Director, Alex has made a number of documentaries including ‘Hip Hop in the Holy Land’ which was hosted by Mike Skinner, feature doc ‘The Redemption of the Devil’ and films about the likes of Liam Gallagher, Skepta and seminal clubnight Bugged Out. Prior to VICE, Alex spent nine years at MTV, a tenure that included winning an NME Award for ‘Gonzo with Zane Lowe’ and running the alternative music channel MTV2. 



Anna Wood – The Quietus

Reviews Editor at The Quietus. 



Carl Loben – DJ Mag

Carl has been a music journo since the dawn of time. He started writing about electronic dance music in the early ‘90s, and fell in with the DJ Mag family about 20 years ago. As well as being the current editor-in-chief of the flagship UK mag, Carl is also a DJ and has had a go at being an artist manager, producer, promoter, label boss, radio presenter and lecturer too. 



Danielle Perry – Absolute Radio

Danielle Perry has been on air for nearly 20 years and has been heard on XFM, Absolute Radio, The Selector, The Drowned in Sound Podcast and Soho Radio. Her passion lies in new music and interviewing; her name is often on the wish list of labels and artists when working their new projects, and her manner on air had gained her a Sony Radio Academy Award and a nod from Music Week for the past four years for Best Radio Show. Having toured as a musician she has seen every side of the coin as during the day she steps into the role of artist manager too. She appreciates the work needed on both sides. Danielle also writes for Q Magazine, Grazia and is most importantly Mum to her little girl in Hove. 



DJ Target – BBC 1Xtra

London-born DJ Target has over 10 years experience in both DJing and producing, having played in almost every city across the UK, gaining support and appreciation throughout the country. This recognition has led to him doing shows in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Ibiza, Cyprus, Sweden and Greece, the USA and Egypt. 

DJ Target was part of the ground-breaking UK garage act, Pay As You Go, producing a top 20 hit with Champagne Dance in 2002. He is now part of one of the UK’s best-selling and well-known urban acts, east-London collective Roll Deep, scoring two top 20 hits with Heartbreak Avenue and Shake A Leg. Roll Deep’s debut album, In At The Deep End, has to date, sold over 95000 copies in the UK alone. He has also worked with and produced many artists including Dizzee Rascal, Jamelia, Jermaine Dupri, Wiley, Boy Better Know and Kano. 



Huw Stephens – BBC R1

Huw’s passion for discovering and championing new music was spotted when at 17 he joined Radio 1 for its Nations output to reflect the music scene in Wales. Huw ran his own record label and writes regularly for various publications. He became a national presenter on Radio 1 as front man of the OneMusic show in 2005. Huw also runs his own live music nights in London as well as hosting his weekly BBC Introducing Radio 1 podcast. Huw has been nominated twice for a Bafta Cymru award in the Best On Screen Presenter category for S4C music programme Bandit. He also regularly presents a twice weekly show on BBC Radio Cymru and presents television programmes for BBC Wales. Huw also has his own festival, the Swn festival in Cardiff that happens in venues across the city with local promoters and the best new bands playing. As well as maintaining a busy diary DJing and compering at gigs, clubs and festivals, including hosting the Radio 1 and Main stage at the Reading Festival, as well as curating his own stage at the Latitude Festival. 



Jamz Supernova – BBC 1Xtra

As one of the leading next generation DJ’s in the UK, JAMZ SUPERNOVA has passion for her craft in abundance. Hosting three weekly shows on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Jamz has the privilege and platform to pioneer and showcase new talent across the future RnB, future hip hop and future beats spectrum. 

Jamz’ own bi-monthly club residency “Future Bounce” has become the go-to spot in London, featuring the cream of under-the-radar talent alongside underground heavyweights such as Brasstracks, Swindle, JD Reid, Ozzie, Star Slinger, Roska, Branko, Joe Hertz, and Gravez. 

This year sees Jamz gracing the stages at Parklife, Detonate, El Dorado, Nass, Sonar, Farr, Lovebox, Beat Herder, Bestival, Ibiza Rocks and more. She is no stranger to the European circuit with regular slots away including Berlin, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Budapest, Barcelona, Paris, and Amsterdam. 



Kate Hutchinson – Worldwide FM / Freelance Journalist 

Kate Hutchinson is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and editor whose work has appeared in the Guardian, Observer New Review, Observer Magazine, The Times, The Independent, Q, NME, Dazed, i-D, Vice, Mixmag, The Quietus, Evening Standard, BBC Music and beyond. She specialises in music, club culture and underground scenes across the globe, and is Time Out’s former Clubbing Editor and the Guardian Guide’s former Deputy Editor. Kate has a monthly radio show on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM.

In 2017 she co-created the Guardian’s first Facebook Live culture series, featuring interviews with Caitlin Moran, Wolfgang Tillmans, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, David Rodigan and Feist. In 2016 she hosted the Guardian’s radio series on NTS, co-hosting shows with Neneh Cherry, Stewart Lee and Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, as well as a Beats 1 takeover with Christine and the Queens, Lady Leshurr, Metronomy and Andrew Weatherall. 



Laura Snapes – The Guardian

Laura Snapes is the Guardian’s deputy music editor, a contributing editor at Q magazine and a writer for publications including Pitchfork, NPR and Mojo. She has previously held staff positions at Pitchfork and NME and produced documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and Amazon Audible’s podcast series. 



 Leonie Cooper – DICE FM

Editor of ticketing and music discovery platform DICE, Leonie Cooper was formerly senior staff writer and weekly columnist at NME as well as the one of the magazine’s longest running contributors. She has also written for The Guardian, Dazed, Grazia, ELLE, Noisey and Broadly, often appears a commentator on BBC 6Music and once held onto Bruce Springsteen’s ankle for a full 12 seconds.  



Lily Mercer – Viper Magazine / Beats1

Lily Mercer is the founder of Viper Magazine, Beats1 and Rinse FM radio host and DJ. As huge fan of hip hop, she’s known for breaking rap artists in the US and UK. 



Lisa Wright – DIY Magazine

Lisa Wright is the Features Editor and Live Events Booker at DIY – a nationwide music platform, with a monthly print issue and an online reach of more than a million unique users per month. She also currently writes extensively for Time Out and has had regular bylines in NME, Noisey and more. She has booked festival stages at Reading and Leeds, Bestival and All Points East, and runs a new music club night in London which is now in its fifth year. 



Matt Stocks – Scuzz TV

Matt Stocks is a freelance presenter, journalist & DJ with ten years experience in the music industry. He’s presented on Kerrang! Radio & Scuzz TV, written for Classic Rock, Metal Hammer & Louder Than War, DJed numerous UK tours & festivals and also hosts the iTunes Chart topping podcast Life In The Stocks.  



Mazin Tappuni – Radio X

Mazin Tappuni heads up Communion Presents, the live arm of Communion Music, promoting acts like Ben Howard, James Bay and Maggie Rogers. Maz also hosts the Communion Presents show on Radio X, a Sunday specialist weekly new music show.  



Mel Lewis – BBC Radio 1

Mel Lewis is a Producer on the BBC Radio 1 Music Team, responsible for making daytime playlist decisions, scheduling programmes including Scott Mills and Best New Pop and assists with booking line-ups for numerous Radio 1 events and campaigns. Mel also produced the BBC Music Sound Of 2018.



Merlin Alderslade – Metal Hammer

Merlin Alderslade is the Editor of Metal Hammer magazine, the world’s biggest heavy music mag. As well as having been at the magazine itself for 7 years, Merlin also presents the Metal Hammer Podcast and the Metal Hammer: In Residence series on Spotify and helps curate the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards, which take place every June in London.


Mike Walsh – Radio X

Mike Walsh has over 25 years experience in music and media – and has been part of managing the XFM / Radio X brand since 2005. In previous roles Mike has worked with the likes of Radiohead, Coldplay and Blur in the promotions department of Parlophone Records, and programmed various successful radio formats for a number of major commercial radio operators. As well as staging gigs with household names like Liam Gallagher, Kings of Leon, and Florence & The Machine, Mike’s ear for new music has lead to first time airplay for many emerging, and now widely recognized, artists. A Mercury Prize and AIM Awards judge, Mike has also devised and edited a book about the ‘best songs of all time’ 



OJ Borg – BBC Radio 2

OJ Borg is a broadcaster, filmmaker and owner of an original Amstrad CPC-464. With a colour screen. Currently you can find him presenting weekdays midnight – 3am for Radio 2, hosting the Bespoke Weekly and MMA Show podcasts for the BBC, Bespoke on 5Live & World of eSports for ESL, hyping the biggest eSports stages in the world.  



Pandora Christie – KISS FM

Pandora Christie is fast becoming one of Radio’s shining stars. With her fun sense of humour, engaging style and girl next-door attitude she is a total natural whether behind the mic or on our TV screens. After three years of being the leading female DJ on Capital FM, she’s made the switch to the nation’s favourite youth radio station, KISS FM. She is now fronting the award winning mid- morning show and hugely popular Kisstory slot. Pandora also hosts her own 4Music show, ‘Hit Afternoons With Pandora’ on weekdays from 2-4pm and she works regularly with Odeon Cinemas, hosting red carpet events and interviewing actors.  



Ralph Moore – Mixmag / Acetate Management

Artist manager, consummate connector, music maven and Mixmag Editor-At-Large. 



Sean Adams – Drowned in Sound

Sean Adams is the founder of Drowned in Sound, The Quietus and more. He’s run a record label, managed artists, written a column for Sunday Times, and is now BBC 6 Music’s social media producer. 



Steve Lamacq – BBC 6Music

Despite being a man best known for his discovery and championing of new music, Steve Lamacq started as a sports journalist on the Harlow Gazette. However, a slightly unhealthy obsession with the charts and music press drew him into the world of music. Steve joined the NME and at one point saw more than 200 gigs in one year – resulting in tonsillitis and glandular fever, but being a trooper he was back at a (local) gig four days after leaving hospital. At the age of 12, Steve decided he wanted to work at BBC Radio 1 and years later he got his chance following a letter to the station offering help with regards to the masses of new bands that weren’t being covered at the time. An apprenticeship reviewing the music press and occasionally sitting in followed, but it was his partnership with Jo Whiley on The Evening Session that really set a rocket under his radio career. A remarkable record of picking the next big thing has continued as part of producing one of the most compelling radio music shows in the UK and a great read in his book Going Deaf For A Living. 



Suzi Ireland – Bearded Magazine / Stunt Girl Mgmt

Suzi has worked in many areas of the UK music industry including artist management, A&R, journalism and editorial, blogging, artist promotion and artist development as well as event management. She is Editor in Chief of Bearded Magazine that covers the independent music sector and she also helps out at independent DIY label collective Pink Mist. Suzi also works closely with the Great Escape and MAMA Group on their Arts Council England ‘The Real Unsigned’ artist development project, as well as being a regular panelist for PRS Foundation’s Momentum Fund. She currently works across the BIMM Group running artist development tutorials whilst also being responsible for BIMM’s festival programme which includes booking and running stages at the Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Glastonbury, plus many more. She also runs Stunt Girl Management who look after LibraLibra, and is currently in the process of launching a record label. 



Tshepo Mokoena – Noisey

Tshepo Mokoena is UK editor of Noisey, VICE’s music channel. She’s worked as an editor on VICE.com’s editorial team and before that as a critic, video producer and journalist on the Guardian Music desk. She loves a good hook and a comeback.