2023 APRA Silver Scroll Awards | Kaitito Kaiaka winners announced
APRA AMCOS NZ have announced the winners for the 2023 APRA Silver Scroll Awards | Kaitito Kaiaka - a celebration of Aotearoa songwriters, composers, and award winners.
The winning track "Expert in a Dying Field" by The Beths was written by Elizabeth Stokes*, Jonathan Pearce, Benjamin Sinclair and Tristan Deck (*Carpark Music Publishing via Gaga Music PTY LTD).
It was a long-awaited Silver Scroll win for the globally recognised indie rockers, who have reached the Top 5 list many times now. Their song ’Expert in a Dying Field’ was among 20 incredible tunes put forward to the New Zealand APRA membership (songwriters and composers) to decide who deserved the prize. The Beths were unable to attend the awards as they are back on a lengthy tour across the U.S, but APRA were able to catch the band before they left to surprise them with the news of their win. Watch their acceptance speech here.
Lead vocalist and songwriter Liz Stokes said “We did it, we won! This means a lot, I really wanted one of these”. After a pause to take in the exciting news, Liz went on to say “you never think you’re going to win the Scroll, I felt confident that it was a good song, and it was the best shot we’ve ever had. Winning the APRA Silver Scroll is extremely exciting, it means a lot to be alongside all these musicians on the trophy; they’re all so good and now we get to be on it as well. To be voted by other musicians is really special, so thank you to all the songwriters, thank you for your lovely votes”. 'Expert In A Dying Field’ was performed at the awards, by Tāmaki Mākaurau experimental electronic songwriter and producer Samara Alofa with a 6-piece band.