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One of Selkirk College’s own has been nominated for Juno Award.

Contemporary Music & Technology Program alumnus Nils Mikkelsen received the nod from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for Electronic Album of the Year. He’s thrilled his album A Life Well Lived, a project by AM Static with partner Chris Austman, has been recognized.

Music Alumnus Up for Juno

Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program alumnus Nils Mikkelsen (left) is one-half of the Canadian electronic music group AM Static that includes musical partner Chris Austman. The duo’s album, A Life Well Lived, has been recognized with a Juno Award nomination for Electronic Album of the Year.

“It’s very surreal, just one of those things where even now, it hasn’t even sunk in,” says Mikkelsen. “It’s such a huge honour.”

Soon after the musician learned of his Juno nod, he reached out to his Selkirk College music instructor Gilles Parenteau, sharing his exciting news and paying tribute to his college education and the influence his mentor had on his burgeoning career.

“Every time I sit down to play, the lessons he gave me and his perspective on music still influence me,” Mikkelsen says. “I wouldn’t actually be doing what I am doing without him, at all. The large chunk of my musical perspective comes straight from him.”

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