Music Producers Guild Awards 2018
Posted on: Tuesday 13th of March 2018
Producer Catherine Marks ( interview, Resolution V13.3 ) carried off the top accolade of UK Producer Of The Year (sponsored by Kii Audio). Marks, who previously won the MPG’s Breakthrough Producer Of The Year Award in 2016, was nominated this year for her work on The Amazons’ self-titled album, Manchester Orchestra’s album A Black Mile To The Surface and The Big Moon’s Love In The 4th Dimension.
Manon Grandjean scooped the Recording Engineer Of The Year Award (sponsored by AMS Neve), Marta Salogni won Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year (sponsored by Genelec) and Jane Third won the A&R Award (sponsored by The Association of Independent Music).
The artists they have worked with are among the music industry’s most successful and critically acclaimed names and include Stormzy (pictured, right, with Grandjean), London Grammar, The xx, Kasabian, Feist, Goldfrapp, Frank Ocean and Slaves.
Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley (interview, Resolution V17.1) were honoured with the PPL sponsored Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music. This award recognises one of the most influential partnerships in music production over the last 40 years.
Developing a sound described as “That English Pop Thing”, Langer and Winstanley have a credit list that reads like a pop hall of fame and includes many classic albums, not least Elvis Costello’s Punch The Clock, Dexys Midnight Runners’ Too-Rye-Ay, Bush’s best-selling album Sixteen Stone and numerous Madness albums.
Mix Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Solid State Logic: Mark ‘Spike’ Stent
Mastering Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Miloco Studios: Matt Colton
UK Album Of The Year, sponsored by Universal Audio: Glass Animals – How To Be A Human
UK Single Song Release Of The Year, sponsored by Shure: Royal Blood – Lights Out
Re-mixer Of The Year, sponsored by Novation: UNKLE
Breakthrough Producer Of The Year, sponsored by Focusrite: Jolyon Thomas
Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Genelec: Marta Salogni
International Producer Of The Year, sponsored by British Grove Studios: Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee
Self Producing Artist Of The Year, sponsored by Spitfire Audio: Dave Bayley (Glass Animals)
Studio Of The Year, sponsored by RME: Abbey Road
The MPG Special Recognition Award sponsored by Solid State Logic: Colin Sanders
The MPG Award For Inspiration, sponsored by Audio Note: Imogen Heap
The MPG would also like to thank Avid for sponsoring the Nominee Seats, MQA and UK Music for sponsoring the Judges Table and PMC Speakers for sponsoring reception drinks.
Recognising the enormous contribution made by recording professionals to the success of the UK’s music industry, the Music Producers Guild Awards regularly attracts a high turnout of music industry VIPs and celebrities and this year was no exception with over 350 people attending the celebrations. Tony Platt, MPG Awards managing director, says: “We are delighted to be celebrating 10 years of MPG Awards and it is especially encouraging to see the emergence of so much fresh new talent alongside the success of earlier breakthrough winners and the deserved recognition for more established talent. I think we have every right to be proud of the milestone this represents – long may it continue!”