The annual Music Producers Guild Awards took place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London last night and once again it attracted a high turnout of music industry VIPs and celebrities.
Stand-up comedian Rich Hall took care of proceedings, and a total of 16 Awards were presented (see full list of winners below), with the top award for Producer of the Year going to Flood (Mark Ellis) and Alan Moulder for their work on Foals album Holy Fire—the album which was voted UK Album of the Year in the same night. As recipients of the Producer of the Year accolade, Flood and Moulder also automatically win the 2014 BRIT Award for Best Producer.
Rick Rubin also scooped the award for International Producer of the Year and there there were awards for Guy Massey, Mark ‘Spike’ Stent, John Dent, Disclosure, Dan Cox, MJ Cole and Jim Chancellor. Meanwhile, David Bowie won the MPG Innovation Award, picked up by Tony Visconti, and Nile Rodgers was honoured with the MPG Inspiration Award.
A highlight of the evening was a live performance by Producers, the supergroup formed by Trevor Horn who attended the event to receive the Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award. Horn was joined on stage by former 10CC musician Lol Crème, award-winning engineer and producer Stephen Lipson and drummer Ash Soan, as well as special guest Seal.
Now in its sixth year, the Music Producers Guild Awards recognises the enormous contribution made by recording professionals to the success of the UK’s music industry. This year's event once again highlighted the close relationship between artist and recording professional with many artists attending the ceremony to present their producer with an award. Others who were not able to attend in person sent video messages of support.
Steve Levine, chairman of the Music Producers Guild, says: “Our winners highlight the creativity that is inherent in UK music production, and when you look at the amazing work these recording professionals have done in the past 12 months it is no surprise that Britain's recording talent remains the envy of the rest of the world."
Levine adds that winning an MPG Awards represents the highest level of achievement because it is an endorsement by one's peers.
"Only Full Members of the MPG can vote for the MPG's shortlist and therefore the results are relevant to the creative value of our industry," he says. "Winning an MPG Award shows that you are at the top of your game as a recording professional and an inspiration to many up and coming producers and engineers."
This year’s Music Producers Guild Awards recipients cover a wide variety of musical genres and also span the generations, with younger recording professionals such as Dan Cox and MJ Cole sharing the accolades with world renowned producers such as Trevor Horn and Nile Rodgers, who have been inspirational for so many up and coming producers and engineers.
The winners for each of the MPG 2014 Awards categories are as follows:
- UK Producer of the Year, sponsored by The BRITS 2014: Flood (Mark Ellis) & Alan Moulder
- International Producer of the Year, sponsored by Beats by Dr Dre: Rick Rubin
- Recording Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Rode: Guy Massey
- Mix Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Solid State Logic: Mark ‘Spike’ Stent
- Mastering Engineer of the Year, sponsored by SADiE: John Dent
- Breakthrough Producer of the Year, sponsored by Focusrite/Novation: Disclosure (Guy Lawrence, Howard Lawrence)
- Breakthrough Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Prism Sound: Dan Cox
- Re-mixer of the Year: MJ Cole (Matthew Coleman)
- UK Album of the Year, sponsored by Universal Audio: Foals – Holy Fire
- UK Single Song Release of the Year, sponsored by Shure: Everything Everything – Kemosabe
- Studio of the Year, sponsored by KMR Audio: RAK Studios
- The A&R Award, sponsored by Synthax Audio: Jim Chancellor
- The MPG Innovation Award, sponsored by Genelec, presented by the Music Producers Guild: David Bowie
- The MPG Inspiration Award, sponsored by UK Music, presented by the Music Producers Guild: Nile Rodgers
- Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Protape and Transco Blanx: Sean Davies
- The Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, sponsored by PPL: Trevor Horn
The Music Producers Guild would like to give a special thanks to the following sponsors:
Music Insurance Brokers for sponsoring the Reception Drinks
Hardwick & Morris for sponsoring the judges tickets
Avid for sponsoring Award tickets for all of the nominees in the producer, engineer and remixer categories.