The Music Producers Guild (MPG) have released a full list of winners for each of the MPG Awards’ 14 categories following a ceremony at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.
The big winner of the evening was Kid Harpoon, who was presented with both Producer Of The Year and Writer Producer Of The Year, as well as being a producer on Harry Styles’ ‘Harry’s House’ (along with Mark ‘Spike’ Stent and Oli Jacobs), which received the Album Of The Year Award.
Hannah Peel [featured in this SOS Podcast] also received multiple awards, winning Self-Producing Artist as well as Original Score Recording Of The Year with Michael Keeny and James Trevascus for their work on ‘The Midwich Cuckoos’.
"It’s fantastic to see so many deserved winners! Every year we are blown away with the sheer talent that each of the nominees and winners display! It’s great to see such diversity again this year too. Testament that the MPG and the industry as a whole is going in the right direction.” - Eve Horne, MPG Executive Director
The Rising Star Award was presented to Francine Perry [featured in this SOS Podcast], a producer and engineer who has worked with artists such as Erasure, Forsyth, Beth Orton and HAAi, as well as co-founding Omnii Collective, a London-based organisation for women, non-binary and trans sound enthusiasts.
Breakthrough Producer Of The Year was then taken home by Adam ‘Cecil’ Barnet [featured in this SOS Podcast] for his work on The Big Moon’s album, ‘Here Is Everything’.
British rapper, songwriter and actor Kano presented Fraser T Smith with the Outstanding Contribution To UK Music Award, recognising his work with artists such as Adele, Stormzy, Kano, Dave, Sam Smith, Kasabian and his Future Utopia project.
They were also joined by Peter Leathem, the CEO of PPL, who announced details of the Fraser T Smith Future Producer Academy. Created in association with PPL and the MPG, the scheme aims to provide a small number of individuals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it with the opportunity to dedicate themselves to a full-time career in music production for 12 months.
Producer Giles Martin presented mixing legend Bob Clearmountain [featured in this SOS Podcast] with the new MPG Icon Award, gifted by the MPG, and the final gifted award was given to Ric Flow for his work at Mantra Music, a record label created for care-leavers.
The full list of winners is as follows:
- Producer of the Year, sponsored by Flare Audio: Kid Harpoon
- Writer-Producer of the Year, sponsored by Hipgnosis: Kid Harpoon
- Breakthrough Producer of the Year: Adam 'Cecil' Bartlett
- Self-Producing Artist: Hannah Peel
- Recording Engineer of the Year, sponsored by AMS Neve: Oli Jacobs
- Rising Star: Francine Perry
- Mix Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Avid: Craig Silvey
- Mastering Engineer of the Year: Cicely Balston
- Vocal Producer of the Year: Ramera Abraham
- Unsung Hero, sponsored by Musicians Union: Carla Harding
- Atmos Mix of the Year, sponsored by Dolby: Dave Emery for Maggie Rogers ‘Want Want’
- Studio of the Year, sponsored by Neumann: RAK Studios
- Original Score Recording of the Year, sponsored by Blinding Talent: Hannah Peel, Michael Keeney & James Trevascus for ‘The Midwich Cuckoos'
- Album of the Year, sponsored by Bowers & Wilkins: Kid Harpoon, Oli Jacobs, Mark “Spike” Stent for ‘Harry’s House’
The MPG 2023 Awards categories in the gift of the MPG are:
- The MPG Inspiration Award, sponsored by Audio Note: Ric Flow
- The MPG Award For Outstanding Contribution To UK Music, sponsored by PPL: Fraser T Smith
- The MPG Icon Award, sponsored by Solid State Logic: Bob Clearmountain