news category All News, MPG Awards created 30 April 2023
Now in its 15th year, the annual event was presented by brilliant broadcaster, Abbie McCarthy. The MPG recognises early talent, who later go on to lead in the industry.
Kid Harpoon was the big winner, taking the top accolade of Producer Of The Year as well as Writer Producer of The Year and as Producer on the Album Of The Year, along with Mark “Spike” Stent and Oli Jacobs for their work on the Harry Styles’ ‘Harry’s House’. Oli also won Recording Engineer Of The Year.
Hannah Peel also took home multiple awards, winning Self-Producing Artist and, along with Michael Keeny and James Trevascus, Original Score Recording Of The Year for their work on The Midwich Cuckoos.
This year’s Rising Star was Francine Perry. A Producer and engineer, she has worked with the likes of Erasure, Forsyth, Beth Orton and HAAi. Francine is also co-founder of Omnii Collective – a London based organisation for women, non-binary and trans sound enthusiasts.
Adam ‘Cecil’ Bartlett took home – Breakthrough Producer Of The Year for a brilliant year including The Big Moon’s ‘Here Is Everything’ album, which scored them their first top ten. The band presented him with his award.
Eve Horne, MPG Executive Director, said;
“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. A testament that the MPG and the industry as a whole is going in the right direction.”
British rapper, Songwriter and actor, Kano presented Fraser T Smith with Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, Sponsored by PPL. This award recognises Fraser’s work with artists such as Adele, Stormzy, Dave, Kano, Kasabian, Sam Smith as well as his Future Utopia project.
They were also joined on the stage by PPL CEO, Peter Leathem, who announced details of the new ‘Fraser T Smith Future Producer Academy in association with PPL and the MPG’, which aims to offer a small number of individuals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it, the opportunity of dedicating themselves to a full-time career in music production for 12 months / or an academic year.”
Another notable recipient was the producer, engineer and mixer, Bob Clearmountian who was awarded the brand new, gifted MPG Icon Award. He was presented his award by Giles Martin.
Cameron Craig, Executive Director, MPG
“The MPG is incredibly proud to be awarding Bob Clearmountain the MPG Icon Award. Bob has been absolutely instrumental in creating the landscape of modern production by defining the role of the dedicated mix engineer, freeing up producers and writers to work how they see fit, knowing that their work will be accurately represented and enhanced on the final record. a lot of us literally wouldn’t be doing what we do if it wasn’t for Bob. a true icon.” –
The MPG Inspiration Award, was given to Ric Flow for his work at Mantra Music – a record label set up for care-leavers.
Matt Taylor, MPG Executive Director, commented:
“I may be the first care-leaver to win an MPG Award, but I’m going to make sure I’m not the last”, were the words I said while accepting the MPG Rising Star Award last year. So, it is with great privilege that I, with the rest of the MPG Board, award Ric Flo this honour.”
The Music Producers Guild Awards featured a total of 14 categories, each designed to recognise and celebrate the best and brightest stars of music production. The afterparty was sponsored by Bowers & Wilkins, with last year’s Self-Producing Artist winner, lau.ra providing the music.
Producer of the Year, sponsored by Flare Audio
Writer-Producer of the Year, sponsored by Hipgnosis
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Adam ‘Cecil’ Bartlett
Recording Engineer of the Year, sponsored by AMS Neve
Rising Star sponsored by JUCE
Mix Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Avid
Mastering Engineer of the Year
Vocal Producer of the Year
Unsung Hero, sponsored by Musicians Union
Atmos Mix of the Year sponsored by Dolby
Maggie Rogers ‘Want Want’
Atmos mix by: Dave Emery
Studio of the Year, sponsored by Neumann
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, was awarded to Ric Flo
PPL Present The MPG Award For Outstanding Contribution To UK Music, sponsored by PPL and awarded to Fraser T. Smith.
The MPG Icon Award, sponsored by Solid State Logic and awarded to Bob Clearmountian