The founder and chairman of the hugely influential Mute records label, Daniel Miller, is to receive the honour during the next Music Producers Guild Awards, set to take place on 9 February at Floridita, London.
Initially established in 1978 as a conduit for the release of Miller’s debut single as The Normal, ‘TVOD/Warm Leatherette’, Mute went on to become one of the UK’s greatest independent labels. As well as bringing countless electronic-oriented artists to a wider public – think Depeche Mode, Erasure, Throbbing Gristle, Moby and Fad Gadget – Mute also became home to several of the most influential contemporary singer/songwriters, including Nick Cave and Richard Hawley.
As well as steering Mute and contributing to some of its most successful releases, including co-production of the first five Depeche Mode albums, Miller has maintained a lively parallel career encompassing DJ-ing and side projects such as Duet Emmo with Wire co-founder Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis.
Purchased by EMI in the early Noughties, the Mute name returned to independent status in September this year as the result of a new licensing deal. Thirty-two years on from that first release, Miller remains firmly at the helm.
Steve Levine, chairman of MPG, commented: “The Outstanding Contribution Award acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution over a long period of time to the success of the UK music recording industry. This may be a producer or engineer, but it can equally be a manager, an A&R person or even a great artist.
“We have chosen Daniel as our 2011 recipient because he has long been a supporter of independent creative talent as well as a frequent early adopter of new studio technology. His work has helped develop the careers of recording artists who might otherwise have been overlooked. People who really make a difference for the better are fairly rare in the music industry. Daniel’s example is even more relevant in these difficult times for the business and therefore his contribution to the industry is live and real.”
Speaking to PSNE for a full interview to appear in the January 2011 print issue, Miller admitted that he had been “shocked” upon hearing the news, but also “very, very flattered.”
Outstanding Contribution is one of 13 awards to be presented during the MPG Awards 2011, which will take place on 9 February at Floridita, London.
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