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PRO SOUND AWARDS: Depeche Mode and Monty Python producers for Pre-Roll

Ben Hillier and Andre Jacquemin lined up for Q&A sessions

Depeche Mode collaborator Ben Hillier and Monty Python’s go-to soundtrack man Andre Jacquemin (pictured) will appear as part of The Pre-Roll sessions at the Pro Sound Awards on 25 September. Both guests will be sharing experiences and wisdom (and hopefully a few laughs) from time spent in some highly creative studio environments.

The Pre-Roll, new for 2014, will begin at 5.30pm and serve up approximately two hours of lively chat and Q&A with a number of special guests (more to be announced next week).

Andre Jacquemin is a producer, composer, sound supervisor and sound designer with an amazing 40-year association with the Monty Python crew following a chance meeting with Michael Palin at a voice-over studio. He was lucky enough to be invited on to the stage, along with other friends of the case, for the final encore of the Python reunion shows at the O2.

“I’m certainly happy to answer any of the questions thrown out from the audience… not that I can guarantee an intelligible answer,” joked Jacquemin.

“Being in the recording business now for 45 years things have dramatically advanced and new tech reaches us with every year that passes. Skills have also changed in the way we work with this new technology from when we were working on tape. Although the technology has developed our perception of the end result is principally the same as it always has been….”

“I was lucky enough to work with Python at an early age and since they covered everything from TV to records to stage and finally to movies, I gained a broad knowledge of the many sides of our media business.

“I’m looking forward very much to attending the awards and to contributing to make it a memorable experience for all those involved,” said Jacquemin.

Producer and songwriter Ben Hillier (right) has worked with the likes of Depeche Mode (Sounds of the Universe, Delta Machine), Blur (Think Tank) and Elbow (Cast of Thousands). He’s an avid collector of vintage and rare studio technology, and has been involved in building several studios, including one in a palace in Morocco (for Blur) and another in an abandoned schoolhouse near Loch Ness (for Doves’ Some Cities). He spent the best part of last year on the road with singer-songwriter Nadine Shah, whom he co-wrote and produced the album Love Your Dum And Mad. Hillier says he’s also looking forward to the night.

The second Pro Sound Awards, to be held at the world-famous Ministry of Sound nightclub on 25 September, encompasses the wide spectrum of pro audio, recognising excellence in the four sectors of installed, studio, broadcast and live/touring sound, along with four special awards for Rising Star, Marketing Initiative of the Year, Grand Prix and Lifetime Achievement. A full list of finalists is available here.

Amplifier technology developer Lab.gruppen, part of the TC Group of companies, was confirmed as the co-headline sponsor – sharing the spotlight with headphone/microphone giant Sennheiser – last week. Martin Audio is sponsoring the reception drinks at the event, and Sony is once again supporting awards in the broadcast audio category. Celestion and Allen & Heath have also confirmed support for the evening (full story to follow later on both). For more information on how to get involved, contact!