The must-attend Music Producers Guild Awards 2012 took place at Cafe De Paris, London last night – where special guests including Mark Ronson, Hazel O’Connor and Laura Marling honoured the best in the field.
Marling presented the Producer of the Year Award to Ethan Johns, calling him “a master of his craft”. Johns becomes the automatic recipient of the Brit Award too – and is the first person to receive the new Sir Peter Blake-designed trophy. Ethan is pictured with his Brit and MPG ‘SB55’ trophies, centre, with Tony Wadsworth of the BPI and Marling.
Mix Engineer of the Year was awarded to Tom Elmhirt. Mark Ronson, presenting the gong, remarked how much he enjoyed “sitting on [Tom’s] black leather couch and him telling me to piss off while he’s mixing”.
A touching moment came with the Special Recognition Award, which went to the late Martin Rushent (Stranglers, Buzzcocks, Human League). A video of his work was shown, as a special tribute was paid on stage by Hazel O’Connor, who said he encouraged “work and fun in equal measure”. Rushent’s family collected the award.
Composer and collaborator Jon Hopkins gave the Re-mixer of the Year prize to Jamie XX, while the International Producer of the Year gong went to Butch Vig. In a hilarious video message sent from the Foo Fighters’ studio in Los Angeles, Vig humbly accepted the award but was abruptly interrupted by an ‘angry’ Dave Grohl who told him to “get back in the f*cking studio”. DJ and musician Huey Morgan was on-hand to accept the award on Vig’s behalf.
Beggars Group founder Martin Mills collected the Outstanding contribution prize from PPL’s Fran Nevrkla and producer Mick Glossop. He praised the work of the producer in the recording process, but gave a speech lambasting the potential sale of EMI to Universal, warning that the deal could bring to an end the “kind of world that the producers of my youth could flourish in”.
The Unsung Hero Award, co-sponsored by Alchemea and Pro Sound News Europe, was presented to Metropolis mastering mainstay Crispin Murray (after being nominated several times in other years).
The evening was not without its surprises: although the Single of the Year went to Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, the Album of the Year went to Mercury prize winner Let England Shake by PJ Harvey (production credits include Flood and Harvey). Studio of the Year went to Eastcote in west London, beating more familiar names such as Rak and Air.
The winners in full:
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of Breakthrough Engineer of the Year Tom Morris (Sponsored by Genelec)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of Mix Engineer of the Year Tom Elmhirst (Sponsored by Solid State Logic)
MPG 2012 Awards Special Recognition Award Martin Rushent
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of UK Single of the Year 2011 Adele – Rolling In The Deep (Sponsored by AIR Entertainment Group)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of Live Production of the Year Radiohead – Live in Praha (Sponsored by Shure)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of Mastering Engineer of the Year Mandy Parnell (Sponsored by Radial Engineering)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of Unsung Hero of the Year Crispin Murray, Metropolis (Sponsored by Pro Sound News Europe and Alchemea)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of International Engineer of the Year Andrew Scheps (Sponsored by Focusrite)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of Studio of the Year Eastcote (Sponsored by TheMicStore)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of Recording Engineer of the Year Geoff Foster (Sponsored by Prism Sound)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of Re-mixer of the Year Jamie XX (Sponsored by Novation)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of International Producer of the Year Butch Vig (Sponsored by British Grove Studios)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of Breakthrough Producer of the Year Yogi (Sponsored by Deep Recording)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of Joe Meek Legacy Award Steve Lillywhite (Sponsored by PMI Audio Group)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of UK Album of the Year 2011 PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (Sponsored by Universal Audio)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of Outstanding Contribution to Music Award Martin Mills, Beggars Group (Sponsored by PPL)
MPG 2012 Awards Winner of Producer of the Year Ethan Johns (Sponsored by the Brit Awards)