PSNEurope is delighted to reveal that Grammy Award-winning producer Fraser T Smith, who has worked with the likes of Stormzy, Kano, Adele, Drake, Sam Smith, Florence and the Machine and many others, will be presented with the Best Producer award at next week’s Pro Sound Awards, taking place on Thursday, November 22 at London’s Steel Yard.
New for 2018, the Best Producer award celebrates producers who have made a significant contribution to a record/s of distinction, demonstrating sonic artistry and bringing a clear audio identity to one or multiple projects.
Throughout his storied career, Smith has co-written, mixed and produced seven Number One singles in the UK, two Billboard Number One singles in the US, and contributed to 16 Number 1 albums. Some of the tracks he has contributed to include Adele’s Set Fire To The Rain, Stormzy’s Blinded By Your Grace Part 2, James Morrison’s Broken Strings, and Dave’s Funky Friday.
More recently, Smith produced grime superstar Stormzy’s Number 1 debut album Gang Signs & Prayer, which won best album at this year’s Brit Awards, while his work on Dave’s Question Time earned him a 2018 Ivor Novello Award. He can now add the inaugural Pro Sound Awards Best Producer gong to his ever-growing string of accolades.
Reflecting on his Best Producer win and what has been hugely successful year overall, Smith told PSNEurope: “It’s a massive honour to receive the 2018 Pro Sound Producer of the year award. Seeing Stormzy win Album of the Year at the Brits and winning an Ivor Novello award with Dave have definitely been unforgettable highlights.”
Smith emerged from a stellar shortlist of outstanding producers comprised of Alan Moulder, Catherine Marks, Ben Hillier, Sophie and SPACE all of which deserve special mention for their outstanding work over the past year.
Now in its sixth year, the ceremony will take place at London's Steel Yard on Thursday, November 22, celebrating the best talent and achievements from across the pro audio business and providing the perfect opportunity to network with the industry's finest.
This year we have introduced - for the first time - two new breakthrough engineer categories (studio and FOH) to honour those shaping the future of our industry, as well as a new Campaign Award for 2018, which will recognise a campaign or movement that has helped deliver positive changes to working practices, diversity and equality. Meanwhile, last year's hugely popular host, comedian Jimmy McGhie, will take the stage once again to preside over proceedings.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Finnish manufacturer Genelec will be presented with the coveted Company Of The Year Award, while L-Acoustics founder and president Christian Heil will be honoured with the 2018 Outstanding Contribution Award.
To see this year's shortlist in full, click here.
To make sure you don't miss out on one of the biggest events on the pro audio calendar, be sure to book your ticket here. Places are extremely limited so you are encouraged to book your place as soon as possible!
We look forward to seeing you there!