The Music Producers Guild will honour revered British producer Hugh Padgham at its 2019 Awards ceremony with its PPL Presents The MPG Award For Outstanding Contribution To UK Music.
One of the UK’s most successful producers of all time, Padgham has produced, engineered and/or mixed albums and singles that add up to over 150 million units sold worldwide. Among the artists he has worked with are Sting, The Police, Phil Collins, Genesis, XTC, David Bowie, The Human League and Melissa Etheridge.
Mick Glossop, MPG executive director, commented: “During the course of his stellar career in music production, Hugh has proved himself a very worthy recipient of the Music Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Contribution To UK Music. His work with such a wide selection of internationally respected artists shows his versatility as a producer. He has an incredible ability to interpret an artist’s vision and help them create records that are successful on both a creative and commercial level. He is also an exceptionally talented engineer and has pioneered a number of techniques such as the gated room drum sound that many others have adopted for their own projects. We are delighted to honour Hugh with this award in recognition of his work to date.”
Padgham began his career in the late 1970s, starting out as a tape operator at Advision Studios before moving to Lansdowne Studios and then The Townhouse where he engineered and produced acts including XTC, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins. During his career he has produced and mixed numerous platinum selling and Award-winning albums including The Police’s Ghost in the Machine and Synchronicity, that includes the international hit Every Breath You Take; Phil Collins’Face Value, Hello, I Must Be Going and No Jacket Required; Hall & Oates’H2O; David Bowie’s Tonight; The Human Leagues’Hysteria; Adam Ant’s Strip; Genesis’Abacab, the eponymous Genesis and Invisible Touch; Paul McCartney’s Press To Play, Clannad’s Lore and The Tragically Hip’s album In Violet Light.
He is also renowned for his work with Sting, which resulted in albums such as The Soul Cages and Ten Summoner’s Tales. He has a Brit Award, two Music Week Awards, a TEC Award, a BPI Award and four Grammy Awards to his name and was listed as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Producers by Mix Magazine Era and is a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).
Padgham will receive his award at the MPG’s 2019 Awards Ceremony on February 28 at Grosvenor House, London, and will be hosted by broadcaster and breakfast show presenter Shaun Keaveny.