UK: The producer and ambient pioneer will be one of the winners at the MPG’s inaugural awards event, writes David Davies. It has also been revealed that the first-ever Music Producers Guild (UK) Awards – scheduled to take place at the Caf_ de Paris in London on February 12th – will be hosted by BBC 6 Music DJ Nemone Metaxas.
Confirmed to attend the event alongside the high-profile likes of Bernard Butler and Calvin Harris, Eno (pictured) beat off competition from Mark Ronson and Bj_rk to win the inaugural Joe Meek Award for Innovation in Production.
A pivotal figure in modern music for more than 35 years, Eno has co-produced countless critically acclaimed and/or commercially successful albums, including Talking Heads’ Remain In Light, U2’s The Joshua Tree and, more recently, Coldplay’s Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. Part of the iconic early line-up of Roxy Music, Eno has also produced a number of bracingly original song-based solo albums – most notably Here Come the Warm Jets and Before and After Science – and released a long sequence of ambient recordings, including Music For Airports and the Harold Budd collaboration The Pearl.
In recent years, Eno has also ventured into video art and become an increasingly vocal political campaigner.
“Eno has for a long time been at the forefront of adventurous and innovative music recording,” remarked MPG chairman Mike Howlett. “[He] is an inspiration to everyone involved in record production and an even greater inspiration and mentor to those he takes under his wing. I can’t think of a more appropriate music recordist to receive the first Music Producers Guild Joe Meek Award for Innovation in Production.”
Howlett also welcomed the confirmation of BBC 6 Music Lunchtime Show presenter Nemone Metaxas as the event host. “Her distinctive voice, coupled with her obvious love of music, makes her the ideal person to host an event that recognises the recording professionals whose creative talents contribute so much to the hit records we all enjoy,” he said.
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