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Promising LIPA graduate wins mentoring as part of MPG prize

LIPA sound tech graduate Loïc Gaillard has won the 2017 Music Producers Guild Prize for his “impressive” engineering and production work.

Launched in 2010, the MPG prize rewards the most promising graduate on the BA sound technology degree at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Presented with the award during his graduation on July 28, Galliard will get access to mentoring and financial support from licensing company PPL to cover travel expenses.

Head of BA sound tech Jon Thornton said: “Loïc really exemplifies a LIPA Sound Technology graduate – flexible, adaptable and professional, and already working in a variety of industry sectors.

“But it is in his music engineering and production work that he has really impressed during his final year, and we are sure that the MPG prize will act as a tremendous springboard for his future endeavours in this area.”

MPG education representatives Tony Platt and Steve Levine presented the prize to Gaillard. Platt said: “Year on year, I find myself amazed at the quality of graduates from LIPA.

“These graduates are naturally well-rounded and entirely capable but, more importantly, they have the extra poise and confidence to make their way in the modern music industry. The winner of this prize is, then, very much the cream-of-the-cream and I am sure we will see Loïc following in the footsteps of previous winners and making a name for himself very quickly. The MPG is delighted to help him on his way.”

It is his music engineering and production work that he has really impressed during his final year, and we are sure that the MPG prize will act as a tremendous springboard for his future endeavours in this area.

Jon Thorton, Head of BA sound tech at LIPA

Gaillard will get to work alongside top recording professionals such as producer Steve Levine, recording engineer Richard Woodcraft, orchestral recording engineer Haydn Bendall and mastering engineer Mandy Parnell.

He will also have the chance to intern at the award-winning RAK Studios, as well as receiving mentoring from Transgressive Records co-founders Toby L and Tim Dellow.

To help cover the costs, Gaillard will receive up to £500 from PPL to cover travel and accommodation expenses. He will also visit the headquarters of AMS Neve and Avid to meet their product specialists, learn about console design and have in-depth tuition on Avid’s flagship controller, the Pro Tools S6. In addition, AMS Neve is adding to Gaillard’s equipment collection by donating a 1073N Mic Preamp and EQ as part of the prize.

Originally from Switzerland, Gaillard developed an interest in recording after going into a studio to record an EP with his first band. He began acquiring pieces of pro audio equipment and taught himself the basics of capturing and mixing music while still at school.

After graduating from high school, he enrolled at university to study medicine, but soon realised this wasn’t for him. Instead he worked in a bar for three years to earn enough money to study sound technology at LIPA. During that time, he continued to learn about sound and worked with many local bands.

Throughout his LIPA degree course, Gaillard has continued to work with local bands in the UK and Switzerland. He is now establishing himself as a freelance producer and sound engineer in Liverpool and is also setting up his own business, Uproarious Productions, which will offer services specifically tailored to rock and metal artists.

Galliard said: “I feel deeply honoured to have been chosen as this year’s MPG prize recipient, it all still feels a little surreal.

“Having chosen to set myself up as a freelance engineer and producer, I am certain that the MPG prize will help my career immensely by adding to my knowledge and giving me more exposure, both increasing my value as a freelancer. The prize and everything that comes with it has made me even more excited about diving into the industry and starting my career,” he added.

Know another rising star in the industry? You have until this Friday (August 4) to nominate an outstanding under-30 for the special Rising Star accolade at the Pro Sound Awards. Read the full details here.