For the fourth time in his career, producer Paul Epworth received the top accolade at the Music Producers Guild Awards by winning Producer of the Year Award for 2017.
Epworth (pictured top), who previously won the same award in 2010, 2013 and 2015, was nominated this year for his work with Adele, The Stone Roses and Usher. Accepting the award, Epworth declared humbly: “I’m a dreadful musician, I’m a dreadful programmer – but I’m not afraid to try.” He also made a point of bringing his assistant Matt Wiggins on to the platform to share the limelight.
The MPG Awards 2017, which took place at Grosvenor House, London, also saw American producer Tony Visconti honoured with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music. Sponsored by PPL, this award recognised the enormous impact Visconti has had on the UK music scene over many years thanks to his groundbreaking work with artists such as David Bowie, Marc Bolan and T.Rex, The Moody Blues, The Seahorses, Angélique Kidjo, The Manic Street Preachers and Morrissey.
Visconti also received the MPG’s 2017 gong for International Producer of the Year for his work on Bowie’s last album, Blackstar – itself a winner in the UK Album of the Year category.
The Awards also honoured producer and DJ Roni Size (pictured) with the Inspiration Award. His unique approach to music production marks him out as a true pioneer, while his ability to create fresh sounds and styles has given electronic music an entirely new direction by allowing it to move from its original club base to large arenas and festivals stages. Reprazent, the drum ‘n’ bass collective Size founded in the mid-1990s, took the world by a storm when their New Forms LP won the Mercury Music Prize. The 350 guests were also treated to an after dinner performance by Size.
Tony Platt, MPG Awards managing director, says: “Every year it becomes more and more difficult to find superlatives to describe the fantastic array of talent honoured during our Awards event. It is impossible to overstate the contribution these people make to our industry. The next few years will present many new challenges but with this level of creativity and inspiration to call on, we are well placed to face them.”
A full list of 2017 MPG Award winners:
UK Producer of the Year, sponsored by Prism Sound
Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, sponsored by PPL:
Recording Engineer of the Year, sponsored by AMS Neve:
Mix Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Solid State Logic:
Mastering Engineer of the Year, sponsored by SADiE:
Mandy Parnell (pictured)
UK Album of the Year, sponsored by Universal Audio:
David Bowie – Blackstar
UK Single Song Release of the Year, sponsored by Shure:
Radiohead – Burn The Witch
Re-mixer of the Year, sponsored by Kazbar Systems:
Breakthrough Producer of the Year, sponsored by Novation:
Breakthrough Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Genelec:
Manon Grandjean (pictured)
International Producer of the Year, sponsored British Grove Studios:
Self Producing Artist of the Year, sponsored by Spitfire Audio:
Tarek Musa (Spring King)
Studio of the Year, sponsored by G-Technology and Jigsaw24:
The A&R Award, sponsored by AIM:
Toby L and Tim Dellow (Transgressive Records)
The MPG Award for Inspiration, sponsored by Audio Note:
Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Rupert Neve Designs: