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2018 Pro Sound Awards Best Producer shortlist revealed

PSNEurope is delighted to reveal the nominees for this year’s Best Producer prize, with the winner to receive the award at the Pro Sound Awards at London’s Steel Yard on November 22.

PSNEurope is delighted to reveal the nominees for this year’s Best Producer prize, with the winner to receive the award at the Pro Sound Awards at London’s Steel Yard on November 22.

New for 2018, the Best Producer award recognises a producer who has made a significant contribution to a record/s of distinction, demonstrating sonic artistry and bringing a strong audio identity to one or multiple projects. The winner of the award will be announced one week before the ceremony on November 15.

This year’s Best Producer nominees are:

Fraser T Smith
Smith’s production work on Stormzy’s album Gang Signs And Prayer proved pivotal in establishing the record as of the most celebrated UK debuts this side of the millennium, winning multiple awards since its release last year, while his work with rising UK grime star Dave, most recently his Game Over EP, has bee widely celebrated by critics across the board.

Ben Hillier
Long-time collaborator of acclaimed artist Nadine Shah, Hiller’s sonically diverse approach to producing her 2018 Mercury Prize-nominated, politically motivated record Holiday Destination helped deliver one of the most important releases in years.

Having worked with Bristol punk outfit Idles since their inception, SPACE has been central to their inexorable rise, with their second album Joy As An Act Of Resistance being hailed as one of the most vibrant and exciting rock records of the year.

Catherine Marks
Award-winning producer Catherine Marks has left and indelible print on numerous celebrated releases over the last two years. Having produced The Big Moon’s 2017 Mercury Prize-nominated debut Love In The 4th Dimension, she has since produced Manchester Orchestra’s A Black Mile To The Surface, The Wombats’ Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life and co-produced Sunset Sons’ The River EP with Mark Crew.

Alan Moulder
Legendary producer Alan Moulder has worked with some of the biggest names in the business during his storied career, and this year brought his unique vision to Suede’s The Blue Hour, pushing the band into previously uncharted sonic territory.

Scottish producer, DJ and songwriter Sophie released her debut record Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides this year to widespread acclaim, with the self-produced album’s unique brand of experimental electro pop sounding unlike anything else released this 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!