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The future of audio: Meet the 2017 Pro Sound Awards’ Rising Star finalists

As the industry gears up for tomorrow night’s all-new Pro Sound Awards, those on the coveted Rising Star shortlist are certainly contending for a big prize. Rising Star winner and studio engineer George Murphy on his career highlights so far

“>As revealed by last year’s winner George Murphy, the publicity surrounding the award was “very helpful” in getting him on to certain projects, and the night itself was a chance to meet other industry professionals that he’s stayed in touch with ever since.

Ahead of tomorrow’s 2017 Pro Sound Awards, Audio Media International spoke to the six nominees about their first steps into the industry, what they’re currently working on and their aspirations for the future. You can still grab the last remaining tickets for the Pro Sound Awards tomorrow night; Last chance to get Pro Sound Awards tickets

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Louis Morgan

Louis Morgan graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a first-class honours degree in music technology. Since joining Jungle Studios as a runner in 2014, he quickly earned a place as an assistant engineer. Morgan has built up a strong body of work and has sound designed and mixed a number of short films and online commercials, including Double Cross – which is currently available on Amazon Prime – and Rogues Shoes’ online commercial.

Read AMI’s Q&A with Louis here.

Luke Pickering

Luke Pickering is assistant engineer to producer Paul Epworth and an in-house assistant and engineer at The Church Studios in north London. He began working there just under two years ago after impressing the Church Studios team during a work experience placement. His credits already include London Grammar, The Stone Roses, Glass Animals and The Horrors, with forthcoming records by James Bay, Jorja Smith, and others.

Read AMI’s Q&A with Luke here.

Will Hoult

As the Red & Rednet product manager, Will Hoult has a deep knowledge of network audio (audio over IP) and heads up all of Focusrite’s RedNet network audio products, from conception to taking them to market. He also heads up the maintenance of these products.

Read AMI’s Q&A with Will here.

James Hill

James Hill works at Steel City Studio in Sheffield with owner Phil Gornell and is one of the main, in-house live engineers at Sheffield venue Corporation. Hill is also a full-time touring engineer, with an international tour booked with While She Sleeps, who have chosen him to be their full time FOH engineer and tour manager. The band have recently supported Bring Me The Horizon on their arena tour and had a headline slot on the Pit Stage at Reading and Leeds.

Read AMI’s Q&A with James here.

Jake Miller

With his career starting in Brisbane, Australia, as an assistant between 2008 and 2013, Jake Miller then relocated to London and has since worked out of Abbey Road, RAK & Strongroom. Miller has also worked with a number of artists as a producer, mixer and recording engineer, such as Imogen Heap, Dreller, Shy Nature, Jesse Davidson, The Cairos, The Preatures, The Jungle Giants, Beasts, Timberwolf, The Medics, JOY, Spies, Rad Fru, Gung Ho and Woe & Flutter.

Read AMI’s Q&A with Jake here.

Arran Paul

At just 19 years old, Arran Paul programmed all Dante networking for the The Prince’s Trust Awards, which was recorded as live. This was a fast rig and set-up at the London Palladium, setting up on the Tuesday morning for the show the next day at 2pm. It worked first time and with the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the management team from The Prince’s Trust to satisfy, he calmly and confidently took charge of all Dante networking.

Read AMI’s Q&A with Arran here.

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