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MPG AWARDS TO HONOUR TREVOR HORN

MPG AWARDS TO HONOUR TREVOR HORN

Trevor Horn
Trevor Horn

The accolade for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music will be presented to Trevor Horn at the 2014 MPG Awards in London next month. The Music Producers Guild will honour the renowned producer, musician and songwriter by presenting him with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by PPL. In addition, Horn has revealed his plans to perform live at the event as part of the supergroup The Producers, the band he established in 2006 with former 10cc member Lol Crème, award-winning engineer and producer Stephen Lipson and drummer Ash Soan. The awards take place on February 13th at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London.

One of the UK's most influential producers of the last 30 years, Trevor Horn has been responsible for numerous hits for artists such as ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones and Robbie Williams. The award he will receive from the MPG acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution over a long period of time to the success of the UK music recording industry. Steve Levine, chairman of the MPG, says: "I'm thrilled that the MPG is recognising Trevor with this award. I have known him for over 30 years and have always admired his innovative production skills. He has always pioneered the use of new technology and is always happy to exchange and share his knowledge with other producers and with manufactures to help move that technical curve further forward. He is a very worth recipient of this extremely prestigious award."

The Producers band
The Producers band

Described variously as 'unashamedly an exhibitionist', an 'architect of sound' and a producer whose work is linked by a common theme of excellence, Trevor Horn first achieved success as an artist with The Buggles, Yes and Art of Noise. When he began producing and writing songs for other artists, he quickly established a reputation for pushing the boundaries of music production. During the early 1980s he established Sarm Studios in London and also set up ZTT Records and music publishing company Perfect Songs. Other artists he is associated with include Seal, The Pet Shop Boys, Simple Minds, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill, Bryan Adams, Tina Turner, Belle & Sebastian, Texas, Kelly Rowland, Olly Murs and many more.

Fran Nevrkla OBE, Chairman of PPL, said: "I am absolutely delighted about this very special Award for Trevor Horn whom I have known for many years. PPL is particularly proud to be the sponsor of this Award, which is bestowed on special individuals by their own community of record producers and others involved in studio production. Trevor is one of the most uniquely talented creative individuals, having achieved international fame both as a recording artist and a producer. His enormous success over so many decades is almost without parallel and it speaks for itself."

AandR Award Nominee Chris Briggs with his wife, producer Chris Thomas and Fran Nevrkla (PPL)
A&R Award Nominee Chris Briggs with his wife, producer Chris Thomas and Fran Nevrkla (PPL)

Now firmly established as a must-attend industry event, the MPG Awards attract music industry stars and VIPs who turn out in force to celebrate the enormous contribution that recording professionals make to the success of the UK's music industry. In 2014, the MPG is once again collaborating with the BRITS to present the winner of its Producer of the Year Award with a BRIT Award for Best Producer. In addition, the MPG have also announced that Sean Davies, an internationally acclaimed studio designer, technical engineer and authority on disc cutting lathes, will be presented with a Special Recognition Award.

These are the short lists of nominees for the MPG Awards 2014, voted for by Full Members of the MPG, with the winners are decided by the MPG Judging Panel.

UK Producer Of The Year
(Sponsored by The BRITs)
Ethan Johns
Flood (Mark Ellis) & Alan Moulder
Paul Epworth

International Producer Of The Year
(Sponsored by Beats by Dr Dre)
Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo)
Rick Rubin
Tony Visconti

Breakthrough Producer Of The Year
(Sponsored by Focusrite/Novation)
Dan Smith & Mark Crew
Disclosure (Guy Lawrence, Howard Lawrence)
Duncan Mills

Recording Engineer Of The Year
(Sponsored by Prism Sound)
Catherine Marks
Guy Massey
Mark Rankin

Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year
(Sponsored by RØDE)
Catherine Marks
Matt Wiggins
Dan Cox

Mix Engineer Of The Year
(Sponsored by Solid State Logic)
Flood (Mark Ellis) & Alan Moulder
Mark 'Spike' Stent
Tom Elmhirst

Mastering Engineer Of The Year
(Sponsored by Sadie)
Barry Grint
John Dent
Mandy Parnell

Re-mixer Of The Year
Four Tet (Kieran Hebden)
Freemasons (Russell Small & James Wiltshire)
MJ Cole (Matthew Coleman)

UK Album Of The Year
(Sponsored by Universal Audio)
Foals - "Holy Fire"
James Blake - "Overgrown"
Laura Marling - "Once I Was An Eagle"

UK Single Song Release Of The Year
(Sponsored by Shure)
Adele - "Skyfall"
Everything Everything - "Kemosabe"
Foals - "My Number"

Studio Of The Year
(Sponsored by KMR Audio)
British Grove Studios
Rak Studios
Strongroom Studios

The A&R Award
Chris Briggs
Imran Ahmed
Jim Chancellor

http://www.mpg.org.uk

http://www.mpgawards.com/

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