TONY VISCONTI TO RECEIVE TOP MPG AWARD
London, January 2017: Tony Visconti is to receive a top accolade at the Music Producers Guild Awards 2017 when he is presented with the PPL-sponsored Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music on February 17th. Visconti has helped to create musical masterpieces by artists as diverse as David Bowie, U2, Paul McCartney and Wings, Thin Lizzy, Morrissey, Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs, The Stranglers, Sparks, The Moody Blues, Badfinger, Elaine Paige, The Alarm, Gentle Giant, The Strawbs, The Move, Annie Haslam, Denny Laine, Procol Harum, Osibisa, Ralph McTell, Argent, Caravan, Boomtown Rats, Adam Ant, Iggy Pop, Difford and Tillbrook, Angelique Kidjo, Fall Out Boy and Alejandro Escovedo.
However, it is his long-term collaboration with David Bowie that has delivered the most memorable music, ranging from early hits such as Young Americans, Heroes and The Man Who Sold The World, through to The Next Day, released in 2013, and Blackstar, Bowie's last album released just two days before he died in January 2016.
Tony Visconti and David Bowie
Tony Platt, MPG Awards Group MD, said: "Tony Visconti is a perfect example of the influence music producers have had on the development and success of the music industry in the last 40 years. From his contribution as a musician and arranger to his ability to support and enable the artists he has worked with, he has been - and continues to be - truly outstanding. We are delighted to honour and recognise this achievement."
Alongside his MPG Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, Visconti is nominated in two other MPG 2017 Awards categories: International Producer of the Year and UK Album of the Year for Blackstar. He is also nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award in the category of Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Blackstar, which he co-produced with David Bowie and co-mixed with David Bowie and Tom Elmhirst.
Now based in New York, Visconti's production skills are always in demand and among his most recent projects are co-producing Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Esperanza Spalding's gem entitled Emily's D+Evolution; producing and mixing Daphne Guinness' 2017 release and co-producing and mixing Kristeen Young's 2017 Live at the Witch's Tit CD release. Visconti was also a judge and voiceover commentator on the Sky Arts TV show, Guitar Star and had a key role in the New York City episode of HBO's Sonic Highways, an American documentary mini-series directed by Dave Grohl and written by Mark Monroe. In that episode, he wrote and conducted a string arrangement for the Foo Fighter's song The River.
Other notable projects include serving as the Music Keynote Speaker at both SXSW and CMW; acting as a Music Judge at the Reeperbahn Festival; performing on bass and vocals with his band, Holy Holy, writing a hugely successful autobiography entitled Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy, and receiving an honorary Doctor of Arts from Kingston University in London. Furthermore, Kingston University recently named their new music studio The Visconti Studio.
As sponsors of the MPG Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award, industry organisation PPL says it is delighted that Tony Visconti has been chosen as the 2017 recipient. Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL, said: "We are delighted to be able to recognise the Outstanding Contribution made by Tony Visconti to the UK music industry. He is an incredibly talented producer who has played a crucial role in countless iconic recordings by, most obviously, David Bowie but also a huge spectrum of artists ranging from Morrissey and the Manic Street Preachers to Elaine Paige and Procul Harum. Tony is a true visionary in the world of recorded music. Many congratulations, Tony."
The MPG Awards ceremony takes place on February 16th at London's Grosvenor House on Park Lane, with full nominations as follows:
UK Producer Of The Year
Fraser T. Smith
International Producer Of The Year
(Sponsored by Prism Sound)
Garret 'Jacknife' Lee
Breakthrough Producer Of The Year
(Sponsored by Novation)
Joel Laslett Pott
Self-Producing Artist Of The Year
(Sponsored by Spitfire Audio)
Spring King (aka Tarek Musa)
Recording Engineer Of The Year
(Sponsored by AMS Neve)
Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year
(Sponsored by Genelec)
Mix Engineer Of The Year
(Sponsored by Solid State Logic)
Mark 'Spike' Stent
Mastering Engineer Of The Year
(Sponsored by SADiE)
Re-mixer Of The Year
Disclosure (Howard & Guy Lawrence)
UK Album Of The Year
(Sponsored by Universal Audio)
David Bowie: "Black Star'
Michael Kiwanuka: 'Love And Hate'
Radiohead: 'A Moon Shaped Pool'
UK Single Song Release Of The Year
(Sponsored by Shure)
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna: 'This Is What You Came For'
Radiohead: 'Burn The Witch'
Studio Of The Year
(Sponsored by G-Technology and Jigsaw24)
Abbey Road Studios
British Grove Studios
The A&R Award
(Sponsored by AIM)
Bart McDonagh (Domino Records)
Nigel Reeve (Warner Music International)
Toby L & Tim Dellow (Transgressive Records)
The MPG's 2017 Inspiration Award
Outstanding Contribution to UK Music
(Sponsored by PPL)