Mute boss to be honoured at producer awards

By | Published on Monday 20 December 2010

MPG Awards

Mute founder and boss man Daniel Miller will receive the Outstanding Contribution To UK Music Award at the Music Producers Guild Awards next year, it has been announced. Mute, of course, recently became an independent music company again after a period in which its record company was a division of EMI.

Confirming the winner of next year’s Outstanding Contribution prize, MPG chief Steve Levine told CMU: “The Outstanding Contribution Award acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution over a long period of time to the success of the UK music recording industry. This may be a producer or engineer, but it can equally be a manager, an A&R person or even a great artist”.

He continued: “We have chosen Daniel as our 2011 recipient because he has long been a supporter of independent creative talent as well as a frequent early adopter of new studio technology. His work has helped develop the careers of recording artists who might otherwise have been overlooked. People who really make a difference for the better are fairly rare in the music industry. Daniel’s example is even more relevant in these difficult times for the business and therefore his contribution to the industry is live and real”.

Shortlists have also been announced for the other categories at next year’s MPG Awards, which will take place at the Floridita on Wardour Street, London on 9 Feb. And the nominations are as follows:

Producer Of The Year: Markus Dravs, Ethan Johns, John Leckie, Mike Pela

Recording Engineer Of The Year: Phil Brown, Matt Lawrence, Tony Platt

Mix Engineer Of The Year: Mark Rankin, Mark ‘Spike’ Stent, Cenzo Townsend

Mastering Engineer Of The Year: John Davis, Ray Staff, Tim Young

Live Album/DVD Of The Year: Electric Proms, iTunes Sessions, The Who Live From Hull

UK Single Of The Year 2010: Biffy Clyro – God And Satan, Mumford & Sons – The Cave, Paloma Faith – Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?, Plan B – She Said

Re-Mixer Of The Year: Freemasons, Simon Gogerly, James Rutledge

The Joe Meek Award For Innovation In Production: Bjork, Trevor Horn, Tony Visconti

Breakthrough Producer Of The Year: Eliot James, Labrinth, Starsmith

Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year: Jake Jackson, Stevan Krakovic, Andy Savours

Best Studio: AIR Studios, Livingston Studios, Metropolis, Strongroom

International Producer Of The Year: T-Bone Burnett, Daniel Lanois, Stuart Price