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AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO - New Single Out Now!!

AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO’S new single ‘A O Morocco’ is out now!!

Released on Monday 28th October 2013, the band’s fourth single was once again produced, engineered and mixed by Andrew Hunt.
 
Andrew has worked with AOM consistently throughout their career, producing every release to date from the band.
 
Having recently toured Europe the band returned to their hometown - London to launch the new single.
 

 

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THE BRITS 2014

Andrew has once again been selected to be a prestigious member of the BRIT’s Voting Academy, for the fifth year running.

Voting will commences on Wednesday 4th December and the results will be televised at the Awards ceremony in February 2014.

 

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JONATHON HOLDER & THE GOOD THINKING - Extended Play

After writing and recording what was only planned to be a one off single (earlier in the year) the Jonathon Holder & The Good Thinking project has now expanded to a five track EP.

Jonathon wasted no time in returning to Andrew for his writing and production skills.
 
Andrew took J right back to his ‘old school roots’ writing the rest of the EP with Jonathon on keys, Andrew on bass and demo-ing the remaining tracks using a 4 track portastudio, rather than any computer based system.
 
Talking about the experience, Jonathon said, “It was brilliant. A really good call by Andrew! It was great to work without those kind of distractions that technology can sometimes bring and focus purely on the sound of the songs and music.”

 

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Alexa - a Starr in the making?!

Andrew had a great couple of sessions this summer co-writing two tracks with rising star, Alexa Starr.

Alexa is tipped to be ‘one to watch’ for the future. She is currently working with a variety of writers and producers as she develops herself towards a debut release.

 

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SCRIMSHIRE - Bight - out now!

Scrimshire’s new album – ‘Bight’ is out now!

“Bight, a loop in rope or line—a hitch or knot tied on the bight is one tied in the middle of a rope, without access to the ends.”

'Released on Monday 27th May, Scrimshire’s highly anticipated third opus, “Bight”, exemplifies progressions made both as a singer-songwriter and producer, pushing forward from his acclaimed second album, “The Hollow”. It’s an album replete with references to one man’s love for the deep blue sea, songs about being adrift and conversely “Beached”.'
Andrew recorded the strings for the tracks Drift (Part One) and Drift (Part Two). Commenting on the release he said, “It was an absolute pleasure to work with Adam, very talented and a really nice guy too! I only wish I could have done more! I’m so happy for him.”

You can download ‘Bight’ from iTunes here:

 

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NEW MORNING BLUES - the band that didn't exist

In 2007 Andrew worked on his third project as producer (and his first as engineer) for a band called ‘New Morning Blues’ – the band that didn’t exist!

When Andrew came across a singer songwriter playing in an indie band at London’s Spice of Life, he heard an influence in the songs that wasn’t present in the performance.

Speaking after the gig, he suggested they record an EP in a very different style to the songs he’d just heard. He suggested giving the songs an American country influence (remember this was a pre-Mumford and Sons conversation) but retaining the British feel. A band was put together to do the job! (The songs featured in the showreel on this site are the rough mixes of the sessions.)

Unsure about the new direction, the songwriter chose not to release the tracks, that is - until now!

Having sat on the shelf all this time, the recordings remained unmixed until Andrew was approached earlier this year to finish the job. The EP was mixed in April and a single is due for release later this year. “For those of you who love the recordings on my site, you’re really going to love the final mixes, they sound GREAT!” said Andrew, “I’m so happy they’re finally going to be out there – finished.”

 

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AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO - Loosen Up

AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO’S new single, 'Loosen Up', was released on Monday (March 11th, 2013).

This is the their third single and the third release produced and engineered by Andrew Hunt.
 
Once again, the band felt happiest having Andrew see things right through to the end, mixing the track as well.
 
You can download ‘Loosen Up’ from iTunes:
 
The band strengthened their relationship with Andrew even further recently by getting him involved in writing sessions for their next studio session. Very exciting!

 

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KID GLOVES

As February ended and the March hares came, Andrew had the exciting experience of working in a team, with Grammy winner's Jimmy Hogarth and Cameron Craig, on a project for Kid Gloves.

‘On most of the projects I’m involved with, I am the producer, the engineer and quite often one of the writers or musicians too, so it was an exciting change to work in a team with such heavyweights,’ said Andrew of the experience.
 
Kid Gloves is an independent label set up by Jimmy Hogarth in conjunction with Universal Records.

 

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MPG AWARDS 2013 - the 5th year!

The industry came together once again this February, at London’s Café de Paris to celebrate the achievements and contributions of recording professionals. And what a night it turned out to be!

This year a total of 18 Awards were presented!
 
Paul Epworth (pictured centre) received the Producer of the Year Award, which is a double MPG and BRIT Award.
 
Other recipient’s were Sir George Martin, for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, Glyn Johns for Inspiration, Bjork for Innovation, Alan Moulder (mix engineer), Danger Mouse (International Producer) and Charlie Andrew (Breakthrough Producer for his work with Alt-J). With Tchad Blake winning International Engineer of the Year and Richard Russell (XL Recordings) winning the new A&R Award, the night was a spectacular affair.
 
Lauren Laverne hosted the evening, in the presence of Awards presenters and attendees, Bill Wyman, Mark Ronson, Martina Topley-Bird, Jake Gosling, Andrew Hunt, Geoff Taylor, Rowena Morgan, Russ Hughes, John Leckie, Tom Morris, Mick Glossop, Tony Platt, Steve Levine, Tommy D, Janice Long, Simon Gogerly, Mike Howlett, Phil Harding, Giles Martin, Lady Martin, Crispin Murray, George Shilling, Ray Staff…… and the list goes on….

 

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JONATHON HOLDER & THE GOOD THINKING

Following a very successful writing session at the start of the year, no time was spared getting straight into the studio to record.

Andrew put together ‘The Good Thinking’, Jonathon’s new backing band, which of course included himself and Craig Davies.
The first single by ‘Jonathon Holder and The Good Thinking’ is planned for release later this year.

 

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MPG AWARDS 2013 - judgment day

Once again, a panel of over 20 producers, engineers, artists, broadcasters and journalists came together to cast their votes for the 2013 MPG Awards.

This year the procedure was hosted at Dean Street Studios in London’s Soho.
 
Amongst those in attendance were radio dj’s Zane Lowe, John Kennedy and Janice Long, producers and engineers Mick Glossop, Andrew Hunt, Tony Platt, Steve Levine and Cenzo Townsend.
 
The shortlist was of an extremely high standard this year with producer Jake Gossling (Ed Sheeran and Paloma Faith) appearing in several categories across the board. Others on the shortlists included Jack White and Danger Mouse (in the international category) with Jamie xx, Bjork, Paul Epworth, Unkle and Damon Albarn to name but a few.

 

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JONATHON HOLDER

After meeting on the O2 project last year and immediately hitting it off, the immensely talented Jonathon Holder has teamed up with Andrew to co-write and produce his debut EP.

2013 kicked off to a creative start for Andrew, in writing sessions with Jonathon and the exceptional talent of Craig Davies (guitarist – Deneuve, Salamanda, Celluloid and Tough Love).

 

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SCRIMSHIRE - Bight

As 2012 drew to a close, Andrew had the unexpected pleasure of engineering for the extremely talented, writer/producer, Scrimshire.

Scrimshire (Adam) was coming to the closing stages of his third album, ‘Bight’ but felt something was missing on a couple of tracks, namely strings. Normally recording everything himself, it was an unexpected pleasure for Andrew, when Adam approached him to engineer the strings session.
 
You can hear the results for yourself when the album is released in 2013.

 

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APRS FELLOWSHIP AWARDS 2012

Andrew was overjoyed to be asked by Source Distribution to attend the 2012 APRS Fellowship Awards, as their guest. Source Distribution, who represent RODE, Genelec and API, were sponsoring the Awards this year.

The lunch, hosted by Sir George and Lady Martin was a tremendous affair. Recipients this year included Pete Townsend, Dave Gilmour and legendary (Michael Jackson) engineer Bruce Swedien.
 
Along with representatives from the sponsors Andrew (pictured centre) was joined at his table by fellow engineer/producers John Leckie, Guy Massey and Tom Morris.

 

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THE BRITS 2013

For the fourth consecutive year Andrew has had the privilege of being a member of the BRIT’s Voting Academy.

Although voting commences later this year, the results will not be announced until the Awards ceremony is televised in February 2013.

 

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O2 THINK BIG

October saw Andrew working on an amazing initiative co-ordinated by O2.

The project, fronted by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stevens, sought to create a band of emerging British talent between the ages of 16 and 25. Those selected had the amazing experience of touring the UK with Rita Ora, Tinchy Strider, The Noisettes and The Mystery Jets.
 
Andrew, along with Grammy winning producer Simon Gogerly, was asked to develop the band both in the rehearsal room as well as in the studio, so that they were a fully formed unit able to tour with such an array of high profile artists.

 

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EMMA STEVENS - in the mix

After a few great recording sessions with Emma, the time has come to mix the tracks.

Andrew commented on the experience, “Emma is simply a pleasure to work with. She’s so very talented and between the two of us we pretty much played everything on the two tracks. The mixes are sounding great too, we’re really happy with them!”

 

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LIPA MENTOR - for a third year

Now in it’s third year of inception, the MPG awarded its graduate prize to the student who has shown the most exceptional talent, initiative, commitment and consideration to the art of Music Recording and Production from LIPA's Sound Technology degree course.

This year, the Award was presented to Guy Clarke by MPG Chairman, Steve Levine, in the presence of Sir Paul McCartney and once again Andrew has accepted the honour of mentoring Guy, along with fellow mentors Mick Glossop, Steve Levine and Tony Platt.
 

 

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EMMA STEVENS

As the summer approaches Andrew is delighted to start work producing singer/songwriter Emma Stevens.

Emma was bought her first guitar at the age of 3!
 
After graduating from The Academy of Contemporary Music she started to build her career. Over the years she has been a session musician for fiN., H-Boogie and Ronit & The Aramingo’s. Touring worldwide with bands such as The Kooks, Mona, Feeder and Incubus.
 
Through all of this, Emma has built up her own very unique approach – a combination of music and art. She is currently working on a body of 4 EP’s, to embrace the emotions and experiences of her journey so far.
 
Andrew is over the moon to be asked to work on two tracks from this very interesting body of work.

 

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THE MPG AWARDS 2012 - what an industry celebration!

The fourth Music Producers Guild Awards, which took place in February, was another resounding success.

Industry VIPs flocked to London’s Cafe de Paris to honour and celebrate the enormous contribution that recording professionals make to the music industry. Attendees included artists Mark Ronson, Huey Morgan and Hazel O’Connor and producers Steve Levine, Mick Glossop, Andrew Hunt and Tony Platt.
 
This year, Producer of the Year - which also earns its winner a BRIT Award for Best Producer - went to Ethan Johns (pictured) for his work with Laura Marlin (also pictured).
 
Other recipients included Butch Vig, Flood, Steve Lillywhite, Martin Mills and Jamie xx.

 

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JUDGING THE MPG AWARDS 2012 - Friday 13th!!

Is Friday 13th lucky for some? Well let’s hope so, as that was the date of the judging for the Music Producers Guild Awards this year.

 
A panel of over 20 producers, artists, broadcasters and journalists came together at Air Studios on January, Friday 13th to cast their final votes on the MPG Awards 2012. This year Andrew was delighted to be asked to join the panel. Bernard Butler, Andy Gill, Tony Platt, Mick Glossop, Green Gartside, Jim Abbiss, Janice Long, Nemone and Gareth Jones were amongst the other attendees.
 
The MPG Awards celebrates the work of producers, engineers, mix engineers, in fact all those involved in recorded music. After healthy debate in each category, the anonymous votes were cast.
 
The results will be announced at the Awards ceremony on February 16th at London’s Café de Paris.
 
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AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO - Record debut EP

After the success of their first two singles (Wikipedea and Never Imagine This), London based four-piece, Ambassadors of Morocco, chose to team up with Andrew once again to record their debut EP.

 
The EP will show off some of their great new material as well as a fantastic take on a classic.
 
Andrew wanted to record the tracks in a studio with lots of character, to really capture the bands energy. So this time, it was ‘all aboard’ as they set sail on ‘Lightship 95’, the floating studio, literally, on a ship in London’s famous Docklands.
 
‘It was a good job nobody got sea sick!’ said Andrew after the two-day session, just before Christmas (2011). ‘I’ve never recorded on a ship before – it was a great experience. You really get focused. It enhances the feeling of being isolated but at the same time adds real excitement - exactly what I wanted’.
 
The Ambassadors of Morocco plan to release their debut EP in the spring of 2012.
 
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BRIT's - Another year as a members of the BRIT's Voting Academy

As another year comes to an end Andrew is delighted to be asked to continue his privileged relationship with the BPI, returning once again as a member of the Brit’s Voting Academy. ‘This is my third year now as a member of the Voting Academy. It’s such a privilege to keep being asked – it’s a real honour.’

The 2012 Brit Awards will be televised in February.

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AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO - New Single - Never Imagine This

AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO’S new single Never Imagine This was released on Monday (September 19th, 2011), the second single from the guitar-led indie-pop band.

Following a summer of sold-out shows and festivals the Ambassadors of Morocco’s single Never Imagine This was once again produced and engineered by Music Producers’ Guild Director, Andrew Hunt, this time Andrew saw things through right to the end, mixing the track as well.

After the success of their first single Wikipedea, their second, Never Imagine This won’t disappoint.
You can download Never Imagine This from iTunes:
…from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=never+imagine+this
…or see the Never Imagine This video via the official youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1LC9dmaFJs

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YOLANDA BROWN - Step Aside!

Andrew was over the moon work with one of the UK finest saxophonists, two times MOBO Award winner, YolanDa Brown.
 
Whilst writing for her debut album “April Showers, May Flowers”, YolanDa had a desire to start expressing herself vocally and take a step to the side from her jazz roots. She came to Andrew to work on exploring new musical territories.
 
“This summer was a great, YolanDa and I don’t live that far away from each other, so she’d pop down to my studio whenever she could and we’d lock ourselves away writing tunes – she’s got such a fun personality that I really wanted her to express in the tracks – we’ll see what happens!? It’s good so far!”
 
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LIPA - MPG Graduate Award Mentor

The Music Producers Guild (UK) awarded its second graduate prize at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. The prize is awarded annually to the graduate student who has shown the most exceptional talent, initiative, commitment and consideration to the art of Music Recording and Production from LIPA's Sound Technology degree course.

 
A priceless part of this extremely prestigious Award’s prize is mentoring from some of the UK’s most respected producers and once again, Andrew has been bestowed the honour of one of these roles.
 
Budding sound engineer/producer Philip Cook is the second recipient of the Music Producers Guild Prize and the prize was presented by MPG Chairman Steve Levine and MPG Director Tony Platt during LIPA’s annual graduation ceremony, which took place on 29th July (2011). Also present was LIPA lead patron Sir Paul McCartney.
 
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JULIA BIEL - Mix sessions

Singer/songwriter Julia Biel is known for her distinctive voice and expert compositional skills. Her debut album, Not Alone, released in 2006 was met with excellent reviews and her fans have long since waited for a follow up.

 
Well hopefully they won’t have to wait too much longer, as Andrew was recently approached by Julia to work on mixes for her new release.
 
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JONNY JAMES - writing the EP

Things kicked off to a good start when Andrew and Jonny recently went into the studio once again for more writing sessions, this time for his debut EP.

The plan is to write three more tracks to be released along with 'Monstar'.
 
Continuing in his role as 'producer/writer', Andrew will produce, engineer and mix the EP.
 
We all look forward to hearing more from this rising UK talent.
 
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BRIT'S - A second year in the Voting Academy

As another year comes to an end Andrew is pleased to continue his privileged relationship with the BPI by being asked to return as a member of the Brit’s Voting Academy. ‘Voting in the 2010 Awards was such a fantastic experience and I’m honoured to be asked back again’.

The voting comes to a close on December 15th 2010 and the 2011 Awards themselves will be televised in February.

 

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AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO - Debut Single

AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO’S new single Wikipedia was released on Monday (November 15, 2010) and offers a fun slice of guitar-led indie-pop, as well as a witty ode to the online encyclopaedia.

Following a year of sold-out shows, cherry-picked support-slots, Radio 6 & XFM demo exposure and the honing of an album, Ambassadors of Morocco’s debut release has finally been chosen.
The single Wikipedea was produced and engineered by Music Producers’ Guild Director, Andrew Hunt, with mix engineer Dave Bascombe. Yes, ‘that’ Dave Bascombe… of Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, Suede, Placebo and Goldfrapp note.

The Ambassadors import the very best of the 80’s lean, edgy, angular, guitar-led pop sound and add 20 years of further musical progression & knowledge to create their own. Firm nods are made to The Cure, Wire, Depeche and The Pixies and caps doffed to Blur, Feeder, Smashing Pumpkins and even early U2. With a melody you can whistle after just the one listen Wikipedea is a perfect doorway to the Ambassadors world, it embodies their love of powerful, soaring melodies, punchy big guitars, energetic, muscular drums & bass, with strong vocal lines & BIG choruses.

A classic four-piece, the Ambassadors comprise Beni, Ben & Craig who met at Music College, plus Sven, who they met over sushi. And, since you ask, Ambassadors of Morocco is Victorian Slang - for a Shoemaker - the studio the band originally practiced in was an abandoned Shoe Factory.
You can download Wikipedea from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/wikipedia/id394380053
 
…or download the track to your mobile via text if you have a smartphone (excluding iPhones) text 'TRACK WIKIPEDIA M' to 80818
 
Read The IndieLondon interview by Rob Carnevale:
 
…or see the Wikipedea video via the official youtube link:

 

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MUSIC PRODUCERS GUILD - AGM 2010

November 2010 is setting off to be a very busy month for Andrew. Not only will Ambassadors of Morocco release their debut single, which he produced but on November 11th he had to attend the APRS Sound Fellowship Dinner followed by the MPG AGM.

 
As well as dealing with all the MPG membership benefits, earlier in the year Andrew was nominated to take on the role of Membership Secretary.
 
As part of the AGM ceremony, Andrew gave a speech on the years progress in these areas before a night of comedy commenced in London’s Leicester Square Theatre. The evening was a great success!!

 

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JONNY JAMES - Monstar

It’s been an exciting summer for Andrew all round, the highlight of which must have been working with the young singer songwriter ‘Jonny James’.

Jonny is from Liverpool and aged 14 began writing a number of 90's influenced pop songs, dabbling briefly in indie rock three years later, as lead singer and songwriter for the band ‘The Key of E’s’. Having already worked with a number of producers on his solo album project, Jonny wanted to add something extra - so came to Andrew.

After an initial meeting to discuss ideas, influences and direction, they set to it - with Andrew working in a writer/producer/programmer capacity, a role he is more than comfortable with.

The first track – ‘Monstar’, was recorded in Andrew’s own Dalston studio. An electro-pop/dance corker, it’s tipped for the charts.

After mixing Monstar, Jonny and his team liked the track so much that they approached Andrew to work on a further two tracks for the project.

‘Jonny James’ has been flagged as ‘one to watch’ and commenting on Monstar Andrew said, ‘Jonny is a great writer, an absolute pleasure to work with, I wish him every success and I really hope the track does well. I love it!”

Andrew is due to commence work on the follow up tracks to Monstar in the autumn (2010).

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LIPA - A New Award - A New Mentor

This year, The Music Producers Guild (UK) established a new award at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. The annual prize will be awarded to the graduate student who has shown the most exceptional talent, initiative, commitment and consideration to the art of Music Recording and Production from LIPA's Sound Technology degree course.

A priceless part of this extremely prestigious Award’s prize is mentoring from some of the UK’s most respected producers. Andrew has been bestowed the honour of one of these roles.

In a recent interview he said, “I’m delighted. It’s an absolute privilege to be asked to take on such a fulfilling position, I’ll do my very best to support and advise the Award winner whenever I can.”

Other elements of the Award include an internship at Kore Studios, opportunities to shadow Paul Epworth, Hadyn Bendall and Ray Staff (Air Mastering) on specialized recording and mastering sessions and a day’s training at AVID’s UK Headquarters.

The first Award was presented to Henrik Barman Michelsen by MPG Chairman Steve Levine and MPG Director Tony Platt at this year’s 2010 graduation ceremony. Also in attendance were LIPA Lead Patron Sir Paul McCartney and Head of Discipline Jon Thornton, who recommended Barman Michelsen for the prize.

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'MEET THE MUSIC INDUSTRY' - and Jimmy Page!

In early July of this year (2010), six members of the MPG Board of Directors attended a high profile event organised by UK Music. The evening was designed to facilitate dialogue between new Members of Parliament and the music industry.

Entitled 'Meet the Music Industry', the event took place at the 'Inn on the Park', St. James’ Park in London. Apart from MPG and UK Music, many other leading industry organisations were also in attendance along with a number of record labels and artists. Dan Gillespie, song-writer and lead singer of The Feeling performed a live acoustic set but the highlight of the evening was the guest of honour, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, pictured here (far right) with MPG Directors (left to right) Andrew Hunt, Mark Rose (Vise Chairman) and Tony Platt.

The evening was a tremendous success. Andrew was over the moon to be in such personable conversation with Jimmy Page as Tony Platt recounted his early career on some of Jimmy’s Led Zeppelin sessions.

Photograph: Hayley Madden

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AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO - Record Debut Single

London based four-piece, Ambassadors of Morocco, dipped into The Pool in Bermondsey this March (2010) to track their debut single, Wikipedea, with Andrew.

Andrew chose three tracks to produce and record at the now famous South East studio (Paul Epworth recorded most of Florence and the Machine’s ‘Lungs’ there). Commenting on the set up he said, “Ben (Hillier - studio owner) has an immense collection of really unusual gear that takes you out of your comfort zone and pushes you creatively. I wanted to take the band somewhere that they could really perform in and capture that essence, The Pool was just the place.”

The Ambassadors of Morocco plan to release their debut single ‘Wikipedea’ on 15th November.

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THE MPG AWARDS 2010 - A Magnificent Night of Celebration

A resounding success - that is how everyone is describing this year's Music Producers Guild Awards, which took place in February.

Now firmly established as a 'must attend' event on the music industry calendar, the Music Producers Guild Awards attracted over 300 music industry VIPs who filled London’s Cafe de Paris to celebrate the enormous contribution that recording professionals make to the success of the UK's music industry.

The top award for Producer of the Year - which also earns its winner a BRIT Award for Best Producer - went to Paul Epworth, who worked with Florence and the Machine on their debut album Lungs. Florence attended the ceremony to present Paul with both his Awards.

In total 15 Awards were presented for recognition of the UK’s Audio professionals within the industry. (Full details are displayed on the MPG website.)

Amongst the attendee’s were the MPG Directors (pictured). Other artists who came along to support their producers included Dizzee Rascal, Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand, Muse, and Jamie T.

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BRIT'S - A new member of the Brit's Voting Academy

As 2009 came to a close Andrew received the very prestigious invitation to join the Brit’s Voting Academy - of course he accepted. ‘2010 will be the Brit’s 30th birthday and it is an absolute pleasure to join the voting team at such a great time’.

The launch party will be held on Monday 18th January 2010 and televised on ITV2 and the show itself will broadcast on ITV1 at 8pm on Tuesday 16th February. Good luck to all those who have been nominated!

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AVATAR - The Power Station - New York

August (2009) was a great month for Andrew, he spent some time in New York and whilst there he found time to catch up with two of America’s great producers, Todd Whitelock (pictured right, famous for his orchestral work and his many years at Sony and at the time was working with Regina Spektor and Joshua Bell) and Dave O’Donnell (left, who has worked with the likes of Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, James Taylor and Eric Clapton).

They met up at the infamous Avatar studios (formerly The Power Station). The Power Station – Manhattan was rebuilt as a recording studio by Tony Bongiovi (Jon Bon Jovi’s cousin) in 1977 and was renamed Avatar in May 1996. Over the years it has been the temporary home of some many artists and captured musical history on mass. Some artists who recorded there are listed below, Chic even had a ‘retro Motown room’ there, use your musical history knowledge to match the artists with the dates.


The Kinks, Aerosmith, Counting Crows, The B-52's, Tony Bennett, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Duran Duran, Dream Theater, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Serge Gainsbourg, Ryan Adams, Pat Metheny, Neil Young, Harry Connick, Jr., Iggy Pop, Madonna, George Michael, John Mayer, Moby, Blondie, Chic, Joan Jett, David Bowie, The Last Shadow Puppets, and the band Power Station, which was named after the studio itself, plus many more.
 

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TOUGH LOVE - release mini album

As 2008 came to a close Andrew’s final project was working on a mini album for Tough Love, which is now on release.

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Tribal pop sextet release their debut mini album ‘Tough Love’ on June 1st 2009

“The afrobeat Scissor Sisters” Guardian
“They look and sound like nothing we have seen in recent times” Music Week
“Brilliant – packed with pop hits and charisma.”
Record of the Day

Having already made an impact with their flamboyant performances in London’s more eccentric clubs, “tribal pop” ambassadors Tough Love release their debut, eponymously-titled mini-album on June 1st.

The mini album delivers on the live promises made by a band who have managed to claim their own distinct identity as curators of one of London’s most outrageous “new vaudeville” club night, White Mischief. Hosted in venues including a 1920s theatre, a palatial Georgian mansion and London’s 1,100 capacity Scala.

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MUSIC PRODUCERS' GUILD - new board members

In April of this year Andrew accepted the prestigious invitation to take a place on the board of Directors’ for the Music Producers’ Guild (UK) where he is actively involved in supporting the interests of the industry.

This news was followed later that month by legendary producer Steve Levine being appointed as the new chairman after the departure of Mike Howlett.

Everyone is looking forward to this new chapter.