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.
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.
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.
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.
After the success of their first single Wikipedea, their second, Never Imagine This won’t disappoint.
YOLANDA BROWN - Step Aside!
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
'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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
MONYAKA - together again
After the successful partnership last time around Monyaka has returned once again. He and Andrew are planning to write a further two tunes, to be recorded at London’s Garden studio in the forthcoming months.