For the last nine years, the Music Producers Guild Awards has recognised and celebrated some of the most remarkable and exciting talent in the history of music recording. This year’s awards ceremony was held at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, with 16 awards celebrating the best and brightest names in music production.
Among this year’s winners was Spring King’s Tarek Musa, who picked up the award for Self-Producing Artist Of The Year. An “over the moon” Tarek said: “I owe it to everyone that has supported us along the way from day one, all the way up to releasing our debut ‘Tell Me If You Like To‘ and beyond. I’ve always recorded music since I was 15, and Spring King has always been a passion project about challenging the limitations I’ve had, whether that was the size of the room I had to work in or the lack of recording equipment we used in my home.”
“We made the record from start to finish,” he went on. “Recording, mixing and producing it between my house and chapel studios, in between a long run of tour dates. It took us a couple weeks to do, and I’ll never forget the sessions, hanging out with my best mates Pete, Andy and James. Big love to everyone who has been with us on this journey”
Paul Epworth picked up best UK Producer and Tom Elmhirst best Mix Engineer (Tom is currently mixing Mr Jukes and Joe Fox for Island and has mixed part of the Elli Ingram record). Other notable winners this year include Manon Grandjean for Breakthrough Engineer and Mandy Parnell for Mastering Engineer, while Matthew Herbert took away Remixer of the Year. Check out the full list of winners here, and press play below to hear a playlist of tracks that inspire Tarek to write the songs that won him the award.