Genesis and David Bowie producer Hugh Padgham is to receive the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK music.
He will be presented with the prize, which is sponsored by PPL, at the MPG Awards ceremony on 28 February 2019.
Padgham began his career in the late seventies, starting out as a tape operator at Advision Studios before moving to Lansdowne Studios and then The Townhouse, where he engineered and produced acts including XTC, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins.
During his career he has produced and mixed numerous platinum-selling and award-winning albums including The Police’s Ghost in the Machine and Synchronicity, Phil Collins’ Face Value, Hello, I Must Be Going and No Jacket Required, Hall & Oates’ H2O, David Bowie’s Tonight, Genesis’ Abacab, the eponymous Genesis and Invisible Touch, and Paul McCartney’s Press To Play.
In the last 12 months, all of Padgham’s Phil Collins and Genesis albums have been re-released and he has also remastered David Bowie’s album Tonight, which is available in a box set entitled Loving the Alien 1983-88.
Mick Glossop, MPG executive director, said: ‘During the course of his stellar career in music production, Hugh has proved himself a very worthy recipient of the Music Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Contribution To UK Music.
‘His work with such a wide selection of internationally respected artists shows his versatility as a producer. He has an incredible ability to interpret an artist’s vision and help them create records that are successful on both a creative and commercial level. He is also an exceptionally talented engineer and has pioneered a number of techniques such as the gated room drum sound that many others have adopted for their own projects. We are delighted to honour Hugh with this award in recognition of his work to date.’
Peter Leathem, chief executive at PPL, added: ‘Hugh has changed the way that the nation listens to music through his pioneering work with Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and countless other artists – from Kate Bush to McFly. His understanding of music, coupled with his ability to adapt, develop and embrace production technology, has led to sustained success over a number of decades. Our congratulations go to Hugh on winning such a prestigious award.’