The Music Producers Guild at XpoNorth 2016, June 8-9 in UK

Four top producers, including two MPG Award winners, will take part in a panel discussion that celebrates recording as an art form in its own right.
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Dave Bascombe

Four of the UK’s top producers will take part in a panel hosted by the Music Producers Guild at this year's XpoNorth, a music, arts and media conference taking place on June 8 and 9, 2016, in Inverness.

Entitled "The Art of Making Records," the panel will focus on the creativity and skill that goes into making a record and will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, on the UHI Stage at The One Touch Theatre, Eden Court, Inverness.

The panel, which is free of charge, will feature producer and MPG Award winner John Leckie (Radiohead, The Coral, Muse), Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, London Grammar, Florence and the Machine) and Dave Bascombe (Tears For Fears, Echo and the Bunnymen, Peter Gabriel). They will be joined by Brett Cox, winner of the MPG’s Breakthrough Engineer of the Year Award for 2016, and by MPG Executive Director Andrew Hunt who will host the discussion.

“In recent times there's been plenty of focus on the healthy revenue that still exists for artists playing live,” Andrew Hunt says. “Regardless of whether or not this is true, we believe that the actual process of making a record should be acknowledged because it is an art form in its own right. As an organization that represents the interests of recording professionals, we feel this should be celebrated and championed. To quote Edgar Degas, ‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see,' or as Sir George Martin so succinctly put it, ‘The recording is not what one hears, but what one must make others hear.'”

Devoted to boosting creative careers in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond, XpoNorth includes a number of daytime panels and workshops and provides showcasing opportunities for artists and bands from all over Europe.

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John Leckie

MPG has had a strong presence at XpoNorth for the last four years and its discussion panels are now widely regarded as a highlight of the event. Indeed, anyone wishing to attend should arrive in good time because previous year’s panels have been oversubscribed.

MPG Executive Director Mick Glossop, who will also be attending XpoNorth, says: “Once again, we will have a stand in the main exhibition hall where attendees can meet our panellists, all of whom are Full Members of the MPG. We are also planning a social event in Glasgow after XpoNorth, which will be open to all artists, labels, managers and of course producers and engineers. We look forward to seeing our Scottish colleagues there.”

The Glasgow social event will take place on Friday, June 10, at CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts).

Visit Music Producers Guild at www.mpg.org.uk.

Find information about XpoNorth 2016 at xponorth.co.uk.