Sivert Hagtvet has become the 2016 recipient of the Music Producers Guild Prize, which rewards the most promising student to graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) Sound Technology degree programme.
Launched in 2010, the MPG Prize delivers enormous career benefits to winning students by enabling them to work alongside some of the UK’s top recording professionals. This year, there is an added bonus for Sivert Hagtvet as he will also have the opportunity to spend time with A&R veteran Chris Briggs, winner of the 2016 MPG A&R of the Year Award.
Prominent MPG Awards winners continue to be very supportive of the initiative and generously give their time and encouragement to help a young person starting out in the recording business. There is also support from equipment manufacturers such as Avid and AMS Neve, which this year is adding to the prize by giving Hagtvet a 1073N Mic Preamp and EQ.
Jon Thornton, who heads LIPA’s BA (Hons) Sound Technology programme, says: “This year we chose Sivert to receive this prestigious award because of the continued commitment he has shown towards recording and producing music throughout his three years at LIPA. In particular, the range and quality of his final year work was outstanding – working with artists and in studios at LIPA, in Liverpool and in his home country of Norway. He also has masses of that entrepreneurial spirit that we value so highly in our graduates – and this, coupled with the range of opportunities afforded by the LIPA MPG Prize, should see him go from strength to strength in the professional world.”
Based in Norway, Sivert Hagtvet has a classical music background as a violinist. He began playing with local bands as a teenager. While playing with local bands he developed an interest in sound recording, which led him to sign up for the LIPA degree course. He has now returned to Norway and is working with a composer to create music for commercials. He works from a recording studio complex in Oslo where he is setting up his own production room and enjoys fusing acoustic and virtual instruments to create a modern sound.
He says: “I’m really honoured to win the MPG Prize and I am looking forward to the spending time with top recording professionals. I hope my experiences over the next year will enable me to learn more and enhance my production skills. I am also thrilled to win an AMS Neve preamp, which will certainly be useful in my new production room.”
The MPG 2016 Prize was presented to Hagtvet by producer Steve Levine and MPG representatives Tony Platt at LIPA’s annual graduation ceremony, which was also attended by LIPA Patron Sir Paul McCartney.
Tony Platt says: “Maintaining a realistic connection between the actual music industry and education becomes ever more difficult when the opportunities for young and aspiring engineers and producers are so limited. The qualities of enthusiasm and determination are therefore ever more required. LIPA prepares all its students for this challenge and the Sound Technology degree regularly graduates students who are already industry savvy. Therefore, this winner is really the ‘creme de la crème’ and MPG is delighted to be able to support him in his first year. I would also like to thank all the mentors and sponsors whose contributions make this prize so worthwhile.”
Winning the MPG Prize will give Sivert Hagtvet the chance to develop and explore the recording techniques he has learned at LIPA and make valuable contacts within the professional sound industry. In addition to a one year associate membership to the MPG, Hagtvet will have the opportunity to shadow Catherine Marks, winner of the MPG 2016 Breakthrough Producer of the Year Award Engineer and Olga Fitzroy, winner of the MPG 2016 Recording Engineer of the Year Award. He will spend two days at Air Lyndhurst, MPG 2016 Studio of the Year; attend an orchestral recording session with Award-winning engineer Haydn Bendall; attend a mastering session with Barry Grint from Alchemy Mastering and shadow producer Steve Levine during a session at his studio in Liverpool. Hagtvet’s technical expertise will be enhanced by spending a day at Avid’s UK headquarters where he will receive in-depth tuition on the company’s flagship Pro Tools S6 controller.
PPL has generously offered to contribute towards the cost of Hagtvet’s travel and accommodation expenses while he is taking up these opportunities, and throughout the year he will be mentored by various MPG members including Tony Platt, Mick Glossop, Gareth Jones, Bruno Ellingham and Cameron Craig.
About Music Producers Guild
The Music Producers Guild is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.
The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers.