The Music Producers Guild has announced that producer and DJ Roni Size will be the recipient of its 2017 Inspiration Award.
The prestigious award, sponsored by Audio Note, is given to a recording professional who, in the opinion of the MPG board of directors, is responsible for a body of work that has significantly inspired others. Previous recipients have included Nile Rodgers, Damon Albarn, Glyn Johns and Sylvia Massy.
A Bristol native, Size’s unique approach to music production has earned him many accolades over the years, marking him as a true pioneer in his field. His fresh sounds and styles have given electronic music an entirely new direction by allowing it to move from its original club base to large arenas and festivals stages.
Reprazent, the drum and bass collective founded by Size in the mid-1990s, took the world by storm when their New Forms LP won the Mercury Music Prize and quickly went platinum.
Tony Platt, managing director of the MPG’s Awards Group, said: “Roni is an inspiration on so many levels. His fresh and inclusive attitude to music production and performance has opened doors for so many aspiring artists and musicians. Staying true to his roots he has avoided the stereotyping of the modern music industry.
“Perhaps these words from his website sum up why we are delighted to give him this MPG Inspiration Award,” continued Platt. “’He has at each stage created completely afresh not just a sound or style but an entire methodology of how music can be made. And each time, that new creation has reflected his heritage, his surroundings and the precise moment in which he’s operating’.”
Size’s production credits span dozens of labels, projects and releases and he has worked with a range of artists including hip-hop legend Method Man, Rage Against The Machine’s Zac de la Rocha and beat-box master Rahzel. More recently he collaborated with the BBC’s Nature’s Great Events composer, William Goodchild, to mark the re-opening of Bristol’s Colston Hall. The gig, complete with an orchestra and choir, was an enormous success.
Size will be presented with his Inspiration Award at the MPG 2017 Awards ceremony, which takes place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, on 16 February 2017. Now in its ninth year, the awards are a highlight of the music industry calendar and regularly attract a host of artists, celebrities and music industry VIPs.
Tickets for the 2017 MPG Awards are now on sale, with pricing and booking information available here.