The MPG Awards Producer of the Year nominee Catherine Marks and Breakthrough Engineer of the Year nominee Steph Marziano spoke to BBC Radio 4’s Jenni Murray ahead of the ceremony at Grovesnor House on Park Lane on 1 March.
For the first time, nearly a quarter of the 2018 MPG Awards nominees are female and Catherine Marks explained, when asked by presenter Jenni Murray why there has a been a rise in the number of women up for awards, that female producers are finally "getting the recognition" they deserve.
“We all started at a similar time around 10 years ago and it takes a while to get that recognition and now we are just getting that recognition we deserve," she said.
When asked to what extent the industry is becoming more equal, Marziano explained that "it is changing more and more, especially at university level".
"There are more women studying it and there are even more assistant engineers that are women so in the last five or so years I’ve definitely seen an increase. The numbers are still low but it’s getting better."
The shortlists for each of the MPG 2018 Awards categories (in no particular order) are as follows:
UK Producer Of The Year
Recording Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by AMS Neve
Mix Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Solid State Logic
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent
Re-mixer Of The Year, sponsored by Novation
Breakthrough Producer Of the Year, sponsored by Focusrite
Self-Producing Artist Of The Year, sponsored by Spitfire Audio
Glass Animals (Dave Bayley)
Sleaford Mods (Jason Williamson & Andrew Fearn)
Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Genelec
International Producer Of The Year, sponsored by British Grove Studios
Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee
T Bone Burnett
Mastering Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Miloco Studios
UK Album Of The Year, sponsored by Universal Audio
Glass Animals: ‘How To Be A Human Being’
Royal Blood: ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’
UK Single Song Release Of The Year, sponsored by Shure
Arcade Fire: ‘Everything Now’
Harry Styles: ‘Sign Of The Times’
Royal Blood: ‘Lights Out’
The A&R Award
Studio Of The Year, sponsored by RME
Abbey Road Studios