LIPA graduate Loïc Gaillard has been named the recipient of the 2017 Music Producers Guild Prize.
Launched in 2010, the MPG LIPA Prize rewards the most promising student to graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) Sound Technology degree programme, and brings a host of benefits including the chance to work with a quartet of successful producers and engineers as well as an internship at London's RAK Studios.
Jon Thornton, who heads LIPA’s BA (Hons) Sound Technology programme, said: " Loïc really exemplifies a LIPA Sound Technology graduate – flexible, adaptable and professional, and already working in a variety of industry sectors. But it is in his music engineering and production work that he has really impressed during his final year and we are sure that the MPG Prize will act as a tremendous springboard for his future endeavours in this area.”
Gaillard was presented with his Prize by MPG education representatives Tony Platt and Steve Levine during LIPA’s annual graduation ceremony on 28 July.
"Year on year I find myself amazed at the quality of graduates from LIPA,” commented Platt. “These graduates are naturally well rounded and entirely capable but, more importantly, they have the extra poise and confidence to make their way in the modern music industry. The winner of this prize is, then, very much the cream of the cream and I am sure we will see Loïc following in the footsteps of previous winners and making a name for himself very quickly. The MPG is delighted to help him on his way."
The many benefits now available to Gaillard include the opportunity to work alongside top recording professionals such as producer and former MPG chairman Steve Levine, recording engineer Richard Woodcraft, orchestral recording engineer Haydn Bendall and mastering engineer Mandy Parnell. He will also have the chance to intern at RAK Studios, winner of the 2017 MPG Award for Best Studio, is being offered a masterclass/mentoring session at Levine's studio and will be mentored by various MPG members and by Toby L and Tim Dellow, co-founders of Transgressive Records and winners of the MPG A&R Award 2017.
To enable him to take up these opportunities, Gaillard will receive up to £500 from PPL to cover travel and accommodation costs. He will also visit the headquarters of AMS Neve and Avid to meet their product specialists, learn about console deign and have in-depth tuition on Avid's flagship controller, the Pro Tools S6. In addition, AMS Neve is adding to Gaillard’s equipment collection by donating a 1073N Mic Preamp and EQ.
Originally from Switzerland, Gaillard plays various musical instruments and developed an interest in recording after going into a studio to record an EP with his first band. He began acquiring pieces of pro audio equipment and taught himself the basics of capturing and mixing music while still at school.
After graduating from high school, he enrolled at university to study medicine but soon realised this wasn’t for him. Instead he worked in a bar for three years to earn enough money to study sound technology at LIPA. During that time, he continued to learn about sound and worked with many local bands.
Throughout his LIPA degree course, Gaillard has continued to work with local bands in the UK and Switzerland. He is now establishing himself as a freelance producer/sound engineer in Liverpool and is also setting up his own business, Uproarious Productions, which will offer services specifically tailored to rock and metal artists.
“I feel deeply honoured to have been chosen as this year’s MPG/LIPA prize recipient, it all still feels a little surreal,” he stated. “All the opportunities offered with the Prize sound good and I am looking forward to meeting and learning from people who have accomplished so many great things in the domain of music production.
“Having chosen to set myself up as a freelance engineer/producer, I am certain that the MPG Prize will help my career immensely by boosting my CV, adding to my knowledge giving me more exposure and increasing my value as a freelancer. The prize and everything that comes with it has made me even more excited about diving into the industry and starting my career.”
Picture (L-R): Steve Levine, Loïc Gaillard, Tony Platt and Jon Thornton