Artist and producer Youth – real name Martin Glover – will receive one of the top accolades at the 2016 Music Producers Guild (MPG) Awards when he is presented with the PPL-sponsored Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music.
Labelled by the MPG as one of the UK's most consistent, credible and influential producers, Youth has been responsible for numerous hits from artists including The Verve, Embrace, Echo and the Bunnymen, Crowded House, The Orb, Sir Paul McCartney and The Charlatans. Among his recent projects was the co-production of Pink Floyd's final and largely instrumental album, The Endless River. Released in 2014, the album sold over 2.5 million copies in its first year and debuted at No. 1 in the UK and in more than 20 other countries.
The award is being presented in recognition of an exceptional body of work that spans more than 30 years and has made a significant contribution to the success of the UK music recording industry.
As a young musician, Youth cut his teeth doing bass sessions for Adrian Sherwood productions and for artists such as Kate Bush whose phenomenally successful Hounds of Love album had Youth on bass duties. He was also a founding member and bassist of the influential art-punk band Killing Joke, which has been hailed as the creator of an entirely new type of aggressive rock music.
Over the years, Youth has notched up a large and varied list of production and remix credits for artists such as Primal Scream, Gun's N' Roses, Blue Pearl, De La Soul, Bananarama, Kool and the Gang, Tom Jones and Dido. His ability to turn a song around and create a hit is said to be ‘legendary’.
More recently Youth has been working with Culture Club on Tribes, the first studio album to feature the original founding members since 1999’s Don’t Mind If I Do. The album was recorded in Youth’s Spanish studio, Space Mountain, and in London and is scheduled for release in early 2016.
As sponsors of the MPG Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award, industry organisation PPL says it is delighted that Youth has been chosen as the 2016 recipient.
Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL, said: "As one of the world’s most respected producers, with his talent for transforming genres and ability to inspire new heights of music appreciation, Youth is truly deserving of this award. A true architect of sound, Youth’s unique vision and creativity has seen him achieve phenomenal success the world over. It is only fitting that he receives the MPG’s Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award in 2016."
Youth will be presented with his award at the MPG’s 2016 Awards Ceremony, which takes place on 3 February 3 2016 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.