Metropolis Studios is celebrating today after internationally acclaimed Mastering Engineer, John Davis, was awarded Mastering Engineer of the Year at last night’s glittering Music Producers Guild (MPG) Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. John’s award was presented by legendary Jimmy Page, who he has worked with closely on several projects over the years, including the mastering of Led Zeppelin‘s Mothership.
A mastering engineer with an international reputation for the exceptional quality of his technique and a renowned ear for perfection, John has worked with an array of award-winning artists in his mastering suite at Metropolis, including Lana Del Rey, The Prodigy, Royal Blood, U2 and F.K.A Twigs, who took home two MPG Awards last night for Best Single and Best Album.
On presenting the award, Jimmy Page described John as, “hugely deserving”, and talked about how much he had enjoyed working with an engineer who, “truly is a master of their craft.”
“It was such a complete surprise when my name was called! I am super excited and thrilled with this award. To be presented it by Jimmy Page was just the icing on the cake!”
When Metropolis was asked who John would like to present the award to him, there was no hesitation, as CEO Ian Brenchley explains,
“When the MPG asked us who should present John’s award, it was a no brainer. He has worked closely with Jimmy Page on the Led Zeppelin re-masters, and we know that Jimmy really respects John’s work, as do all the artists he works with. We are so proud of John, not only for the recognition at the MPGs and his multiple BRITs nominations, but also for his constant drive to improve sonic standards and the work he does with some of the most exciting breakthrough artists on the scene, to polish the sound they create and take it from good to exceptional and, in many cases, award-winning.”
John is now looking forward to the BRITs later this month, where material he has worked on is nominated in several categories. He has mastered for nominated artists including Foals, Years & Years and Catfish & The Bottlemen. Metropolis will also be awaiting the names of the winners with baited breath as their engineers have collectively worked on 27 nominations – more than any other studio.
Platinum Disc recognising more than 3 million sales of Led Zeppelin’s remasters.
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About Metropolis Mastering
Metropolis Mastering was founded in 1993 with the intention of redefining international standards. That same passion, ambition and commitment is still the force that drives us today. Our five mastering suites were designed and built to the highest possible specification, offering the best environment for critical listening, and equipped with some of the most sought after mastering equipment around.