The Brit Awards… A fantastic celebration of homegrown and international talent. Metropolis’ involvement with winning and nominated artists at the 2015 Brit Awards has been exceptional, and everybody here at the Chiswick Power House is delighted, to say the least, with the results of yesterday evening.
Our very own Mastering engineer, Stuart Hawkes, is having a cracking start to the year. Stuart received praise for his contributions to Sam Smith’s international best selling debut, In The Lonely Hour. The album’s success led to Smith picking up two Brits for best British Breakthrough and the Global Success Award. This is on top of four Grammy Awards won earlier in the year.
Ed Sheeran’s X, also mastered by Mr Hawkes, was very highly celebrated, picking up a Brit Award for British Album Of The Year with the man himself winning British Male Solo Artist. Sheeran – an alumnus of Metropolis’ Academy partner The Academy Of Contemporary Music – has dominated the charts both at home and abroad, achieving multi-platinum sales here in the UK. It’s fair to say that Stuart Hawkes is a man in high demand and trusted by the best.
The Brit Award for best British Group went to a band that received the Metropolis Mastering treatment. The debut self-titled album from Royal Blood, mastered by John Davis, landed the band their first UK Number One – testament to their now Best British Group status.
Paloma Faith put the cherry on top of a fabulous year, picking up best British Female Solo Artist. Paloma has a long standing association with Metropolis. A Perfect Contradiction, mastered by John Davis, has since sold twice platinum, whilst her vocals on Sigma’s track Changing (that went straight to number one!) were recorded in Studio E.
Metropolis’ Clients At The Brits Include…
Ed Sheeran // Sam Smith // Sigma // Paloma Faith // Royal Blood // Clean Bandit // FKA Twigs //George Ezra // Lana Del Rey // Duke Dumont // Sigma // Ella Henderson
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.
About Metropolis Studios
Metropolis is home to the most successful independent recording, mastering, creative and production facility in Europe, offering unrivalled services for the entertainment industries. Based in a former power station for Chiswick’s railway in the early 20th century, approximately 50% of the UK Top 40 charts is either recorded, mixed, mastered, or creatively treated within Metropolis’ stunning Grade II ‘Power House’ complex.
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