The A&R Awards: Producer of The Year - Fred Again..

The A&R Awards: Producer of The Year - Fred Again..

28th October 2022
The A&R Awards returns for a sixth occasion and, once again, Abbey Road Studios is the headline sponsor as well as sponsor of the Producer of the Year award. The importance of these awards is emphasised by Abbey Road’s Managing Director Isabel Garvey who says “We've seen some extraordinary talent pass through our doors over the last year. So we are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of the A&R community by continuing our association with the MBW A&R Awards."

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to spotlight the 10 nominees for the Producer of the Year award and speak to them about how they got started, their favourite gear and their advice for anyone starting out.

Read on to find out more about prolific London-based artist Fred Again..
It all started with Carlos – a construction worker Fred met after a show in Atlanta. It was one of those chance encounters that’s difficult to describe if you weren’t there. Fred’s video clips from the evening do some of the job; Carlos’ voice – a joyous Southern drawl proclaiming “I want you to see me, friend! We gon’ make it through” – does the rest.

This began Fred’s process of transforming momentary snippets by setting them to music. He was compiling a diary, of sorts. Over time, the diary grew as Fred, 27 at the time, gathered clips from nights out, stored voice notes, and combed through social media – seeking out musical moments in the everyday ephemera of life.

So far in his short career, the prolific London artist has released two acclaimed, deeply personal albums from his Actual Life series which were beloved by fans and critics alike. Last year also saw Fred again.. become one of the year's most talked about live acts as he transformed his Actual Life records into an immersive, communal real-life experience for the first time. With shows selling out across the UK and USA, he was named one of Mixmag's Top 10 Live Acts Of 2021. Fred continued his upwards trajectory with the viral success release of his Boiler Room set, which has to date surpassed over 5 million streams, overtaking the numbers seen by artists such as Disclosure, Richie Hawtin, Skream & Fatboy Slim in only 4 weeks.

After wrapping up an extensive summer tour with festival appearances at the likes of Coachella, Primavera, Melt, Way Out West, Rock En Seine and All Points East, Fred again.. will continue his live ascendency with sold out shows around the world throughout the autumn of 2022, including three nights at New York’s 3000 capacity Terminal 5 in addition to a landmark show at O2 Academy Brixton show which has just been announced for 8th December.

His new album Actual Life 3, the third of his hugely successful Actual Life trilogy, has just been released.
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