Hugh Padgham is among the most successful music producers in contemporary rock and pop history, best known for his extended collaborations with Phil Collins, Sting, Genesis and The Police.
Padgham’s career began during the early ’80s, at which time he served as a recording engineer on high-profile projects including Peter Gabriel’s third solo LP (“I Don’t Remember,” “Biko” and “Games Without Frontiers”), XTC’s Black Sea and Yes’ Drama. In 1981, Padgham produced and mixed The Police’s 3x platinum Ghost in the Machine (“Spirits in the Material World,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” and “Invisible Sun”) and Phil Collins’ 5x platinum Face Value (“In The Air Tonight” and “I Missed Again”) while recording Genesis’ 2x platinum Abacab (“No Reply at All”, “Abacab,” “Me and Sarah Jane” and “Man on the Corner”) as well.
Padgham reunited with Collins the very next year to produce and mix the two-time Grammy-winning Hello, I Must Be Going!, which sold 3 million units and featured the singles “I Don’t Care Anymore” and “You Can’t Hurry Love”. Padgham also found time to mix Hall and Oates sizzling #3 Billboard album, H20, including the hit singles “Maneater,” “One on One” and “Family Man”. Following up shortly thereafter with his production on The Police’s 8x platinum Synchronicity (“Synchronicity,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” and “King of Pain”) and Genesis’ 4x platinum Genesis (“Mama” and “Illegal Alien”), Padgham solidified his position as one of the most sought-after producers in the world.
With David Bowie’s 1984 platinum effort Tonight (“Blue Jean”), The Human League’s Hysteria (“The Lebanon”) and Adam Ant’s Strip (“Puss N’ Boots”), Padgham enjoyed another great year, but ’85 was going to something amazing altogether! Padgham and Phil Collins’ returned with double success stories: Collins’ 12x platinum, Grammy-winning Album of the Year blockbuster No Jacket Required, which featured the #1 Billboard single “One More Night,” the #2 Billboard Single, “Take Me Home,” as well as “Sussudio,” “Who Said I Would,” and “Don’t Lose My Number”.
In 1991, Padgham reunited with Sting on his platinum album The Soul Cages (“Mad About You” and “All This Time”). Sting’s triple platinum Ten Summoner’s Tales (“Fields of Gold,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “It’s Probably Me” and “Shape of My Heart”) reached #2 on the Billboard charts and won Padgham a Grammy for Best Engineered Recording. To close the 90’s, Padgham went on to produce two very different, very wonderful releases: Clannad’s lush Lore album and 311’s Top Ten gold release, Soundsystem.
Padgham’s produced and/or mixed albums and singles that add up to well over two hundred fifty million units sold worldwide. He’s won 4 Grammy Awards including Producer of the Year, Album of the Year and Record of the Year as well as a Brit Award for Best Single (Phil Collins’ “Another Day In Paradise”), a Music Week Award for Best British Producer, a TEC Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement and Mix Magazine’s Top Ten Influential Producers of the Mix Magazine Era.
MusicMag – June 2010