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. In 2019, the MPG Awards honored Hugh with the Outstanding Contribution to UK Music gong, recognizing his incredible career to date.
Recently, Hugh co-produced, engineered, and mixed the latest album by Binker and Moses, Feeding the Machine (#1 on Mojo Magazine’s Best Jazz Albums of 2022), mixed Binker Golding, Dream Like A Dogwood Wild Boy, co-produced, recorded and mixed Graham Costello’s Second Lives, and mixed an upcoming release for Dwight Tribble.
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”), Phil Collins‘ 5x platinum Face Value (“In The Air Tonight” and “I Missed Again”), and recorded 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 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”).
Hugh also worked on David Bowie‘s Tonight (“Blue Jean”), The Human League‘s Hysteria (“The Lebanon”), Adam Ant‘s Strip (“Puss N’ Boots”), Pil’s Metal Box album which Pitchfork says “PiL’s second album, Metal Box, is a near-perfect record that reinvents and renews rock in a manner that fulfilled post-punk’s promise(s) to a degree rivaled only by Joy Division on Closer.”, and Phil 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 3x 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 Lore album and 311‘s 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.