2017 Rising Star Award shortlist revealed

With the Pro Sound Awards 2017 fast approaching, we have once again been on the lookout for the industry’s most promising young professionals to find a winner of the 2017 Rising Star Award.

We have received so many excellent submissions that it’s really not been easy to whittle down the list to a shortlist of six, but we have carefully reviewed each and every one and we are now ready to reveal the finalists.

Drum roll please…

Louis Morgan

Louis Morgan graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a First-Class Honours degree in music technology. Since joining Jungle Studios as a runner in 2014, he has quickly earned a place as an assistant engineer. Morgan has built-up a strong body of work and has sound designed and mixed a number of short films and online commercials, including Double Cross, which is currently available on Amazon Prime and Rogues Shoes’ online commercial.

Luke Pickering

Luke Pickering is assistant engineer to producer Paul Epworth and an in-house assistant and engineer at The Church Studios in North London. He began working there just under two years ago after impressing the Church Studios team during a work experience placement. His credits already include London Grammar, The Stone Roses, Glass Animals and The Horrors, with forthcoming records by and James Bay, Jorja Smith, and others.

Will Hoult

As the Red & Rednet product manager, Hoult has a deep knowledge of network audio (audio over IP) and heads up all of Focusrite’s RedNet network audio products, from conception to taking them to market. He also heads up the maintenance of these products.

James Hill

Works at Steel City Studio in Sheffield with owner Phil Gornell and is one of the main, in-house live engineers at Sheffield venue Corporation. Hill is also a full-time touring engineer, with an international tour booked with While She Sleeps, who have chosen him to be their full time FOH engineer and tour manager. The band has recently supported Bring Me The Horizon on their arena tour and have a headline slot on the Pit Stage at Reading & Leeds Festivals.

Jake Miller

With his career starting in Brisbane, Australia as an assistant between 2008 and 2013, Miller then relocated to London and has since worked out of Abbey Road, RAK & Strongroom. Miller has also worked with a number of artists as a producer, mixer and recording engineer, such as Imogen Heap, Dreller, Shy Nature, Jesse Davidson, The Cairos, The Preatures, The Jungle Giants, Beasts, Timberwolf, The Medics, JOY, Spies, Rad Fru, Gung Ho and Woe & Flutter.

Arran Paul

At only 19-years-old, Paul programmed all Dante networking for the The Prince’s Trust Awards, which was recorded as live. This was a fast rig and set up at The London Palladium, setting up on the Tuesday morning for the show the next day at 2pm. It worked first time and with the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the management team from The Prince’s Trust to satisfy, he calmly and confidently took charge of all Dante networking.

(Pictured: Last year’s Rising Star George Murphy collecting the award)