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Record breaker On February 28, Dani Bennett Spragg was crowned Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year at the 2019 MPG Awards, further establishing her status as one of the most exciting talents in the business. Daniel Gumble met up with her ahead of the ceremony to find out how she has managed to amass such a stellar list of clients in such a short space of time...
wanted to work in music forever, but I didn’t know in what capacity,” Dani Bennett Spragg ruminates over a green tea in a central London coffee shop a couple of weeks prior to the 2019 MPG Awards, where she will emerge as Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year. Not that either of us are privy to this at the point of our meeting. “I wanted to be a drummer for a while and then I just thought I might not meet the right people and that I might not be good enough. I thought about studio work for a while, but, to be honest, I didn’t know anything about it.” For someone who, in their own words, had no knowledge as to how to go about pursuing a career in audio, Spragg could hardly have foreseen that in a few years time she would have picked up liner note credits alongside the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Ed Hardcourt, Baxter Dury, Palace, Unloved and a stream of other high-profile artists. But at the age of 16, she was presented with a life-changing opportunity that would fuel her obsession with sound and place her alongside some of the biggest names in the business. At the age of 16, Spragg's father, who works in the film industry, happened to be involved on a project with a director who lived next door to British producer Flood (New Order, U2, Nine Ince Nails, Depeche Mode, Foals, The Killers, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and many, many others). Email addresses were soon exchanged and an internship at London’s Assault & Battery Studios was arranged. “I got in touch with him and asked if I could come in for some work experience,” she picks up the story. “He replied about six months later, by which point I’d completely forgotten about the original email, inviting me to come by for a week. So I did, and to start with I had no idea what was going on, but I loved it. That was the moment I thought, I could pursue a career in this. "I was still at school and I was staying at the studio every night until about 11pm. My mum would say, ‘What
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Dani Bennett Spragg in her element
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Dani Bennett Spragg - Meet this year's MPG Awards Breakthrough Engineer