Former Delgados drummer Paul Savage has been acclaimed as Breakthrough Producer of the Year at the second annual Music Producers’ Guild awards, held in London on Friday 12th February. He was presented with the title by Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, who later said (via Twitter) “15 years in coming, but well deserved. Congratulations, Paul.” The event, which was hosted by 6Music’s Nemone, also saw awards for the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Muse, as well as respected producers like Mick Glossop and Paul Epworth. Savage has worked as an engineer/producer even during his time with the Delgados, often in the Chem19 studios established by the Chemikal Underground label formed by the band in 1995. He has worked on albums by Mogwai, Arab Strap and Aereogramme as well as The Delgados. However, since their split in 2005, he has concentrated more on production, with credits for Franz Ferdinand’s Tonight, King Creosote’s Flick The Vs, both albums from The Twilight Sad, and the Phantom Band’s Checkmate Savage. However, Savage can often be found contributing percussion to live as well as recorded work, most recently at the Chemikal Underground 15th Anniversary show in Glasgow.