ARIA Award For Engineer of the Year
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ARIA Award For Engineer of the Year

ARIA Award for Engineer of the Year
Presented byAustralian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)
First awarded1987
Currently held byBurke Reid for Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett (2018)

The ARIA Music Award for Engineer of the Year, is an award presented within the Artisan Awards at the annual ARIA Music Awards. The ARIA Awards recognise "the many achievements of Aussie artists across all music genres",[1] and have been given by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) since 1987.[2]

The award is given to the audio engineer(s) who is from, or resides in Australia, and has overall responsibility for the work's production. The accolade is restricted to "A single track, multiple tracks, or an entire album may be submitted for each engineer. DVD releases are not eligible. Only work released during the period of eligibility will be considered. International product is eligible but entrants must accord with the general eligibility criteria for artists. In the case of a co-engineer, all parties must individually meet the artist eligibility criteria."[3] Engineer of the Year is voted for by a judging school, which consists of between 40 and 100 representatives experienced with that genre of music.[3][4][5]

Winners and nominees

In the following table, the winner is highlighted in a separate colour, and in boldface; the nominees are those that are not highlighted or in boldface. Nominees for some years are not available in published sources. Both Matt Lovell and Wayne Connolly have received the award three times.[4]

The years listed in the first column relate to the year and edition of the awards ceremony. The second column indicates the audio engineer(s) responsible for the work. The "Work title(s) and original recording artist(s)" column names the work(s) whose engineering has been nominated, and its original recording artist; the musician is not the nominee unless they were the engineer.

  Winner marked in a separate colour
Year Engineer(s) Work title(s) and original recording artist(s)
Alan Wright Sex and Fame by Jump Incorporated
Doug Brady Whispering Jack by John Farnham
Guy Gray Show Me by Flotsam Jetsam
Jim Tait Wa Wa Nee by Wa Wa Nee
John Bee "You Are Soul" by Doug Mulray & the Rude Band
David Nicholas Glory Road by Richard Clapton
Kick by INXS
Doug Brady "Iron Lung" by Big Pig
Hold On to Me by The Black Sorrows
Age of Reason by John Farnham
"River" by Dragon
Children of the Western World by Steve Grace
"Cars and Planes" by Machinations
"Change My Sex", "When the World Came Down" by Separate Tables
"Real Love", "So Lonely Now" by The State
David Price Groove by Eurogliders
"Home" by Noiseworks
Guy Gray "Dark Age" by The Hippos
"Pick You Up" by Tony Llewellyn
"Dreamworld" by Midnight Oil
"Clarity of Mind" by Spy vs Spy
Ian McKenzie Chantoozies by Chantoozies
Jim Bonnefond ...ish by 1927
Fingertips by The Cockroaches
Alan Wright
David Nicholas Work(s) by Midnight Oil
Work(s) by Jenny Morris
Doug Brady Work(s) by Tina Arena
Work(s) by Southern Sons
Work(s) by John Farnham
Work(s) by Skyhooks
David Price, Greg Henderson, Simon Polinski, Ted Howard "Maralitja", "Dharpa", "Treaty", "Treaty (Filthy Lucre Remix)", "Tribal Voice" by Yothu Yindi
Doug Roberts "Release Me", "White Roses", "Someday" by Deborah Conway
Nick Mainsbridge "Water" by Def FX
"Blind Love Don't Go Now" by Ratcat
"Lifeboat" by Tall Tales and True
Paul Kosky "Chocolate Cake", Woodface by Crowded House
Peter Cobbin "Crazy", "Fever", "Stormy Weather", "That Ole Devil Called Love" by Grace Knight
Greg Henderson "Djäpana", "Tribal Voice" by Yothu Yindi
Adrian Bolland "Boy in the Moon", "Cover to Cover" by Margaret Urlich
"Can't Help Myself", "Love How You Love Me" by Teen Queens
Doug Brady "Scars" by 1927
"What a Lover" by Eve
"Cry", "So Dangerous" by Lisa Edwards
Doug Roberts "Keep the Ball Rolling" by Stephen Cummings
Niven Garland "Baby Don't Cry", "Heaven Sent", "Taste It" by INXS
Simon Hussey "Barren Ground", "The World as It Is" by Daryl Braithwaite
"Baby, You're a Rich Man", "Daddy's Gonna Make You a Star" by Company of Strangers
Mark Forrester "Funky Junky", "Let's Get it On" by Peter Andre
"Lighting Fires", "Surround Me" by Grant McLennan
Michael Letho "Barren Ground", "The World as It Is", "Breaking the Rules", "Look What Your Love Has Done" by Daryl Braithwaite
Nick Mainsbridge, Kalju Tonuma "Scratch My Back", "Yeah I Want You", "Train of Thought" by The Sharp
Tony Cohen "The Honeymoon is Over" by The Cruel Sea
"Waiting" by Tiddas
"You're Just Too Hip Baby" by Dave Graney & the Coral Snakes
Paul McKercher
Tony Cohen
Cameron Craig
Craig Portelis
Doug Brady
Doug Roberts
Mark Forrester
Wayne Connolly Hourly, Daily by You Am I
Chris Dickie "Homebaker", "Hallowed Ground" by Six Mile High
"Restoration" by Header
Doug Brady Romeo's Heart by John Farnham
Magoo Tu-Plang by Regurgitator
Tom Whitten "Pick You Up" by Powderfinger
Sister K by Automatic
Double Yellow Tarred by Bluebottle Kiss
Charles Fisher Savage Garden by Savage Garden
Charles Dickie "Chained to the Wheel", "Chosen Ones", "New Craze" by the Black Sorrows
"Tease Me" by Paul Kelly
David Bridie "Hearts on Fire" by John Farnham
Phil McKellar Ivy and the Big Apples by Spiderbait
"Good Mornin'", "Tuesday" by You Am I
Magoo "Another Childish Man", "Breathing Through My Eyes", "Pulse", "Opportunist" by Skunkhour
Unit by Regurgitator
"White Skin / Black Heart" by Midnight Oil
Nick Launay "The Door" by Silverchair
Nigel Derricks From Here to Wherever by Cordrazine
Rob Taylor Eternal Nightcap by The Whitlams
Tony Espie Ghosts except "Halcyon Days" by Wendy Matthews
Nick Launay "24000", "Come to Take You Home", "Supposed to Be Here", "This Is the Sound" by Primary
Neon Ballroom by Silverchair
Josh Abrahams Sweet, Distorted Holiday by Josh Abrahams
Kalju Tonuma "Hardcore Adore" by Felicity Hunter
Kid Indestructible by 28 Days
"Puberty Song" by The Mavis's
Magoo "Pump it Up" by Automatic
Redneck Wonderland by Midnight Oil
Phil McKellar Grand Slam by Spiderbait
Steve James "My Friend" by Oblivia
Brent Clarke "Sunshine on a Rainy Day" by Christine Anu
Doug Brady Live at the Regent by John Farnham
Iva Davies, Simon Leadley The Ghost of Time by Iva Davies
Jonathan Burnside Easy by Grinspoon
Chris Dickie, Chris Thompson, Paul McKercher, Richard Pleasance Sunset Studies by Augie March
Doug Brady 33 1/3 by John Farnham
Kalju Tonuma The Prize Recruit by Superheist
Nick Launay Roll On by The Living End
Tony Espie, Bobbydazzler (a.k.a. Darren Seltmann, Robbie Chater) Since I Left You by The Avalanches
Anton Hagop Diorama by Silverchair
Adam Rhodes, DW Norton "A Dignified Rage" by Superheist
Daniel Denholm Torch the Moon by The Whitlams
Paul Mac 3000 Feet High by Paul Mac
Phil McKellar "Chemical Heart" by Grinspoon
Chris Thompson Up All Night by The Waifs
David Leonard Begins Here by The Butterfly Effect
Lindsay Gravina Tough Love by Magic Dirt
Paul McKercher Feeler by Pete Murray
Vince Pizzinga Innocent Eyes by Delta Goodrem
Paul McKercher, Eskimo Joe A Song Is a City by Eskimo Joe
Andy Baldwin The Cat Empire by The Cat Empire
Brent Clarke Distant Light by Alex Lloyd
Matt Lovell Braxton Hicks by Jebediah
Phil McKellar Between Birth and Death by Sunk Loto
Robyn Mal Sunrise Over Sea by John Butler Trio
Matt Lovell Notes from a Ceiling by The Mess Hall
David Nicholas The Way Out by Drag
James Ash "Voodoo Child" by Rogue Traders
Paul McKercher BigBigLove by Little Birdy
Paul McKercher, Eskimo Joe "Older Than You" by Eskimo Joe
Matt Lovell Black Fingernails, Red Wine by Eskimo Joe
Adam Rhodes Cities: The Cat Empire Project by The Cat Empire
Nick Launay State of Emergency by The Living End
Paul McKercher Various tracks on Moo, You Bloody Choir by Augie March
Wayne Connolly Vision Valley by The Vines
Wayne Connolly Memories & Dust by Josh Pyke
Doug Brady The Swing Sessions by David Campbell
Magoo "Just a Song About Ping Pong" by Operator Please
Paul McKercher What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have by Sarah Blasko
Peter Dolso Sneaky Sound System by Sneaky Sound System
Matt Lovell, Shihad Beautiful Machine by Shihad
Anthony Lycenko Summer at Eureka by Pete Murray
James Ash Better in the Dark by Rogue Traders
Scott Horscroft Apocalypso by The Presets
Scott Horscroft Cruel Guards by The Panics
DJ Debris State of the Art by Hilltop Hoods
Greg Wales Dilettantes by You Am I
Jimi Maroudas Inshalla by Eskimo Joe
Peter Mayes Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun
Steven Schram Confetti by Little Birdy
Wayne Connolly "Fast Friends" by Paul Dempsey
Jeff McCormack Both Sides Now by Adam Harvey
John Castle I Believe You Liar by Washington
Rick Will Six to Midnight by Grinspoon
Victor Van Vugt Modern Day Addiction by Clare Bowditch
François Tétaz "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Dave Parkin "Rapunzel" by Drapht
Greg Clarke Tangier by Billy Thorpe
Matt Lovell Ghosts of the Past by Eskimo Joe
Wayne Connolly "No One Wants a Lover" by Josh Pyke
François Tétaz Making Mirrors by Gotye
Lachlan Mitchell Prisoner by The Jezabels
Matt Fell Australian Idle by Tim Freedman
Scott Horscroft, Phillip Threlfall Falling & Flying by 360
Wayne Connolly Only Sparrows by Josh Pyke
Virginia Read All Imperfect Things by Sally Whitwell
Dann Hume "Seeing Red" by Alpine
Kevin Parker Lonerism by Tame Impala
Nicky Bomba, Robin Mai Melbourne Ska Orchestra by Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Peter Mayes Ice on the Dune by Empire of the Sun
Eric J Dubowsky (a.k.a. Eric J) Built on Glass by Nicholas Murphy (a.k.a. Chet Faker)
Dustin Tebbutt Bones EP by Dustin Tebbutt
Matthew Lambert (a.k.a. Suffa), Barry Francis (a.k.a. DJ Debris) Walking Under Stars by Hilltop Hoods
Nicholas Wilson, Dann Hume Land of Pleasure by Sticky Fingers
Paul McKercher Sea of Approval by Andy Bull
Virginia Read Gershwin: Take Two by Simon Tedeschi, James Morrison, Sarah McKenzie
Kevin Parker Currents by Tame Impala
Adrian Breakspear, Peter Holz "Radioface" by Gang of Youths
Mitch Kenny Dark Night Sweet Light by Hermitude
Nick DiDia Beautiful You by The Waifs
Virginia Read Brandenburg Celebrates by Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Eric J Dubowsky (a.k.a. Eric J), Harley Streten (a.k.a. Flume) Skin by Flume
Alex Hope Blue Neighbourhood by Troye Sivan
M-Phazes "Papercuts" (featuring Vera Blue) by Illy
Nick DiDia Civil Dusk by Bernard Fanning
Robbie Chater, Tony Espie Wildflower by The Avalanches
Steven Schram Life Is Fine by Paul Kelly
Adrian Breakspear Go Farther in Lightness by Gang of Youths
Bob Scott Live at the Sydney Opera House by Kate Miller-Heidke & Sydney Symphony Orchestra
John Castle "Lose My Mind" by Dean Lewis
Oliver Hugh Perry (a.k.a. D.D Dumbo), Fabian Prynn Utopia Defeated by D.D Dumbo
Burke Reid Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett
Dann Hume & M-Phazes "I Said Hi" by Amy Shark
Holly Rankin, Xavier Dunn & John Castle Sugar Mountain by Jack River
Sam Cromack Good Mood by Ball Park Music
Ted Howard, Robin Mai & Matthew Cunliffe Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) by Gurrumul



  1. ^ "31st Annual ARIA Awards - 2017". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "What We Do". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b O'Brolchain, Turlough. "ARIA 2011 - Eligibility Criteria and Category Definitions" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). pp. 1, 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b ARIA Award previous winners. "Winners by Award - Engineer of the Year". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "17th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 23 February 2004. Retrieved 2017. Note: User may be required to access archived information by selecting 'The History', then 'By Award', 'Engineer of the Year' and 'Option Show Nominations'.

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