The most important thing to me is bringing the vision of the artist to life, and exceeding expectations. I used to be an artist myself and also have a degree in songwriting, which gives me a unique insight into the artist's journey
My specialty is in mixing and producing records, which is how I spend most of my time. I also love mastering, tracking and editing and offer services in all of these areas.
Before I began working in studios, I was signed as an artist and also played guitar in a lot of bands in London. I decided increase my knowledge and study Songwriting at BIMM London and graduated with a 1st class degree. This is where I got my first taste of studio work and fell in love.
I get to combine all of my experience as an artist, writer, performer and instrumentalist in my approach to making a record, and I've been lucky to have worked within a diverse range of artists. I'm personable and easy going, so get in touch with any questions.
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12 ReviewsEndorse Dave Tither
Dave was fantastic - we really liked the sound he got straight away but he was also super responsive to our notes and we ended up with a mix that was beyond expectation. He was quick to respond to our messages and very quick to get revisions over, especially given that he had to move locations between mixes due to the covid-19 outbreak!
It was a real pleasure working with Dave. He brought an interesting vision/sound to my track. He is very responsive, patient and has a great work ethic.
Absolutely brilliant working with Dave so easy and the most patient man in the world even after all my requests! Made a fantastic mix of my track and genuinely the best price around with his work still being at the highest quality, Many more tracks to be done with the man going forward, thanks Dave!
Steve Keenlyside(The Boondock Hippy)
We worked with Dave on a single called Dear Sir Arise which was released via Copper Brown. The song received 158 FM plays in the UK. Dave’s mix and master brought the whole thing to life.
He was an absolute pleasure to work with- A true professional. He also mixed and mastered 2x live videos we did
It's a real pleasure working with Dave. Super responsive understand everything straight away, picks up on our African most subtle nuances, great artistic interpretation. A true pro with the technical ability to get it done... fast. Thank you, Dave
Dave is a magic man. He can bring songs to life with a touch a button. And not just a techy genius: patient, sensitive, kind and funny. The stuff of legends
I've worked with Dave on two occasions - both being live-in-studio video sessions at Copper Brown Studios in London, where he was engineering. On both occasions Dave was an absolute joy to work with. There are plenty of engineers out there who can choose the right gear, set up mics correctly, etc. Dave can do all of those things, but he also brings a looseness and relaxation to the session that you don't always find. From the moment you walk into the studio with him, you know it's going to be a good session.
Dave Tither is every musicians dream to work with. Being a musician himself means he brings an intuitive awareness to his work and makes you feel sure he's going to get the best out of the song. His work on my own track Howling At The Moon proves this point nicely. Another thing Dave understands is that communication between artist and producer is key. On the work we did together he involved me every step of the way and his attention to the most subtle nuances I found impressive. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dave and hope to have the opportunity to work with him again before long.
I can honestly say that Dave is a fantastic person to collaborate with, to have someone with such a brilliant understanding of pop music backed with a creative, open and thoughtful mindset is invaluable in the studio.
I worked with Dave while recording an original track of mine at Copper Brown studios last year and can thoroughly recommend him both as an engineer and mixer. He's very dedicated and hard working, and also a pleasure to work with!
Dave has done work mixing a couple of my songs and I’m simply incredibly pleased with his work. He was very understanding of what I was looking for and showed great capacity at translating it all, whilst also offering his personal input with things I hadn’t thought of myself, that made perfect sense within the mixes. He’s a joy to work with and has gone above and beyond my expectations, even offering to put in extra time to make sure everything’s perfect. I’m already looking forward to getting back in the studio and work on new songs with him.
We have employed David as an in-house engineer at our recording studio for two years. He has proven himself not only to be a talented and skilful engineer who is constantly improving and impressing us with his understanding of sound but also, and just as importantly, is one of the most dedicated and hardworking people we have ever met.
He is a pleasure to work with and always remains focused on going above and beyond to give every record the attention it deserves. Lastly, he is a great human being and always creating a great energy in his sessions.
Interview with Dave Tither
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work mostly as a mixing engineer, but I also work regularly as a producer, tracking engineer and mastering engineer
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Big ones for me are Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchelle, Hozier, Andrew Scheps, Chris Lord-Alge, Father John Misty, B.B. King, Derek Trucks, Vance Powell, Hanz Zimmer, Thomas Newmann, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Greg Wells, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Fab Dupont plus so many more
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It always starts with communicating with the client and finding out what they want. The artist's vision is incredibly important to me and I want to listen to their goals. The approach will be tailored from there to make sure we achieve the best possible version of their music
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Copper Brown is a high-street studio in North London. It's designed to be a comfortable place for musicians to work in and is extremely well equipped with top industry standard speakers, mics, preamps, converters, plugins etc
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Coming from a background in songwriting (including a 1st class degree in the subject), I approach making music at all stages by being sympathetic to the music and keeping a focus on what the song needs. My skills in engineering, producing, mixing and mastering are all to there to facilitate the creation of a great sounding record, with great songs at it's core
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I leave any personal ego out of the equation when it comes to making a record for an artist. Depending on what the artist needs, this helps me be fluid between being heavily involved and helping steer the ship, or being transparent and be a facilitator for the artist's vision
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually organic music with a lot of real instruments, but I'm not a stranger to the programming word either. I've worked on rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop, dubstep, electro, folk, metal, etherial/atmospheric and a lot more
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try and recognise when you're overthinking decisions. If you feel like you are, move on and reassess later with a fresh approach
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Hozier - I adore the organic nature of his music. He seems like he's come right from the '60s or '70s but has just slotted right into modern music amazingly. His vintage sound coupled with profound and playful songwriting really does it for me
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I've always loved bands and singer/songwriters, so I tend to keep real instruments in my projects where ever possible. I like things to sound natural
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been working in some way, shape or form as a musician since I was 19. I got singed to an indie label in London as a singer/songwriter at 21 and moved to the city. I played in a whole lot of bands for a few years and then decided I wanted to do more writing, so I went a did a degree in Songwriting at BIMM London. I came out with a 1st class degree. During this time, I had my first real taste of what it meant to be a producer, mixing engineer and recording engineer. As I learnt more about these, I fell more and more in love with the practices, which lead me working at Copper Brown and becoming the in-house producer and engineer
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neve 1073. Neumann U87. Pultec EPQ-1A. UA 1176. Fender Strat
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone you can communicate with easily and someone who understands your direction
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Some of the main questions are: What is the reason for the project? (I.E. passion project / something radio would pick up / both) What music do you like? What do you want this project to sound like? Who is your target audience? I'll start with those and take it from there. It's always good to meet up or have a phone call / video chat about ideas, direction, possible outcomes, what you want to do with the music once it's done etc
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Producers/mixers make an artist's record how they want it to be. Obviously you hire a particular person for their taste and vision, but at the end of the day the client is the boss, and I will guide and facilitate, not dictate
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can we try this? I pretty much always say 'yes' unless it's detrimental to the project. I like it when clients come into the studio to work on a song and they get some wacky ideas. I like facilitating those things and seeing what cool things come out of them. Some of the best moments in music I've worked on have just been from random ideas and using the studio as a playground
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to be endlessly creative. Being able to wear different hats as a musician, songwriter, engineer and producer means I don't get much chance to stagnate. I get to think about the music in a multidimensional way, but can also take particular hats off when they're not needed
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I wont stop working on a project until you're happy with it
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both are great but if I had to pick one, I'd say digital. I started on a laptop and at a time when DAWs and plugins were already so good, and they keep getting better.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Andrew Scheps is on here. I had the pleasure of hanging out with him and Gregg Wells (not sure if Gregg is on here...) for 3 days at a masterclass in Stockholm. Pick Andrew!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently working with Jurassic 5's Soup on his new project: The Fullee Love Collective
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A song called 'Healing Hands' by Ewan J Phillips. I mixed the song but also co-produced and engineered this with my partner is a production due called 'Shakes Fist'. It's a really hauntingly beautiful song and is quite different. Lots of care and attention went into crafting it to be subtle to start, but it just grows and grows. Very tense!