Music Producer, Mixing and Mastering engineer and DJ. I have mixed and mastered songs such as (my own) Baardmans tracks which has 50k plays on Spotify and 60k combined plays on youtube. I have mastered Luke Coulsons track 'Higher' that has 400k plays on spotify. I also master for djs such as House producer Harry Bolton.
Want your music to sound the same the tracks you love? Well i'm the guy for that!
When submitting your track to be mastered I require you to also send me a link to at least* one track in the same genre of how you want your track to sound. Using this mix will give me a guide to get inside the producers head and see their vision. In a way it is similar to showing a picture to your hairdresser what haircut you like instead of trying to explain to them.
Disclaimer - Due to the raw mix I am sent, I will be able to get your master sounding closer to the reference tracks through a stem master or full mix. However even with a well mixed stereo master I will be able to get it sounding closer to your favourite tracks! ALSO, remember that 2 separate tracks cannot sound exactly the same and do not need to the reference tracks are a guide
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Tom Baardman
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Doing my first full mix and master for a band in college and after submitting it my lecturer saying that it was the best mix of the class!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Many of my own productions, some film/trailer music and some electronic. Also doing a few masters for clients and friends
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Luke Coulson, Such a good vocalist and plenty of experience working with producers. If you need a vocalist hit him up!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because you can get digital pretending to be analog, you can't the other way round
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being involved in music every day
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision for a track
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The better the mix sent the more potential the master has
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook pro, Adam A7x monitors, AKG K-271 headphones, Apple Airpods and a full size digital piano
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been producing music for approximately 6 years and Mastering for 3
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Electronic, Emotion
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Stan Kolev just so he could show me his mixing process as he manages to create some unreal mixed tracks!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When producing electronic music and programming synths drums etc, it can all be too perfect when relating to dynamics and timing which is the opposite of recorded music and this can make a track feel lifeless or stagnant. So instead of reducing the dynamics through the use of compression sometimes dynamics need to be given through the use of various processes such as expansion.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mainly electronic such as all of the sub-genres of EDM or Hip Hop/Rnb
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I tend to focus on my weakest skill and strengthening that to overall improve my productions and mixes.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I see mixing and mastering as not only corrective or bringing it to industry standard, however, it can be another creative process. When executed correctly mixing and mastering can enhance the emotion that is intended by the original artist. This is my initial goal, before bringing it to industry or genre standard.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When mixing and mastering, It varies massively from track to track due to the type of track given (stereo master/stem master etc) and the vision of the producer or artist on how they would like their track to sound. Typically I will start with my mastering template however some tracks may require all of the processing and others may require entirely different processing
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mainly in the box as I believe this is the best way for efficient workflow. Through the invention of many analog emulation plugins, am analog sounding mix can be achieved alongside the pros of using digital.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Could provide a long list of artists that inspire me across many genres. However, one real inspiration in the mixing and mastering world would be Luca Pretolesi who has mixed and mastered tracks for the likes of Major Lazer. I have had my own productions personally reviewed by him and he has taught many mixing and mastering tips. Hannes Beiger is also a horary mention he knows what hes doing.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and Mastering for clients mostly.