My name is Taran (aka TSM Production). I'm a mix/mastering engineer and music producer based in the UK. I work across all genres with a focus on Pop, Electronic, Singer-Songwriter and Dance. Learnt my trade in high-end studios and worked with world renowned artists. If you are looking to give your music that professional edge, get in touch!
Since starting off my career as assistant engineer in some of the finest studios in the uk (Including Real World and Riverside), I have a wealth of experience to help bring your artistic vision into reality. Now i'm a freelance music producer, mix/mastering engineer and session musician working from my home studio in the UK.
I aim to ensure my clients music is of the highest professional standard and to place the full potential of their music in the spotlight. This means kicking off any project with communication and understanding, allowing for an effective, efficient creative workflow.
When hiring me, you'll be gaining 6 years worth of mixing and production knowledge accumulated by working with world renowned artists and producers. Furthermore, you will have access to my top end mixing/production equipment, some of the finest session musicians and my skills as a Multi-Instrumentalist.
I specialise mainly in pop based music, often producing electronic, hip hop/trap, dance and electro-acoustic. My mixing and mastering work spans many genres, ranging from shoegaze and hardcore punk to acoustic folk and classical.
I play Piano, Synths, Guitar, Bass and I'm skilled in Drum Programming. Any other instruments need I call in session musicians.
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Interview with TSM Production
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My first job as an assistant in Real World will always stand out, it was nice to hear that the people i worked with liked me, enough so for me to go back and work again!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on Harmer Jays' second E.P. He is an incredible talent and his songwriting has really evolved since his last work.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet, but i hope to meet loads of new people within this community.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A mix of both because they each have there own merits!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To get your music to where you want and then some, we will make it work no matter what it takes.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being part of a creative process that, all i want is to make art at the highest level possible and be involved in that process.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q. When will the song be done? A. When we get it sounding perfect.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That simple things are easy, it's a challenge to make something sound effortless sometimes.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What does your song mean? Where do you want it to be? What are your influences? Where are you with your song? Anything to paint a better picture for me to understand what you want!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open and honest about what you want or don't want, about where you want to song to be and be casual, it's supposed to be fun after all.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. Computer set up of course (speakers and monitors and all of it). 2. Fender Telecaster, made specifically for me (Amp Included). 3. R-8M vintage drum machine. 4. Korg Minilogue, amazing synth which i can use as my midi controller. 5. Korg Wavestation, massively underated 80s synthesiser
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar at the age of 4. I busked and played in bands but wanted to broaden my musical skills beyond guitar, so started studying anything i could! I read books on orchestration and harmony, i studied film compositions and the art of mixing. I wanted to find something that would allow me to do everything musical, so i started work as a producer to work on as many different projects as possible.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Melodic, Harmonic, Depth, Width, Space.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Rather than an artist i'd like to say a mix engineer... Mark "Spike" Stent is a real hero of mine, his attitude and values towards music resonates with me and i'd love to just sit back and watch how he starts a mix. I would say if i could have worked on any album from anytime it would be Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love, that album is absolutely insane and revolutionary.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: DON'T OVER EGG THE PUDDING!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I like to work on as many different genres as possible as apposed to being pinned down as "the guy who does that thing", as long as the music speaks to me and feels right then i'll take it on.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: You wuld have to ask my clients! Personally i pride myself on my harmonic creativty, coming up with an interesting chord pattern and allowing a melody to weave within it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I feel i bring a certain flavour to whatever i work on, a certain sound that seems to just be a part of projects i'm involved with. I've always played music and when i practiced guitar as a kid i would play along to anything from BB King to Chemical Brothers, so i feel i have my own unique vibe that's formed from an amalgamation of all these genres i love.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Get up early, go for a walk and clear my head. Then i'll make a cup of tea, sit back and listen to the previous days work or any new project i've taken on. From there, I'll figure out what i'm going to work on that day.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have Recently upgraded my computer to an absolute beast with super high specs and the latest and greatest software and plugins. Along with the tech side however i've made sure to keep it as musical as possible, with a couple of classic synths dotted around, 3 beautiful guitars, a large collection of percussive instruments and various weird and wonderful gadgets. It's so important for me to be interactive as so much of my time is spent "In the box", so i've set my instruments up as little stations that i can jump to and start playing asap.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Such a broad question... Specific music producers who I really look up to include Phil Spector, Malay and Matt Hales. Musicians/Artists would be Daft Punk, Paul Simon and Kate Bush for their ingenuity. Mix Engineers i'll go with Mark "Spike" Stent, Andrew Sheps and Tchad Blake.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I tend to do a "Complete Package", which includes Production, Mixing and Mastering. This also includes editing such as instrument replacement, tuning or adding instrumental parts.