Tom Cooper

Multi-Instrumentalist Producer

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Turn Your Song into a full production. Let's take your song idea and turn it into a recorded work of art.

I can take your demo or top line and turn it into a sonically stunning recording, all from my studio in Devon, UK.

I'm a guitarist, pianist, drummer, bassist, vocalist, recording studio expert, songwriter and arranger specialising in Indie-pop/rock and Alternative music.

My productions have been featured on major TV & film networks like BBC, Channel 4, Film 4, Discovery Network and Netflix as well as on official editorial Spotify and Apple Music playlists generating millions of streams and plays on national radio stations like BBC Radio, Radio-X and more.

We'll make sure your song is complete and ready for recording including working on lyrics and arrangement.

Then, using reference tracks and artists within your genre as well as my own skills and expertise I'll write and record all the parts needed for your production.

Finally, we'll make edits to the recording until we're happy with the final product, and I will prep the session for mix.

Once the track is mixed it's ready for release and I'll arm you with resources and knowledge to help you and your song make an impact.

I'm ready to make music that moves listeners and gains you fans for years to come.

I'd absolutely love to hear about your song and ideas so please don't hesitate to get in touch and we can talk some more.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with Tom Cooper

  1. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  2. A: I will create something stunning for you and we will have a great time doing it.

  3. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  4. A: Knowing that I've only made someones song even better. Creation is amazing and being a big part of that process (no matter how big or small) is so rewarding, especially when you hear it on the radio or see it used on a TV show or film. That's a real buzz and only solidifies my love for what I do even further.

  5. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  6. A: Ask loads of questions. As producers, we're in a very privileged position to hear your song that you've worked so hard on in its rawest form and it's our job to do it and you nothing short of a brilliant job. If you don't feel like the person you're talking to is the right fit for ANY reason, the right person for the job will be out there.

  7. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  8. A: I'm 33 right now and I've been playing music in some form for as long as I can remember. In my childhood I played cello, piano, trombone as well as singing and then in my teenage years I taught myself bass, guitar, drums, synths, midi programming, orchestration, songwriting etc. At 16 I got a higher diploma in bass guitar and I've been self-employed in the music industry ever since, doing everything from playing various instruments and singing in covers bands, to writing and releasing my own music in various genres. In 2012 I went to ICMP to study Songwriting (whilst still maintaining a stupidly busy work schedule) and graduated in 2015 with a 1st class BA Hons degree. Outside of formal education I've worked as a songwriter, wedding singer, audio engineer, recording engineer, live sound engineer etc. Creatively I've done

  9. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  10. A: USE REFERENCE TRACKS!!! Anyone that works with me knows how much I appreciate using other tracks as reference points. It's a language that you the artist and me the producer can fully understand and I can't stress enough how crucial they should be for ANYONE that you work when you're creating music.

  11. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  12. A: Tends to be guitar led, but that doesn't mean I don't touch electronic elements too. Rock/indie/folk/singer-songwriter/alternative/soul with elements of pop/house/disco/electronica could sometimes thrown in too. Some good reference artists my productions have been likened to are; Coldplay, Local Natives, Bombay Bicycle Club, Alt-J, Florence + The Machine, Hozier, Honestly, I listen to just about everything and I like to draw on huge a library of inspirations when Im working on your music. If you come to me as a grime artist wanting a grime production, I'll send you to someone more relevant. If you're a grime artist that wants indie elements, I'm all ears. If you're an indie artist that wants grime elements, I'm all ears.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: My instinct :-)

  15. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  16. A: Attention to detail and a care for the craft of songwriting. My influences and experiences are so vast and varied and I've truly studied songwriting and production for as long as I can remember, that I'm nothing short of fully confident that I'll bring something special to your song.

  17. Q: What's your typical work process?

  18. A: Talk (lots) with the artist at every single step of the way. The first thing we'll do is have a really good chat about your goal, your influences and inspirations, who you're listening to, who you're not listening to etc. It's so important for me to get in your thought space so that I can deliver what you want. Pre-production is huge for me. If the song isn't singing at the demo stage, it needs some work. I'm a real stickler for arrangement and some of my biggest successes have come from putting work into the arrangement stage of pre-production. I tend to leave really in depth lyric work until a little later down the line, it tends to work better that way for my process. When pre-production work is done, it's time to start on production proper. I'll work on your song adding instruments, backing vocals, playing with sounds etc. until I'm 100% happy with it at this stage. It'll go back to you, we'll work on it together and keep honing until we're good to go for the lead vocal recording. I'll coach you to get nothing short of your very best vocal performance recorded. (whether I'm physically with you or not. I prefer to be there, but geography and diaries don't always allow it.) Next it's on to mixing/mastering which I perform with the same care and attention I've given your song throughout the whole process thus far. We'll achieve a broadcast ready sound which will stand up next to the biggest names in your genre.

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: I work from a world class studio with really high-end gear. That's a luxury I afford myself to give you that extra 5% to take the productions to the next level... but that's irrelevant. What's most important is the communication and relationship we have in order for me to use my expertise on your song to make it sound incredible and take your vision beyond whatever you imagined.

  21. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  22. A: I'm inspired by all things music. Seems a cop-out answer, but it's true. One minute I can be listening to The Beatles, the next I might be listening to alt-J, after that Bon Iver and finish up with ABBA! Good songwriting worked on by honest and hard-working artists and professionals is my biggest inspiration, hands down. Inspiration can and SHOULD come from anywhere and I embrace that fully.

  23. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  24. A: I tend to do full productions from start to finish, where a songwriter sends me their song and then I craft it in to a production that can often include drums, synths, bass, guitars, piano, backing vocals, string arrangements etc. Once we've nailed the production, the artist will often re-record the lead vocal. After that it's time for a broadcast-ready mix and master which I do with world-class equipment in a professional studio. After the music making is done, I'll guide artists on how to give their career a plan of attack in order to gain new fans and followers (hopefully some sync deals and playlist spots too!) for years to come.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Bon Iver! I'm always astounded by the sound that he/they produce and the songwriting is so great. They clearly really care about their sound and their craft, to work on even a pre-chorus of a song of theirs would be a total honour.

  27. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  28. A: Laptop (with never ending battery), microphone, guitar, midi keyboard and electric guitar (miraculously I'd also find a bass there too)

  29. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  30. A: Both! Because... both!

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Change (To Stay The Same) by Lux Lisbon

I was the producer, instrumentalist (various instruments), arranger and backing vocalist in this production

Terms Of Service

All work/roles, songwriting and performance royalties to be credited and processed fully and properly. Deposits are non-refundable. Time-scales and revisions vary depending on the project.

GenresSounds Like
  • Hozier
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Bombay Bicycle Club
Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro X
  • Neumann mics
  • Fender guitars and basses
  • Martin acoustics Allen and Heath analogue desk
  • Barefoot Sound speakers
  • AKG mics
  • SE Electronics mics
  • Shure mics
  • Warwick basses
  • Slate Digital plugins
  • Waves plugins etc.
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