DyHard Productions

Songwriting, Top Line Writing,

26 Reviews (20 Verified)
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We specialise in writing big commercial songs, hooks and melodies. We've been full time professional songwriters since 2013, and have been commissioned to write tracks for recording artists, TV, movies and commercials, and co-written tracks such as 'Creepers' from the Ginger Wildheart album 'Albion'

We were born in the UK, and now live in the wonderful tropical island of Taiwan. We offer songwriting, music and top line writing services. Melody and hooks are themes that run throughout our writing, and this has led to many exciting musical opportunities.

Our writing was spotted by the creative director of Melco Crown Entertainment, and we were commissioned to work on a variety of their projects in Asia - These included writing tracks for the state of the art light show at The Galaxy Casino, writing and producing music videos for the Musion 3D screen in Soho, City Of Dreams, and producing 50 tracks for the Sirens Waterfall feature in the Philippines.

As well as the soundtrack work we also write for artists, TV, movies and commercials. We work in our studio everyday on a large amount of projects, from car commercials to kids songs, and soundtracks to rock & pop songs.

For a lot of our writing we offer a buy out, allowing the artist 100% of the commercial rights.

We have also just launched a brand new RetroWave project called 'Palm Lakes' and our debut single 'Satellite' is getting rave reviews.

We very proud of our work, easy to work with and pride ourselves on hitting deadlines.

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26 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Charli P.

    DyHard Productions delivered my track very fast. It wasn't rushed, it came out perfect, just how I visioned it, and it is nice to just listen to in my own time. Will work with again!

  2. Review by Mfdalessio

    Great experience with these guys. Excellent, timely communication. Quick turnaround time, too. Would definitely recommend!

  3. Review by Jason.zackowski

    DyHard once again worked closely with us to deliver amazing songs. We would work again with them in a second.

  4. Review by Cari J.

    These guys are PROS. I gave them a very loose description of what we needed (a complete song for our band to play, with custom lyrics about our company and customers) and they NAILED IT! They produced a few demos up front to make sure we were on the same page, then completed the stems, lyrics, etc. and even produced demos in multiple keys for our lead singer to test out. I will be using them again!

  5. Review by Miles H.

    These guys were great to work with through the whole process. Took my ideas and produced a song that brought tears to my eyes. Very easy to suggest changes. Would definitely work with them again and recommend to anyone looking to have there music come together.

  6. Review by Yannsie V.

    It was a pleasure working with them! Very profesionnal and talented guys! Thanks DyHard!

  7. Review by Martin P.

    Again, brilliant job! Many thanks to Ian and the DyHard Productions Team! YOU GUYS TOTALLY ROCK! Such a pleasure to work with you!

    - great and easy communication
    - very fast
    - outstanding quality!

    Talk soon!

  8. Review by Jason.zackowski

    Absolutely amazing experience working with DyHard. The task we had was weird and bizarre and the songs created were beyond what we thought possible. Couldn’t recommend enough.

  9. Review by jnz.

    Quick and perfect work on point! Always a pleasure

  10. Review by Saad S.

    Awesome job! Ian delivered exactly as I instructed. Impressed by the talent and quick turnaround.

  11. Review by Sune O.

    Impressed with Ian/Dyhard's work, really delivers exactly what he/they tell you will be delivered, with an extremely high quality. Would definitely work with them again!

  12. Review by lauyan

    Well quality and fast!

  13. Review by Martin P.

    Awesome job! very fast and great communication. THANK YOU 😊🙏🏻

  14. Review by JC G.

    These guys are great. Especially in their specific genres. Give them an idea and let them go. Fast, professional, and great singers.

  15. Review by John M.

    These guys do great work. They can generate ideas or make your ideas better.

  16. Review by John M.

    Great music engineering skills! DyHard always comes up with fresh and best ideas for our rough mixes! We'll definitely work with you guys again.

  17. Review by John M.

    These guys are great. They have taken what are basically minimal melodic sketches of mine and created compelling demo tracks!

  18. Review by John M.

    Wow, these guys are great. They took a sketch of ours and blew it out into a viable track. Amazing work. John

  19. Review by John M.

    These guys are shockingly good. I gave them some nice, but quaint, material and they gave me back a modern, relevant and intelligent track. I am more than impressed and will try to secure their services again immediately. John

  20. Review by John M.

    These guys really helped me with my song and were very pleasant to deal with. I will work with them again. John

  21. Review by Geoff Benham

    I have known Ian and Tim for many years and as the Corporate Creative Director for one of Macau's biggest Integrated Resort Developers have used their ultra creative production talents on several Projects. I have recently stated a new company and would not hesitate to use them again and again as new opportunities arise. They are easy to work with, listen to what I am saying, make valuable suggestions and creative ideas, take feedback and direction extremely well and require little to no oversight. I am a huge fan of DYHARD Productions and give them my highest professional endorsement.

  22. Review by Stefano Maiorano

    Fantastic guys, great music and mastering . Very professional works...

  23. Review by Luke

    Awesome guys to work with. I’ve had some bespoke music created by them and would highly recommend them!

  24. Review by Jon, 23rd and Pine

    We've had the pleasure of working with DyHard on several projects over the last few years. They are incredibly talented singer/songwriters, who always amaze me with their results. Beautifully crafted songs and melodies. I'm always most impressed about how well they take our initial brief and almost mindread the exact result we were hoping for, but improve it even further. Cannot recommend highly enough!

  25. Review by Stuart Davies

    I represent the upcoming online music entertainment website Muturocks.com. I have been working closely with Dyhard Productions on the development. The composition and sound design they have produced has been above and beyond my expectations. I have found them to be extremely professional, they always hit their deadlines and have communicated very well throughout the project.

  26. Review by Brent Jamieson

    I've known these gents at Dyhard Productions for a while now. I met them first at a music festival in which they headlined and rocked the stage as hard as a band could. Fast forward to now, I recently sought them out to make a song from scratch in which they produced, mixed, and mastered. The song came out rockin and the process was smooth. In the future I plan on recording more songs with Dyhard. Their talent is top notch and I'm stoked to know and work with Ian and Tim.

Interview with DyHard Productions

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

  2. A: The common type of work I do is writing, producing and mixing full songs for clients. These are in a variety of styles, from pop and rock through to folk and country. I also do a lot of work composing top line melodies on other artists demos or finished tracks. Sometimes a client will come to me if they're lacking a big hooky chorus, and other times I'll compose the vocal melody for the whole track.

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

  4. A: I'm inspired by great songs, and especially like music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. I'm inspired by the fantastic commercial song writing of someone like Mutt Lange, but also love the dense production on something like Peter Gabriel 4.

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

  6. A: For a typical song writing job it would be this: Firstly I talk to the client about what they want, and any particular specs such as length, tempo etc. The 2nd phase is to record a demo, usually a very short one demonstrating the melodies and feel, however I can also produce a full demo if required. This goes to the client and once approved I begin recording the entire track, mix it and then master it on final approval. Everything is done 'in house', but I also have a network of other artists I can contact if someone requires something a little different - a live saxophone for example.

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

  8. A: I love my work and treat it each song with equal time and respect. We've always worked in a very structured and professional way, and never miss deadlines. I bring dedication to the project.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: I certainly feel that our strength is in melody and hooks. It's the music I grew up on and still love to this day, so I always try to bring these elements to a track. I'm looking for that great chorus, and as my brother and I have worked and sang together for many years we're also good at stacking interesting and effective vocal harmonies.

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

  12. A: Rock, pop, country, folk, metal, synthwave & retrowave, kids songs and soundtracks.

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

  14. A: The drums and bass working together well is key, it's the base that the rest of the musical cake is baked on - I like a track to be tight and punchy, with vocals that shine through.

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

  16. A: I would love to sit in a room and watch Mutt Lange in the writing stage all the way through to production and mixing.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: Dedicated, professional, easy going and very friendly. Musically, I want to achieve something dynamic with big melodies.

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

  20. A: I studied at the Jazz & Rock Academy in the UK, and then became a pro musician in my early 20s - I toured the UK in various bands, and then started producing and recording. We toured Asia in 2011 and it went so well that the band relocated. While in Macau our writing was picked up by Melco Crown Entertainment, which opened up a whole new area of writing for other projects - Suddenly we were composing music for huge casino light shows and entertainment features, from there we also started getting commissions to write for TV campaigns, movies and other artists.

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

  22. A: An acoustic guitar, a note pad, a pen, a plectrum and a beer.

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

  24. A: The main thing would be to have a fairly clear idea of what you would like song or melody wise, perhaps with some examples. Music is so subjective that it's easy to go around in circles if the initial plan is too wishy-washy. On the other hand sometimes it's great when a client says "I love your work, do what you do"

  25. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  26. A: What style are they looking for? Do they have any initial ideas or examples (it doesn't matter if they don't)

  27. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  28. A: That music is just a pipe dream. Hard work really pays off.

  29. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  30. A: One of the big questions is always about credits or commercial rights. It depends on the project, but we do many jobs where we take a buy out and all the commercial rights go to the client. We're open to working in many ways.

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

  32. A: Everyday is something new creatively, I can work from home near the beach and create music. I love it!

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

  34. A: To be reliable, to keep them informed all the way through the process, to hit deadlines and if they have already listened to our music and like our work then they will certainly like the finished result.

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Digital for us - I love the sound of Analog and try to recreate it especially for our retrowave material, but digital makes working from a home studio so much more achievable.

  37. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  38. A: Today I worked a synthwave cover of the 'Orange Is The New Black' netflix theme, and then an original song called 'Colors Of The Rainbow' for a popular kids YouTube channel. A lot of variety today!

  39. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  40. A: I'm extremely proud of our new project called Palm Lakes - It's 80's influenced Vocal pop & Synth Pop. The first single 'Satellite' got single of week on various stations that love this kind of music, and I really believe in the music, production and visuals. We wrote the track, recorded it, performed it entirely and mixed it.

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: I work near the ocean in Kenting, Taiwan. I have a studio in my house with full vocal booth. Drums are recorded using a Roland TD-15K, and we process these afterwards to get great drum sounds in a small studio environment. We do a lot of recording on Logic Pro X, and also have a huge amount of 3rd party plug ins. I mix on Reaper - I've been a fan of it for a few years now, and just love how stable it is.

Palm Lakes - Satellite

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Terms Of Service

We typically record a demo & get approval before recording the full track to save on revisions. 1-2 revisions after that. Turn around time is typically approx 2 weeks, but quicker is possible

GenresSounds Like
  • St. Lucia
  • Def Leppard
  • The Goo Goo Dolls
Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro X
  • Reaper
  • All Waves Plug Ins & More
  • Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB
  • Yamaha HS5 Monitors
  • Fender Precision Sting Bass
  • Roland Juno-DI
  • Arturia Analog Factory
  • Roland TD-15K
  • Brazen Destiny Guitars
  • Native instruments
  • Kontakt 5
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