DyHard Productions

Songwriting, Top Line Writing,

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DyHard Productions have been professional songwriters since 2013. We offer a bespoke music composition service that caters for corporate projects, established acts & also up and coming talent. Clients include Melco Crown Entertainment, Eram Motors, The Basketball Bundesliga, Ginger Wildheart & Nexus Files.

Hi, welcome to DyHard Productions. We are Ian & Tim Hardwick, brothers, composers and co-founders of the company.

We formed DyHard Productions in 2013 and we’ve had the pleasure of writing songs, composing soundtracks and producing music for a huge array of projects ever since.

We grew up playing music together and after graduating from the Jazz & Rock Academy of Music we went on to perform for audiences worldwide in a touring rock band. As our music career progressed we started to combine studio and composition work alongside touring. We soon received an offer to write the soundtrack for a large scale project at the City of Dreams casino in Macau, and DyHard Productions was born!

We now work from our studio close to London, as well as the sunny south of Taiwan, close to the beach and inspiring landscapes that maybe you can hear in our music.

From full soundtracks, songwriting, topline writing, lyrics, production, arrangement, mixing, YouTube intros, jingles, kids songs, ghost writing and more, we can help.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you. For a lot of our writing we offer a buy out, allowing the artist 100% of the commercial rights.

We're very proud of our 100% customer satisfaction, we're easy to work with and pride ourselves on hitting deadlines.

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

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  • English

51 Reviews - 10 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Julian H.
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    Perfect work!

  2. Review by Joseph C.
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    DyHard Productions is the best you can ask for with regard to a production team for ones music. I am very satisfied with the outcome of my song. Great Job!!

  3. Review by Joseph C.
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    I've worked with a number of producers and I must say, DyHard is one of the best teams to work with. Ian, will bend over backward to make the production of your song the best it can be. It would behoove you to consider DyHard for your next production.

  4. Review by Stephanie I.
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    Working with Dyhard was a dream! They were patient and kind to me since I’m new to music mixing, but still took every note I had and executed them to perfection! My song came out sounding clean and sharp. The whole process was exciting and smooth. I will definitely be working with them in the future.

  5. Review by ashlley w.
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    DyHard was an absolute pleasure to work with and an experience in gelling with someone who just "got it". This is a team that is far more brilliant than they say, as they are very humble. If you want a proper topline that is radio and chart friendly, then DyHard is absolutely worth contacting. I had a slightly atonal Bartok-ish toned song but wanted a classic pop melody to bounce off it, and the result was exactly on point. This is a professional and very well experienced and talented provider

  6. Review by Saad S.
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    Great Melody and lyrics. Very talented

  7. Review by Corinna Ann
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    I am so impressed with the work they were able to do! They listened to my vision and executed what I wanted perfectly. Very responsive to changes wanting to be made and quick responses. I am definitely working with them on more songs! Would highly recommend.

  8. Review by Just H.
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    Very happy with their pop rock production and easy to work with

  9. Review by Anthony
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    DyHard is Godsend from the heavens that has helped me discover exceptional potential within myself musically. I have re-invented and brought my songs to life with these group of guys!

  10. Review by Travis G.
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    These guys are AMAZING!
    I had a micro budget feature film, and they went above and beyond to help me with the composing.

    They give really good valuable professional input as musicians and they are very creative and sound good too!

  11. Review by Greg W.
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    Working with Ian and DyHard Productions has been a wonderful experience from the start. This was long song and knew how I wanted it to sound. Ian got this from the off and there was constant communication and updates about where the project was up to at any given point.

    As a songwriter who doesn't play instruments I only had my lyrics and voice recordings of me humming melodies, guitars, drums etc.

    These guys helped turn these ideas into an actual song and I can't thank them enough.

  12. Review by Phil H.
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    They're fine lyricists and more importantly, terrific to work with.

  13. Review by Nigel M.
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    Very professional job, responsive to feedback and great communication throughout. Great to have the 'one stop shop' with vocals and high quality production under one roof. Highly recommended.

  14. Review by Anthony S.
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    Always a pleasure working with Ian, they always deliver projects within a reasonable time, and communication is a no brainer. Will be working with Dyhard again.

  15. Review by Miguel O.
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    I asked for a quality vocal for my song. Ian sang his heart out and added fabulous back vocals and tasteful ad libs. What a great job, responsive and timely. Highly recommend!

  16. Review by Pranjali
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    Working with Dyhard team was very smooth. Very knowledgeable and answered any questions I had and also open to any feedback/changes requested. Audio files and suggestions the team provided were really great and would definitely recommend. Can’t wait to work on more stuff in the future! Great communication and professionalism!

  17. Review by Pablo Mzd
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    Awesome work, I recommend them 100%.

  18. Review by Paolo Peralta
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    Hard rocking sound, professional and accommodating a true gem! I’m lucky to find them. I am a certified “DyHard” fan of their work 👌👌👌👏👏👏

  19. Review by Awaren
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    Communication perfect and easy to work with. Really professional and flexible.

  20. Review by Anthony S.
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    Amazing songwriter & top-liner. Quality work & delivery was on point. Communication was very transparent. I'm impressed and will be contacting again for future projects!

  21. Review by Min
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    I had a great experience with DyHard Productions very professional and reponsive! Ian really went above and beyond for this project thank you!

  22. Review by Jeremy W.
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    Great work rate, responsiveness, flexibility and delivery to tight deadline! Definitely helped me out of a tight spot and can generate a lot of ideas quickly

  23. Review by Corinne F.
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    Great experience. Took direction well, track was delivered in a timely manner. Would recommend.

  24. Review by Jimmy K.
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    Awesome first job on a not to obvious project, 70's sounding vocals. First rate. I highly recommend DyHard, they know their stuff. Vocals spot on for my song.

  25. Review by Charli P.
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    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!

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

  27. Review by Jason.zackowski
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    DyHard once again worked closely with us to deliver amazing songs. We would work again with them in a second.

  28. Review by Cari J.
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    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!

  29. Review by Miles H.
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    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.

  30. Review by Yannsie V.
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    It was a pleasure working with them! Very profesionnal and talented guys! Thanks DyHard!

  31. Review by Martin P.
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    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!
    Martin

  32. Review by Jason.zackowski
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    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.

  33. Review by Jonas Z.
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    Quick and perfect work on point! Always a pleasure

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

  35. Review by Sune O.
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    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!

  36. Review by lauyan
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    Well quality and fast!

  37. Review by Martin P.
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    Awesome job! very fast and great communication. THANK YOU 😊🙏🏻

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

  39. Review by John M.
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    These guys do great work. They can generate ideas or make your ideas better.

  40. Review by John M.
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    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.

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

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

  43. Review by John M.
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    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

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

  45. Review by Corinne F.
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    Great experience, took direction well and track was delivered in a timely manner.
    Will recommend.

  46. Review by Geoff Benham
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    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.

  47. Review by Stefano Maiorano
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    Fantastic guys, great music and mastering . Very professional works...

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

  49. Review by Jon, 23rd and Pine
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    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!

  50. Review by Stuart Davies
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    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.

  51. Review by Brent Jamieson
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    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: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: At the moment a large project is working on the full soundtrack to an upcoming movie. We're able to write to picture and really make the story come to life.

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

  4. 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 great to be on the same page before a project starts. On the other hand sometimes it's great when a client says "I love your work, do what you do"

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: We work near the ocean in Kenting, Taiwan. We have a studio here where we work everyday. Drums are recorded using a Roland TD-15K, and we process these afterward 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.

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

  8. A: The common type of work we 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.

  9. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  10. A: Yes, Waltz Mastering. We have used him to master songs for our Palm Lakes project and we always love the results.

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

  12. 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.

  13. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

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

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

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

  20. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  28. 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.

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

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

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

  32. 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.

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

  34. 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.

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

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

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. 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.

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

  40. 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.

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

  42. 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.

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

  44. 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.

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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
  • Def Leppard
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Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro X
  • Reaper
  • Waves Mercury Bundle
  • Focusrite Pre-amps
  • Yamaha HS5 Monitors
  • Fender Precision Sting Bass
  • Roland Juno-DI
  • Arturia Analog Factory
  • Roland TD-15K
  • Brazen Destiny Guitars
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