Record production is my passion. I love taking ideas, working with artists and developing them right through to the final production master. As a musician and recording engineer also, I understand the process completely and believe this gives me a more in depth picture as a producer. I believe it takes years to develop all the skills necessary to become a great ‘Record Producer’ and I have a genuine reverence for many such producers who have enriched our lives and the artists they work with.
I am constantly honing my knowledge, skills and talents and learning every day. After many years of making records I believe have laid some firm foundations and developed real knowledge, experience and confidence in making some great records…I have many years of experience with success in the UK and US national and independent charts. In 2001 was awarded by the BPI (British phonographic Industry) for platinum level of sales for “ Rays of the rising sun’ a track I’d penned with Primal Scream’s Denise Johnson in the late nineties. I have many other high points in my career and many other great records but feel its best to let the records do the talking themselves. Please feel free to take some time and check out my discography and showreel page and see what you think…
I am also a highly experienced engineer and can work in the capacity as a recording, mixing and/or mastering engineer. I have worked on all manner of projects from developing projects to recording major label artists in first rate, high end studios. I am comfortable and happy to do either. Although i love working with high end equipment I am not elitist or snobby about it, I am there to get the best results out of whatever equipment is in front of me and do.I have many years experience with all manner of equipment, however i am a still a big fan of analog consoles and have used many of them- Amek, Neve & SSL are my desks of choice. I am happy to work solely as a recording engineer on sessions or to incorporate this role into my productions if the budget dictates. I personally think it is better to engage a producer and engineer separately where possible, however sometimes needs must and if so i’m happy to provide this service. After the recording stage i am happy to take it onto mixing also. This is a real art and i have many years experience in this field. I always like to mix in good sounding rooms with a reasonable amount of high end outboard and a good selection of plug-ins. I have my own setup which has been developed for mixing records over many many years and here i can get some great results.
I am happy to take on board on-line mixing and mastering work and can offer the following services:-
Please email me for prices, turnaround etc..
I have my own ‘finishing’ studio for writing, overdubbing, editing, mixing and mastering…. It has a great mix of both Analogue and Digital gear…. a really great eclectic mix of equipment for making some great sounding records.
For recording Artists i tend to track using a mixture of leading UK Studios such as The Chapel- Lincolnshire, Big Mushroom-Cheshire & Mono Valley- Wales to name a few. I select studios not only on cost but what ever works best for the project in general, taking into account many factors such as room acoustics, mic selection, pre amps and quality of desk not to mention other key factors such as vibe, ambiance, area and residential facilities if required. I also provide a Mastering service also. I am more than happy to liase with Artists beforehand to get the best out of the Masters and deliver something first rate.
– Denise Johnson, Primal Scream
“I have know Dave Tolan for a long time, in fact back to my days managing the Joy. This guy wins awards-which means Dave sets standards on excellence that most can only aspire to. You can most definitely learn from this guy. A major thing that sets him apart from others is his drive to take his successes further. You can most certainly learn from that attitude! I whole hardheartedly support him and can highly recommend him as a first rate producer.Brian Shepherd Head of A&R EMI records 1978-1980 Managing Director Phonogram records 1980-1985 Managing Director A&M Records 1985-1990