David Tolan - Music Producer

BPI Awarded Music Producer based @ Hope Mill Recording Studios, Manchester UK

Music Producer, Engineer and Musician

Creative, innovative music production delivered by David at Hope Mill Recording Studios – a first rate recording studio in the North West. A critically acclaimed Music Producer and Musician with a vast wealth of music production, recording and mixing experience.

Credits include :- Johnny Marr, The Charlatans, Tori Amos, Denise Johnson, Primal Scream, Tears for fears and many more..


David delivers first rate music production at his own recording studio in Manchester. He aims to bring out the very best in every artist he works with. Whether building songs from a simple idea or augmenting and refining a band or artist songs, he will get the best out of you!

He has over 25 years experience and has acheived critical acclaim for his production skills over the years.


A highly experienced recording, mixing and mastering engineer – David learned his craft from an early age and has worked in some of the best studios in the UK.

He has a great ear for what sounds good and is not afraid to try new ideas. He has an in depth knowledge of recording, mixing and mastering techniques, and aims to get the best sonic quality on your recording sessions.


David started his career playing drums and has gone on to record and perform with some great artists over the years. Alongside drums, he has developed his skills with bass, guitar, keys and BV’s too.

His knowledge and skills as a musician gives him a great understanding of what it’s like to be on ‘the other side of glass’ which is beneficial in understanding a musicians needs and helping them feel at home in the studio.

What to expect…

Working With David

Inspiring and creative Music Production!

Before embarking on any work, David likes to get to know more about the artist and what records that have inspired them. What music they love? and what they’re listening to at present. He likes to build up a picture of what the artist is about and what they are aiming for which helps create more seamless and symbiotic productions.


All productions will be set out with a clear plan and budget, which is tailored for an artists specific needs, whether it be a single, e.p or album.


There’ll be lots of enthusiasm and drive on your sessions, time to experiment with ideas and some fun along the way too!


Sessions will take place at Hope Mill Recording Studios in Manchester – a great studio for Pre Production, Recording and Mixing.


David always aims for sonic excellence and delivers first rate productions, as his previous track record shows.



Here’s a selection of Artists David’s worked with
 over the years

Client Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what David’s clients say:

I have known 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

Dave produces passionately with every artist he works with, his aim is to get the best out of every individual so that they perform above the ability they currently have.

More importantly for me, he really knows how to capture a great vocal and make it come alive in his recordings
. His production knowledge and skill means that the finished track is always of the highest standard”

Denise Johnson

Primal Scream, Electronic,
A Certain Ratio, Johnny Marr, Gay Dad, Hypnotone, Micheal Hutchinson

Dave always makes fantastic sounding records. As a producer his determination and dedication runs from pre production right through to the finished Master.
As a Musician he has helped me out on my own productions over the years, adding great drums to songs. His knowledge as a producer means his playing is perfect for the production and he always brings something special to the table.

Jim Spencer
Johnny Marr, Charlatans, The Cribs, New Order, The Vaccines


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