Los Angeles Music Producer & Sound Engineer
A real Music Producer
Tom Watson is a Hollywood, Los Angeles Music Producer, Beat Maker and Sound Engineer with 17 years of experience.
It seems like these days every kid with a laptop who downloaded a few loops of the internet likes to call themselves a music producer…
Tom Watson, however, is a real music producer. He doesn’t just ‘make beats’. He creates full songs for singers and rappers from scratch on the spot and in person in the studio while directing their performance.
If you sing a melody, he play it, accompany it, create variations and transform it into an entire song in right in front of your eyes and ears.
Every song on this site was produced from scratch by Tom Watson. He played all the melodies on the piano/synth and drums on the mpc and/or maschine without using any loops/samples. Tom also mixed and mastered each song. He has all the skills needed to take your ideas and turn them into a finished radio ready and label ready release.
New to LA but a long-standing career in Music Production, Tom has permanently relocated to the USA to operate a new state of the art music production and recording studio in the heart of Hollywood.
CREDITS: Tom Watson produces for the songwriters behind artists such as Drake, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Akon, Usher and many other A-List artists.
Tom watson is not just your typical beat-maker, who just makes a beat from some samples and loops. He creates all the music from scratch on the piano, keyboard and on various drum machines and works with the artist(s) to create a radio ready song on the spot.
You don't have to get signed to sound like you're signed!
I know what you’re thinking, “Once I sign to a label they will hook me up with people who will make me amazing music for me.” This might be true, it was more true in the 90s though when artist development deals existed. These days, music sales are smaller and labels want to sign finished songs and for the artist to have decent following. Most independent artists these days that are singers or rappers just find a beat online and simply go into a studio and record their vocals over it and sometimes they mix the track outs of the beat.
What if you could, without signing to a label, go into a studio, have all the music created for you on the spot from scratch, electronic/hip hop drums, synths, basses, every element of a song and it was done in a way to suit your voice and style and you could write your vocals in the studio or work with top line writers behind A-List artists such as those behind Rihanna, Usher, Lil Wayne, Diplo, David Guetta. This is what Tom Watson does every day.
People like yourself literally come into the studio with no song or just a vocal melody or rap and leave with all the music created from scratch, written in the studio, mix, polished and mastered to commercial radio quality right in front of you. There is nothing better than the vibe and feeling of having a song made for your from scratch. Tom doesn’t need to use loops, he plays every instrument, element and sound in the songs you here on this website live on the keyboard/piano as well as playing the drums live on the MPC and NI Maschine. He can do the same for you.
99% of the large studios look the same as they did in the 70s and 80s and come with just an engineer. At Current Sound, we do things differently. You just don’t get an old studio, you get a modern studio integrated with music production & creation tools, keyboards, drum machines and of course the main ingredient, music producer, beat maker and sound engineer, Tom Watson, included in the price with every session.
Most frequent questions and answers
Not really. There are just people who call themselves a ‘music producer’ everywhere. Most of those are beat-makers. You can read my article on the difference between beat-makers and real music producers.
The major labels have snatched up most of best music producers who only work for artists on their label. It’s not so easy to get major label artist quality as an independent artist. I however, prefer to work with independent artists than to be forced by a label to produce ‘the trend of the month’.
Generally speaking, I’m usually 6-12 months ahead of the ‘trend of the month’ or more. That means by the time you market your song, it will stand up. As an independent artist, it’s important to have time to promote your song since it takes much longer for a song to catch on. You can’t just throw it on every radio station at the same time like the major labels can.
This is why I call the studio Current Sound. I specialize in producing modern genres. I’ve quite versatile in most modern genres and I help create a unique sound for each of my artists to best suit their voice, style and genre.
Compared to beat-makers and wannabe music producers, I see the song all the way through to the end rather than just selling you a beat to take into a studio. From the beat/instrumental, through to the vocal performance, mixing and mastering.
I’m a trained pianist that can play and accompany any melody by ear. Rather than you having to conform to a generic beat made from loops that someone else played, I work with the artist to create custom and unique, full finished, radio & label ready songs from scratch, tailored to you. You get that vibing back and forth feeling that you would otherwise only usually get from singing or rapping with a full band. I literally play in every sound, chord, melody synth and instrument in the keyboard/piano while you watch, to fit your vocal melody, rap or idea rather than you having to conform to a generic random beat made from loops and melodies that the beat-maker didn’t play. Most so called ‘producers’ would have you alter you vocal to fit the music whereas if you have an existing melody, rap, or idea, I can come up with something to fit around your vocals, without you have to alter your melodies or flow. Every note, sound and instrument can be altered. The same goes for situations when I’m bringing in and working with session musicians.
I don’t just ‘make a beat’ but I direct the artist’s performance and use my knowledge and understanding of music theory, skills and knowledge of market trends to help you the artist create a marketable, radio and label ready song.
Everything is done in the studio in house with the artist present. You can literally book the studio with nothing more than an idea and leave with a final finished, mixed and mastered song ready for release.
Plus, it’s more affordable than you probably think. Most songs on the Current Sound website were done in 1-2 days in the studio from initial idea through to creating all the music from tracking, vocal tuning, mixing and mastering ready for release. So for a similar price to buying the exclusive rights to a generic beat online to record over in the studio, you can have a custom instrumental and song created to suit yourself, style, genre and market.
Also my studio is super pimped out, comfy and you’re gonna have a great time, with great care and detail taken on your song rather than a rushed feeling that is all so common in many other Los Angeles recording studios.
I’m a music producer for hire and I can help by creating a marketable radio ready and label ready product. As for promotion, that is up to yourself and your manager.
I’m too busy producing, recording and mixing songs for artists every day that I couldn’t possibly fit in the time to promote all of my artists as well.
I do however, have some music promotion and marketing tips which you can read here.
I never promise that my artists will get signed as that really depends on marketing. I wrote a whole blog on this topic here: Do Music Producers Help Artists Get Signed in 2019? The article touches on the fact that none of the major labels offer artist development deals anymore. You must promote your own music and develop a large fan base first. That means, there’s no one I can pitch your song to that will sign it no matter how amazing it is. You have to put in the work in to market it yourself.
The way that I can and do help artists get signed is by creating marketable songs for them that are likely to do well if they are marketed properly.
Now, it’s more important than every to have a high quality marketable product to get noticed. Artists often forget that the influencers, DJs, radio stations, spotify playlist curators, online music magazines and blogs all expect a high quality production, mix and master as well as having a killer song that will do well in the market and grab people’s attention. That’s where I can help.
In order to keep prices affordable, we don’t do fixed prices per song. With a fixed price for a song, you have to allow a little for unforeseen circumstances. Not to mention that every song is different and what will be required and the time required will vary too much.
Most of the time when you’re paying for a fixed price at a studio, that guy doesn’t have the ability to take your song to the highest possible standard. He/she is going to rush your product to get the next person in who is paying a fixed price.
At Current Sound, you simply pay for the studio time like any regular recording studio except all of the services are included.
You can see a full list of the included services and prices on this page below but for a quick summary, with ever session you get music production, beat-making, piano, mixing and mastering all included in the same hourly and day rate.
The hourly and day rate is similar to most mid-sized studios that don’t offer or include any of those services. You just pay for the time we spend in the studio working on your song.
Depending on what needs to be done, will depend on how long it will take and therefore, how much it will cost. You can see a list of average times for certain services here: How much does it cost to record a song?
Generally speaking on average most songs can be done, even including custom music production and beat-making from scratch in 1-2 days in the studio. The latter giving more time for experimentation, vocal tuning, vocal tracking and so on. Any more time than that, you’re usually either getting something very unique and original and we’re spending more time than usual to be more creative or we’re bringing in lots of session musicians or spending time writing the top-line in the studio. Most of the songs on the Current Sound website were done in a day or two in the studio, from start to finish.
Recently, to cater for people outside LA, I’ve introduced fixed pricing for certain online services such as online mastering, custom beats, vocal tuning and so on. They are stack-able, meaning, you can purchase a few different services. Generally speaking, it is often more expensive than just booking the studio here in Hollywood and attending the session, especially when you start stacking services but it’s a good option for those outside Los Angeles. Click here to view the list of online services.
There is no short answer to this as every song is different and more established artists might need less takes than an up and coming artist. Being creative and experimental also takes more time than doing something simple and generic.
In saying that, I’ve looked at my bookings over the years and come up with some averages for you depending on what you’re doing/after. It’s pretty long. You can read my blog post on average recording studio times.
Since every song and project is unique though, for a proper estimate, it’s best just to call Tom at Current Sound on 310 598-0020 and he’ll help you work out how much time to book the studio for.
For those outside LA, you can checkout the online services page for up to date pricing for custom hip-hop beats. Keep in mind that the prices on the online services page are stack-able and that the beat will only have a rough mix, intended to be mixed at another studio, with the track-outs/stems supplied.
If you’re recording at home and would like us to mix the beat also, contact us for special pricing. For the best result, sending the compiled vocal track back to us and ordering both the online mixing and online mastering service on the services page will give you the best overall result.
If you’re in LA, I’d suggest booking the studio for a day. In most cases you will leave the studio with a custom beat. If you’re a talented rapper and can freestyle you could possibly even leave the studio with a finished song that day with a rough mix but most of the time we spend half a day mixing the song and 4-8 hours on the production in addition to tracking and editing/comping vocals.
For more generic type beats for pre-written raps and for those that can freestyle, sometimes we can even do 2-3 hours on production, an hour tracking the vocals and still have time to do the full mix and song in a day…. but that’s not the average.
For independent artists, no. For major label artists, yes.
If you’re an independent artist and you hire myself though Current Sound, I don’t take a percentage of the songwriting, publishing and sales, regardless of whether I wrote the entire instrumental or not.
For major label artists; I generally take 50% of the songwriting when writing and creating the entire instrumental/beat from scratch.
There is one exception though. If you’re a large independent artist with a large fan base (20k or more followers), it’s likely we might have a discussion about splits prior to the session but I don’t hit people with split sheets without warning after the session. So if you’re in that category, you will know about it before the session. Otherwise, it’s safe to assume that you will own the songwriting and mechanics outright.
If you’re an independent artist, DJ or songwriter in LA, you can just book the studio and pay the hourly rate and day rate while I work on it. That way you’re just paying for the time spent creating the remix as well as the time spent on the mix and master. On average, attended remixes work out cheaper since I can get instant feedback on what you’re after.
I mix and master all of my own remixes.
For a fixed prices for remixes for independent artists, including mixing and mastering, you can view the present pricing on the online services page.
For those outside LA, I can stream my studio over the net to you while I work on your remix. However, if you’re in LA, I’d suggest just booking the studio instead.
For labels, please contact the studio for a quote.
Artist PackagePayment required on the day
- Studio Hire (full day - 8 hours)
- Music Production
- Beat Making from scratch
- Graphical Mode Manual Auto Tuning
Artist Hourly RatePayment required on the day
- Studio Hire (per hour)
- Music Production
- Beat Making from scratch
- Graphical Mode Manual Auto Tuning
Private LessonsPay as you go or per term
- Piano Lessons
- Beat Making Lessons
- Piano & Beat Making Combo Lesson
- Recording & Sound Engineering Lessons
- Composition & Songwriting
- Ear training & playing by ear
Contact: Tom Watson
Studio: Current Sound
T: (310) 598-0020