Tarn PK


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I release my own music as Tarn PK and have over 1.6 million streams on Spotify. I produce, write, record and mix all my music. I love creating rich sonic worlds for your song to live in and want to help your song find the best version of itself.

I am a Wellington, NZ based producer, songwriter and artist.

I have released three EP's of music as Tarn PK - "Fantasy" 2019, "Monarch" 2021 and SugarCoated (2022). Fantasy was my first foray into releasing my own music and had an eclectic mix of pop, funk and electronic music. On my second EP I worked on focusing my sound more into an alternative indie, folk, pop EP. 'Sugarcoated" incorporated elements of hyper pop, alt pop and left of centre inflections.

I'm currently working with a variety of artists in Wellington and doing online collaborations internationally through the likes of SoundBetter. I'm really inspired by amazing songs that tell a story, whether its a feeling and I can be pulled into a world. I love creating distinct sonic textures, and a palette for a songs to live. My motto with all music production is always less is more.

I would love to help you fulfil your artistic ambitions so please get in touch!

Send me a note through the contact button above.


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    1. Review by Milos B.

      Tarn is awesome to work with, has an amazing taste, and he's super fast.
      He really understood the needs of my idea!

    2. Review by Tom W.
      by Tom W.

      Tarn is awesome to deal with. He made a quality backing track, exactly the sound I was looking for. He is flexible and extremely helpful. 100% would recommend and would work with him again!

    3. Review by Caleb I.

      Tarn is a really great producer and multi instrumentalist with incredible musical instincts and a real knack for creating great sounds. Your song is in safe hands with Tarn - he was awesome on mine.

    4. Review by Rose Windeler
      by Rose Windeler

      He is a fantastic artist with great vision - he is responsive, a great communicator, and is really strong in his craft!!! I would absolutely recommend him!

    Interview with Tarn PK

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

    2. A: Creating something has to be one of the most satisfying jobs around. It just awesome being part of the process of bringing something together and when it all just clicks and everyone starts getting excited that's awesome.

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

    4. A: Nuemann u47, Mac Pro, Juno 60, Minimoog, Telecaster

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

    6. A: I've been making music since I was about 13, so almost 8 years. I just love taking in everything that's being created in the world and seeing what I can bring to the table. I started releasing my own music in 2016 with some songs on Soundcloud. Since then I've released 2 EP's on Spotify with over 350,000 plays all up. But I've found it's not really the streaming numbers that are important it's just about making stuff that is exciting for you and if you love it other people will too.

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

    8. A: I think Kanye. As a person not so sure, but musically and creatively just one of the most prolific and consistent artists around.

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

    10. A: Keep it simple. It's easy to go too far and it's a good skill to have to stop and realise if what you are doing it actually necessary.

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

    12. A: Anything if the song is awesome and I feel connected to it!

    13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

    14. A: I think to look at the song broadly and whilst having attention to the details not getting too caught up in them.

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

    16. A: At the end of the day my production approach is about supporting the song. The songwriting, lyrics, melody are the most important part. I don't want to get in the way of that, I just want to find ways to support this and make the song as effective it can be.

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

    18. A: For producing it all starts with talking to the artist. Understanding their perspective, where they're coming from and what I can best do to serve this vision. After this point we'll get more specific into exact things they want, influences, and overall notes for the track. I then start creating the track either using elements from their demo if available or starting again from scratch if not. I'll then send some ideas back and forwards before getting too far in to make sure I'm on the right track and we keep doing this until it's what the artist is looking for. I then finish up with mixing the song in a studio through my University to get some fresh perspective if they don't have the money to outsource a mix engineer.

    19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

    20. A: I have a very small set up in my flat but I can get out any idea I need. It's very much just my laptop, my universal audio interface, a microphone and a midi keyboard. Although my space is small I manage to also fit in an electric Hofner style bass, a Fender Stratocaster and an acoustic guitar. A lot of my work is based in the computer but I love adding in these more organic, live elements as well.

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

    22. A: I'm currently a huge fan of Jack Antanoff. I think his work with artists such as Lorde, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Ray, St Vincent etc is awesome and groundbreaking in many respects.

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

    24. A: I mainly focus on production work for clients. Typically someone will have a song they'd like to fully realise and I take it from a demo to a finished production. I think it's so important to be open to critique and be able to respond positively that everyone is happy with the end product.

    Indigo Dreaming by Tarn PK

    I was the Writer, Producer, Artist, and Mix Engineer in this production

    Terms Of Service

    We will work on your songs till you are happy with it!

    GenresSounds Like
    • Frank Ocean
    • Bon Iver
    • James Blake
    Gear Highlights
    • Laptop
    • Universal Audio Solo
    • SoundToys Plug Ins
    • Fab Filter Plug Ins
    • Waves Plug-Ins
    • KRK Monitors
    • Komplete 13
    • Audio Technica m50x
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