Mixer, Engineer, Producer

TJ Allen

Biography

TJ is a Bristol-based mixer, engineer and producer, who’s recent clients include Bat For Lashes, Anna Calvi, Portishead, Hannah Peel, Charlotte Hatherley and Torres.

Growing up on the quiet south coast, he discovered sound manipulation using tape recorders at a young age, dismantling cassettes to create wobbly tape loops and vari-speed sound design pieces without really knowing it. Years later, this sense of sonic exploration is still central to his workflow.

After moving to Bristol, he met Andy Mackay (Roxy Music) whilst assisting on a session at the now-defunct Channel House Studios, which led to sound design work for the Roxy reunion tour in 2001, and the experimental project Andy Mackay and The Metaphors – which also featured Roxy-alumni Paul Thompson and long-term collaborator Hazel Mills (Florence & The Machine, Goldfrapp, Birdy).

Amongst other clients, for the past 11 years he has worked closely with Portishead’s Adrian Utley as engineer/mixer on a wide range of Film and TV projects – including Utley and Will Gregory’s acclaimed scores for Joan Of Arc and Arcadia, Portishead’s stunning version of ABBA’s SOS, and tracks for a broad spectrum of artists like Martin Green (Lau), Anna Calvi, Mark Lanegan and Kathryn Williams.

In recent years, he has focussed more on mixing, working primarily from his personal mix room ’Station 7’, on records for artists such as Charlotte Hatherley, Hannah Peel, Laura Groves, Bat For Lashes and Torres.

Alongside his studio credits, he is also an accomplished musician, programmer and remixer – touring the world several times playing guitar, bass and synths for Bat For Lashes, performing regularly with Adrian Utley’s Guitar Orchestra, and most recently releasing a doomy synth-laden collaboration with Charlotte Hatherley called Traveller on EMI’s legendary KPM label.

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Discography

Artist
Title
Role
Label
Hannah Peel
Fir Wave
Co-P, M
Laura Groves
A Private Road
M
Bat For Lashes
We’ve Only Just Begun
P, M
Charlotte Hatherley & TJ Allen
Traveller
P, Co-W, M
BFRND
Sunglasses At Night
M
Versari
Sous La Peau
M
Sailing Stones
Polymnia
P, E, M
Collectress
Different Geographies
M
Mally Harpaz
Zoom In, Zoom Out
M
Anna Calvi
Julie
M
Mesadorm
Epicadus
P, E, M
Adrian Utley & Will Gregory
Arcadia
E, Prog, M
Mark Lanegan
Daylight In The Nocturnal House
Add, E
Gabby Young
Through The Trees
M
Quinta
The Quick Of The Heart
M
Charlotte Hatherley
True Love
M
Torres
Three Futures
Add, E
Ben Murray
Time Has Told Me
P, E, M
Tim Green & The Slow Revolt
Still Not Born
M
Charlotte Hatherley
Night Vision
P, M
Three Cane Whale
Palimpsest
E, M
The Blue Aeroplanes
Welcome, Stranger!
E, M
She Makes War
Direction Of Travel
E, Prog
Portishead
SOS
E
Bat For Lashes
Live At Union Chapel
M
Bat For Lashes
The Bride
, Touring Band Member
The Slow Revolt
Farther
M
Martin Green
FLIT
E, M
Get The Blessing
Astronautilus
E
Torres
Sprinter
E
Coeur De Pirate
Roses
E
Anna Calvi
The Heart Of You
E
Martin Green
Crows Bones
M
Marianne Faithful
Give My Love To London
E
Get The Blessing
Lope and Antilope
E
Spiro/Adrian Utley
The Vapourer
E, M
The Fauns
Lights
M
Bat For Lashes
The Haunted Man
, Touring Band Member
Kathryn Williams
The Pond
M
Adrian Utley & Will Gregory
Joan Of Arc
E
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