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The Essential List: Tom Pugh

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Grand Central Recording Studio's creative sound designer shares his love of bikes, signature dish and the kit he can't work without

The Essential List: Tom Pugh

Tom Pugh is creative sound designer at Grand Central Recording Studios.

Tom’s foray into sound started in his teens when he would install car stereos for friends and found a love for DJ’ing. During his time at the University of Southampton he produced the sound for hundreds of nights from student union parties to strip clubs.

His big break in post-production came when he created the sound design for the NSPCC’s Childline campaign 'It Follows Me Around,' a powerful piece of work that picked up many awards, including two gold British Arrows and a Cannes Lion, and propelled Tom onto the international stage. Since then, Tom’s career has gone from strength to strength, working with brands such as EA Games, Mercedes, Warburtons, Amazon and Sky Cinema on various TV, cinema and online/social campaigns.

When Tom isn't in the studio he can be found riding his bicycle to Istanbul, all 4,500km of it, recording atmospheres on the way.


Place of birth: Camden, London

Hometown: London

Staycation: Southwold

Vacation: Nepal

Pet: Arnie the goldfish

Place of work: GCRS

Place of workout: YMCA

Side project: Renovation

Mode of transport: Road Bike

Bonus travel essential: Tea


Artist: Rodin

Musician: Prince

Commercials / music video director: Tom Kuntz/Jake Nava

Film director: Taika Waititi

Photographer: Sebastiao Salgado

Film: Shawshank

Series: Sopranos

Commercial: Guinness Surfer

Music video: Kano Trouble & Class Of Deja (full version)

Video game: Grand Theft Auto

Board game: Jenga

Book: The Autobiography of Malcom X

Graphic novel: Never read one

Podcast: No Such Thing As A Fish

Newspaper (off or online): Evening Standard (when I get the tube)

Magazine: Cycling Weekly

Bonus culture essential: River Lea Canal

Food and Drink

Breakfast: Avocado

Restaurant: Cornerstone

Cheap bite: Nandos

Working lunch: Ivy

Favourite dish: Roast

Signature dish: Roast

Snack: Roast

Guilty pleasure: Chocolate Digestives

Bar: Leyton Star

Booze: Pint

Not booze: San Pellegrino

Bonus food: Leon Brekkie

Bonus beverage: Dark and Stormy


Phone: iPhone

Computer: Macbook Pro


Headphones: Jabra Elite non studio, DT 1770’s in studio

Camera: Go Pro Black

Soundsystem: Sonos

Pen / pencil: Biro

Where you document an idea: Voice Memo

Casual clothing: Carhartt

Smart clothing: ASOS when needed

Footwear: Adidas 4Ds

Watch: Casio Pro Trek

Collection: Bikes

App: Google maps

Website: BBC Football Gossip

Favourite social media feed: Insta

Work program: Pro Tools

Digital work tool:  Zoom

Analogue work tool: Neuman U87 Microphone

Morning grooming / makeup essential: Vaseline

Bonus kit essential: Rode iXY for being able to record spur of the moment.

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