TMS (production team)

This article is about the English record producing and songwriting team. For other uses, see TMS (disambiguation).
Birth name
  • Tom Barnes
  • Ben Kohn
  • Peter Kelleher
Also known as
  • Froe
  • Merf
  • The Musical Shed
  • Trade-Mark Sound
Origin West London, England, United Kingdom
  • Songwriters
  • record producers
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts

TMS are an English songwriting and record production team, composed of Tom 'Froe' Barnes, Ben Kohn and Peter 'Merf' Kelleher, originating from West London. They are the writing/production team behind G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha's "Me, Myself & I", Jess Glynne's "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself", Sigma's "Changing", Professor Green's "Read All About It", Emeli Sandé's "Read All About It, Pt. III", Little Mix's "Wings" and Dappy's "No Regrets"[1] which on 25 September 2011, became the eleventh homegrown chart topper in a row, eclipsing a record set in 1963 when UK artists held the number one spot for an uninterrupted run of ten singles.[2] Their records played major roles in Sandé and Little Mix breaking chart records, the former in the UK (the longest ever stay in the top 10 of the UK Albums Chart)[3] and the latter in the US (first album from British girl group to go straight into US album chart top 5).[4]


The members of TMS met at school when they were nine and have worked together since they were 13. Their name is an acronym with various meanings including The Music Shed as their first studio was in a converted garden shed.[5] They were, along with Gavin Jones, the dance act "The Breakfastaz" who won "Best Breakthrough Act" at the 2005 Breakspoll awards and performed as DJs around the world.[6] They worked as music producers on the 2012 series of X-Factor.[7]

Single success

Album success

Single / Album discography


JessaraeIsland Records

  • "Done Try'na (Save A Life)" – Production, Co-writing

Emeli Sandé "Long Live the Angels" - Virgin Records

Sigma3 Beat Records

Craig David "Following My Intuition" - Insanity & Sony

Carly Rae Jepsen "Emotion: Side B" - Interscope

Birdy "Beautiful Lies" - Atlantic


Fleur East "Love, Sax and Flashbacks" - Syco

Cyrus Villanueva "Cyrus"Sony Music

  • "Stone" – Production, Co-writing

One Direction "Made in the A.M."Syco

Little Mix "Get Weird"Syco Records

Sigma "Life"3 Beat Records

G-Eazy "When It's Dark Out"RCA Records

Jem & the Holograms feat Aubrey Peeples "Jem & the Holograms Soundtrack"Republic Records

Kwabs "Love + War"Atlantic Records

Leona Lewis "I Am"Island Records & Def Jam

Jess Glynne "I Cry When I Laugh"Atlantic Records

Sinead HarnettVirgin EMI Records

Years & Years "Communion"Polydor Records

  • "Worship" – Co-Production, Co-writing


Olly Murs "Never Been Better"Epic Records

Ella Henderson "Chapter One"Syco

Professor Green "Growing Up In Public"Virgin Records

Kwabs "Love + War"Atlantic Records

  • "Walk" – Production

Sigma "Life"3 Beat Records

The Vamps "Meet the Vamps"Virgin EMI Records


Madison BeerSchool Boy Records & Island Records

Rebecca Ferguson "Freedom"RCA Records

  • "My Best" – Production, Co-writing

Little Mix "Salute"Syco Records

James Arthur "James Arthur"Syco Records

Cher "Closer to the Truth"Warner Bros. Records

Jessie J"Alive"Lava Records & Republic Records

Devlin"A Moving Picture"Island Records

Dot Rotten "Voices in My Head"Mercury Records

  • "Pressure" – Production, Co-writing
  • "I Can See" – Production, Co-writing
  • "Free" – Production, Co-writing
  • "Thank You" – Production, Co-writing


Dot Rotten "Voices in My Head"Mercury Records

  • "Are You Not Entertained?" – Production, Co-writing
  • "Overload" (feat. TMS) – Featured Artist, Production, Co-writing
  • "Karmageddon" – Co-production, Co-writing

Olly Murs "Right Place Right Time"Epic Records

Little Mix "DNA"Syco Records

JLS "Evolution"RCA Records

Misha BRelentless Records

Professor GreenVirgin Records

  • "Remedy" feat Ruth Anne (single version) – Additional Production

TMSUniversal Island Records

  • "Keep on the Light" feat Jagga & Devlin – Artist, Production, Co-writing

Dot RottenMercury Records

  • "Positive Energy" – Production

Dappy "Bad Intentions"Takeover Entertainment & All Around the World

Emeli Sandé "Our Version of Events"Virgin Records


Dot Rotten "Voices in My Head"Mercury Records

Tinchy Stryder "Full Tank"Takeover Entertainment & Universal Island Records

Professor Green "At Your Inconvenience"Virgin Records

Dappy "Bad Intentions"Takeover Entertainment & All Around the World

Clement Marfo & the FrontlineWarner Bros. Records

  • "Overtime" feat Ghetts – Production

Wretch 32 "Black & White"Ministry of Sound

TMSMajor Label

  • "I Need You" feat Jagga – Artist, Production, Co-writing

Dot RottenTakeover Entertainment & Mercury Records

  • "Human Being" – Vocal Production


  • "Average Kid" – Production, Co-writing


Tinchy Stryder "Third Strike"Takeover Entertainment & Universal Island Records

  • "Gangsta?" – Production, Co-writing
  • "Take The World" feat Bridget Kelly – Production, Co-writing
  • "Walk This Road" – Production, Co-writing
  • "Tomorrow" – Additional Production

Devlin "Bud, Sweat and Beers"Island Records

  • "World Still Turns" – Production, Co-writing
  • "I Made It" feat Mclean – Production, Co-writing

ROX "Memoirs"Rough Trade

  • "I Don't Believe" – Production, Co-writing


Tinchy Stryder "Catch 22"Takeover Entertainment & Universal Island Records

  • "I'm Landing" – Production, co-writing


Lily Allen "Alright, Still (digital release)"'Regal Recordings

  • "Blank Expression" – Production



DappyTakeover Entertainment & All Around the World


Cover DrivePolydor

  • "Lick Ya Down (TMS Remix)"

Oh My679 Artists

  • "Run This Town (TMS Remix)"

The Streets679 Artists

  • "Hell (TMS Vs Dot Rotten Remix)"

Awards and nominations


The Vamps "Last Night"Virgin EMI Records


Emeli Sandé "Our Version of Events"Virgin Records


Emeli Sandé "Our Version of Events"Virgin Records

  • MOBO – Best Album – Won


Tinchy Stryder "Spaceship"Takeover Entertainment

  • MOBO – Best Video – Won


  1. "Dappy of N-Dubz tops UK singles chart". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  2. "Music Week Article". Domestic dominance drives UK talent. Music Week. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  3. "Hollywood Reporter Article". Emeli Sande ks The Beatles' U.K. Album Chart Record. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  4. "Billboard Article". Little Mix ks Spice Girls' Chart Record. Billboard. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  5. "SOS Readerzone". TMS Readerzone. Sound on Sound.
  6. "kfastaz Profile". kfastaz Profile. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  7. "Music Week". TMS Interview. Retrieved 4 November 2013.

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