Code Kitchen

Ben Tappin // Freelance Developer

Professional and friendly software development delivered by a one-man team

With over a decade of experience in delivering software projects, I have worked on a range of projects from studio booking systems to full-blown digital music streaming platforms.

Who is Code Kitchen?

Code Kitchen is Manchester-based software developer Ben Tappin and is occasionally helped by a focussed and hard-working collection of friends with expertise in many areas.

I specialise, primarily, in the backend development and maintenance of small-medium scale web-based systems, as well as server administration and technical project management.

Ambie is an exciting music-tech startup providing businesses with a curated music-streaming service. They were admitted to the Techstars accelerator in 2015.

I built the core backend architecture including a RESTful API and operational tools and continued to build new features and manage the technical infrastructure for 2–3 years.

Skills: Python, Django, Celery, Amazon Web Services, System administraion


Ambie website
AWAL website


AWAL is a digital music distributor. They have helped release music by artists such as Radiohead, Todd Terje, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Prince.

Their online platform, built by Code Kitchen, allowed artists to upload products and for staff to process and send them to digital music stores. It reliably handled the processing and delivery of 10s of thousands of products to iTunes and other online stores.

Skills: Python, Django, HTML/CSS, Javascript, Project management, System administraion



Doodar was a service that allowed record labels to bulk generate videos from their catalogue and upload to YouTube for monetisation automatically.

The backend system, built by Code Kitchen, encoded and processed 10s of thousands of videos for artists such as Radiohead and Arthur Russell.

Skills: FFMPEG / video encoding, image processing, YouTube API, Project management, System administraion

Example Video

Doodar website
Emerge website


Emerge provide cost-effective music licensing for commercial spaces across the world.

I was approached by them in 2013 to build a backend system to manage their music catalogue, playlists and generate artists royalties.

Skills: Project scoping, Python, Django, Project management, Internationlisation, System administraion, Report generation



Evermix is social music platform for recording, sharing and streaming live electronic music.

I provided Django development and maintenance for their website as well as extending, and optimising the API used for the iOS and Android mobile apps.

Skills: API development, Amazon Web Services, Python, Django, HTML / CSS, Javascript, Optimisations


Emerge website
RAKSIS screenshot

RAK Studios

Founded in the '70s by Mickie Most, RAK Studios has been home to artists such as Radiohead, Muse, Adele and Plan B.

They commissioned Code Kitchen to build a studio booking and invoicing system to replace their old, manual, paper-based system. It has reduced time to make bookings, allows staff to enter data remotely and helped formalise processes.

Skills: Project scoping, Python, Django, HTML / CSS, Javascript, Report generation, Project management, System administraion


Ben Tappin

I have been a software and web developer for well over a decade and freelance for almost half of the time. I've worked at web agencies, software houses and in tech teams for service and product companies using a whole host of languages and systems: everything from C# to Python, Postgres to MySQL and Windows to Unix.

I have overseen the backend development of a music streaming service that streams to hundreds of businesses and a music distribution platform that delivers gigabytes of music to iTunes, Amazon and Spotify daily.

My work takes me across the stack from frontend development through to the backend (where I specialise) and on to system infrastructure and administration.

Many projects that I've worked on have included outsourcing portions of the work and I'm comfortable managing the technical side of the project if you don't have a technical team. Equally, I can work with your current team on either existing or new projects.

But what kind of developer am I?

I believe in:

  • agile project management
  • testing
  • good communication
  • code reviews
  • automation

What I can help you with

Full web system builds

I have extensive experience in working with the Django web framework which allows for rapid development and I can take a project from inception through to implementation. I tend to work on backend business systems as opposed to design-led work, but I can team up with designers and expert frontend developers to work on any kind of project.

Have an existing project?

If you need some extra help during a busy period, or are short on staff, then I can easily slot into your existing technical team to help you out. I've freelanced for agencies and product companies in addition to running projects.


Know you need a web platform but don't know your HTML from your Javascript? I can come and chat with you, jargon-free, to help you find a way forward.

Djanitor: Django project maintenance

If you have an existing Django app that isn't being actively maintained then you may benefit from my Djanitor service. It is designed for projects that are not under active development but require upkeep and small modifications to keep them secure and operating smoothly to give you peace of mind.

Like what you see?

I'm always interested in talking about new projects and opportunities so please feel free to get in touch. And if I can't help you I might know someone who can.

I mostly work remotely but I can work on-site in the Manchester area. I'm happy to travel for meetings when working remotely and use your productivity tools and processes.



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