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Paul Midcalf

Owner, Audio Sorcery Recording Studios

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Amazing from start to finish. Really put Holly at ease right from the beginning. She came out beaming & so proud of her songs.

Holly

from London, Singer Gold, 10th July 2021

It's a really food experience and they make you feel welcome. I would recommend you to go!

Demi

from Ilford, Singer Diamond, 7th July 2021

Fun! I had such an amazing experience, it was really fun and exciting! Paul is a very nice person and made me feel very welcome 🙂

Amy-Louise

from Brasted, Sevenoaks, Singer Gold Pro, 22nd June 2021

Today is my fourth visit. Paul is lovely as usual, soon helps me to chill and relax into my singing. My children have paid for this experience as my Christmas gift since 2017 through 2018 and 2019. I was unable to use it in 2020 so today has been a long time coming - but it didn't disappoint. Can't wait to come back! Thank you Paul.

Linda

from Longfield, Kent, Singer Emerald, 16th June 2021

'I really enjoyed it. It was something I have never done before.' Paul really made my daughter feel at ease and she loved the whole experience.

Abi

from Crowborough, Singer Silver Plus, 12th June 2021

Fantastic experience, Paul is really friendly and certainly knows what he is doing, he even made me sound good!!!

Peter

from Minster, Isle of Sheppey, Singer Gold, 11th June 2021

Absolutely fabulous day. Paul you have been brilliant. Very patient & kind.

Gail

from Hastings, Singer Cut Diamond, 10th June 2021

Had a great time. It was on my bucket list. Made to feel very welcomed. Would definitely recommend to others.

Ell

from Rochester, Singer Gold, 29th May 2021

Another awesome experience. Thank you very much. Will be back I'm sure.

Matthew

from Horsham, Singer Platinum, 20th May 2021

Lovely experience and after arriving nervous I was made to feel at home and the pressure was lifted. I left feeling great, having had an hour laughing and chatting away. I would fully recommend this experience to anyone whether you feel you are a singer or not.

Jamie

from Crawley, Singer Silver, 15th May 2021

It was a wonderful party. The Children really enjoyed the experience. Thank you

The Rainbelles

from Bells Yew Green, Pop Star Party Platinum, 15th May 2021

I was very apprehensive beforehand, as this isn't the type of singing I usually do (I'm a classical singer) & haven't even attended any karaoke sessions! However, I had a lot of fun & really enjoyed singing my songs in the recording studio! Thank you very much Paul.

Jayne

from Biggin Hill, Singer Gold, 13th May 2021

The platinum songwriting experience day is perfect for artists who love singing and writing songs but have little to none production skills! As an artist who is just starting out with releasing music this experience was extremely educational, along with being fun and exciting. Paul was amazing from the production side and really brought my ideas to life. I would 100% recommend and will 100% be doing the experience again!

Mollie

from Crowborough, Songwriter Platinum, 10th May 2021

I really enjoyed it here. I'm glad I was confident and went with the flow. I felt comfortable singing too.

Paige

from Bedford, Singer Gold, 8th May 2021

We had the best time recording four songs, it was a great experience and the producer was super friendly and fun to be around! Definitely will be coming back to record more songs!

The Zaffire Twins

from Hassocks, Singer Platinum, 8th May 2021

I was quite nervous at first but Paul helped build my confidence. I had loads of fun and I'm so happy with the final outcomes. Best present ever - I would 100% recommend.

Jessica

from Watford, Singer Gold, 8th May 2021

I had a great experience, I had a lot of fun and although very nervous, Paul was extremely professional and helped put me at ease. I would 100% recommend this experience.

Kassy

from Maidstone, Singer Emerald Plus, 7th May 2021

I am in awe. Fantastic experience! Paul is very professional and kind at all times. I can really recommend this experience to all. Thank you very much!

Dehlia

from Horsham, Singer Silver Plus, 27th April 2021

Really enjoyed the day. I will be back.

Gary

from Sheerness, Singer Diamond, 16th April 2021

I think it was absolutely amazing. A great experience and I would do it again. There was amazing coaching and feedback and I will recommend to all my singing friends.

Elise

from Oxted, Singer Gold, 19th December 2020

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Do you really need a voice to cut your own CD? Yes, Helen Lederer discovers, but not necessarily a good one. Woman and Home Magazine

Well, I’ve done it in the bath, with a hairbrush and in the car - but I haven't done it in public - and call me a prude, but I haven‘t done it in front of two strangers either. I mention this in order to explain the slightly raised blood pressure I felt when stepping out on to a sweet little Kent station to be met by Paul - a singing maestro who was going to make my school girl fantasy come true. He was going to get me to sing a song, record it and send me home with a personal CD. Calm, moi?

Although Paul reassured me that all sorts come to sing their own CDs with him: “Grandparents, teens, five-year-olds." I noticed he hadn't included the tone deaf, the shy or singer-phobic, which was worrying. You see, I was avoiding something that, sooner or later, we were all going to have to confront. In spite of my closet hope (now firmly out of the bag) that I, too, could sound like Dido, Madonna and Celine rolled into one, could I actually do it?

My biggest fear was that when I opened my mouth, I'd either be mute or sound like a baby starling or parrot. After all, I'd been chucked out of the school choir and I only sing in church if I’m next to a loud person, or in a group situation if drunk. But at least I was prepared. When I first spoke to Paul on the phone, he suggested I peruse some 2,700 titles on his website or even come up with one of my own, “to practice”. He would make sure I‘d be sent the lyrics beforehand. In the event, I chose Yesterday by Paul (the other one) because I felt it would be easier to tackle than Nessun Dorma and more engaging than Needles & Pins. 

We drew up outside a pretty house set in a fantastic valley with great views and various buildings dotted about. John (my second maestro/singer/teacher) was waiting for us with a twinkle in his eye, a smile and a cup of coffee. So far, so very good. Next, I was standing in a warm, wood-panelled studio with a microphone stand, a music holder thing and OMIGOD - earphones! Once those were on, I knew there would be no going back.

John suggested breathing out to empty my lungs in order to fill up nicely. I felt like a pair of fireside bellows - all very cosy and at home and not at all self-conscious. In fact, it was only when I heard those famous guitar chords spilling into my cans that the panic set in. I was to sing the words to Yesterday over Paul McCartney’s guitar backing. It felt ghostly and awe-inspiring at the same time.

I tried to get a grip and adopt a “Kylie-Minogue-being-filmed-for-comic-relief,” type of stance, but I wasn’t very convincing. Suddenly, I heard Paul’s cheery voice in my cans say “Here we go, after four bars…”

I struck out into my first yodel of Yesterday. This was fine. but then I got fixated about whether I should go up or down on the words “far away,” which were still in the first line.

This took some sorting out. Then it got better, especially when the power of the famous music took over. In fact, there were bits of the song that really made the whiskers stand up on the back of my neck and beyond.

After several “takes,” I went into Paul's section to recover and watch him twiddle knobs. This was where he was going to make the song sound less like a hamster solo and more like, well, a CD.

When I first heard myself back. I did the decent thing - I screamed. "I sound like I'm 10!" John agreed that singing was like releasing the inner child. Trouble was, I wasn't sure I was ready to share mine with the rest of the world, so I said, “Can‘t you do something to alter it, Paul?” Paul replied. “I have already." Luckily, he had a sense of humour and resumed knob twiddling until my inner child sounded less Brownie pack and more womanly.

Meanwhile, John was strumming his guitar to a tune I'd become inspired to tell him about. It felt glorious. Here I was strumming, humming and jamming with real musicians! But finally, I had to tear myself away, clutching my CD, as well as one of John's band, The Varlies.

My family were amazed that it sounded so “real”. Their reactions were wide-eyed and open-mouthed in the main with only a tiny amount of laughing. In fact, I‘ve taken to keeping it in my handbag in case anyone has a portable. And, I have to say, that while I've grown fond of The Varlies - I've grown even fonder of the sound of my own voice.

If you’d like to record your own CD, call Paul Midcalf at Recording Experience Gifts on 0800 567 7197, or visit www.recording.gifts. Sessions cost between £99 and £449. W&H

Re-produced with kind permission from Anouschka Meredith, features editor.

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