Recording studio session with Mim Grey

Mim Grey returned to the studio on 14th September to begin recording her second album. I was kindly invited to come along to one of the sessions and saw Mim Grey joined by drummer Steve Vintner, guitarist and backing vocalist James Deane, bass player Nick Pugh, guitarist and producer for the album Pete Billington and songwriting partner Cori Josias. There was a great atmosphere in the studio and they all seemed very relaxed around each other.

I joined the session just after the lunch break and was treated to a tour of Phoenix Sound Studios at Pinewood Studios. It is very professionally set out and gave a lovely intimate feeling to the recording while still feeling impressive. The main recording room was set out with different booths around the walls for the different musicians and there was a link in place which enabled the control room to speak directly to the musicians while they were playing. The control room itself looked very impressive with a state of the art sound deck and was furnished with very comfortable chairs.

I was able to listen to one of the almost completed songs from Mim's album, Mr Big Man. I have heard Mim sing this at various gigs in the past and hearing it played back enforced my belief in the strength of the song. Mim has added claps into the track which makes it different from a lot of her other songs and gives it an energy that you can't help but tap your feet to. The intro of Mr Big Man launches in with just Mim singing and the claps which is a great way to start a song and a way to differentiate it from Mim's successful single from her first album, Sunday Best. In my opinion it should definitely be considered as a single.

The other two songs I heard were very different to Mr Big Man but I can definitely see how they will develop to add to the album. The band started the afternoon with the song Blue Dress. It is a lovely song and serves to give the album a happy, comfortable feel with a solid melody and a good hook. Towards the end of my time at the studio, everyone decided to return to the song Ways Of Love, a song that it appeared they had recorded earlier on in the week. It is a very strong song with hints of Reachin' Down The Years from Mim's debut album and has a great story behind it. All of Mim's songs have a great story to them and can draw a listener into her world easily.

In the time since her debut album Mim has gone from strength to strength and I look forward to hearing the final version of her album. The melodies behind all the tracks are very well formed and played beautifully by the assembled musicians. It was an amazing experience to see an album being recorded and to see all the work that goes into it. I know that from now on when I listen to any album I will have this in mind and think of all the hard work that goes into it.

The album is as yet untitled and is due to be released in January 2012 with a tour to support the album in late 2011 and early 2012. After my time at the studio I am very excited to hear the completed album and I feel sure it's going to be a strong one. Five stars from me!