BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
Three musical legends and a few up-and-coming artists met at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center on May 30 to tour Daytona Beach’s state-of-the-art music recording studio.
Cuba Gooding Sr. of the Main Ingredient, Dr. Otto Gomez and Lawrence Waldon joined young jazz artist Troy Valance and young percussionist Gregory Banks, giving them an impromptu lesson on music while other guests looked on.
“Some of the celebrities performed with the young people, just to bring attention to the studio,” said Percy Williamson of Daytona Beach Leisure Services. “They had the opportunity to perform with a professional and were very ecstatic about it.”
Remarked Gooding during the event,“ This is a wonderful studio that the City of Daytona Beach has.’’
The Midtown Recording Studio is housed in the center, located at 925 George W Engram Blvd. The studio has been in operation since last fall but Williamson says only a soft opening was held at the time. “It’s been open for a little while. We are really out there letting people know we are out there now.”
The studio houses $55,000 worth of premium equipment donated to the city by business partner Pepsico and can host a solo artist up to an entire choir.
“It’s a professional music studio and we have a professional engineer running it,” Williamson said.
“People can make an appointment to come in. We’ve had church groups, solo artists, groups in the entertainment business. They practice, cut a CD or have music mixed.”
Shamisai Chipudhla, a native of Africa, is the recording studio manager. His background includes work an as an engineer, producer, manager and keyboardist.
Retired teachers needed
Music lessons are available as well.
The studio is owned by the city and operated through the Leisure Services Department. The studio is in partnership with Dskcova Music, which is Chipudhala’s music company.
“We do have a fee schedule just depending on what you want to have done. If you want to record or if you want to have some background done, if you just want to record we have an hourly rate,” Williamson added.
That rate starts at $45 an hour. There is a full list of services at the studio.
Retired music teachers are being sought to volunteer their time to help teach young people music over the summer.
For more information or to reserve recording time, call 386-671-5542.