KAY TAPPIN - Her lifelong dream is what started it all

It had always been my dream to put out an album of country music. In 2014 I had the honour of representing NZ, alongside 3 other NZ'ers, at the Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year finals on Norfolk Island. When we returned home, we started looking at recording options and we were gob-smacked at t​he quotes we were sent. It seemed my dream was going to be dashed, a lifelong ambition would never happen because we just couldn't afford it. 

KEVIN TAPPIN - He took on the studio creation

When we started getting those "higher than expected" quotes for Kay's album, we put our heads together and decided we probably had the ability to learn how to run a studio of our own. So Kay and I bought some professional recording hardware and software and started putting the studio together. We built an audio workstation and started a steep learning curve. I enrolled in a Berklee Sound engineer course and a year later I was qualified.

JOY ADAMS - Joy inspired us to carry on for others

Somehow Michael convinced one NZ's top female country music stars, Joy Adams to record her next album in our studio. At that stage we didn't have a vocal booth, so between Michael, myself, Kay and my bro Selwyn Rangitutia, we built and wired one up over the weekend we were ready for action by the following Monday. Joy became the first client to use the vocal booth. She was rapt with the sound we were capturing. Before we knew it we had produced, mixed and mastered an album for a NZ legend and Mill Corner Recording Studios was up and running.