CaretakerStudios is a studio specialising in creating mind-blowing tracks for unsigned artists. It is considered one of the favourite recording spots amongst London Mods and Indies!
CaretakerStudios found its' humble beginnings in Highgate, London. Phil Sorrell, an experienced multi-instrumentalist with a wealth of experience touring and busking in the UK and Europe from the mid-70’s to the late 90’s, re-kindled his love for arrangement and production in 2014, when he built a Home recording suite as a hobby. Fast forward to 2020 and CaretakerStudios is now a household name in the world of Mod/Indie, with three full albums in production! CaretakerStudios has now moved to Rock Gardens in Aldershot, so that Phil can focus on CaretakerStudios full time.
We provide bespoke production services for the unsigned artist. Following an initial consultation, Phil can provide you with a fully arranged, mixed and mastered song. All he needs is your guide vocals and accompaniment or demo! An added service CaretakersStudios can provide is the use of their in-house session musicians – the Caretaker Crew. Whether it be backing vocals, or additional guitars, the Caretaker Crew are on hand to add an extra sparkle to your song!
Ever wanted a live recording immortalised through video?! We can also include live recordings in our roster, having produced the music videos for Darron J Connett (Rome Will Fall) and John Donegan (Daddies Ill) and The Theme (Hold Me) to name a few. If you enjoy getting a live recording of your latest track along with some footage, this could even be featured as one of our 'Black and White Sessions', as featured on our YouTube Channel. We do it all!
The heart of CaretakerStudios is found in Jenn. Jenn is Phil’s wife and nothing less than an irreplaceable and vital part of the studio. She may be living in the background most of the time and takes no part in the music production but I’ll tell you what: if you’ll ever get a drink whilst in the studio, she poured it. If you’ll ever be lucky enough to get fed freshly made food, she’s the one feeding you.
Caretakerstudios is a young family that grows as you grow, and vice versa. It’s a passionate team of experienced musicians and music-production enthusiasts that only have a single goal in mind: to give unsigned and original artists the chance to be heard.
Production, Mixing, Mastering,
Bass, Guitar, String Arrangements, Drum Programming & Keyboards
Phil is a multi instrumentalist, producer and 'Head Honcho' of CaretakerStudios.
Phil started his musical career by playing violin with the bow in the wrong direction. Yet, when reprimanded by his 'technique', he responded by demonstratively playing the set piece perfectly by ear. This gives you a good indication of how his talent progressed over the course of the next four decades.
Phil embodies 'practice makes perfect' having taught himself the guitar, bass, and keys as a teen before founding and playing in bands in the London music scene in the 80s. Career highlights during this time included depping for the bassist during rehearsals with 'Sinead O' Connor (when 'Nothing Compares 2 U' was number 1), a visit by 'Weathergirls' when running a rehearsal studio and a very close encounter with a record deal with his band 'Chokumchild'. Phil always took center stage in writing the songs and the production of his band's demo tapes (Chokumchild and Kissing Kowalski), which he did single handedly. This was his introduction to multi-tracking.
Though this continued in the 90s, the majority of his experience here was in the Studio, where he recorded himself and others in his own studio with an 8 track analog and made a good living in Amsterdam by busking, with great success.
After moving back to London and starting his family, Phil rekindled his romance with Production and arrangement in 2014, when Caretakerstudios was born.
Vocals, Backing vocals, Keys
Izzy has become an integral part of the CaretakerStudios sound with her stunning backing vocals. Educated with both a Bachelor and Masters degree in Popular Music and with backing vocal, performance, production and teaching experience in a broad range of musical styles, she can bring your track to the next level. She also happens to be Phil's daughter.
Joel Rogers debut solo album (Better Late Than Never) release Feb 2021
Psykobilly (Patron Saint Of Nothing) release 2021
Phil Sorrell (Caretaker Studios Compilation Double album)
Darren Tuck (All The Good Good People)
MAZE isolation tracks, mixing & mastering
John Donegan (Been Sold Flat)
John Donegan (Putney)
Phil Sorrell plus Special Guests (Electro Pt 1 & Pt 2)
Richard Lucas, ex Broxton Hundred (Single ‘Always Looking For You’)
Darron J Connett, (ADVANTAGES OF LIVING)
The Theme, (Distance EP)
The Winachi Tribe - (2 remixes of single A ROOM WITH A ZOO, included on the release)
Hightown Pirates, (DRY AND HIGH - 4 remixes: Just for Today, Last Chance Saloon, Million Reasons, Perfect Strangers, included on the release)
Darron J Connett, (LOYALTY LIES)
Rusty Eagan feat. Midge Ure, (Remix of GLORIOUS from WELCOME TO THE REMIX)
Ross Harper and the 555s, (RICHER)
Check out our Releases!
The Caretaker Crew feature a roster of session musicians, who are able to be featured on your track.
Jake Stanton, who is able to create real custom drum tracks from 'Big Fig Studios'.
Luke Namaste, who is our resident Clarinet player.
Alex Connolly-Read, who has years of performance experience with a variety of function bands he manages.
Full album review of Patron Saint Of Nothing by SleepingBagStudios