The Voice Tank opens in Farragut
The Farragut community has a new way to hold a party.
Darren Ellis and Scott Brantley have partnered to open The Voice Tank, a recording studio that focuses on parties.
The business, located in Suite 5 of Concord Square shopping center at 11000 Kingston Pike, where Pittsburgh Paints is situated, held its first party March 26.
“We looked around. We wanted a warehouse, industrial feel, and Kingston Pike and Farragut are a great place for this.” Ellis said.
The Voice Tank holds birthday, retirement and bachelorette parties, charitable and corporate events, weddings and other occasions. While it does not serve alcohol, event attendees can bring their own beverages, he said.
“We throw amazing, memorable birthday parties for children and adults,” Ellis said.
“We use professional equipment,” Brantley said. “It’s like a high-tech birthday party. Every-thing is done in high definition.”
Customers can rent out space for two hours or three hours and record songs while Brantley photographs them as they are recording.
“We have a list of songs they would like to sing from,” Ellis said. “They will come in, record those songs or do a video. We have two cameras.
“One is on the inside [of the recording studio] and the other is on the outside while they are cutting the cake and etc.”
When event attendees are done recording, they can have their party outside the “tank.”
“We give them photos and video of the event,” Ellis said.
Attendees also can choose to sing karaoke rather than record, and the recording studio offers other purposes.
“It’s also a full-service, professional studio, so bands can record there,” Ellis said. And, businesses can create commercials.
“We have a green screen with which we can shoot commercials,” Ellis said.
The idea for The Voice Tank came about after Brantley hosted a birthday party for a friend’s child.
“I have a small recording studio in my house,” he said. “A friend’s son was having his 10th birthday.”
“The friend asked if he could bring his kids over,” Ellis said. “Around 17 kids came over and sang for three hours.”
“We had a lady from ‘American Idol’ come and sing with the kids,” Brantley said. “After three hours they didn’t want to leave. I decided to make a business out of it.”
Brantley also is a photographer, designs websites and teaches art at Painting With a Twist, which has moved next door to The Voice Tank. He approached Ellis, Kevin Huppert and some others about the idea for the business.
“I knew Scott. I worked with him before on website stuff,” Ellis said. “He creates videos.”
Brantley said he and his partners are getting ready to turn The Voice Tank into a franchise.
“There are five or six other businesses who do what we do but not to the extent we do,” he said. “We are the originals.”
Another plan is to work with Make A Wish Foundation and arrange for celebrities to sing with the children.
While the studio is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, Ellis said people can book a party any time by going online to its website at thevoicetank.com.
For more information about The Voice Tank, call 865-544-8609.