Welcome To idol Hands Music, Art & Design

Idol Hands started in 2009 by husband and wife Matt & Elle Hayes. For nine years they ran a music school in Oxted teaching guitar, bass, drums, piano and vocals. The school was popular locally for having such amazing teachers. In 2017 it was time to move to bigger premises.

Idol Hands Music, Art & Design now resides at 24 Station Road West, Oxted.  At the new address there is a shop selling guitars, drums & accessories. There is a gallery for local artists with occasional art evenings. Through the back we have the Idol Hands Music School and rehearsal and recording space.

Meet Our Team

Matt Hayes
Matt HayesDirector
Matt has been surrounded by music since the day he was born, following his Dads music career throughout the 80’s and 90’s with various rock bands, and thus started to learn the guitar at 15.

During the next few years Randy & The Rockets was created, and Matt was asked to be their bass player. Having only learned the guitar so far, he spent the next six months practising and the rest, as they say, is history.

Randy & The Rockets have continued to gig ever since, with Matt as their bassist, rhythm guitarist, vocalist and keyboard player.

For the next 14 years Matt also focused on his career as a graphic designer, working for global companies such as Aston Martin, Harry Potter, Nestle, Porsche and the BBC.

It was during this time he met and bonded over music with Martin Mickels, and so began a long musical partnership, leading on to many different projects i.e. stadium rock covers bands Blacksnake, Saints n Sinners and original music for their bands Crysys and Empire Kill.

Realising that music was his true passion; he left the corporate world to join a local music shop Uptempo, as their Manager, and guitar/bass teacher. Whilst at UpTempo, Matt toured with international band Esoterica, and played with Reckless Ambition (now, recently signed, Saltlake) and DJ’d at some of the South East’s biggest rock venues.

In 2009 an opportunity arose to begin his own business, Idol Hands Music & Design Ltd, providing music lessons for guitar, bass, vocals, piano, drums and music production. Shortly after setting up the music lessons, Matt went on to include a professional recording, photography and design studio, with clients such as comedian and actor Neil Mullarkey, Rolling Thunder and celebrity chef Patrick Williams.

Over the years various other projects came along, including creating The Burning Heart Festival, recording and producing for The Bear And The Bird’s debut album, co-founding mutli-genre record label Mostar Records, and originals duo LickSpittle with Luke Manning.

Bands on the label have included The Riot Tapes, Matt and Luke’s very own alternative outfit LickSpittle (who reached #1 with their second single Lush Hound in Palembang, Indonesia in August 2011), US band Dangerous Idiots and former Queens of the Stone Age, Stewart Copeland, Martina Topley-Bird and Tricky collaborators The Future Shape of Sound.

Luke and Matt continue to write for LickSpittle with a debut album in the pipeline, coming soon.

As well as gigging and teaching, Matt and Martin have run regular, massively successful open mic nights in and around the local area, giving and encouraging local talents of all ages and abilities, an opportunity to perform live.

If you would like to book guitar or bass lessons with Matt, studio time or any graphic design work, please contact us on 01883 370 240, PM us directly or email lessons@idolhands.net

More recently Matt started the charity Clockwork, based in the same building as Idol Hands, which helps young adults with depression and anxiety.

Elle Hayes
Elle HayesManager
Elle has been singing from a very early age performing for all of her toys and friends on a daily basis. Taking part in musicals and plays throughout her school years, enjoying the performing and singing, and assisting backstage with props/costumes etc, but soon realised that theatre was not where she belonged and that singing was her real desire.

She started jamming with friends from the age of 18, and was encouraged by her family to apply to a music course. In 2002 she registered at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, studying contemporary vocals, music theory and harmony, live performance, aural perception, technical studies and business. Elle qualified with a merited Higher Diploma and moved to South London.

Elle went on to provide session vocals for artists, recording lead and backing vocals, gigging with local groups and attending any and every open mic night she could get to. She joined the team at UpTempo music shop in 2008, working the shop floor and teaching. Shortly after this she and her family moved to Oxted.

In 2009 she assisted Matt in creating and setting up Idol Hands Music & Design Ltd, and soon after began teaching performance and vocals. From here Elle has continued her work as a session singer, recording vocals for Moonshine & Molly’s debut album Timeline, delivering backing vocals for local bands Randy & the Rockets and Moonshine & Molly.

Now our full time Manager, she is travelling all over the country gigging with girl trio The Lovettes, gigging acoustic duo Manhattan & Mary Jane, and vintage covers duo The Whiskey Sours.

If you would like vocal lessons with Elle please PM us directly, email us on lessons@idolhands.net, or call us 01883 370 240.

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