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SPOTLIGHT 39: Everything I Know Is Wrong
 
Artist Name:
Mattowax
  Title:
SPOTLIGHT 39: Everything I Know Is Wrong
 
Date Posted:
November 2010
 
Genre:
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Behringer MX2642A mixer feeding PC running Cakewalk SONAR 5 Producer Edition; Mics: MXL Mogami (vocals and acoustic guitar), AKG D-112 (kick), Sennheiser e604s (toms), MXL 990s (overheads), Shure SM57 (snare); Line 6 PODxt, Fender American Strat, Fender P-Bass Deluxe, Roland keyboard, Breedlove acoustic guitar.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Everything I Know Is Wrong" is a male vocal rock song. Russell played drums, co-produced and handled the recording end of things. All of the additional instruments (guitars, bass, and keys), lead vocals, and co-production were courtesy of Russ Starke. Lisa Starke and Marcus Bagby rounded things out on backing vocals.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
Recording: Hey, so this is where that missing Wallflowers track ended up! Just kidding, although is month's Spotlight shares more than a little of Jakob Dylan's old band's organic acoustic rock vibe. The good news for us is that, to our ears, Russell's recording is more than competitive with that major label ($$$) release. Recorded with some good solid gear (Behringer mixer, AKG, Shure and MXL mics, Fender guitars/bass and Roland keys) and utilizing a PC-based SONAR 5 DAW, Russell, Russ and the gang have shown once again that smart songwriting/arranging and careful attention to detail can yield excellent results.

The drums are beautifully recorded, with rich tom tones and crystalline cymbal sounds. The acoustic guitar is spot on for the genre, as is the great electric slide guitar with its just-gritty-enough flavor. Both the lead and backing vocals sit nicely and are free of artifact, and Russell has done a great job in allowing each instrument to have its own sonic space, providing a wonderful clear bass presence. Bravo to all involved.

We like to think that each of our Spotlights offers a learning experience to you, our loyal readers, and this one is no exception. If clean, clear and soulful is your bag, take time out to study "Everything I Know is Wrong" -- I know that we will!

Summary: Beautifully conceived and executed.

Contact: Russell Gellman/Mattowax, russell_gellman@hotmail.com.

About: Marty Peters

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