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<strong>Sevenstring.org Song Of The Month: January 20`0 - Darkadian's "One Foot Out The Grave"</strong>
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<b>Darkadian's "One Foot Out The Grave"
<img style="padding:20px;" src="http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/9710/darkadianlogo.jpg" alt="Keith Merrow"/>
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<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;"> Name/age/location: </span>
Matt Crawford/25/Cambs, UK
<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">Who are your biggest musical influences?</span>
Iíve always been a sucker for groove. I think metal (music in generally, really) is utterly pointless unless itís moving you, making you irresistibly tap your foot, and as a result Iíve always had the greatest admiration for the exponents of that element within music.
Dimebag Darrell is a pretty obvious one. He was really the first guitar player that gave me that feeling of irresistible swing. I defy anybody to listen to By Demons Be Driven and resist slowly headbanging with a grimace. I think itís physically impossible.
Rob Flynn, Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo/Fozzy), Nuno Bettencourt, James Hetfield, Thordendal/Hagstrom, Arnold/Devries etc etc. All amazing rhythm players with enormous groove, feel, and swing. Thatís what Iím about!
<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;"> For those who haven't yet heard your song, describe "One Foot Out The Grave" in seven words or less:</span>
Grooviní, angry, dark, stuck in the 90ís!
<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">What was the writing process like for "One Foot Out The Grave"?</span>
Bit of a weird one actually, because it was all a huge accident!
I never intended on incorporating 6-string stuff into Darkadian, but then I bought an Ibanez SA260 from everyoneís favourite simian prog-metal prodigy Chimp Spanner, and sort of needed an excuse to use it I guess. I just started riffing on it, came up with the first 2 minutes after a couple of days of having it, recorded a little scratch demo, and then sold the guitar about a week or two later!
The clip stayed like that for months, until I listened back to it and realised I really wanted to pick it up again, and perhaps start writing on a 6 more often. So I borrowed a guitar from Ryan (other guitarist in Darkadian, and ĎMr.Sí on the forum) and just finished writing it and recorded it within a couple of weeks. Totally taken by surprise at how much gusto I had for it. I guess I hit a vein of inspiration at the right time!
<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">Did the song turn out as you'd envisioned it?</span>
Yeah I guess so. I mean, it was one of those ones that sort of took off on autopilot. This happens a lot with me Ė Iíll write the first minute or two of a song and get a basic grasp of its Ďfeelí, then itíll sit there for a few weeks while I work on other things, and by the time itís finished it has elements in it that I never imagined it would have after writing the first half of it, but it still manages to somehow work. I think we all do that to some extent. Itís quite a natural way to ease your way into a song without it sounding forced.
<img style="padding:20px;" align="right" src="http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/8012/darkadianpic.jpg" alt="Keith Merrow"/>
<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">What gear was used for the recording of "One Foot Out The Grave"?</span>
Ibanez RGT42DX with EMG 81/85 combo > PodXT (used only for monitoring. Only DI tracks were recorded to disk) > Nuendo 3.
For guitars I used a whole bunch of VSTís. First in the signal chain was this TS emulator called Tubescreamerís Secret. Really neat little plug-in that gives a nice warm boost. Then I ran it into a plug-in by LePou based on an Engl Powerball called the LE456. Amazing pre-amp, has a very un-digital tone to it, and is a lot warmer and more "3D" than other modelling VSTís. That went into the now famous Catharsis impulses, a little EQ and voila.
Bass was recorded DI running through IK Multimedia Ampeg SVX. SVT-Pro model into Ampeg 8x10 (canít remember the mic or anything, sorry!).
Drums were Metal Foundry.
Guitars are being re-amped as I type this, through a modified Peavey 5150II and Engl Savage 120. All guitars for the album may eventually be re-amped when everything is recorded, so the tones that I use for now may or may not be the final ones. Iím still experimenting and shopping around for things! (ALWAYS RECORD DI, KIDS!)
Mastered using IK Multimedia T-Racks 3
<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">Where should people go if they want to contact you or hear more of your music?</span>
You can check us out at the links below. Thanks for all your votes!
Darkadian on MySpace
Darkadian Studios official website
Darkadian Studios on MySpace
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