Los Angeles, CA (February 9, 2005)–Matt Malley, who recently parted company with Counting Crows after 14 years as the band’s bass player, has begun tracking a debut solo album at his home studio. Malley’s invested in a number of Neumann microphones to record his vocals and drum kit for the project.
“They’re the stars of my studio,” said Malley of the Neumanns. “For my vocals, I use a Neumann M149. John Mayer recommended that mic to me. We were out touring with him last year and he said, to quote him, ‘The M149 is the only mic you’re ever going to need for recording.’ And he’s right.”
Malley’s talents extend beyond the bass. “I was a piano major at university. So I’m actually a keyboard player. I guess bass was my hobby in Counting Crows for 14 years. So I’ve got the basses covered, and keyboards, and simple guitars. But I’m probably going to get some help with the guitar leads.”
For the drum parts on his solo project, which he is tracking to Pro Tools, he has been using drum programs. “I’m going to get a live drummer to come in. I’ll have him play to those tracks. I have a drum kit set up with my Neumann TLM103s. I’ve got three of them–a stereo matching pair, plus a third one.”
Malley is parting with Counting Crows on a high note. “Accidentally In Love,” written by Adam Duritz, Dan Vickery, David Immergluck, David Bryson and Malley for the Shrek 2 soundtrack, is in contention for two upcoming awards. In early December, the song was nominated for a Grammy for the Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Later that same month it was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.
“I’m thrilled,” he confided. “It’s a good thing to have on my resumé. Counting Crows is notoriously mopey, but Adam wrote the lion’s share of a really up-tempo, upbeat song.” He added, “I’d like to get into soundtracks.”
Meanwhile, he said, “I’ve been chipping away at my solo album. I’m tracking, and that’s exciting.” With influences ranging from Crosby, Stills and Nash to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, he described his solo efforts as “like Neil Young if he were to sing with Yes. I’m not as cerebral as they are. I’m more mainstream,” he added.