Dan Spitz, co-founding member, co-producer and lead guitarist of the American thrash metal band Anthrax, and vocalist Michaela Paige, a Top 12 contestant on Season 3 of NBC's hit reality TV show The Voice, have collaborated to form P.S., a unique blues duo with the mission of raising autism awareness around the world through a soon-to-be-released, self-titled acoustic EP. For the project, Spitz plays several unique Weissenborn lap slide guitars, which he recorded using a stereo pair of DPA Microphones' d:dicate™ 4011A Cardioid Microphones, an equally distinctive microphone capable of capturing the instruments' exceptional acoustics. In addition, Spitz knew that DPA's d:facto™ Vocal Microphone would lend perfectly to Paige's vocal range. The pair will also use DPA microphones during a performance on the 2015 NAMM Show Main Stage on Thursday, January 22 at 1 p.m.
Having previously used DPA's d:dicate 4011A to record the Weissenborn, Spitz knew that the mic would once again be perfect for this album. "The unique sounds that can be achieved with this instrument help me bring my personal experiences to life," says Spitz. "With the Weissenborn, you're playing all frequencies continually, and that's the beauty of the instrument. The 4011A captures baritone to alto sounds and gives the microphone a chance to recover, even in a condenser form, before switching over to grab another frequency. When I started to select microphones that would best suit this recording, I knew I needed something that could project the purity and tonality of my instrument and Michaela's vocals. The songs had to sound exactly like what we heard while we played. I knew the natural sound of the DPA mics would be an ideal solution."
Paige, who is using the d:facto with both wired and wireless setups, echoes Spitz' sentiments. "I think this is an absolutely beautiful microphone," she says. "The d:facto has a clearness and a smoothness to it that I haven't found with previous microphones. I fell in love with it the first time I used it. I've noticed that Dan's mics are also great at picking up the bluesy sound of his Weissenborn, giving our album just the right amount of soul. I'm very happy to have been introduced to all of the DPA mics. They perfectly capture the sound of this project, which encompasses everything Dan and I believe in."
In the future, the duo plans to take the d:dicate 4011A and d:facto mics on the road, praising the simplicity of switching between setups and having mics that can highlight the range of sounds. "I'm excited to take the mics on the road with me for my live performances, like the one at the 2015 NAMM Show," Spitz adds. "We have a great sound that will appeal to a large audience, not just blues fans. My goal is to raise autism awareness through music, and I plan on reaching as many people as possible."
In addition to his role as Anthrax's lead guitarist and co-producer, Spitz's six-string accomplishments include several Platinum, Multi-Platinum or Gold albums and soundtracks, as well as three Grammy® nominations. He is also the first heavy metal artist to have his music played on another planet. Chosen by NASA to place the first top 10 song chart on Mars to awaken the NASA Curiosity Rover 2012 - alongside prestigious songs from Frank Sinatra and the Beatles, among other revered artists - Spitz can be thought of as the first intergalactic heavy metal recording artist.
Already an iTunes Top 100 artist, 19-year-old Paige has made it to the Top 10 on U.K. and German Dance charts and has been mentioned in USA Today newspaper, Rolling Stone magazine and on Access Hollywood. With a voice that's reminiscent of the greats, like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, Paige has wowed international audiences and philanthropic circles, performing jazz, blues and R&B standards.
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