Simon Phillips: Mixing 'Origin Of Species' (Album by DarWin)
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A detailed conversation with Simon Phillips (Toto) on mixing the epic and intricate musical fantasy concept album 'Origin Of Species' with DarWin. A complex project thatâs eschews the hollow immediacy of much contemporary art. A story that demands attention and imagination. With music sweeping in scope, at times evoking hard rock virtuoso shredding, alongside grand orchestral compositions, warm harmonies and soaring choruses.
The band consists of Simon Phillips (Drums), DarWin (Guitar) and Matt Bissonette (Vocals & Bass).
The album also features guest performances from the likes of Greg Howe (guitar), Jeff Babko (keyboards), Dennis Hamm (keyboards), Ernst Tibbs (bass), Katisse Buckingham (Flute, Soprano Sax), Masala B (spoken word), The Origin of Species Quartet, The Reykjavik String Quartet and The Chamber Orchestra Of London (Conductor Matt Dunkley).
The album was recorded at Phantom Recordings, Sherman Oaks, Ca, with additional recording at The Doghouse, Woodland Hills, Ca / Rose Lane Studios, Carpenteria, Ca / Megatrax, Ventura, Ca / Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom & Sundlaugin Studio, Reykjavik, Iceland.
The album was produced by DarWin and Simon Phillips.
"At the end of it all, DarWin have saved the concept album as well as the planet." Classic Rock
"Ambitious and mysterious prog project that yearns to inspire social change." Prog Magazine
"Ninety minutes of the highest quality progressive rock I have heard in a very long time.â The Moshville Times