EP 135: Matt Ross-Spang – Leaning into Simplicity

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Over the past decade, Matt Ross-Spang has emerged as one of the premiere record producers and engineers working today across country, folk, rock and roll, and R&B. Known for a philosophy of putting artists first and for a skillset that’s enabled him to capture a vintage warmth and energy without ever sounding stuffy or dated, Ross-Spang has a discography that encompasses production, engineering and mixing for legends, perennial critical favorites and some of his own generation’s most exciting musicmakers: Elvis Presely, Lou Reed, Al Green, John Prine, Jason Isbell, Mountain Goats, Cut Worms, Drive-By Truckers, Margo Price, Lucero, Iron & Wine, St. Paul and the Broken Bones. He has won two Grammy Awards, for engineering Isbell’s 2015 album Something More than Free and again for its follow-up, 2017’s The Nashville Sound.


  • Working at Sun Studios
  • Recording a full band with less than 9 mics
  • Vintage recording styles vs. modern approaches
  • Recording drums that have character
  • Recording in mono
  • Using minimal processing
  • EQing and compression on busses, instead of individual tracks
  • Gain staging your mix
  • Embracing bleed in your recordings
  • Using far mics for overdubs
  • Creating roomy recordings in small environments
  • Finding unique places to stick microphones
  • Using digital technology in an analog environment
  • Making samples sound organic
  • Building his studio, Southern Grooves

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