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Published on August 11th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Def Con Sound System’s Adam Sewell On His New “Silver Bullets” Album, Rick Rubin & More

Since 1996, Adam Sewell — a Toronto, Canada-based, Juno Award-winning musician — has used Def Con Sound System as a catch-all band name for his miscellaneous musical projects; including soundtracks, one-off live performances, and even a short-lived full-on touring band. Yet only last month in July 2019 did Sewell release the debut full-length album for Def Con Sound System, Silver Bullets, as released via Sewell’s own Toronto-based Stereo Dynamite Recordings record label.

Adam Sewell began writing the first Def Con Sound System full-length album in 2008. In 2011, the first single from the not-yet-finished album, “Pistol Whipped,” was released. The song featured a Clash-meets-1960s spy soundtrack-sounding vibe which would hint at the direction Sewell and Def Con Sound System were headed musically. Sewell would then find himself sidetracked for a number of years, co-writing and producing the critically-acclaimed retro-soul, debut solo album by former Love Inc. vocalist Simone Denny titled The Stereo Dynamite Sessions Vol. 1. Co-produced by Sewell and Jon Drew (Arkells, Tokyo Police Club, F**ked Up), Silver Bullets was conceived, and written as a fictional movie soundtrack compilation album, combining radically different sounding songs and soundscapes.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Adam Sewell himself by phone in July 2019, and highlights from that phone chat are embedded below for your listening pleasure. More on Def Con can be found via http://defconsoundsystem.bandcamp.com and www.facebook.com/defconsoundsystem.


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is a New York resident (and Long Island native) with over 15 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. In the years following, he worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer.Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Format Magazine, Businessweek, The Improper, the L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. He has been a member of the SATW and the IFWTWA organizations as a food and travel writer.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host the recently-launched "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with PureGrainAudio.


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