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It all started a long time ago

Anawaty Russell (Cass Anawaty and Paul Russell) are a duo split by thousands of miles but united by one motivating factor – to make sonically outstanding music.

Sometime around 1999-2000 in a NNTP chat room based around the now defunct music software known as Sonar, two very different men with very different viewpoints, found common ground in music. After a few initial forays into musical collaboration, they decided to collaborate on something bigger.

The result was their debut album, Monjour, which was a refreshing mixture of pop instrumentals and deep ambient pieces. Although only a minor success, the accolades and recognition it achieved inspired them to continue with their long distance collaboration. And in 2012 Paul arrived in Portland, Oregon with the stems that the team would then mix in Cass’ recording studio. This became the album Analog Universe, which received much larger recognition in the ambient world, critical acclaim and radio play of influential shows like Renée Blanche’s Night Tides among many others.

Noe they have moved on to other interests. Cass has moved to Arizona, where he runs Sonoran Mastering and is involved with other projects like 2002 and Majestica. Paul is now an award winning film maker in South East Asia. Monjour Encore in their final release. 

 

Cass Anawaty

 

Cass Anawaty is a talented musician and producer who owns Sonaran Mastering Studio in Arizona. 

He has been involved with music for over 20 years. As a guitarist he has studied with fingerstyle legend Alex DeGrassi, Flamenco purist Mark Taylor, and renowned Jazz performer/instructor Don Latarski.

His years of work as a musician and composer led him to found  Sunbreak Musicin Portland 2002 as a platform for media composition and production. In 2015 he moved to Arizona to found Sonoran Mastering. 

As he realized a need for ‘proper’ mastering in the digital audio world, he began extensive study in the ‘black arts’ of audio mastering and surround sound. He gains personal satisfaction through helping artists realise their dreams.

Cass is also currently performing with 2002 for live engagements.

 

 

Paul Russell

 

Paul Russell is an award winning film maker and musician who runs a small film production company in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

British born Paul was brought up on a strict diet of Eddie Cochran, the Beatles and the Tamla Motown sounds of the sixties. By the 70’s he was spending all his pocket money on albums by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Roxy Music. Until Punk arrived and he actually picked up a guitar and started to make music himself.

He soon settled on the bass guitar as his instrument of choice and, although he can scratch out a rudimentary tune or two on the six string and the piano, he still maintains his love for the engine room of the band, the link between the rhythm that drives and the melody that charms.

In the early 80’s he started recording with his first Teac 244, which was quickly upgraded to the 8 track version. Recording and music went on the back burner during the 90’s, but in 1999 he installed Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 onto his home PC and started it all again.

In 2004 he released his first indie album “Pop Friction” under the band name Calamity Pop, featuring Singaporean singer Zuq Iruall.

The leading track from this album, Rollercoaster, gained significant airplay on Singapore radio and was featured on MTV Originals back in the day when MTV was actually about music.

2006 saw the release of their 2nd album, “Pop Addiction/Club Friction”. This was a double album, the first full of original pop/rock songs, and the second featuring 8 dance remixes of the first album. Again, this went on to moderate success in local radio. But Paul being the lazy sod that he is never really took it further.

As such, these two albums also marked the last of the tracks that he would write and release in the pop/rock genre.


 

New Direction, More Recognition

Between 2005 and 2007, he created a new album, Nagraan, made of new songs and some remixes using vocal samples from Bollywood songs of the 40’s and 50’s. It’s kinda weird but it works, however it is sadly no longer available.

In 2012 he moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he owns and runs a small film production house called Full Throttle Films. His work takes him all over South East Asia and the Middle East and he has won several international awards for his short films, including this one.

He has been happily married for over 30 years to a very patient and encouraging wife, Amanda, and has two wonderful sons, Michael and Connor.

  

It all started a long time ago

Anawaty Russell (Cass Anawaty and Paul Russell) are a duo split by thousands of miles but united by one motivating factor – to make sonically outstanding music.

Sometime around 1999-2000 in a NNTP chat room based around the now defunct music software known as Sonar, two very different men with very different viewpoints, found common ground in music. After a few initial forays into musical collaboration, they decided to collaborate on something bigger.

The result was their debut album, Monjour, which was a refreshing mixture of pop instrumentals and deep ambient pieces. Although only a minor success, the accolades and recognition it achieved inspired them to continue with their long distance collaboration. And in 2012 Paul arrived in Portland, Oregon with the stems that the team would then mix in Cass’ recording studio. This became the album Analog Universe, which received much larger recognition in the ambient world, critical acclaim and radio play of influential shows like Renée Blanche’s Night Tides among many others.

Noe they have moved on to other interests. Cass has moved to Arizona, where he runs Sonoran Mastering and is involved with other projects like 2002 and Majestica. Paul is now an award winning film maker in South East Asia. Monjour Encore in their final release. 

 

Cass Anawaty

 

Cass Anawaty is a talented musician and producer who owns Sonaran Mastering Studio in Arizona. 

He has been involved with music for over 20 years. As a guitarist he has studied with fingerstyle legend Alex DeGrassi, Flamenco purist Mark Taylor, and renowned Jazz performer/instructor Don Latarski.

His years of work as a musician and composer led him to found  Sunbreak Musicin Portland 2002 as a platform for media composition and production. In 2015 he moved to Arizona to found Sonoran Mastering. 

As he realized a need for ‘proper’ mastering in the digital audio world, he began extensive study in the ‘black arts’ of audio mastering and surround sound. He gains personal satisfaction through helping artists realise their dreams.

Cass is also currently performing with 2002 for live engagements.

 

 

Paul Russell

 

Paul Russell is an award winning film maker and musician who runs a small film production company in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

British born Paul was brought up on a strict diet of Eddie Cochran, the Beatles and the Tamla Motown sounds of the sixties. By the 70’s he was spending all his pocket money on albums by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Roxy Music. Until Punk arrived and he actually picked up a guitar and started to make music himself.

He soon settled on the bass guitar as his instrument of choice and, although he can scratch out a rudimentary tune or two on the six string and the piano, he still maintains his love for the engine room of the band, the link between the rhythm that drives and the melody that charms.

In the early 80’s he started recording with his first Teac 244, which was quickly upgraded to the 8 track version. Recording and music went on the back burner during the 90’s, but in 1999 he installed Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 onto his home PC and started it all again.

In 2004 he released his first indie album “Pop Friction” under the band name Calamity Pop, featuring Singaporean singer Zuq Iruall.

The leading track from this album, Rollercoaster, gained significant airplay on Singapore radio and was featured on MTV Originals back in the day when MTV was actually about music.

2006 saw the release of their 2nd album, “Pop Addiction/Club Friction”. This was a double album, the first full of original pop/rock songs, and the second featuring 8 dance remixes of the first album. Again, this went on to moderate success in local radio. But Paul being the lazy sod that he is never really took it further.

As such, these two albums also marked the last of the tracks that he would write and release in the pop/rock genre.


 

New Direction, More Recognition

Between 2005 and 2007, he created a new album, Nagraan, made of new songs and some remixes using vocal samples from Bollywood songs of the 40’s and 50’s. It’s kinda weird but it works, however it is sadly no longer available.

In 2012 he moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he owns and runs a small film production house called Full Throttle Films. His work takes him all over South East Asia and the Middle East and he has won several international awards for his short films, including this one.

He has been happily married for over 30 years to a very patient and encouraging wife, Amanda, and has two wonderful sons, Michael and Connor.

  

It all started a long time ago

Anawaty Russell (Cass Anawaty and Paul Russell) are a duo split by thousands of miles but united by one motivating factor – to make sonically outstanding music.

Sometime around 1999-2000 in a NNTP chat room based around the now defunct music software known as Sonar, two very different men with very different viewpoints, found common ground in music. After a few initial forays into musical collaboration, they decided to collaborate on something bigger.

The result was their debut album, Monjour, which was a refreshing mixture of pop instrumentals and deep ambient pieces. Although only a minor success, the accolades and recognition it achieved inspired them to continue with their long distance collaboration. And in 2012 Paul arrived in Portland, Oregon with the stems that the team would then mix in Cass’ recording studio. This became the album Analog Universe, which received much larger recognition in the ambient world, critical acclaim and radio play of influential shows like Renée Blanche’s Night Tides among many others.

Busy with their own lives, they only collaborate sporadically, but are now working on a new release that will arrive in November 2019

 

Cass Anawaty

 

Cass Anawaty is a talented musician and producer who owns Sonaran Mastering Studio in Arizona. 

He has been involved with music for over 20 years. As a guitarist he has studied with fingerstyle legend Alex DeGrassi, Flamenco purist Mark Taylor, and renowned Jazz performer/instructor Don Latarski.

His years of work as a musician and composer led him to found  Sunbreak Musicin Portland 2002 as a platform for media composition and production. In 2015 he moved to Arizona to found Sonoran Mastering. 

As he realized a need for ‘proper’ mastering in the digital audio world, he began extensive study in the ‘black arts’ of audio mastering and surround sound. He gains personal satisfaction through helping artists realise their dreams.

Cass is also currently performing with 2002 for live engagements.

 

 

Paul Russell

 

Paul Russell is an award winning film maker and musician who runs a small film production company in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

British born Paul was brought up on a strict diet of Eddie Cochran, the Beatles and the Tamla Motown sounds of the sixties. By the 70’s he was spending all his pocket money on albums by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Roxy Music. Until Punk arrived and he actually picked up a guitar and started to make music himself.

He soon settled on the bass guitar as his instrument of choice and, although he can scratch out a rudimentary tune or two on the six string and the piano, he still maintains his love for the engine room of the band, the link between the rhythm that drives and the melody that charms.

In the early 80’s he started recording with his first Teac 244, which was quickly upgraded to the 8 track version. Recording and music went on the back burner during the 90’s, but in 1999 he installed Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 onto his home PC and started it all again.

In 2004 he released his first indie album “Pop Friction” under the band name Calamity Pop, featuring Singaporean singer Zuq Iruall.

The leading track from this album, Rollercoaster, gained significant airplay on Singapore radio and was featured on MTV Originals back in the day when MTV was actually about music.

2006 saw the release of their 2nd album, “Pop Addiction/Club Friction”. This was a double album, the first full of original pop/rock songs, and the second featuring 8 dance remixes of the first album. Again, this went on to moderate success in local radio. But Paul being the lazy sod that he is never really took it further.

As such, these two albums also marked the last of the tracks that he would write and release in the pop/rock genre.


 

New Direction, More Recognition

Between 2005 and 2007, he created a new album, Nagraan, made of new songs and some remixes using vocal samples from Bollywood songs of the 40’s and 50’s. It’s kinda weird but it works, however it is sadly no longer available.

In 2012 he moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he owns and runs a small film production house called Full Throttle Films. His work takes him all over South East Asia and the Middle East and he has won several international awards for his short films, including this one.

He has been happily married for over 30 years to a very patient and encouraging wife, Amanda, and has two wonderful sons, Michael and Connor.

  

It all started a long time ago

Anawaty Russell (Cass Anawaty and Paul Russell) are a duo split by thousands of miles but united by one motivating factor – to make sonically outstanding music.

Sometime around 1999-2000 in a NNTP chat room based around the now defunct music software known as Sonar, two very different men with very different viewpoints, found common ground in music. After a few initial forays into musical collaboration, they decided to collaborate on something bigger.

The result was their debut album, Monjour, which was a refreshing mixture of pop instrumentals and deep ambient pieces. Although only a minor success, the accolades and recognition it achieved inspired them to continue with their long distance collaboration. And in 2012 Paul arrived in Portland, Oregon with the stems that the team would then mix in Cass’ recording studio. This became the album Analog Universe, which received much larger recognition in the ambient world, critical acclaim and radio play of influential shows like Renée Blanche’s Night Tides among many others.

Busy with their own lives, they only collaborate sporadically, but are now working on a new release that will arrive in November 2019

 

Cass Anawaty

 

Cass Anawaty is a talented musician and producer who owns Sonaran Mastering Studio in Arizona. 

He has been involved with music for over 20 years. As a guitarist he has studied with fingerstyle legend Alex DeGrassi, Flamenco purist Mark Taylor, and renowned Jazz performer/instructor Don Latarski.

His years of work as a musician and composer led him to found  Sunbreak Musicin Portland 2002 as a platform for media composition and production. In 2015 he moved to Arizona to found Sonoran Mastering. 

As he realized a need for ‘proper’ mastering in the digital audio world, he began extensive study in the ‘black arts’ of audio mastering and surround sound. He gains personal satisfaction through helping artists realise their dreams.

Cass is also currently performing with 2002 for live engagements.

 

 

Paul Russell

 

Paul Russell is an award winning film maker and musician who runs a small film production company in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

British born Paul was brought up on a strict diet of Eddie Cochran, the Beatles and the Tamla Motown sounds of the sixties. By the 70’s he was spending all his pocket money on albums by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Roxy Music. Until Punk arrived and he actually picked up a guitar and started to make music himself.

He soon settled on the bass guitar as his instrument of choice and, although he can scratch out a rudimentary tune or two on the six string and the piano, he still maintains his love for the engine room of the band, the link between the rhythm that drives and the melody that charms.

In the early 80’s he started recording with his first Teac 244, which was quickly upgraded to the 8 track version. Recording and music went on the back burner during the 90’s, but in 1999 he installed Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 onto his home PC and started it all again.

In 2004 he released his first indie album “Pop Friction” under the band name Calamity Pop, featuring Singaporean singer Zuq Iruall.

The leading track from this album, Rollercoaster, gained significant airplay on Singapore radio and was featured on MTV Originals back in the day when MTV was actually about music.

2006 saw the release of their 2nd album, “Pop Addiction/Club Friction”. This was a double album, the first full of original pop/rock songs, and the second featuring 8 dance remixes of the first album. Again, this went on to moderate success in local radio. But Paul being the lazy sod that he is never really took it further.

As such, these two albums also marked the last of the tracks that he would write and release in the pop/rock genre.


 

New Direction, More Recognition

Between 2005 and 2007, he created a new album, Nagraan, made of new songs and some remixes using vocal samples from Bollywood songs of the 40’s and 50’s. It’s kinda weird but it works, however it is sadly no longer available.

In 2012 he moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he owns and runs a small film production house called Full Throttle Films. His work takes him all over South East Asia and the Middle East and he has won several international awards for his short films, including this one.

He has been happily married for over 30 years to a very patient and encouraging wife, Amanda, and has two wonderful sons, Michael and Connor.