Spotlight

Album: Armistice (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is about fighting against an inevitable fall - a fall which is ultimately brought on by outside pressure, as reflected in the lyric: "Because everyone would rather watch you fall (we're all in trouble)."
  • "Spotlight" features on the Twilight soundtrack. In our interview with Mutemath drummer Darren King, he admitted featuring in Twilight helped Mutemath and their album, Armistice, to garner a new wave of fans: "In retrospect, I think that that could have saved us in regards to that album. Because that song was not a hit at radio. And I think it getting on that soundtrack gave that album enough of a life that we were able to get opportunities to play on Leno, to play Letterman again, to get to tour and reach a new audience, a younger audience, and I'm thankful for that now."
  • The official video for "Spotlight" was directed by Brandon Goodwin and features Mutemath performing the track in the back of a moving vehicle in time lapse effect. There is an alternative video which Darren King admitted to us he hates: "There was this really frustrating experience: there was this director out of New York who did this video for 'Spotlight,' and he had drawn up all these ideas and drawings. The idea was that we were going to be playing machines that were going to be playing the music. And they were going to sort of take over – it was this really exciting idea. And we got there and we filmed it. And the end product was just crap. It was so awkward and it was a bad video." King added the director leaked the video without Mutemath's permission: "That's completely not cool. He definitely had no right to do that. So out there there's this version of 'Spotlight' that I can't stand." For the record - you can watch the alternative video on YouTube.

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