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WHO DECIDES IF A BACK VOCALIST SHOULD BE A MALE-FEMALE VOICE ON THE RECORD AND ON THE STAGE?
In our long-time fan ship we have noticed the different kind of listening situation of when a song is backed by a male vocalist and when it’s backed by a woman. Prior to say that the results are amazing in both of the above mentioned ways, we can resume the awesome contrast in
a) the “psychology” of the whole vocals: it sounds that if the lead vocalist is a woman she sounds as if self-assured when with a woman
b) The “structure” of the vocals: whenever there is man backing, the music is funnier, groovy.
c) The “simplicity” of the lyrics: whenever there is a woman backing vocalist, she is often given to sing shorter set of lines
And on the stage: when the singers’ gender is opposite the gags on the stage are funnier, whereas the “man-man” and “woman-woman” duets sound professional and a little “colder”.
It rarely happened to have the opposite gender of vocalists to the one featured on the original albums: the “newly created” live version are real surprises to the fans attending the shows and they are absolutely more appealing versions to hear.
Given the big number of people involved in the making of an album in the studio, the technicians’, in particular the sound engineers’ advice is supposed during the recording sessions, the vocalist just has in mind to sing the lyrics that were written. The producers are supposed to have a say, whereas the managers are up to arrange the castings and the meetings with the chosen vocalists. The other musicians are not necessary the ones to share their opinions.
The castings are a 360 degrees hunt: when record labels still existed, the managers dealt with the other companies to recruit with the best voices, whereas today the search and easier on the social networks, like Facebook or Twitter, where communication is immediate. The quality of the brand new vocalists found on the internet is amazing, as much amazing as was the one of the 80s. The vocalists sometimes also appear on the Talent Shows, but they have never won any (Italian) Show so far, perhaps because the Reality Shows productions would rather focusing on really brand new unknown talented voices.
To finish; would we rather a woman backing vocalist in a song? We don’t rather it, but we are used to hear singing female back vocalists, so we love this fact.
ITALY X FACTOR 2013
The castings took place in Milan in late May, in a crowded big newly- inaugurated square. The team of the judges has changed and within them for the first time a real pop star is going to examine the guys’ performance. His name is Mika. The actual change of the judges’ crew seems so far the only relevant change, so we’re going to see the same game as of the last few years.
THE VOICE OF ITALY
We really like this brand new Reality Show format. The judges are also coaches of their team members and the competition is not based only of performing covers of big hits of the past: you have the “blind auditions”, “the duels” and the “live sets”, thanks to which the performances can be valued under many aspects. We don’t find relevant, instead, that the applicants perform with the help of a band and not on a pre-recorded music.
The live sets are a copy of X Factor.
We were impressed by Elhida Dani, a young woman vocalist with an amazing voice: to us she’s the “new Mariah Carey”.
DD TV xx