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Other background singers or all you?
« on: April 28, 2015, 07:39:45 PM »
I feel like this can go either way. Some people like the difference in the sounds of voices when there is a difference between the voice of the lead and the background vocalist in the song. Do you prefer to have your vocals as lead and backup or have someone else do backup for you?

Re: Other background singers or all you?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2015, 08:00:17 PM »
For me it depends on the desired atmosphere. I’ve found that a lot of overdubbing of the same vocalist can sometimes have a slightly eerie, uncanny effect, which I tend to love. Basically I want to be some weird combo of Grimes and Bon Iver, so given that, I’d lean toward doing my own backup vocals.

On the other hand, having different vocalists on backup can give a song an expansive feeling. The sing-along effect would be something I’d want everyone to get in on, relate to, etc. which is great for pop music or potential breakout/crossover hits.

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Re: Other background singers or all you?
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2015, 11:25:01 PM »
I agree that it really depends on what you want to hear. For me though, I find having other vocalists on backup can give a more dimensional and deep tone while with just you as the backup can be a bit more flat sounding and I'm not so fond of that. But it also depends on the artists because some artists can do their own backup without it being sounding to thin and boring because they can try and change up their own voice for the backup.

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Re: Other background singers or all you?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2015, 05:30:04 AM »
I do all the vocals myself including the back ups. It's fun to hear the finish product but the process always is a pain for me.

Re: Other background singers or all you?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2015, 09:31:52 AM »
Ok cool, glad to know I'm not the only one who feels like using all of yourself is what works cause I recently had someone hear my music and told me I should use someone else for backup vocals but he was the only one that felt that way. He kept trying to push that idea on me but I just know what works for me. LOL

Re: Other background singers or all you?
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2015, 03:32:26 AM »
I've been recording a demo currently, and I've had a blast overdubbing myself with different vocal techniques. I've mixed falsetto and head voice melodies to interesting effects. Anyway, I definitely prefer doing all my own backing vocals

Re: Other background singers or all you?
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2015, 01:54:17 AM »
I would choose having back up singers. It is good to do your own if that is what you see best for your style. I just like having people around me to make me feel more at ease, plus they may bring a different POV and direction to the song as well that maybe you have never considered to be a part of. That is where true beauty hides.

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Re: Other background singers or all you?
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2015, 03:41:08 PM »
I think it depends on the show you are doing and backup singers have to be good vocalists which you could use if you are tired or your throat is sore too. A good singer should be able to be both and they should be able to harmonise with the main vocalist which is extremely important

Re: Other background singers or all you?
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2015, 04:39:28 AM »
I work with others & like to layer their voices when I feel it suits the needs of the songs. There are often times I play with my own voice & lay it under the track but that doesn't work as well when we play live. We change some things but it still feels like there's a hole by comparison.