“I don’t think it changes as much as it does on other actors, who sometimes sing at an earlier age and at that age they become more vulnerable. I think it’s more like in the adult world: you sing at less of a level, but you’re able to sing at a louder level.”
Where is a typical set-up?
“When working with a vocal coach it starts with a talk about your expectations. What do you want out of the sessions? Are you going to sing at the same level or at a lower level, or are you going to go a different way? And then how many times do you want to do it?”
How long does your singing take?
“It varies and also depends on the individual. Someone like Beyoncé takes ten years. People who have been performing for fifty years usually take four to five years but there are people, like [Queen] The 1975, who have never sung at all. They never had a professional set-up.”
Do you sing before a performance or do you rehearse?
“I have to do both. I do sing a lot before rehearsals because it really brings out the best in you. In fact, it’s like I work with two instruments because singing isn’t just singing; my other work is writing words, arranging vocals and working with the singers to create a performance.”
What is the best practice for singers who have started off as a soloist?
“It depends on who you are, and the singer you are, you know,” he laughs, before adding to add, “This goes for people like [Paul McCartney]. There are certain qualities and qualities of voice that can be identified at a certain ages.”
“I mean, in a way it’s like any profession, you want to give yourself credit and you want to be taken seriously. There is only so much you can do as a singer and in my particular case it is what I am doing now that makes me feel like it is what I should be doing – that is a personal thing but I don’t want to hold that against anyone else.”
Do you worry that you might not be as good when you’re an 80-year-old singer?
“I would want to be, in terms of my voice I think I am and I feel, if you want good voice you have to be living a long time.”
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