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MikeyOldSoul
CONTACT

SEEKING

Band to Join, Upright bass, Dobro, Mandolin, Banjo, Other, Flute, Harmonica, Background Singer, Piano, Keyboard, Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin, Other Percussion, Drums, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocalist, Cello, Accordion.

ABOUT

Thankyou for visiting my profile. I suppose the best way to start is to say that I really love to sing. I have a fascination with singing voices in general, and am easily impassioned when I hear an interesting voice or latch onto a band or musicians with an interesting sound.
In terms of my own singing voice,when it's unembellished, it MOST comfortably lies somewhere between baritone and tenor. With the timbre being coloured very heavily as it vibrates between the two, this shift is most obvious in country songs and has quite a mature colour, lending itself well to blues, soul, acoustic arrangements and other plaintive, "honest" and emotional styles of delivery.
It's raw and gutsy, but I like being gentle and sensitive too.
Yet going with the ideology that the human voice is an instrument, I have experimented with falsetto production for years. Trying out and modifying various falsetto and head voice types and techniques, so that I keep the higher pitch, but not scrimp on power so much.
I can understand any stigma attached to men using falsetto or having a particularly high modal voice, but masculine and feminine are just labels, and it makes for more variation and interest.

I am open to experimentation till the cows come home, yet if there are any blues rock, soulful, dark-wave or jazzier outfits that are in search of a vocalist, please do give me a buzz :)

Screen name:
MikeyOldSoul
Member since:
Aug 18 2010
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
6
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week

Influences

I have a sensibly wide range of musical interests, from Blues to Soul, Country to Pop Standards or ballads, 70s prog-rock, 80s new wave and dark-wave, and from rock and roll and classic heavy metal, to opera. The latter is especially conducive to my fixation with the voice as an instrument!

I take stock from my favourite vocalists, or vocalists that catch my ear. They are mostly males with distinctive timbres or a good amount of versatility (and sensitive/ romantic/sex appeal in their voices frankly!) Here are some examples:
MALES:
Johnny Mathis, TOM JONES, Andy Williams, Curt Smith (Tears for Fears), Sylvester, Glen Campbell, Engelbert Humperdink, VILLE VALO, George Michael, CHRIS ISAAK, Phillipe Jarrousky, Roy Orbison, Rob Halford, Michael Bolton and Freddie Mercury.
FEMALES:
Donna Summer, Amy Lee (Evanescence), Annie Lennox, Cher (as a vocal stylist she's interesting), KATE BUSH, Cecilia Bartoli (operatic mezzo soprano), Toni Braxton, NINA SIMONE, Janis Joplin, Karen Carpenter, Q Lazzarus, Dionne Warwick, Bonnie Tyler, and Tina Turner.
BANDS:
Tears for Fears, Linkin Park, Evanescence, The Police, Genesis, Clash, The Carpenters, HIM, Pet Shop Boys, Pink Floyd, and Queen kinda goes without saying.

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Advanced
Vocalist - Bass:
Moderate
Vocalist - Baritone:
Moderate
Vocalist - Tenor:
Moderate
Keyboard:
Moderate
Background Singer:
Moderate
Other:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

Vocals.
I did play keyboard and piano for a time, but they no longer take precedence over vocals.