In Flames frontman Anders Friden spoke in an interview with Pure Gain Audio, and revealed why he’s taking vocal lessons nowadays.
Here’s the statement:
“It’s my instrument, and I want to take it as far as I can. I’m not trying to be the best singer. I’m not going to apply for ‘The Voice’. It’s just for my own good, and it’s good for me and Björn when we write to know what sort of range I have.
I have expanded the possibility of me to get higher up in octaves or in notes. I got to know my vocal coach during ‘Battles’. Howard [Benson, producer] asked me, ‘What do you think about taking some vocal lessons?’ I was sort of against it at first, because I could see me standing there doing, ‘La-la-la’ next to a piano.
That’s nothing for a heavy metal singer, but when I went there and we talked and he got to know me and I got to know him, and he knew where I was coming [from] and what I wanted to do, we formed a really good relationship.
We took it further this time around. I went to him, like, three, four times a week during three months. It really helped, and it improved what I can do with my voice, and how I master my own instrument.”
He also compared clean vocals to agressive vocals, and said:
“I love both. In studio, I think it’s more fun to sing clean. Live, I love to scream, because then you get the energy from the crowd. You have all these people screaming in your face versus, like, a dead microphone in the recording studio. I like both, and I think it gives In Flames another dimension if I can blend it back and forth.
Nothing is written in stone prior – it’s not like I say, ‘Okay, this song has to have clean vocals.’ It all depends on the music that we write and what I should add on top. It’s like finishing a painting in a way — you need to use certain colors to bring out whatever it is.”
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