Myles Kennedy Talks About His Voice
During a recent appearance on the Nothing Shocking Podcast, singer Myles Kennedy talked about an issue he had with his voice while working on establishing his own singing style, saying (via Blabbermouth):
“My voice is an interesting entity in that it’s pretty elastic, to the point where it can almost be a problem if you’re trying to establish who you are in the musical landscape.
“There were periods in my career where I was listening to specific artists a lot, and vocally I would start to kind of mimic that. I’d catch myself and be like, ‘You’ve got to pull the reins in here. This isn’t what you’re trying to do.’
“What you want to do is find your voice, find out who you are, establish your identity, because that’s all you can do to kind of leave something behind. It took me a really long time to get that figured out, and it was just through trial and error, essentially – just experimenting.”
Asked about the fact that Alter Bridge, Slash, and his debut solo album “Year of the Tiger” sound different from each other, Myles replied:
“I think that because I play in bands with guitar players who are very different and my playing style is also very different from theirs, so when I stepped out to do my solo record, I had that to help differentiate the sounds.
“Also, somebody that I really admired and always respected the way he approached his career – his kind of chameleon approach – was David Bowie. He had this ability to kind of transform himself and be appropriate in whatever style he chose to step into.
“And that was something that was important to me if I was going to try this – to experiment with my inflections and experiment with the range that I would use in a given project, and kind of have a sonic characteristic so that it was varied enough… but at the same time, retaining the sonic hallmarks of my voice to where it wasn’t like, ‘Oh, who’s that?’
“I wanted it to be like, ‘Well, that’s Myles, but he’s doing something a little different here.'”
Kennedy also talked about not wanting to burn himself out, saying:
“It’s something that I think about frequently. I had no idea how all this was going to work out years ago.
“The fact that I play in these bands that have a certain following and have a certain trajectory that seems to be going in the desired direction – and touring as much as we do, it has crossed my mind that, ‘Am I oversaturating the market?’, for lack of a better word, ‘and do I pull the reins back in a little bit, just not to overdo it?’
“I think that’s something I’m going to really have to give some thought to in the future… If you’re constantly coming back around, it’s no longer special.”