AUTO-TUNE HAS BE­COME A VIRUS, SAYS SUKHWINDER

The Jai Ho hit­maker says that singers have stopped work­ing on their voice, and de­pend too much on auto-tune

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Sukhwinder Singh (right), who has sung pop­u­lar tracks such as Jai Ho (Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire, 2008), Chak De (Chak De! In­dia, 2007) and Omkara (Omkara, 2006) among many oth­ers, believes that play­back singers should re­frain from us­ing auto-tune fea­ture when they are record­ing songs for Bol­ly­wood films. “This au­to­tune busi­ness has be­come a virus. Now that singers know that it can im­prove their voice and sync it with the mu­sic, al­most ev­ery­one is go­ing for this fea­ture and not mak­ing the most of their own voice,” says Sukhwinder.

The singer adds that it’s a West­ern con­cept, quite com­mon in Hol­ly­wood where it’s used to al­ter the pitch, or add spe­cial ef­fects to some­one’s voice. “But here (in In­dian film in­dus­try), ev­ery singer and com­poser wants to use au­to­tune on ev­ery song they record,” he says.

Also, Sukhwinder stays away from us­ing the de­vice, which al­ters pitch in vo­cal and in­stru­men­tal mu­sic dur­ing record­ings and per­for­mances. “I want mu­sic direc­tors to use my raw voice, be­cause that’s nat­u­ral. I pre­fer work­ing with mu­sic direc­tors who don’t rely on auto-tune fea­ture,” he says, adding, “I have been singing for more than 20 years now, and be­sides a few songs, I’m proud to say that none of my songs were auto-tuned.”

The singer fur­ther adds, “I’m not say­ing one should not use it at all. But, I feel that singers are get­ting more de­pen­dent on it than their own voice. They should try and stay away, and work on their voice in­stead. Eat­ing achaar (pickle) along with roti (cha­p­atti) and veg­eta­bles is tasty. But if you only eat achaar all day, then it will af­fect your stom­ach and you might get an ul­cer there as well ,” he quips.

Singers are get­ting more de­pen­dent on au­to­tune than their own voice. They should try and stay away, and work on their voice in­stead SUKHWINDER SINGH, SINGER

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