Lady Gaga Says Singing Jazz Is LiberatingSeptember 10, 2014
Lady Gaga felt controlled singing pop music.
During an interview with the Telegraph, Lady Gaga admits feeling liberated recording her jazz album, “Cheek To Cheek,” with Tony Bennett because she felt her music and sound before was shaped by producers and execs.
It’s been extremely liberating for me ’cause jazz is rebellious. And I’m a rebel at heart. So in that way it’s also me rebelling against my own pop music – that’s really exciting for me. But I think the thing that has been the most powerful has been, there’s a part of me that has been quiet for a long time that is now being reawakened, after years of producers and record label people telling me to make my voice sound more radio-friendly.
Since ‘The Fame,’ ‘The Fame Monster’ and ‘Born This Way,’ they’ve been auto-tuning it more, or changing the timbre. They take the vibrato out so you sound like a robot.”
Bennett chimed in, saying “is that the truth? A major artist of your widely reported control?”
Gaga admits it’s true:
“…they really control you,” she nods, “especially in the beginning. Although it was still my songs, and I still had a lot to say about the production, the vocal was something that they really, really wanted to control. So my vocal presence has been kind of the smallest presence about me for a long time. So everything else becomes the focal point.”
Crazy to think Lady Gaga, a pop star who famously embraced crazy outfits and on-stage antics was controlled in any capacity. Just goes to show no one really knows what goes on behind-the-scenes.
Props to Gaga for taking the reigns back!
She “needs to be left alone and she should sing how she feels,” Bennet added.