Daft Punk thinks Auto-Tune is ruining pop music. Though the duo - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter - like experimenting with the vocal-tweaking software in a "fun" way, they think it is over-relied on to make a singer's voice sound perfect.
"Pop music is into the uncanny valley. For example, take Auto-Tune. Auto-Tune as an effect is very fun. We put it in the same category as the wah-wah pedal. It's pleasing to the ear and creates those funky artefacts, a bit like the clavinet in Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition.' The other use of Auto-Tune is the invisible one, where you put the voices of the performers in and you set the thresholds so you can't hear the Auto-Tune is there. It makes the voice 'perfect.' If you're using it to solve small imperfections, you're creating something that isn't human. Would you Auto-Tune Roger Daltrey on 'Tommy'? Or Simon & Garfunkel? It stops being a fun effect and becomes like a clone from a terrifying sci-fi movie," Thomas said.
Despite their success as dance music pioneers, the "Get Lucky" duo admit they have always secretly wanted to be like The Strokes, whose frontman Julian Casablancas is one of their collaborators on new album Random Access Memories.
Daft Punk have no plans to tour Random Access Memories. The French electronic duo - Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo - are set to release their fourth studio album next week and although their 2013 comeback has already received rave reviews, they don't believe they can bring the record to life on stage.
When asked about the possibility of a tour by BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, they said, "We're not interested in touring right now for a few reasons. We have just spent five years working on this record trying to bring life back to the art of recording."
It seems even their family are keen for them to take their LP around the globe, with manager and unofficial third member Paul Hahn admitting he often gets nagged about the group's plans. "My mum asks me every day if we're going on tour. Everybody does. We have been very inspired to do something in the live performance space, but for us right now we're very concentrated on the launch and getting this music out to people in a way that's positive. We want this album to have a cultural and artistic impact," he told Billboard.
Kanye West has reportedly collaborated with Skrillex and Odd Future on his new album. The rapper boasts the dubstep producer and members of the rap collective among a huge roll call of guest stars on his sixth studio album, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Kanye reportedly worked on the record in secret, recording in Paris' Le Meurice hotel, and is believed to be ready to release it next month after he tweeted "June Eighteen" last week.
Frank Ocean has recorded a track with Depeche Mode's Martin Gore. The "Pyramids" singer has been in the studio with the electronic producer, as well as Christoffer Berg - half of Swedish duo The Knife - after he ran into Depeche Mode while they were recording their new album Delta Machine.
"Suddenly in the doorway, I sensed this presence, and I realized there was this guy standing there just watching. An assistant came up to me in between songs and said, 'Do you mind? Frank Ocean is here working in another studio and really wants to meet you guys.' I wouldn't have thought he would have even known who we are, but it turns out he's a big fan. Martin and Christoffer Berg ended up doing a track with him, which I think is going to be part of his new record. Martin did some electronics and some modular synthesiser stuff he really wanted," Martin's bandmate, Dave Gahan, told Entertainment Weekly.
Deadmau5 "f***ing hates" Kanye West.
The "I Remember" dance music icon has hit out at the rapper, ruling out ever teaming up with him on a track. When asked who he would like to collaborate with, he told Vibe magazine, "Anyone other than f***ing Kanye. I f***ing hate him."
The 32-year-old Canadian DJ also dismissed the term "EDM," short for "Electronic Dance Music" - the scene he is associated with -saying, "Yeah, I just renamed it. I called it 'Event-Driven Marketing.'"
The outspoken star also said that if he were ever in trouble the first person he would reach out to would be Motley Crue's drummer: "If I'm having problems with my label, I can always talk to Tommy Lee, who's been sued more times than anyone I know. It makes my life not feel so f***ing bad."
Daft Punk have signed a new record deal. The French dance duo - Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo - are rumored to be releasing their first album in eight years in May after inking a deal with Columbia Records.
The "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" hitmakers returned to the studio last year to begin work on a fourth studio album - a follow-up to 2005's Human After All - with disco producer Nile Rodgers.
Speaking about the sessions, Nile said, "All I can say is those guys are geniuses and to think that after all these years we've been trying to get together, they just show up at my apartment in New York City and the vibe between us is so powerful and so strong - it's unbelievable. Spiritually and artistically working with them was as good as anything I've ever done. It's as great as being in a studio with [David] Bowie, it's great as being with Bernard Edwards, and it's as great as the best stuff I've ever done with Duran [Duran] or Madonna."
David Bowie's new single has been banned from the UK charts.
The legendary singer released "Where Are We Now?" - his first track in 10 years - on Tuesday to coincide with his 66th birthday and it shot straight to the top of the iTunes downloads chart. But as well as being sold, it is also being given away to fans who pre-order his album, so chart bosses say it cannot be counted.
The Official Charts Company said, "It is not possible to distinguish album sales from track sales from the retail data."
Bowie's album, The Next Day, is out in March but already tops the iTunes chart with advance orders.
Yesterday, it was revealed Bowie wanted his new album cover to be as "minimal and undesigned as possible." The main picture on The Next Day was made by the singer with design company Barnbrook, and features the cover of his 1977 album Heroes in black and white, with the middle part obscured by a white block featuring the album's title.
David Bowie has released a new single ahead of his first new album in a decade.
The legendary singer released the song "Where Are We Now?'" on iTunes to coincide with his 66th birthday today, while the album The Next Day, will be available from March.
His son, film director Duncan Jones, announced the news on Twitter this morning. In a series of tweets, he said, "So... First off, its midnight in NY. That means, a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY is in order to my very lovely, very talented dad! Been ten years since his last album.... Would be lovely if all of you could spread the word about da's new album. First in ten years, and its a good 'un! (sic)"
The single - produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti and written by Bowie and was recorded in New York - is accompanied by a video directed by Tony Oursler that pays homage to Bowie's time in Berlin, with his face projected onto the body of a puppet.
Kanye West, Mumford & Sons and Jay-Z have landed six nominations each for the Grammy Awards 2013.
The hip-hop artists and folk-rockers were joined by Frank Ocean and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach in gaining the most nods when the shortlist was announced in Nashville, Tennessee, last night. Indie group fun. also boasted an impressive haul, scoring nominations in the four major categories; Record of the Year and Song of the Year for their single "We Are Young feat. Janelle Monae," Album of the Year for their debut Some Nights, and Best New Artist.
Speaking after they had performed at the nominations, fun. singer Nate Ruess said, "Tonight, all I wanted to do was get up and really give it our all receiving the nomination is amazing and a culmination of hard work the three of us have put into this band." fun. share three of their nominations with Frank, whose "Channel Orange" is up for Album of the Year, his single "Thinkin' Bout You" is up for Record of the Year, and who also has a nomination in the Best New Artist category.
Justin Bieber won three prizes at last night's American Music Awards.
The 18-year-old singer - who was accompanied to the bash by his mother Pattie Mallette - was the big winner at the ceremony, taking home pop/rock male artist, pop/rock album for Believe and the evening's final accolade, the coveted artist of the year award.
Accepting pop/rock male artist, he said, "I want to say this is for all the haters who thought I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I'm going to be here for a very long time."
For his third win, Justin brought his mother on stage with him and told her, "I wanted to thank you for always believing in me... This is my mom. She's little, but she's beautiful."
The Believe star also performed twice at the ceremony, duetting with Nicki Minaj on their track "Beauty and a Beat" and a stripped-back solo acoustic performance of "As Long As You Love Me."
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