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Emma Hewitt – Beauty in the Club
Although coming from a background of rock music and acoustic folk, it’s within the genre of electronic dance music that singer/songwriter Emma Hewitt has made her mark. Collaborating with big artists and DJs like Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Morgan Page, Dash Berlin and Chris Lake, Emma has had her fair share of top-of-the-charts experiences, which she has now taken to a new level, releasing her debut album “Burn The Sky Down” in May 2012. Accompanying Emma on her journey is VoiceLive 2 providing the genre hallmarks of etheral vocals and long beautiful delays – and making sure that she always has studio quality sound and mix wherever she goes.
We caught up with Emma between two shows to ask her about her songwriting, use of VoiceLive 2, and singing. Below follows the condensed version of the interview. Be sure to watch the video for the full experience.
Just Let Me Do It
For the last couple of years I’ve been using VoiceLive 2 in all of my shows. In a lot of places I’ve been to the sound engineers don’t particularly know how to work with vocals, especially in clubs, so I needed something that would enable me to get a sound that was similar to what I can produce in the studio. VoiceLive 2 has definitely changed my life as far as live performances go. I don’t have any variables now. I know that I can just tell the sound engineer to just leave the desk flast, leave the EQ flat – and just let me do it.
Being a Dance singer I tend to sing a lot of high, floaty vocals, so being able to tap in a nice long delay – and just kick it on for those really high parts – has just changed my performance so much. And that’s one of the bonuses of the VoiceLive 2 – you don’t have to be a tech-head to use it, it’s so simple and user-friendly.
Here To Stay
I absolutely can’t live without vocal effects live now. I find that with effects, like reverb, that when you’re singing tracks in clubs it really brings your vocal into line with the track and makes it sound more like a master track. When I hear singers perform without vocal effects in a club their vocals sound really separated from the track.
My overall philosophy for creating music and performing live is to try to move people emotionally. For vocals I like them to represent my natural voice – and just enhance that with beautiful reverbs and delays. I’m not big on affecting the voice so it doesn’t sound like you anymore. I like just taking your natural voice to a more beautiful place.
Same thing with vocal melodies. The best ones are the ones you don’t have to try too hard to find – it almost feels like they come from somewhere else, it’s not something you’re thinking about with your logical mind, it happens naturally.