I cant tell you how many times Iíve heard ,ĒMan, you should REALLY get a vocalist for you music.Ē At first, it was incredibly annoying because I felt that people didnít ďget me.Ē My goal was/is to give people who listened to shit like Soilwork, All That Remains and Dream Theater a different perspective of enjoying metal. After a while, I actually began to appreciate this suggestion because it made me feel like I was on the right path musically. Iíve always seen myself as a songwriter before a shredder, and if they can hear a good song behind my leads Iím totally cool with that.
This one dude recently suggested that I get a vocalist, but he went further to say that I should do something thatís ďless self indulgent.Ē Granted Iím already working on a project with vocalsÖ but less self indulgent? Than vocals, REALLY? Whether theyíre my vocals or someone elseís, how can you possibly say that vocals would be less self indulgent than a guitar? Itís much harder to depict whoís playing guitar than whoís singing on a record. Lord knows Iím not an instrumentalist to marinate in self indulgence, itís just how I tell a story. Hell, if there are more notes on my record than on Disturbís then maybe I have a different way of telling a story or maybe I just have more to say, (not to say Iím better in any way shape or form). Bottom line is that you just canít get something that represents an individual more than his/her voice.