I’d like to ask you people how you find the usage of voice in EDM? And I don’t mean this like in lyrics, but just some random male/female on the background.
My preference is for no vocals whatsoever but that’s just me. But if done properly, vocals can really add to the energy in EDM, compliment a theme and give a song a memorable catchphrase.
But I notice that if you are going to include vocals, then it needs to add to the beat, not detract from it. I find that when vocals interrupt the beat that I am listening to, that’s when it crosses than thin line into annoying territory.
Most if not all EDM genre’s are centered around the beat they create so I believe the vocals have to be part of that beat. I don’t believe they are about making any kind of message and I certainly do not listen to EDM for one so I don’t want to suddenly hear an auto-tuned voice pausing the melody just to go on about an alien invasion.
I also don’t want to hear voice samples that run contrary to the immersion the music puts me in. If I’m listening to Trance that makes me envision myself flying through space I don’t want to hear a sample of a girls orgasm every 5 seconds. That breaks my concentration equally as much as a random car horn noise going off in the middle of the song
And squeaky pitch-enhanced voices….Fuck those. I hate chipmunk voices so, so much. They turn my flight through my imagination into an Alvin & The Chipmunks kids concert
In the EDM I’ve heard where I enjoyed the lyrics, they did some or all of the following things:
- The lyrics were done with a good (often female) vocalist that didn’t need autotune and did not sound ridiculous
- The lyrics sounded poetic and purposefully constructed rather than just randomly sampled
- The words were pleasant, not vulgar (Another personal nitpick)
- The lyrics were inserted at points where they went well with the beat and rhythm
- The lyrics matched and complimented the theme that the music was conveying