Kylie Minogue Masters Vocal Production, Surpassing Her Producers
Kylie Minogue, the versatile singer-songwriter, has made a remarkable transition into music production, earning accolades from her collaborators.
During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, while working on her album Disco, Kylie delved into production, starting with a modest GarageBand setup. Later, she upgraded to Apple Logic Pro and acquired a Brauner VMX microphone, enabling her to record remotely and collaborate globally. This transformation showcased her self-sufficiency in vocal production, with Kylie noting, “If 11-year-olds can do this in their bedroom, I can figure this out. It’s good to add new skills to your set.”
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Biff Stannard, a frequent writer and producer for Kylie Minogue, revealed her astonishing progress in vocal production. He admitted that when Kylie embarked on this journey, she relied on a basic GarageBand setup during the creation of Disco. However, her rapid mastery of the process left everyone astounded. Stannard went on to say, “She’s better than me now at producing her vocals. At the end of the day, no one knows her voice better than she does.”
Another collaborator, known as Duck Blackwell, hailed Kylie as the “queen of remote vocals.” Many of her vocals for her upcoming album, Tension, were recorded in hotel rooms during her travels. This flexibility allowed for seamless adjustments and enhancements to her recordings from anywhere in the world. Blackwell described the convenience, stating, “I’ll get messages saying, ‘Oh, I think we need a backing vocal in that middle eight’ or ‘I think the second take was better on that line,’ or in some cases [she’ll] even rewrite a verse and ping it over, and we can just drop it in. Five years ago, she’d have had to travel back, get into a studio or whatever and re-record it. This is such an exciting and easier way of working.”
Kylie’s initial foray into music production began in 2020 when she embraced Logic Pro, further expanding her skill set. Her ability to adapt and excel in this domain has left her collaborators deeply impressed. Together, Stannard and Blackwell co-wrote and produced several tracks for Tension, including the title track, showcasing Kylie Minogue‘s evolution as an artist and producer. The album is slated for release on September 22, marking yet another milestone in her illustrious career. Kylie’s casual mastery of this new skill raises the question of what other musical realms she might conquer.