Alissa and I recently had the chance to work on her debut album, Vox. Her latest is set to be released shortly.
Her hyped 7-song release entitled “Vox”, is a powerhouse example of the vocal performance potential. It was a thrill and an honour to work alongside such creative talent and musical mastermind.
Throughout the recording process, Alissa always knew exactly what she wanted. Both her technical and musical knowledge was above par. It was exciting being able to bounce such powerful ideas off of each other.
Behind the scenes, it was apparent that VOX would be a challenge to engineer. Normally albums have rhythm sections and additional instruments. The only tool we had to work with was the human voice. How could one seriously substitute these elements with vocal melodies?
The solution is to completely reanalyze the structure of a song. Instead of trying to synthesize the rhythm section, you leave it out. Instead of attempting to synthesize the low end of a bass, you instead focus on other key elements of the composition. In this case it was lyrics and vocal syncopation.
- If a jazz diva from the 1920s was reincarnated into a looping indie songstress, you would have Alissa Vox Raw.
ABOUT THIS ARTIST
Often with no more than a loop pedal and her voice Alissa Vox Raw creates rich tapestries of sound from a multitude of organically built harmonic parts, interwoven together to create full music beds. Old styles of soul, doo-wop and blues with a contemporary twist are reinterpreted through new technologies. A variety of other instruments (i.e. electric kalimba, electric guitar, synth, djembe, clave, cajon, and other percussive instruments) are also sometimes used and expressed in new ways to create a unique sound that is both edgy and ethereal.