NEW Vocal Coach in Residence: Dane Chalfin

Dane Chalfin

Dane Chalfin’s clients have included labels such as Sony, Universal and Columbia — and artists such as Courtney Love, Hurts, Everything Everything and Delphic.

He is also is the first contemporary vocal coach in Britain with an official National Health Care appointment.

He has served two-terms as a director of the British Voice Association and is also Principal Lecturer in Performance and Artistry at Leeds College of Music.

Where do most singers mess up with vocal health?
Too much focus on it.

Intriguing. Tell us more…
Singers can get too psychologically involved in things like the perfect warm-up, diet, room temperature, water, teas, potions, etc. I’ve heard it all. If one little thing isn’t perfect they believe they can’t sing. The human voice is incredibly robust and will tolerate an awful lot before surrendering.

Favorite Album?
Songs of Faith and Devotion by Depeche Mode.

Best advice someone ever gave you about performing?
Get primal.

Top recording tip?
Get primal.

…what do you mean?
We are born making a lot of different dynamic noises. It’s only through socialization that we lost touch with our primal sounds like crying out, yelling and screaming. Thankfully the loss is only temporary and we can get back to those instinctive, reflexive sounds quickly and easily. They form the bedrock of all healthy singing.

The perfect (or a favorite) live mic for you/your students?
Shure Beta 58.

The perfect (or a favorite) recording mic for you/your students?
Too many…

Dane coaches singers on warming up their voice

Hero?
Grandfather.

Villain?
Me.

What drains your batteries?
Needy people.

What charges them?
Reaching summits.

Worst singing advice you ever heard?
“Keep your larynx down”.

Your biggest performance blunder?
Misspeaking on live radio.

Reveal all!
I was discussing the similarities between yelling and belting and called them “Belling and Yelting”. It was a silly mistake but I’m not once to mince my words so it’s stuck with me.

What’s different about a vocalist vocation today compared to 20 years ago?
Live tuning.

Vocalists who inspire?
Dave Gahan, Robert Smith, Scott Walker, Guy Garvey.

Bad thing to say to a venue manager?
“Give me…”

Good thing to say to a venue manager?
“Please may I…”

Favorite quote about singing?
Get primal.

Your life philosophy in 10 words?
People will never forget how you made them feel ~ Maya Angelou

The perfect day?
Each one where I wake up.

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Dane Chalfin is a leading industry vocal coach and voice rehabilitation specialist. His clients include well-known artists and actors and his teacher training courses attract professional vocal coaches and singing teachers from around the world. He is also Principal Lecturer in Performance and Artistry at Leeds College of Music. www.21stcenturysinger.co.uk