He coaches on reality shows, has an active performance career –and a PhD.
Daniel Zangger Borch is one of Sweden’s most recognized vocal coaches, regularly appearing popular TV shows such as Idol, True Talent and X-Factor.
Not only is he a professional singer and songwriter, he holds a PhD in Music performance.
Daniel has recently returned from Australia where he gave the Key Note address at the International Congress of Voice Teachers.
Now he joins us as our Vocal Coach in Residence for October – we’ve given him only a sentence to answer our questions:
Quickest way to hurt your voice?
Don’t warm up.
Best advice you’ve heard on dealing with nerves?
You are not the center of the universe.
If an alien landed in front of you and asked you to define singing – what would you say?
When people are touched by a voice.
Best advice about tech you ever received?
Find the frequency that feeds back and lower that frequency – not necessarily the overall volume.
What should a vocalist know about tech beyond their mic?
How to EQ your voice so that it stands out in the mix.
Did you have a career setback that turned out not to be a setback?
Happens all the time – when one door closes another one opens!
Best way to a healthy voice?
Listen to your voice every day so you can adapt your vocal demands based on your awareness of how your voice is doing.
An unforgettable vocal performance you witnessed?
Stevie Wonder in Stockholm 2006
Most interesting experience to happen in vocal coaching in the past year?
That many dancers have another way of dealing with rhythm even when they sing.
What do you mean?
Dancers are often used to not moving their hands or feet before the beat which means that they can be challenged on getting the mic to their mouth to catch their note’s “onset”
Most important thing to know about singing in the studio?
What to ask for in your headphones in terms of volume and effects.
One way a singer can find their unique voice?
There’s not one way – my first article for my VoiceCouncil residency is on this very subject – so, “stay tuned” ;-)
Quote about singing that inspires you?
Be great, don’t imitate.
My Reactions to This Week’s Peer Review Vids
Danielle Lewis – “Goodbye” (Original)
A beautiful song and voice. You could be even more dynamic both in the structure of the song as well as in your vocals. Dare to be really soft and sometimes really loud, so that the story you are telling becomes clear to us. You would also benefit from articulating slightly more distinctly.
Kaj Frilund – “Long May You Run” by Neil Young (Cover)
Nice Voice! But work on the pronunciation and don´t forget the last consonant of a word, because it is essential to the meaning of the word and hence our understanding the lyrics – this is especially important in the singer/songwriter tradition, as its main parameter is to tell stories.
If you’re signed up to VoiceCouncil’s Peer-Review, you’ll be receiving unique coaching feedback from Daniel Zangger Borch for the next 4 weeks. You can sign up now!
Daniel Zangger Borch is one of Sweden’s most recognized vocal coaches, regularly appearing popular TV shows such as Idol, True Talent and X-Factor. Not only is he a professional singer and songwriter, he holds a PhD in Music performance. www.voicecentre.se