‘We are the best’: The world’s best vocal school
In a recent interview, singer-songwriter Ben Harper admitted he doesn’t have a favourite vocal school.
But his favourite school is in America.
“I really like the Boston School of Vocal Performance,” he said.
“They’re the best vocalists, but I don’t think I’m the best at it.”
Mr Harper said he was born and raised in New York and grew up listening to the Beatles and Talking Heads.
He says the Boston school is an excellent place to learn, but he has some reservations about how effective the school can be.
“If you’re not prepared for what it’s like to be in a class of people who have this same level of education and experience, you’re going to be a little bit less prepared,” he told ABC Radio New Zealand.
“And that can really be a negative thing.”
In the interview with ABC Radio, Mr Harper said the school has become an “outlier” in New Zealand, where students are “stuck” in a system that rewards vocalists with money.
He said the Boston Academy was an “experimental school”, with no formal training.
“You know, it’s not like we’ve got a whole programme, but we’re trying to get a more holistic approach, where you’re doing a lot of different things in a really individual way, and you’re just really learning to work with your voice,” he explained.
“It’s very different to any other school in New England.”
Mr Harvey said his favourite vocalist was his former vocal partner, Thee Oh Sees frontman Chris Cornell.
“He’s a wonderful teacher, and we both learned a lot from him,” Mr Harper continued.
Mr Cornell’s last album, Black Label, sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Vocal Album.”
It’s really nice to get to know someone who’s been in the industry a long time, and it’s great to hear that.”
Mr Cornell’s last album, Black Label, sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Vocal Album.