Singer-songwriter -- Will Want

          Most artists are known for distinctive stylistic features of their voice that are present in their work and create an identity for their voice. An artist is often considered captivating for these characteristic features that are seen throughout his or her work. However, Will Want’s voice adopts different styles and features based upon the particular song being performed. Will’s voice is captivating for its ability to evoke emotion from a myriad of different genres by adapting his stylistic techniques to the song and its audience.

         The five excerpts below demonstrate the different vocal affects Will uses in different genres to portray meaning. In the first two excerpts we see how Will’s voice can captivate the classical audience of a singer-songwriter. Will utilizes a soft and breathy voice to present the feeling of intimacy. He incorporates affects such as vocal ornamentation and a vocal flip to add intensity to the intimacy of his tone production. The mood created in these pieces is one of reflection over the intimacy of the moment

            Excerpts three and four demonstrate a departure from the smooth tone of the previous two. Will utilizes affects such as the vocal fry to completely alter the tone of his voice. He adopts a strained voice that is less pure and focused on the struggles of the songs. By changing the style of his singing he is able to create an entirely different mood of resistance and dissatisfaction. In “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” Will delves into rapping, rapidly increasing the tempo of the song and his lyrical pace, at times blending the words together. The rapid tempo is in stark contrast with the pure intimacy of “Bella Donna”, yet it is equally emotional. Will’s voice is captivating for its ability to create an emotional connection to two widely varying songs from disparate genres.

            Will demonstrates the extent of his versatility in his a capella cover of “Royals” by Lorde. In one song he beat boxes, harmonizes and sings the melody. Each of these parts requires a unique stylistic approach in order for him to provide the proper meaning. The vocal percussion techniques of beat boxing are not even classified as singing as they involve a completely different set of skills and techniques to properly learn and successfully execute. Nevertheless, Will flawlessly performs them side by side with the ornamentation of the harmony and melody part. He integrates the beat boxing with the melody and harmony part by tweaking the individual style of each part so that as a whole they form one cohesive unit. 

          The excellence across a range of musical styles is what characterizes Will Want's voice as captivating. His mastery of vocal affects such as ornamentation and vocal fry, and his his control over tone and mood allow him to adapt his voice to the stylistic demands of the piece. From rap to pop to rock, Will uses his voice to evoke the required emotions of the piece and provide a meaningful connection, whatever the audience 

By Nick Donadio.