Modern Vocal Training

Midnight - Ex-Crimson Glory; Solo Artist

 

Interview and Biography by Austin Jenkins


Midnight is one of the most enigmatic figures in music history. He received worldwide fame through his work with the metal 

band Crimson Glory, but virtually disappeared after his time with the band had ended in the early 90s. In 2000, he released 

an EP simply called Mid, but it wasn't until the 2005 release of Sakada that Midnight fans got a full length album from the 

singer. After a short lived reunion with Crimson Glory, Midnight is currently hard at work with his newest release, Descent Into 

Madness.



In this short interview conducted by Austin Jenkins, Midnight will discuss his vocal technique and how he approaches his 

multi-octave vocalizing. 

 


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Austin: I want to start out with asking you who your main vocal influences were when you were starting out?

Midnight: Pink Floyd, Zeppilen, Beatles etc… 

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Austin: I know that you've had some vocal training with Al Kohen from Florida; have you ever worked with 

          anybody else? What sorts of things did you work on with Al?


Midnight: I worked on scales mostly and his version of vocal training. He's the only vocal coach I've had. 


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Austin: Were you always a natural when it came to singing, or did the ability come more from taking lessons and lots of 

          practice?


Midnight: A combination of both. I think for someone to be truly gifted its natural but vocal training does 

help bring out what you already have too.
 

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Austin: Any idea of what your current range might be? Has it changed at all over the years?


Midnight: My range is not a concern at this point. Its not something I focus on. Back in the 80's, range was 

          important but I don't really focus on high notes anymore. Maybe in the future that will change but 

          for now I don't think about it.
 

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Austin: Do you tend to sing at speech volume or louder? Does the volume change as you go higher?


Midnight: It depends.. it depends what the words call for . If they are pretty words I want to sing them soft. 

          If they are aggressive words I want to sing them louder. 

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Austin: When you sing high, where do you feel it? Is it in the mask area of your face?


Midnight: No you just feel it deep down in your soul. 


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Austin: Have you ever damaged your voice? If so, how did you do so, and how did you recover?


Midnight: Of course Ive damaged my voice by singing too loudly and too hard but I get up and sing the next 
          night no problem. 


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Austin: Lets talk about your self titled debut with Crimson Glory. Rumors have always floated around that you used vocal 

          processing to hit the notes in songs like Valhalla and Mayday. Is there any truth to the rumors?


Midnight: No only standard effects were used. 

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Austin: Lost Reflection is probably the most emotionally driven song of your career. How do you get yourself in the right 

          headspace to open up and sing a song like that and have it come off as authentic as it does? Exactly what caused you 

          to write that song?


Midnight: You just do it. You just relive the nightmare. I've explained the story before but mainly it comes 

          from a dream.
 


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Austin: You have the ability to change your tone up quite a bit. What do you change in your technique to achieve a

 

          gritty/raspy sound as opposed to a crystal clear one?


Midnight: My goal is to change my style all the time. I dont want to be known for one certain style but be 

          the master of all styles. Therein lies the difference.
 


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Austin: How about going from one extreme to another range wise; a song like Mayday covers a huge range throughout. How 

          do you keep everything balanced without cracking?


Midnight: Who said I didn't crack? 


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Austin: I know you're currently working on a new album as we speak. What is your recording process like nowadays? Do you 

          work out of a home studio? What kinds of equipment do you use?


Midnight: We do home studio stuff as well as go into bigger studios. We work with our limitations. If it 

          needs more we go in and do it at Morrisound or a bigger place like that.
 

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Austin: How do you go about tracking your vocals? Is it a one take type thing, or do you comp the best parts of each take 
          
          together at the end?


Midnight: Both. It depends on what works. Acoustic numbers tend to be one take where the more layered 

          songs are edited. 


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Austin: I want to get into your warm up process a little bit. To maintain your vocals, im sure you do some kind of warming 

          up, so what kinds of exercises do you do?


Midnight: I dont do much in the way of warm ups. It just depends how my voice is feeling that day. 


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Austin: I want to talk about your writing process a bit now. You have a lot of really unique stuff in your catalogue, especially 

          songs from Sakada. Where do you get your inspiration from?


Midnight My inspiration comes from strange dreams.

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Austin: When you come up with an idea, does it usually start with a melody or a lyric first? How do you fit them together to 

          form a song?


Midnight: Everything comes in pictures first. Its like a movie in my head and then I turn it into music. 


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Austin: Has your writing process changed over the years? I assume there was probably a lot more collaboration back in the 

          Crimson Glory days as opposed to being able to have more control now with your own solo projects.


Midnight: I work with everyone on their own terms. Crimson had their ideals and so does everyone else. I 

          always like to work with people on their own terms. Everyone has different terms and thats fine. I 

          consider myself a genious in my own right that I can create the story .
 


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Austin: I know you wanted to talk about the re-releasing of your work with Crimson Glory. How do you feel about the 

          material being put back out there? Do you see any profit from this? 


Midnight: Were working things out right now. Its a piece of me so I dont mind sharing it. 


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Austin: What projects do you have in the work right now? I know you mentioned a while back that you are interested in

          putting out a vocal training CD. Is that still going to happen? What sorts of things would you cover in it?


Midnight: Right now the focus is on Descending Into Madness. We've also been working on a possible cover 

          albums as well as the "Acoustic Crimson" Cd. The vocal training Cd is something I want to do but its 

          just not the time for it now. It will be coming though depending on the demand for it.
 


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Austin: One more question before I let you go; if you could give 1 piece of advice to a young singer wanting to break into 

          the industry, what would it be?


Midnight: Give up everything you have in life, forget about all love and all sympathy for everyone you've 

          ever known. If you can truly embrace this you can be a rock star…until then you're f****d.