“To me, this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what’s most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play and instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do. It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here (points to heart) and it’s about what goes on in here (points to head).” – Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters
Shortly after Dave Grohl gave the above acceptance speech at the 2012 Grammy Awards, he and his band, Foo Fighters, played alongside David Guetta, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Deadmau5. Three of those four are very guilty of blatant autotune use while Deadmau5 is an electronic artist whose musical work completely relies upon his knowledge of computers and computerized music. Therefore, he gets a pass. But still, there is this lingering stench of hypocrisy.
Hip-hop artist T-Pain, known for overusing auto-tune to no end, as vowed that he will never use auto-tune again! Now, don’t get your hopes up people. Instead, he has teamed up with audio technology company iZotope (who make an awesome mastering plug-in, fyi), saying, “…I’m onto something that I think is bigger and better called The T-Pain Effect.” Bigger and better, eh? How about taking a few singing lessons and not covering up your lack of singing talent with computer effects? What do you think about that?