20 episodes

Want to learn the secrets behind the sounds of your favorite metal vocalists? Look no further! Join vocal coach and metal vocalist Mary Zimmer for the VoiceHacks Podcast. Every other week, she’ll sit down with some of the world’s best vocalists, coaches, and experts to dive deep into the techniques and mysteries behind the sounds we make. If you’re a new vocalist, this podcast is going to answer a lot of your questions. If you’re an experienced vocalist, this is going to give you that deep level insight into the craft of vocals. When you’re ready to take on learning vocals head over to http://youtube.com/voicehacksbymaryz to get started!

The VoiceHacks Podcast Mary Zimmer

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Want to learn the secrets behind the sounds of your favorite metal vocalists? Look no further! Join vocal coach and metal vocalist Mary Zimmer for the VoiceHacks Podcast. Every other week, she’ll sit down with some of the world’s best vocalists, coaches, and experts to dive deep into the techniques and mysteries behind the sounds we make. If you’re a new vocalist, this podcast is going to answer a lot of your questions. If you’re an experienced vocalist, this is going to give you that deep level insight into the craft of vocals. When you’re ready to take on learning vocals head over to http://youtube.com/voicehacksbymaryz to get started!

    Beginning your journey into extreme vocals

    Beginning your journey into extreme vocals

    For our 19th episode, host Mary Zimmer gives us an in-depth tutorial on how to get your vocal journey started. This episode is geared toward new and aspiring vocalists with lots of tips specifically for metal vocalists. We dive in to skills for both aspiring clean and harsh vocalists/screamers.
    Learn about voice lessons with Mary: http://voicehacksllc.simplybook.me 
    Follow Mary on Instagram: http://instagram.com/metalmaryz
    Subscribe to the Voicehacks YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/voicehacksbymaryz
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    • 49 min
    David Akesson

    David Akesson

    David Akesson is a Swedish vocalist and full-time vocal coach. David coaches both metal and traditional vocalists. As a performer, he uses both clean and harsh vocals.
    Follow David on Instagram: http://instagram.com/davidakessonsinger
    Find out more about David: http://linktr.ee/davidiot
    On This Episode:
    0:40 - Welcome David!
    1:40 - Becoming a vocal coach for metal singers 
    5:30 - Vocal coaching during the pandemic
    8:50 - Metal vs Musical Theater Singing
    12:38 - Sebastian Bach vs David Hasselhoff
    18:28 - The goal is the sound
    20:00 - The 3 elements of a song
    24:27 - Comparing your voice to others
    24:44 - Private students vs students at school
    30:19 - Diving in to extreme vocals
    38:30 - The perspective of a beginner vocalist
    42:00 - Vocal tips for metal singers
    48:00 - Watching videos doesn’t equal great singing
    54:48 - Studying in college - metal vs classical
    58:50 - What’s next for David as a performer
    Learn about voice lessons with Mary: http://voicehacksllc.simplybook.me 
    Follow Mary on Instagram: http://instagram.com/metalmaryz
    Subscribe to the Voicehacks YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/voicehacksbymaryz
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Jon Davis

    Jon Davis

    Jon Davis is the frontman and vocalist of Conan (Napalm Records), a British doom metal band from Liverpool, UK. 
    Follow Conan on Instagram: http://instagram.com/hailconan
    Find out more about Conan and upcoming tour dates: http://hailconan.com
    On this Episode:
    0:58 Welcome Jon!
    1:20 Festival Season
    3:49 Touring in the States
    5:55 Upcoming Canadian Tour
    6:52 Brazil 
    7:51 Origins of Jon’s Vocals
    12:03 Writing considerations for vocals
    17:09 Writing over the pandemic
    19:05 Digital musicians
    20:58 Vocal routine and warmups
    27:00 The listening environment on stage
    28:45 Touring Japan
    34:30 Doing vocals in other genres
    38:03 Listening environment on stage
    42:00 What’s coming next for Conan
    Learn about voice lessons with Mary: http://voicehacksllc.simplybook.me 
    Follow Mary on Instagram: http://instagram.com/metalmaryz
    Subscribe to the Voicehacks YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/voicehacksbymaryz
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    • 45 min
    Charlotte Wessels

    Charlotte Wessels

    Charlotte Wessels (ex-Delain) is a Dutch vocalist, songwriter and producer. She’s currently pursuing a solo career as a vocalist and Patreon creator. 
    Follow Charlotte on Instagram: http://instagram.com/charlottewessels
    Everything Charlotte: http://charlottewessels.nl
    On This Episode:
    1:00 - Welcome Charlotte!
    2:15 - Starting on Patreon
    8:15 - Do Patrons contribute to the content?
    10:20 - Bringing the solo material to the stage
    11:55 - Writing music as a solo artist
    16:12 - Recording your own vocals
    19:51 - Exploring harsh vocals
    22:18 - Visual Storytelling
    24:30 - Writing vocal lines in Dutch
    27:40 - Hair Extremes for Art
    29:54 - Vocal Techniques
    36:57 - Future music for Patreon
    Learn about voice lessons with Mary: http://voicehacksllc.simplybook.me 
    Follow Mary on Instagram: http://instagram.com/metalmaryz
    Subscribe to the Voicehacks YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/voicehacksbymaryz
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    • 44 min
    R.A. Voltaire

    R.A. Voltaire

    R.A. Voltaire/Rav is a Baritone melodic metal vocalist, frontman of the Calgary-based band Ravenous Eternal Hunger.
    Follow Rav on Instagram.
    On This Episode:
    0:00 Welcome Rav!
    0:20 Life as a Twitch performer
    3:50 The new audience perspective
    8:00 “Power Metal” or not?
    10:40 Metal in Calgary 
    17:21 Having a lower voice in melodic metal
    26:53 Living an atypical vocal lifestyle
    32:11 The importance of tuning
    42:43 The “wow” factor of high notes
    48:04 If you say yes, you have to say no
    49:30 What’s next for Ravenous EH
    53:14 Where to follow Rav
    Learn about voice lessons with Mary: http://voicehacksllc.simplybook.me 
    Follow Mary on Instagram: http://instagram.com/metalmaryz
    Subscribe to the Voicehacks YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/voicehacksbymaryz
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    • 56 min
    Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist)

    Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist)

    Vicky Psarakis is the vocalist and frontwoman for the metal bands The Agonist and Sicksense. She’s also a voice/character actor for The Monster Factory and has contributed extreme vocal sounds to the Marvel “Guardians of the Galaxy” video game. 

    Follow Vicky on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vickypsarakis
    Vicky on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/VickyPsarakis
    Vicky on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vickypsarakis

    On This Episode:
    0:00 Podcasts are more fun
    2:00 Juno Nomination
    3:00 Playing Piano
    4:00 Vocal Warm-Ups
    8:15 Tour Vocal Routine
    14:11 Vocals in The Agonist vs Sicksense
    19:30 Writing vocals for The Agonist
    25:00 Vocal Influences 
    29:58 Vocal development over time
    40:28 Voice acting for video games
    49:15 Getting better over the course of a tour
    51:20 Advice for new vocalists
    Learn about voice lessons with Mary: http://voicehacksllc.simplybook.me 
    Follow Mary on Instagram: http://instagram.com/metalmaryz
    Subscribe to the Voicehacks YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/voicehacksbymaryz
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    • 57 min

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I love this podcast. It has great information for vocalists of all levels of experience. I even sent an episode to my bandmates, feeling that they could benefit from the content as well. It is entertaining to listen to, packed with great knowledge, and inspires new ways to expand techniques and applications. As always, Mary Z delivers another fantastic series!