David Bowie’s producer says studio trickery could be behind Adele’s ‘great’ voice

Tony Visconti argues that modern pop is 'so perfect it's boring'

Tony Visconti, best known for his work with David Bowie, has questioned whether Adele‘s voice as heard on her records is actually her own.

Visconti worked with Bowie throughout the late singer’s career, from his second album in 1969 to final album ‘Blackstar’.

Speaking to The Daily Star, Visconti bemoaned the current state of modern pop music, saying: “You turn the radio on and it’s fluff, you are listening to 90% computerised voices.”

He continued: “We know Adele has a great voice but it’s even questionable if that is actually her voice or how much has been manipulated. We don’t know.”

Visconti is set to be involved with the new series of Sky Arts TV talent show Guitar Star. “There’s a sound to pop now that is so perfect it’s boring, because everything is fixed,” he added.

“I’m looking for virtuosos like Hendrix, Cobain and Bowie. There’s no fluffy back story, there’s no: ‘I lost my pet dog in 97 and that made me want to play’ nonsense.”

“No-one can mistake me for Simon Cowell. Today is the worst time ever in the music industry, but Guitar Star is a step in the right direction”.


Visconti also recently said that “great” unreleased Bowie music is likely to be released in the near future.

Following Bowie’s death in January, Visconti said it was “logical” that previously unreleased music would be coming out.

Visconti told The Evening Standard: “I think it’s logical that, over the next few years, you’re going to hear a lot of stuff that you haven’t heard before. I’m in talks with his management and his label – there’s going to be some great Bowie stuff coming out.”

However, Visconti was unable to confirm the whereabouts of five additional songs he produced during the sessions of Bowie’s final album ‘Blackstar’. He said: “I haven’t heard those songs yet. I might actually have to help his management company find them. I have an idea where he might have recorded them.”

Visconti said it was more likely initially that extra songs recorded during sessions for other Bowie albums would be released first.

Bowie’s box-set ‘Five Years’, released in 2015, included a double album of previously unreleased songs covering the box’s 1969-73 years. It’s expected similar unreleased material will be included in the second volume of box-sets spanning Bowie’s career. It’s believed the second box-set may be released this autumn.

Bowie is known to have recorded many songs that have never officially been released. This includes an entire album, ‘Toy’, which was recorded in 2001 in between his albums ‘Hours’ and ‘Heathen’.