Classical quartet Blake hit out today at the use of Autotune claiming it to be the musical equivalent of performance enhancing drugs.
The Brit Award winners posted on Twitter â€œGiving singers access to AutoTune, is just as bad as giving ‘performance enhancing drugs’ to Olympic Athletes.
BLAKE are AT [Autotune] free, and proud!â€ and â€œthis cheap trick has fooled audiences too long, if you can sing, SING!â€
Baritone Stephen Bowman added â€œIf someone performing on a TV show canâ€™t sing then it is dishonest to use Autotune to pretend otherwise.
The audiences are being lied to and the contestants are being set up for public humiliation when they have to perform without Autotune.â€
Having performed their blend of classical pop around the world and in front of millions of TV viewers at sporting events, Blake passionately believe that singers should always perform live. â€œIf you can sing, you donâ€™t need Autotune.
If you need it then donâ€™t sing, find something you can doâ€ stated Jules Knight
Blake recently launched a search for choirs to join them on their UK tour – â€œThere are many wonderful young singers in choirs throughout Britain who regularly perform live with no cheating.
We want to celebrate this great talent and so have invited choirs to sing with us.â€ explains tenor Humphrey Berney.
The chosen choirs will perform several of Blakeâ€™s well known classic-pop renditions, including â€˜Hallelujahâ€™, â€˜Jerusalemâ€™ and â€˜Nessun Dormaâ€™, that helped catapult the group to global success.
Blakeâ€™s Autotune-free â€˜An Evening With Blakeâ€™ tour begins on August 28 runs until November 27th.
Choirs who would like the chance to join Blake on stage should send a YouTube video link of the choir performing to [email protected] accompanied by a short description of the choir.