Tony Visconti has formally apologized to Adele for the auto-tune comments that he made in a recent interview. David Bowie’s former producer insinuated that the singer’s voice is manipulated in the studio.
“I’m sorry that what I said in regards to what’s being played on the radio was misconstrued yet I can not apologize for something taken the wrong way,” Visconti said in a statement to Billboard. “If Adele has taken my comments as offensive that was certainly not my intent. Adele has a great voice and it brings pleasure to millions.”
The story was published in the British newspaper The Daily Star on June 8 and spread like wildfire in music news outlets, with Adele herself even speaking out about it during a performance.
His original quote about Adele’s voice to The Daily Star read, “You turn the radio on and it’s fluff, you are listening to 90% computerized voices. 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 currently working on the new British talent show Guitar Star has worked with T-Rex, Iggy Pop and Morrissey in addition to Bowie. He described that he is looking for talents like Hendrix, Cobain and Bowie on the show in an interview with The Evening Standard.
Bowie’s former producer has given a string of interviews recently, and has even insinuated that he is “in talks” to release unheard material from the late musician, who passed away in January from cancer. According to his statements, it is feasible that unheard material from albums other than Blackstar would be released to the public first and there are even rumors that box sets will be released in the fall.