Not sure this is the good place at all, but, here we go :
I read the post about Lemmy in the old forum, but was unable to find it on the new one !
I've seen that you had quite a lot of info on the voice range of Lemmy, so I wanted to ask...
I'm actually trying to practice his singing "technique", not really that I'd like to immitate it perfectly, but to go close to his voice, in order to be able to do, at first, full covers of some Motörhead songs...
I'm able to scream the metal way withouth hurting the voice (lot of rehearsals and quite a few gigs that way with no issues afterward), but can't grasp the way he goes to this crispy voice. I'm sure that cigarettes and jack and coke had a lot to do with it, but there has to be something else...!
Lemmy's gravelly voice really came smoking and drinking. If you listen to him in his youth when he was with Hawkwind he sounds very different, much lighter and brighter, and without his signature gruff, husky tone. He actually sounded a little like Ozzy back then. youtu.be/yao_T2adl14?t=47s Smoking in particular dries your vocal cords out a lot, and doing that over and over eventually causes the tissue swell and become less pliable. This often gives a singer a husky, rough quality to their voice and also tends to cause voices to deepen. I would not reccomend conditioning a voice like this, as it's a lot harder to go back once you've done the damage. You can somewhat emulate that sound with false cord distortion. Brian Johnson or Sebastian Bach would be good examples of that. If you're already doing metal screaming, you've probably got the false cord distortion thing covered. Just start gradually trying to use it on top of sung pitches and build up the intensity. But when practicing singing with distortion just make sure to stop if you feel any pain. That is a big red flag that there is too much friction between your vocal cords, which will tear your voice to shreds.
Vocal damage is definitely a part of it, but he does use additional techniques aswell. Take these two songs for example, both being from the same year (2006): Motörhead - Sucker The Head Cat - Fool's Paradise Sucker has a more growly sound to it then his usual clean vocals if that's what you're reffering two.
However, he did not use this in the earlier material though. Back in the 70's to early 80's the rough, husky quality to his vocals was mostly caused by vocal damage.
Yes I'm refering to this growly sound, I know that some of the uniqueness of his voice is the smocky/breathy sound caused by abuses/lifestyle; but as he is able to sing in a clear way (like in WhoreHouse Blues, or in I'm no nice guy after all); there must be some technique part to his singing thanks for your answers ^^