Aloe Blacc: Talent shows no interest in artists

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 April 2014
Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc believes talent shows have no interest in producing "real artists" and have no interest in creating real music stars

Aloe Blacc believes talent shows have no interest in producing "real artists".

The 'I Need a Dollar' hitmaker appeared as a guest advisor for Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine on the United States version of talent show 'The Voice' but he claims the show bosses have no real intention of creating real music stars.

He told BANG Showbiz: "They're [talent shows] making a lot of music for producers, definitely. That's what talent shows are for; entertainment for viewers who are watching TV.

"They're not there to produce real artists. They're there to make a lot of money."

However, the 35-year-old star - whose real name is Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III - thinks that when people truly understand what talent show producers want, they can become very successful.

He said: "Sometimes, if one of the contestants really understands what the game is, they'll make a great success for themselves."

Aloe insisted, however, that to make music that will really resonate with people, you have to be passionate about it and do it because you love it not because you want to be famous.

He said: "It [music] has to be genuine and authentic. You always have to start with the music first that you truly love because you have to live with it for the rest of your life.

"So my songs have to stand for me now and even when I'm dead and gone."

Aloe Blacc's new album 'Lift Your Spirit' is out now.

Aloe Blacc

American soul vocalist with an old school rhythm'n'blues style who probably doesn't need a dollar anymore.

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