MUSIC – The success of the film, broadcast this Monday, December 27 at 9:05 p.m. on M6, is well established. With four Oscars awarded to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the film starring Rami Malek as the lead singer of Queen has wowed more than one. But a question still burns the lips of the spectators who discovered the film last October in French theaters: how did they reproduce the voice of Freddie Mercury so faithfully? Only one answer: Marc Martel.

In an interview with Film Journal International, Graham King, the producer of the film said: “There is a lot of Freddie Mercury, obviously, and a lot of Marc Martel [in this film]”. Before adding: “I’m not sure the film would have been made if Marc hadn’t been there,” recalling the many problems that the production of this film went through.

Indeed, the scenes sung in the film come either from recordings by Freddie Mercury or by Canadian singer, Marc Martel who has taken care of all the parts that Rami Malek couldn’t do and that Freddie never sang. “You could close your eyes you would hear Freddie,” the producer told Rolling Stone magazine.

Unearthed in 2011 by Roger Taylor, the Queen’s drummer, during a large-scale internet audition, Marc Martel is the singer of the tribute band Queen Extravaganza. Asked about the first time the members of Queen heard the singer, the drummer said: “We fell to the ground, he has his own voice and at the same time, his ability to sing like Freddie is extraordinary”.

If this vocal resemblance dazzles even the members of the original group, it is nevertheless natural. In a video released on Queen Extravaganza’s YouTube channel, the singer explains that he doesn’t force his voice, “I naturally sing like Freddie.”

According to Yves Ormezzano, ENT voice specialist interviewed by The HuffPost, this resemblance is, among other things, due to a physical resemblance between Marc Martel and Freddie Mercury. “The voice is an emanation of the body […] therefore necessarily for a given type of body there is a particular voice. It’s a sound made by an instrument, there are bigger trumpets, smaller trumpets [which are going to have] different timbres. It’s the same with the human body, ”he explains in the video at the top of the article.

The ENT specifies all the same that, if the vocal tract of Marc Martel (everything that is between the vocal cords and the lips) resembles that of Freddie Mercury, all his art will be to place this duct to “get closer to the way Freddie Mercury used his. And then the resemblance can be perfect. ”

The singer says in an interview with Bylgjan radio, that indeed, he works a little bit on this resemblance in the concerts of Queen Extravaganza. “If you listen to my solo albums [my voice is] a little different, even though [that resemblance] is still there”.

He also explains, in a video released on the group’s YouTube channel, the few techniques for singing like Freddie Mercury. So you can have fun replicating these techniques, but the resemblance might not be so striking …

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