The Reason Jimi Hendrix Hated His Voice

Jimi Hendrix earned himself an enormous place in the music industry as being one of the most influential and prominent guitar players of all time. Considering his iconic stage appearance and his distinctive electric guitar playing, Hendrix is indeed a cultural icon in the history of rock music. Although his career spanned only seven years, the musician released so many hits that are now considered classics.

Hendrix started playing guitar back when he was 15 years old. In the early 1960s, he began playing gigs as part of the Isley Brother’s backing band, and later with Little Richard. He then moved to England in late 1966 and quickly rose to prominence with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix then achieved considerable commercial success and became one of the the world’s highest-paid performers.

Although Hendrix was enjoying phenomenal success, it sadly didn’t last long. On September 18, 1970, he died from barbiturate-related asphyxia. Following his tragic death, the iconic musician left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten. Although Hendrix is regarded among the greatest guitarists and performers in rock history, it seems there was one thing he hated about himself. Let’s learn why the rock icon hated his voice so much.

Jimi Hendrix Thought He Had The Worst Voice In The World

Considering Jimi Hendrix is one of rock music’s most legendary musicians, it would be bizarre to think of him as a shy and reserved person. However, it turns out that Hendrix was quite insecure with his voice during the recording sessions.

In an interview by Jonesy’s Jukebox, Eddie Kramer, who was the engineer for some of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s albums, revealed that Jimi actually hated his voice. According to Kramer, the musician didn’t want anyone to hear him while he was singing. Moreover, Kramer also stated that he would often ask if he was doing alright during the recording sessions.

While talking about Jimi Hendrix with Jonesy’s Jukebox, Eddie Kramer said:

He hated his voice. I used to make these three-sided screens facing away from the control room and put him around this side, turn the lights down. He didn’t want anybody to see him sing and he’d stick his head around and say, ‘Was that alright?’

In another interview on The Eddie Trunk Podcast, Eddie Kramer talked about Jimi Hendrix’s hate of his own voice again. He stated that Hendrix wanted his voice to be buried in the songs during the recordings. Following that, Kramer stated that Jimi thought he had the worst voice in the world.

As reported by Guitar.com, Eddie Kramer told The Eddie Trunk Podcast about Jimi Hendrix that:

“He wanted his voice buried in the track, that’s the issue. I don’t think many people know about that – he just hated his voice, he thought he had the worst voice in the world.

Although Jimi Hendrix thought his voice was pretty bad, many of his fans think otherwise. Below, you can watch the interview where Eddie Kramer revealed Hendrix actually hated his voice.