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My tech: Dalton Harris

Singing up: Dalton is a big karaoke fan PICTURE: REX

The X Factor winner, 26, talks about modifying PCs and being banned from Uber Eats

What music tech blows your mind?

When I worked on cruise ships the sound quality was terrible so I bought the TC Helicon Voicelive. It allows you to do your own reverb and soundcheck.

What’s been your most embarrassing on-stage tech fail?

On cruise ships you use corded microphones most of the time and there were times I’d accidentally unplug it if I was moving around. But the audiences ranged from two to 50 so not many people saw me.

How do you record your music?

I record in studios, not at home, but if I want to record a song idea I’ll use GarageBand on my MacBook Pro or do it as a voice memo on my iPhone X.

For the record: (from left) MacBook Pro, Beats Solo and GarageBand

What gadgets do you travel with?

I use Beats Solo headphones as I’m always working. It helps me pick up everything on my demos. I also use Apple AirPods if I’m at the gym.

Did you use the X Factor voting app yourself?

No, I was terrified of opening that thing. It’s extremely competitive and the other contestants would want to look at how many views everyone’s videos were getting. I didn’t want to see anything — good or bad.

What apps do you use the most?

Tidal, Uber and Deliveroo, because Uber Eats shut my account down. I was using my real name and people who delivered the food would turn up with their friends and take pictures. It got weird so I changed my name on the account
and it didn’t match the card, so they banned me.

Do you use any karaoke or singing apps?

I’ve been a fan of karaoke for a long time. I’ve never owned my own karaoke machine but I use an app called Acapella. I used that as the background music for my X Factor audition.

What’s been your most disappointing tech purchase?

When I was a teenager I used to buy PCs. I’d crack the software but the PCs kept crashing. I’d play games like Grand Theft Auto and watch films. All my PCs started smoking. I was playing Street Fighter once and I could hear it making strange noises and it died. I used to push PCs to the max. Now I’ve switched to Macs.

If you could invent any gadget, what would it do?

It would be some sort of software that would give me the best soundcheck immediately and automatically adjust everything so I could have perfect sound straight away.

Dalton Harris’s single Cry is out now