Helly

Singer, Songwriter, Percussion & Harmonica

A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE ONE BEHIND THE VOICE…

  • When and why did you start playing music?

    I suppose I started to experiment with music on my Grandmas electric organ. I could spend hours sitting there but would usually have to fight with my cousins and take it in turns. I’ve always enjoyed singing and wrote my first song when I was about 10. I would make recordings with my friend and she would be the radio interviewer and I would be the singer. I sang in front of an audience in school when I was 11 and have never looked back since. I have always loved the sound of the harmonica and have always had a thing for drums. Singing is my thing though; I’d be lost without it.

  • Who are your favourite songwriters?

    There are so many good ones but I’d say I discovered song writing through my Dads music Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Mick Jagger,  Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac and Paul McCartney to name a few. Since my musical journey has begun I constantly try to listen to new music old and new. I love a songwriter who can make a song so ambiguous so it appeals to almost anyone. I find lyrics and melodies fascinating especially the thought provoking ones that can really stir up your emotions.

  • What musicians inspire you?

    Working musicians inspire me and those who take chances and follow opportunities given to them. Musicians who help others, use their music to make a difference and musicians who work really hard and gig constantly. It’s quite a tough industry to keep going at, but if you love something enough, then you’ve found your motivation and inspiration.

  • What do you enjoy about a live performance?

    Everything. It’s the audience that makes it and to have a crowd that is enjoying live music is fantastic. I love touring and live performances because you never know what is going to happen; it’s different every time and keeps it interesting.

  • Do you have a format for writing songs?

    I sometimes get a tune and then words, or words then a tune. It’s usually at the most awkward of times like when I’m driving, in the shower or in the middle of the night. I always make a note of them or record them on my phone. I can play a little bit of guitar and ukulele, so that helps. If Andy is playing a tune on the guitar, I will come up with a melody and then words. It’s different every time I suppose. Once the song is complete and practiced, recording is fantastic, I love the whole process of it all coming together.