Helder Rock EXCLUSIVE
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I was very young, maybe about 6 when I decided that I didn't like football and not wanted to become a footballer because it was too boring as I dreamed before, Music was my company all the time and I wanted to make some of my own.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
Very diverse, the classical masters Beethoven in special but not the only one, any Prog Rock band you can name, Vangelis, Kitaro, Jean-Michel Jarre, Krafwerk and Tangerine Dream, but also folk bands and even film composers like Howard Shore and Hans Zimmer to mention just two. Why? Because I like to listen to that kind of music, it keeps me calm and relaxed.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I am very private, I don't advertise my life, if there is something people don't know about me, I'd like to keep it that way.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
I really never thought of that, I make the music that I want to listen to, and I can’t find anywhere… It’s a private pleasure not a musical achievement.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
Each gig is different, all have great moments and low moments, I don’t believe in “The Best”, I am there to play my music, technical issues aside (some cases very embarrassing in others no issues at all), all gigs are good as long as I can play there will be at least one person in the audience who will listen, it is the same to all musicians, I think.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
Two actually, Tiananmen Square and Red Square, for the simple reason that it’s in China and Russia, no other reason but the geographic one.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
My Prog-Rock album “Tammy Girl” sold a lot in Japan, for the future I would like to see the same acceptance of my work in a wider scale, not becoming a superstar but being heard worldwide.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
Apart from loading the gear back in the car and get drunk? There might be a lot of stories but I can’t remember. I tend not to pay much attention to things, that is why I can’t remember much of anything, not a matter of bad memory or alcohol, I simple don’t notice things so I don’t have much to remember… I am a bit of head in the clouds sort of guy.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
I can play some instruments, which is a great achievement for me as I am very clumsy and all thumbs when it comes to perform any other kind of task, I am in fact a walking accident, my everyday life is filled with the most weird happenings like picking up something and it goes flying across the room, I don’t think I could keep any job for longer than two hours before I’d get fired as employers might think I was a kind of joker…
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
Making movies, it’s my other great passion and also, I could make the soundtracks.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
I only go to gigs or concerts where I am involved, either as musician or crew, I have attention deficit disorder, if I were to be in the audience, I would get bored very quickly, after 3 songs I had enough, besides, it scares me the thought of being in the middle of a huge crowd and suddenly needing to go to the toilet.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
Part of this I already answered in the previous question, but if I was attending a music festival, I would like it to be as eclectic as possible, not just Hard Rock and Prog Rock but also some chamber music (some string quartets are amazing) a symphony or two, some classic and folk dance, Electronic music, in short, a festival for me had to be diverse in order not to become boring or repetitive, but that’s me… others might disagree.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Never give up!
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Observing Nature and being in the woods makes me happy, annoys me going to buy some tobacco and have to queue behind people buying lottery tickets and scratch cards.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
Walk in the woods or in the beach at sunset, read and watch movies.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
Yes, if well managed, at the present though it’s a confusing mess, the matter must be assessed with a fresh approach, but it’s a complicated issue as the music industry has long tentacles and moves in foggy and mysterious ways that leave musicians at its mercy.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
Not important, I am not a fashion model, I am here to show my music and that is all I want to be seen and heard, I make visual effects to go along with my music and that is what people see when I am gigging. How do I look doesn’t matter not even to myself.
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
Never gave much thought to it, I forgot why I had them done and as I always wear long sleeves no one sees them anyway… It might had meant something once, but I can’t remember.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
Make right-wing ideals, racism and xenophobia criminal and punishable with a heavy prison sentence, because those people do not have respect for the feelings and ideals of others.
What would your ideal day consist of?
I take each day as it comes, if I go to sleep with no issues of health, it was a great day.
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
Not much changed regarding my habits, I’ve been self-isolating for many years, I avoid contact with people as much as possible, I am not a people’s person. Apart from seeing many people wearing masks everything else is pretty much the same as before.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
I can’t thing of anything I would like to say… Just listen and enjoy my music and ignore what’s behind it.
How would you answer the question Who are you and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?
None, Musician it what and who I am. I don’t see myself having different personalities.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
I don’t remember, in the meantime vinyl turned into CD and I had to buy them again but not in the same order so I can’t be precise.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Billy Joel once said that in the Music business there is space for everyone, no need for competition, but sadly in this day and age we see musicians falling over each other trying to get attention, and it’s not the musician’s fault but the Music Industry. Still, don’t compete, do your thing, somewhere there will be someone who will enjoy it, even if the majority doesn’t care, someone will and your music even might change someone’s life.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
Vangelis, Kitaro, Jean-Michel Jarre, not only because it would be a lot of fun but what I could learn from them would be so much more that I can even imagine.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
I don’t understand this question, sorry…
What things make you uncomfortable?
Sports, Politics and Religion.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
Gnomes, Elves, Fairies and Mermaids, a Troll or two… and when you get to the end you’d realise there was nothing about me.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you?
Who knows, life is like a box of chocolates.