What is your name and role within Helenor?
My name is Dave and I am also Helenor.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
How did you first start playing music?
I started playing bass in middle school because I bought 2 turntables and couldn’t figure out what to do with them.
How did Helenor form?
Helenor has essentially been a home recording project up until now.
I had accumulated a handful of songs at a time when I was playing in another band (Philosophical Zombie) with Seth Kasper. Seth is a really amazing drummer. All of the songs up until that point were recorded over programmed beats, because I have garbage coordination on a drum set. I shared the songs with Seth, who began adding live drums and helping to reshape. At that point, things felt exciting again. Seth jumped on to help me complete/co-produce the rest of the album, and here we are.
You’ve just finished your debut LP and released the first track called ‘Ocean State’ what influenced the songwriting and sound for Ocean State and the LP in general?
Ocean state is about a time in my life when I moved to the small beach town of Newport, Rhode Island, and got really depressed.
It’s the first song that I ever wrote on slide guitar, and it became a catalyst for the synthy-slide vibe that’s on the LP.
How do you usually go about writing tracks?
Sometimes a song will start with a melody percolating in my head, a lot of the time with some sort of visual companion.
I end up with a lot of 3, 4, 5 song-idea-tracks accidentally because of this.
Where and when did you record and what programs/equipment did you use?
Everything on the LP “something twice” was recorded in my apartment aside from the drums.
There’s a combination of Ableton, Logic, and Reason used across these songs.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’ve also been listening to a lot of Broadcast this past week.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
Currently finishing up a music video for another single, practicing the live set, and preparing for a record release show.
What do you like to do outside of music?
I’m also a visual artist, and I’ve always loved to draw.
Favourite food and place to hangout?