Band of the Day: Blue Helix

Blue Helix were a wonderful accidental discovery while I was trawling Twitter. Their latest video, “Aliens”, rapidly found its way onto our Video Roundup and you can check it out below as well. Quick as a flash, we threw our standard questions at the band as we wanted to know more about them. We’re nice enough to share that information with you lot, too…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We are from two cities and two countries. Seattle, WA and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

How did you meet?

Honestly, the entire band met through various online music sites and networks. Musician dating site! We are now all very good friends.

How long have you been playing as a band?

Since 2008.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

It translates to a person born for music. Helix being the human DNA, and Blue the color that represents music and creativity.

What are your influences?

Bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, STP, Tool, Alice in Chains, Failure, Filter, Fuel, Live, Radiohead, Marilyn Manson, NIN, Dream Theater, Winery Dogs, Testament, Symphony X and the Foo Fighters.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

We are a melodic hard rock and acoustic rock band with hints of alternative rock’s many sub-genres. We incorporate violins, cellos and many interesting sonic properties in our recordings.

Our singer Sami uses a dual mic technique that gives him the ability to create different vocal textures and personalities.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Dealing with life’s many tragedies and pains, experiencing love and loss, believing in yourself when no one believes in you, fighting those who will put you down and overcoming odds.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

We have played over a hundred shows. Our live shows are high energy with the attempt to personally connecting with our audience in the most honest and sincere way.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

Wildest thing we have experienced is getting electric shocks on stage from bad wiring in a venue. The wildest thing we have done was continue to play the show even though we were getting shocked the entire time.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Pearl drums, Sabian cymbals, Mesa Boogie amps, Fender Jazzmasters, Fender Strats, Majesty, Gibson and PRS guitars. Along with Martin and Taylor acoustics.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

We are about to record our second high profile video for our new song “Anti-Social Butterfly”, the title track off our new upcoming unreleased album. We are planning our Brazil tour for early 2018.

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

Finish recording our music video, getting ready for our tour to Brazil, and planning for a live acoustic show on Fox 28 Spokane.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you?

We would open for the Foo Fighters and have The Smashing Pumpkins open for us. In La La Dreamland!

From previous Band (artist!) of the Day Ruben Hultman – what phase of the creation process do you find most difficult and how do you cope with that?

The hardest part is the production of the recordings. It’s very tedious and time consuming, not to mention very expensive. Through the years we have invested in gear and equipment to build our own recording studio so we are able to work in a professional environment at our own pace, and record the actual songs at no additional cost to us. We work with top notch engineers and producers to get the major label sound quality that we achieve on our records.

From another BotD, Hey Charlie – what is your dream venue to play?

The Gorge in George, Wa.

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