Leading up to Emalyth Arts Expo INFINITI, I got to chat to Danny Helsing:
1) What are you most looking forward to at the Emalyth Arts Expo?
It’s hard to pick just one thing as the biggest draw for the festival. It’s the experience of being there that does it for me. Last year I ended up spending all my money on artwork. There’s always amazing artists at the Expo and the bands are of the best caliber. I’ve discovered some of my favourite local bands there over the years.
2) What are your thoughts on the local scene?
I think the scene is quite strong at the moment. There’s a bunch of really good bands gigging at the moment. There’s also a lot of new bands starting up, which is a great indication that the scene is growing. One feels a true sense of camaraderie when you’re out at a show and I’ve seen many people come into the scene for the first time and instantly fall in love with it.
3) Do you have any favourite gig experiences?
As a solo musician the Arts Expo will be my first performance so I’ve got nothing to draw on for this project. I’ve been fortunate to have played with some amazing bands. Sometimes you arrive at a gig and it’s a quiet night and not many people there, and you expect the show to be terrible. Then you get on stage and it turns into one of the best gigs you’ve played. I think those moments can sometimes be as great as playing to a packed club.
4) What does 2016 hold for you?
I’m in the process of writing and recording material for my debut solo album that I’ll hopefully release this year. I play for a band, The Sextons, who have been doing really well lately and I’ll be putting a lot of energy into that. Other than that there’s several other projects that I’ve been wanting to get going for a while so I’ll see where those take me. I want to spend this year dedicating as much time to music as possible.
5) What advice can you give to people wanting to start a band or go solo?
Just go for it. You don’t need expensive equipment or access to big studios. You don’t need a record label or a lot of money. You don’t need to be the best player in the world. Some of the best music today is being made in peoples bedrooms. Don’t be afraid to fail, and with that, don’t judge the music you make too hard. Not every song you write will be good, but just try to write as much as possible. Listen to all different kinds of music. All of it can help. Lastly, never give up. The more hard work you put into the music, the better.
6) If you could go back in time to any musical period, what would it be and why?
It’s going to have to be between the 70’s and the 90’s. I grew up in the 90’s so that era has a big impact on my musical influence. The 70’s, I feel, was the pinnacle of progressive and art rock. There were none of the musical boundaries that prevent a lot of todays more eclectic artists from being discovered. However, I do feel that there is no greater time to be alive for the starting musician than now. We can write music that will be heard by thousands of people and not have to leave the house.
Don’t forget to check out Danny Helsing at Emalyth Arts Expo INFINITI