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5 minutes with Helder Rock

"There's space for everyone in the music business"

Today we welcome a man by the name of Helder Rock, into the interview room,

Helder, welcome, how are you today?

Cool, thanks!

Great to here, Firstly tell us a bit about yourself and where you are from?

I was born in August 1965 and started my steps in music with the age of 6, at 15 studied Classical Guitar and then joined several groups of different genres, played Jazz, Hard Rock, New Age, Country and Folk, for several years worked as Roadie for several bands. I live in Stockport.

So, tell our readers, what is your talent?

I am an English multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock, folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music, New Age.

Instrumental rock sounds interesting, what is it about instrumental rock that brings you so much enjoyment? How did you first get involved?

As I said I worked as Roadie for several bands and during those years my loss of hearing became bigger, this difficulty made me refrain from singing because I can't give the notes rightand so I decided to make instrumental music.

So far in your career, what has been the highlight?

Being able to get my Diploma in Music through the University, which hopefully I'll finish this coming term.

Who are your inspirations when making music? Is there a certain composer or piece of music that really puts you in the mood?

I work under the influence of sounds from artists like Jean-Michell Jarre, Vangelis, Kraftwerk, Mike Oldfield, Kitaro.But also Bach, Vivaldi and Beethoven.

I don't have a particular piece to name, as you can imagine I love Music and there is a very and I mean VERY wide range of music on my mind all the time, and I think that is that blend of music that ends up coming out in my work.

I had a listen to a couple of your songs and they felt very relaxing, is this a particular style you carry through your music?

I make the kind of music that I like but I can't find anywhere, therefore and as I said I have to do it myself.

I notice one of your songs was supporting a local hospice, are you a very keen supporter of charity?

Yes, before this one for St.Ann's Hospice, I made another one supporting the victims of the earthquake in Japan.

What a great way to help raise money, by making meaningful music.

If you could change anything about the way the industry currently is, what would it be and why?

Things changed a bit recently with the Internet helping to develop a few music sites where collaboration amongst musicians is possible and I do believe that in a very near future musicians will be able to take the industry in their own hands... But at the present moment what I really would like to see is the industry to stop worrying about profits and therefore stop to fabricate false pop idols and brainwash the public (particularly the young teenagers) with what in their interest is the "newest cool music fashion". Most of the best selling music (if we can call it that) at the moment has no musical quality at all; it is best selling because it was imposed by the industry to the public through the media, and as the cultural level of the majority is (unfortunately) low, what they see and hear in the media is what is good; I understand the media needs to survive and the incentives the music industry gives them to promote what the industry wants is too much to be refused. The public should be able to decide by themselves what they really like and not be driven by fashion makers that really don't care a bit for the public or for the Arts.

I would stop with things like the X-Factor, at least in the way that it is done now,where so many dreamers are made fools of themselves, and even the final results are manipulated in ways that won't fit in this space, everybody deserves an opportunity and like Billy Joel once said, there's space for everyone in the music business, so the best way is to let everyone have their moment, like I said in the beginning the Internet is giving the opportunity for everyone to publish their work, but there's still the issue of the promotion being crushed but the industry lords...

What more can we expect to hear from you in the future?

Until the end of this year I'm giving my contribution to 3 collective projects, and I'm already starting on my next album which will have a slight different approach in terms of sonority.

Well it has been great talking to you.

Take care and all the best for the future.

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