Helder Rock
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Helder Rock


Helder Rock a solo multi-instrumentist, building a musical adventure in Progressive Rock.

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Helder Rock a solo multi-instrumentist, building a musical adventure in Progressive Rock.


Helder Rock was born in August and started his 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 and during those years his loss of hearing became bigger, this difficulty made him refrain from singing and so he decided to make instrumental music. He is 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 in this genre he played in a Bahá’í band. Instrumental Progressive Rock was popular in the early years, from the early 60's it started to be crushed under the weight of bands like the Beach Boys and The Beatles to name just 2. Instrumental music in general is not very popular due to the lack of lyrics for people to sing along and therefore easier to memorise, but is still considered possibly the best form of music… Helder Rock believes in the power of Instrumental Rock. He works under the influence of sounds from artists like Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Kraftwerk, Mike Oldfield and Kitaro to name just a few. Although many people don’t believe his name is really Helder Rock.


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Q. How did you first get into playing music?

At the age of six, there was a cartoon of The Beatles on TV and even without knowing them them, I somehow felt compeled to be like them and I started playing guitar.

Q. How long have you been performing?

As I said by the age of 6 I started learning the guitar and at the age of 12 I ended up entering a Music Academy where I learned Classical Guitar, I joined a band with some other Academy mates and I've been performing ever since.

Q. How would you describe your sound in one sentence?

A musical journey throughout the Human experience.

Q. What makes your music unique?

I make the kind of music that I like to hear but I can't find anywhere.

Q. What inspires you to write songs?

What I see on documentaries on Discovery Channel; National Geographic Channel, and History Channel all I see in those documentaries drive me to make my own soundtrack, inspired by the fascinating Human Journey.

Q. What have been your best and worst gig experiences?

I never had bad gigs, I had good gigs and not so good gigs, the not so good I used them to learned how to improve what went no so well...

Q. If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be?

That's a difficult one, I think I would pick up all the discography from Mike Oldfield, Yes, Vangelis, Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd, Kitaro, Enya, Focus and Beethoven's 9 Symphonies, throw them all in the air and the one I would catch would be it.

Q. What do you get up to when you’re not making music?

I love to read, watch documentaries on TV, go out and make videos that later I edit and some material I use on my video clips and I'm thinking about writing a book of short stories.

Q. What are your goals at the moment?

I'm in the middle of two projects at the moment, one album which is a follow up of Oceans Away (my debut one) in which I'll explore musical influences that were left out on the first one, and I'm also finishing an album based on the exile of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'i Faith which is my religion, before I finish these two projects I'm not thinking of anything else apart from a single that I want to dedicate to the Queen on Her Diamond Jubilee.

Q. What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or gigs lined up?

I think I've answered that on the previous question, what concerns to gigs I'm not thinking of any for the next few months, I'm finishing my degree on Music at the University so I need time to study.

Q. What do you think of Unsigned Band Review?

A good place for the unsigned musicians that like me can only have their material published on iTunes and can't get any help promoting it, UBR is a good helping hand on this matter.

Q. What is the name of the last track that you wrote and what is it about?

Beach Party just another intrimental for dance...

Q. What was the music scene like where you grew up?

Very poor.