Emerging from the vast and glorious Italian music scene is the explosive Helia, whose epic mixture of metal. post hardcore and electronica will surely inspire all whom encounter the thrilling reveries. The Great Divide is the title of their debut recording for InVogue Records, an exhilarating collection of songs that should garner Helia a good deal of worldwide notice. Here is an interview we conducted with guitarist / vocalist Giacomo Parenti (aka Jackie) to find out more about this band on the rise ready to break it out into the big leagues. Read on…
Introduce yourself, what you do in Helia and how long the band has been in existence.
I’m Giacomo Parenti the guitarist/singer of Helia. The band was formed in 2007 when I was 20. Beyond me Helia is formed by Matt (vocals), Jimmy (guitars), Angelo (bass) and Riccardo (drums). We had many changes in the formation but now we’re solid.
Where are you based out of and what is your local music scene like
there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We based in the Republic of San Marino/Italy. The music scene down here is pretty cool and there are a lot of bands trying to export their music out of Italy. There aren’t many bands I’d recommend but I really like Hopes Die Last.
How did you wind up being signed to InVogue Records?
I’ve been knowing InVogue Records for years and I would have never
dreamt of signing with them. Luckily they heard our new cover for Get Lucky (Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams) and our new stuff and they contacted us.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title The Great Divide?
Well, the concept behind the title is about overcoming your own limits and trying to achieve the goals you set.
Select two songs from The Great Divide and what inspired the lyrics.
The two songs I’d like to talk about you to are “No Future” and “I Might Be Wrong“. “No Future” is the song that represents in the best way our
sound and the lyric is about how our life is dominated by greed and money. “I Might Be Wrong” it’s kinda particular: many of the members of the band had lost their fathers and this is a song dedicated to them.
Who did the cover art for The Great Divide and how much input did you have on it?
The cover art was made by Glenn Thomas (The Fox And King) and I’m happy to say that he depicted perfectly the concept we gave him. We gave him the idea and Glenn sent us back a sketch and we confirmed it!
Has Helia ever played here in the States or plan to do so in the future?
We’ve never played in the States.but of course we hope to come soon!
What are you looking forward to the most about your upcoming Russian Federation Tour and will this be your first time touring there?
We’ve already been on tour in Russia twice: the first time in the
beginning of 2011 and the second time at the end of the same year. The people down there are so hot, they gave us so much feedback at the shows! We really can’t wait to play there again.
What could one expect from a live Helia show?
Usually we like to entertain people, so I think our concerts are really
funny but they also give some kind of message. The best way to describe our live shows is to see them, so must come and see us! 🙂
If Helia could open up for any band either now or from the past, who
would it be and why?
I personally like to open up for Underoath! For me they’re the best band in this kind of music scene and I love their contents.
What is it you like a listener to remember the most after hearing your
music for the first time?
Of course everything Eheh! 🙂
Any final words of wisdom?
Catch us on Facebook.com/heliatheband and buy our new CD “The Great Divide” it’s awesome! 🙂
Matt Labinaz – Vocals
Jackie (aka Giacomo Parenti) – Guitars, Vocals
Jimmy – Guitars
Angelo – Bass Lines
Ricky – Drums
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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