Scott Hel­man vs. the world

This lo­cal artist on his mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tions and what it’s like to have a hit song on the ra­dio

The Kids Post - - Arts - By Tina Robin­son

Strum­ming on the heart­strings of lis­ten­ers ev­ery­where, Hel­man’s quickly be­com­ing a house­hold name — and no, we don’t mean the mayo.

From dance-your-tail-off hits like “Sweater” to the soul­ful sound of songs like “Some­where Sweet”, peo­ple are lov­ing the sounds of Scott Hel­man.

His first hit, “Bun­ga­low,” off his first EP, Au­gusta, has been out since last Novem­ber but is just sud­denly climb­ing the charts now.

It’s hard to put on the ra­dio lately and not hear Hel­man’s catchy tunes, but he is tak­ing it all in stride.

“I’ve been feel­ing good,” he says. “I mean, you know, it’s a lit­tle crazy some­times, be­cause it’s a lot of work, but I’m just do­ing what I’ve al­ways been do­ing, writ­ing the mu­sic and lov­ing it,” he says.

Even with all the air time Hel­man’s hits are cur­rently get­ting on the ra­dio, he stays hum­ble. The 19-year-old Toronto na­tive ad­mits he’s just happy mak­ing mu­sic that peo­ple gen­uinely “dig.”

Hel­man’s in­ter­est in mu­sic didn’t come from fam­ily in­flu­ence, but rather a love for clas­sic mu­si­cians like Neil Young, Bob Dy­lan and Damien Rice.

“There was al­ways mu­sic around,” says Hel­man. “But then again, I wasn’t in­tensely lis­ten­ing to mu­sic un­til like 13 and I dis­cov­ered all the bands that I love. So no, I don’t re­ally know where it comes from.”

Hel­man grew up in Toronto and at­tended Earl Haig Sec­ondary School. As a young boy, he had no real in­ter­est in the guitar, let alone singing.

“Well, I didn’t re­ally want to be a mu­si­cian grow­ing up,” he says. “Un­til I picked up a guitar when I was like 11, and I just started play­ing more and more,” he says.

Hel­man re­al­ized re­ally young that he wanted to be a mu­si­cian, es­pe­cially once he got the

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