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
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