After releasing his single, ‘PDA’, from his debut full-length album, Hôtel de Ville, Canadian singer-songwriter Scott Helman is set to perform two intimate shows on his first ever Australian visit this month.

Helman, will perform at Sydney’s OAF Gallery on Wednesday 14th February and Melbourne’s The Toff on Friday 16th February.

In order to find out more about this star on the rise, thanks to Warner Music Australia, we had the chance to get in touch with Scott for a friendly chat.

SR. You are coming to play two intimate shows in Sydney and Melbourne. How are you preparing yourself to hit those stages for the very first time?

SH. I hear Australia is pretty similar to Canada in a lot of ways, and if that’s true you guys probably enjoy live music and have a good time at shows, which is great because I’ll feel at home! I usually just try to meet lots of people and get a feeling for where I’m at and bring that vibe with me onto the stage. I like to make my shows a personal experience rather than a strictly rehearsed set, so I don’t really know!

SR.  Hôtel de Ville has a really cool “feel-good” vibe and doesn’t sound at all like a debut album at all. Who were your influences while putting the album together? What was the biggest challenge of it?

SH. When I’m writing a record, I don’t listen to nearly as much music because I don’t want to be directly influenced by anything. With Hôtel de Ville, I was at a time in my life where I felt I needed to tie up a lot of loose ends and make a lot of stuff right. I had moved all my music gear and personal stuff to a tiny apartment in Montreal, which influenced me tons because the music and art scene there is so particular.

The album was about healing and letting go, at least I found out later that that’s what I was doing, and I think that rubbed off onto the music, and was probably the real challenge…actually living out those experiences.

SR. As a Canadian, how do you take when people compares you with Justin Bieber? As he is a very divisive character. Do you think it’s a positive or negative thing?

SH. I think the only time I ever get the comparison is from a stranger at a bar (probably male, probably drunk). Once people hear my music it becomes rather infrequent. But, needless to say, I’m indifferent. I like the Biebs and I don’t care what people compare me to.

SR. What was the song or album that changed your life and made you get into music?

SH. There were many along the way, but a pivotal one for me was probably Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd. I’d never heard an album like that, and it opened my eyes to the possibilities of what music could be. When I started to really play and write the more I leaned toward singer/songwriters like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Bon Iver, Ray La Montagne, Leonard Cohen etc., because I was just a kid with a guitar and those artists showed me that I could make songs without all the fancy stuff.

SR. What do you know about the Australian music scene? Any band in particular you like or follow?

SH. Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett are my favs.

SR. Any artist you would love to collaborate with?

SH. Lorde. Jack Antonoff. Julia Michaels. Lana Del Rey. Arcade Fire. Peter Gabriel.

SR. What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while on the road?

SH. The road can be tricky. If you don’t go with the flow it can be very hard. I’ve seen certain people that are inclined to control situations lose it because the road can be unforgiving. I also have ADHD, which can make those unforgiving instances more frequent! One time I got to the gate of my flight from Calgary to Winnipeg (which are 1,500km apart), and handed them my driver’s licence… which expired that day.

My tour manager Erika had to drive me overnight, and we made it to Winnipeg at 6am, and then started promo at 7am! At first she was quite mad, and I was quite devastated, but I remember that drive now as one of the funniest and craziest drives of my life. 15 hours across 3 Canadian provinces because of an expired card will change your perspective a little bit…!

Presented by Chugg Entertainment & Warner Music Australia

Wednesday 14th February – OAF Gallery

Friday 16th February – The Toff

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