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Fast Five: Helene Greenwood



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I started composing at the age of 10. I remember being in my garden, hearing thunder in the distance and composing a piano piece about it. I have worked as a music teacher for three years and became interested in child psychology. I love attempting to work out human behavior! In a way I feel my songs are an opportunity to work through the lives of the people around me. And are a reflection of myself, my choices, my memories and my world.

How would you describe your music?

I think my music defies easy categorization as I am influenced by my experiences as a contemporary composer, and I’m inspired by pop, classical music, folk and jazz.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

I have recently released an EP called The Break, and I will be releasing my album, Collectable You at the beginning of October. This was produced by Calum MacColl, with a very soulful band including James Hallawell, (The Waterboys), Arnulf Lindner and Martyn Brabbins. Calum’s guitar playing reminds me of Nick Drake and he has such a great ear for creating beautiful, but unsettling sound worlds.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

It would be Lisa Hannigan. I can be obsessed by singer’s voices and she is someone who I can listen to repeatedly. I love the way her voice is communicating so much experience of life. It has such depth and soul.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Another very difficult question! I think it would be Bjork’s Vespertine. Her clashing tones: intimate, whispered and powerful voice. And the delicate collage of sounds she brings together remind you of the sounds you might hear in the middle of the night in your garden. Dark, unknown and strangely magical! I always hear something new when I listen to her.