Feature: We Play 'What Song...' with Scott Helman

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Scott Helman was recently in town playing shows in Melbourne and Sydney. The Canadian singer-songwriter took some time out from his busy schedule to share some of his most loved tunes with us. 

What song reminds you of your youth?  
'Rock DJ' by Robbie Williams 
My mum is a painter and she always stayed up late. My parents are both British immigrants so my mum would listen to the UK Virgin Radio station on our desktop. I remember sitting on our beige carpet in my mum's painting room playing with whatever was around, and she'd have the phone lodged between her ear and shoulder gossiping with some friend of hers, and this song would always come on. I stay up pretty late, which I probably got from her, and sometimes I’ll put this on for a laugh and it always reminds me of my mum. 

What song would you love to sample?  
'It's My Life' by Talk Talk
I recently got a cat named Margot from the Humane Society and when I went to pick her up, the guy that was helping us made a list of music to check out. I totally forgot about this band, but they were on there and went back through their catalogue. Also, my Dad would be proud. 

What song did you last listen to?  
'Wake Me' by Bleachers
Simon Wilcox, a songwriting mentor, collaborator and good friend of mine was on a podcast called And The Writer Is. Jack Antonoff happened to be on it as well, and I really love his interview, since I feel I have a very similar relationship to music. It really turned me on to his songs, and this one stands out. 

What song do you wish you collaborated on?  
'Mercy Street' by Peter Gabriel
My favorite song right now. A masterpiece in my opinion. 

What song is your ultimate party track? 
'Dancing in the Dark' by Bruce Springsteen
The tragedy really gets my hips moving. Plus Bruce. Plus the music video (FEATURING MONICA!!!). 

What song was your favourite track of last year? 
'Liability' by Lorde
The most honest song I've heard this year, and by such a strong female presence in music. This song hit home for me on the basis of fame and expectation, but more deeply made me proud as an artist and feminist that someone had created something so good.