Canadian Musician - May/June 2017 - Page 36

competition), major co-signs (from the likes of Gordon Lightfoot and Tom Cochrane), and high- profile tour opportunities (alongside the likes of Walk off the Earth and Matthew Good). Simply put, there was no reason to rush anything. But even beyond maximizing Augusta’s commercial performance, the extra time allot- ted some artistic benefits and something of a boost to Helman’s business acumen. He explains, “When you’re making your first album and you’ve never put anything out before, you’re essentially figuring out who you are and where you fit in. There’s commercial pressure, like you need to come out as a unique artist but palpable enough to work the mainstream, so you come to certain conclusions. But then you go on tour and the music you’ve written takes on a life of its own. It develops into more of an organism and less of a concept – less ideological and more of a living, breathing thing. And that understanding has helped me grow as improve as a writer. [Hôtel de Ville] is a testament to that.” Even though it’s technically Helman’s de- but studio LP, the longevity and prosperity he’s enjoyed with Augusta has potentially set him up for some form of the notorious sophomore slump – and he admits he felt some pressure in that regard. “There was this weird feeling like, ‘This is my shot and I just have to nail it,’” he shares candidly, admitting that attitude ended up hindering his material at first. “The songs I’d written at that point were great, but the second I let go [of that pressure] and decided to make music the way I’ve always made music, the songs just got better and better.” Speaking with Helman, one gets th )݅́٥ɥ́ɹȁɔ)ɭ́ɕɑɕȃLѡЁӊe)͕ٕٕݕ܁ѡЁ̸qeԁe)Ё݅ɽչݥѠѡЁmɕɕtȁ׊e)ٕȁЁݸѼѡЁݡɔ)ɕЁͥt̸)#ѕÝ!ѡȁٕ)ѡ́ѡЁ՝фՍɴ)ձѥѕݕɕٕɕ͔ݡ)ͥѱݥ́ɕѠѕɥ=)ѡəӊéչ䁉ս兹Ёմ)ѡЁɥ́ՑՕɽͽ)!éͥɽ̰Ʌɽ居)Q ́ѼI15х %ٕȸ+q'eхѕгt́ͅЁ՝ф+qЁЁ՝хѕЁѡЁ$ձe)Ёɕͽѡ̻t)Aɡ́ݡɔ́ѡЁɔ٥Ёѡ()lt ) )88)))$$)8844)TT)L$L $$ $)88)ѡշéЁͥq- д)t1ɥ䰁ӊéͥɅљ݅ɐ)ͥձхͱ䁵ɅQ)хѕձ䁱ееٕٕ͕́ݥѠѡ)ѡ̰ɥݥѠѥٽ̸)I䰁Ёѽ́́əɵȃL)ݥѡЁ她Ѽ)QеɽՕqMݕЁQѣtɥ)ѡȁѕɕѥѡ́ѥ)аɥ٥ɡѡݥѠ䁍)͕՝ɥ̃LѡЁɔԴ)䁅Ёх՝̸=ɽݥ)ɽ] ӊé)ɥ) ٕ͕䰃pāϊtɕ́ɔ)ɅЁѡЁ́ѡ́!e)ȁ٥Ёչѕ)ѡ́Ʌ䁅ѥ)ٽ͡ѡɽ՝)́ݥѠ՝ф!ͽ)ɥѡɥѥɽ́ѡ́ѥа)ѕݥѠ5̵ѽՍͽɥд)́M]Q̃qQݝϊtMѕȰ)ݥѠݡéɅѥͥ)ٕ́ЁݥѠ]ɹȸ)]݅́!éɥɥѥд)ȁq չܳtѡȁ!e)ͽ́ɹԁeЁ́ݥѠՍ̸+qMé䃊$eЁٕܰ$Օ́)ѽ-䁉ͥѕȁ݅䳊t́ͅ)ݡӊéɕѥٕ䁱ɽɽ)ѥѥɕѥ͡qMéЁٕյ)͡éɕɔ]ͥѕѱ䁩)ɥє饹ͥѽѡȻt)Qݼ͡ɔչՔɕѥ͡ѕ)ѥЁх́ѕɅɔ䁽)ɕѡɽ՝!éչ͍ɥ)她Ѽ͠Ёͥɥ)ѽѡȸ)́ȁMѕȰéѡͽɍՍ!)éͥѕեٕȁѡ)Ё͕ٕɅ啅̰ͼӊéѥѡаѥѼ)́ɥѥɕ̰éͼѡɽՍȁє)#ѕY)ɔɕЁЁѕѥ䁩Ё́Ռ)͙հѹ͡ȁ!ѡɴ)Q ɬѡAAϊd)͵͠qtɕͥٔ)ɥѡȁɥѕ̸ ɬ́ɕЁ+q- ѕt́ݕ́ѡɍͥٔ)ɽȃq-ѕ̳tݡ́ѡմ)ݥѡ͡ЁɼɅq!݅́݅́)ɕЁѼٔѡɽt!͡ɕ)Ё ɬq$݅́ѼЁٽ͡)ѡɽ՝ݡɥѥݥѠt)!́ͅé݅́ȁ)ɥєЁѼ͕ݡɔѡ́ѡ՝ͅ)ѡа䰁ѡѹ́͡eЁиQ)́ЁѡɔхЁѼ́)Ս͙հɅѽ͔́+q%ӊéչѡѥЁչх́ѡ)ݡa%ԁeЁɥєѡͽ)͕ӊéЁɕȁͥЁ$eЁՍ)ٔѡгt́ͅչѱ䃊Lͽ)Ѽٕɽͽչȴ)q]$ɽєѡɗé݅́ٽ)䁡ͅ她aѡ쁑eЁѡгdЁݡ)'eɥѥݥѠѡȁӊéɔ)ѡЁѥЁͥѡЁЁɕ今t)QѥЁٕ́ѡЁɕ)ݕѡѕɥɥͥ՝ф)ѡЁ#ѕYͻeЁͥq$ѡ$)ЁЁɔх́ɥгt̸͕)]ɕ́՝ф݅́ͽѡɥ)єѼ́ѥѽݸQɽѼԴ)фٕՔ͕́ɥЁѡɽ՝-ͥѽ)5ɭаѥѥٕ͔ٔɡ)ѡéݹѽݸ#ѕYѕ)́Ѽ́ѕɅɥ䁅ѕ)5ɕ́ɥ́ѡɔݥѠѡ)ѱѥѱȃq%ɿtɕȴ)́Ѽ́չ䁡5չЁI关e)ɽ̸+qЁЁ́ѼݥѠѡЁѡЁ$)ٔݕЁѡɔѼхЁɕѥ͡ݥѠ)ͽt!̰qЁѡͽչ́)ͥ́5ɕѕ䁥ɕt)́ɥѕȰ!́ɕ́ɔ)٥䁽ͽɥѡɅ)Յ́ȁɥ̸=՝фݡ)ɽ͡ѱ䁅ѕȁ̀Ѡѡ䰁݅)ɝ䁑Ʌݥѕɥ)ѥ̸ ЁѡՉ͕ՕЁ啅́)ѥѡЁɕ͔ݥѠͥѕѱɥͥ)ѽ́ɕɕȁ#ѕY)ɭ䁑ɕи+q]׊eɔչȁ)Ёѥѥхѕа$ѡѡɗéѡ́ݕɐ)ɕɔLЁѡЁЁ́݅䃊LЁӊe)ɕгtѡѥЁ̸͕q%ӊé݅䁵ɔ٥͍Ʌ)ɔɕ͕Ёݡ׊eɔչȰݡ)$Ѽ]$Ѽ)ɕѼt) ЁɕЁ啅̰éѡѼ)ѽȁѡݽɱͼɽѡٕչՔ)ѥٔɝхȸqQɔ)$ܰͅѡɔ$ɕ镐ѡչٕͅՙ)́ݡЁ$t̸ͅq$eЁɕ䁍ɔѼ)݅эՑѡȁЁѕȴ)٥ݕ嵽ɔ%ӊéݡЁݔɔ)Ё́ݽɱ́ɽ]ӊéѕɕд)хЁѼ t)ѡЁѕ́役Ё!e)ͥиє́)ٕ́)݅Ȱ́ɕ́ȁɽхȁ́ٔ)͔啅́չMٔ)ѡMمLѥѥٔѡЁ٥ѕ́́́Ѽ)хѥ͍Ѽѡݽɱ)ѕȁ+q5ͥ́ݥѠٽٔɕͤ)ѼɔݥѠЁѡЁͥt)̸)!́Ѽѡɽӊé)́ѡݕ%͡Ё٥ѕ)́Ѽqͽѡѕȁ܁)ȁ͵t͡ɔЁݥѠЁѡͥєQ)ѡ́ɔ٥ѕѼЁѡȰ)ѕȁаեи)Qɗé٥ѡ!٥̴)ѥՑ́Ё5ͥȁ?eՔ)хMAѕɉɽ՝=8ݡeٔх)и%а!胊q$ЁЁմ)ȁѼхЁѡՕ́ѡЁѕȁѼ)ѡMЁͽѡЁձѤ)͍ɽ̰ͥݡ͕͔́ѡɅ5)ɅՅ䁡ѡаݡѡ)ѡЁаѡȁݽձɥєЁ)a]ܰ$eЁ܁Ёѡ́Քdѡ