BRIAN VOLLMER OF CANADIAN ROCKERS HELIX ON REALITY TV, PUTTING HELIX ONLINE IN THE EARLY 1990's, AND BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE BAND
Decibel Geek podcast/website staff writer Blair DeAbreu recently interviewed Brian Vollmer for a talk about Brian's new reality TV series, putting Helix into the online world in the early 1990's, the behind the scenes of the Helix band and more. A few excerpts follow:
On The Vollmer's Reality Show: 'I call it my unreality reality show, and it's about Linda and I and the somewhat bizarre life we live. On one hand we live in a blue collar district of East London, Ontario and live a very normal life but it's punctuated with pretty unreality things I'm sure to other people' and 'our reality show is muuch the same (as other reality TV shows) only it's a no budget show whereas those are very high budget shows and whereas those shows are all heavily scripted ours is essentially very loosely scripted, in fact not really scripted at all''
On taking to the Internet very early in the 90s with PlanetHelix.com: 'As John Lennon said either you grow with music or music outgrows you. That goes for marketing as well. Actually there is more money being spent on music than ever before its just very fractured'.'
On bands learning the ropes through playing 8 times a week in the 70s & 80s: 'It toughened you and prepared you for any success that might come. By the time we got signed in '82 we had already been on the road for 8 years. Even at 8 years of being ready it was still a major shock when it actually happened.'
On being a Canadian band: 'Canada loves an underdog but as soon as you make it they turn on you, I don't know why that is, is it a jealousy factor''
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