Puertorican singer-songwrighter Hélios, presents his first musical project
"Sol". For the fledgling vocalist, "Sol" represents a new stage in his
artistic and personal life. Born in New York City, Helios finished his formative
years on the enchanted isle of Puerto Rico. There he would cement what were already
firm beginnings in music. "I've always had a strong connection with music.
My parents tell me that I hummed songs long before I could even talk. I definitely
inherited that from my dad, to this day you can hear him singing while out and about. "
For "Sol" the latin crooner, who now resides in Miami, counted on the support of
producers Mike Swittel and Alfredo Cevallos. This talented duo has participated in
productions with some of the greatest acts in music including Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera
and Puerto Rican flutist Nestor Torres (with whom they won a Latin Grammy), among many others.
"I'm happy to be working with people who are so talented and professional. People jump into
the fray all the time, come to this city (Miami) with great expectations, and their plans don't always
pan out. I've had the great fortune that God paired me with people who had faith in me and believed in
my ability from day one. I know that it's never that easy, and for that I'm really grateful. "
said the artist.
For his first EP of unreleased material, Hélios sought to provide something different, when
choosing songs to be recorded. "We wanted to offer something new and refreshing.
Many artists say the same thing, but just follow through with the same old templates that have always existed in Latin pop. We wanted to break the mold, and I think we achieved that. That being said,I think there's enough here for those who like more traditional pop as well." Examples of this are the super energetic "Amor Galactico" a song with strong Europop influences, and the heartwarming "Cuanto Quiero"a more traditional tune, with which the artist expresses his love for the enchanted isle. "I could not make a project without including something that would truly show just how muchI missed Puerto Rico, my family and friends. It had to be in there. "
When it comes to songwriting, the singer finds many sources of inspiration. "From very early on I've written about what I see. My style of writing is particular that way, because
I don't always write about my own experiences, but more on what I see on a day to day. There is so much you can learn from the world around you if you take the time, sit for a while, and just watch people live. That to me is the biggest inspiration, life, and all that it
entails. If you as a songwriter, don't have anything to write about, maybe all you need to do is
open your eyes and take a good look around. "