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Almost A Dirty Dozen with OREN HELMET from OHP – June 2022

| 25 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Israel born and LA based heavy rock artist OHP (OREN HALMUT) has taken the 2017, chart dominating, award winning single, “Shape of You,” and twisted it with his trademark savagery into an inhuman metal banger! With a live music video produced, directed, and edited by the enigmatic artist, OHP’s “Shape of You” trades dancehall-infused pop for vicious guitar riffs, invoking an entirely new appreciation for the original’s themes of lust and longing.” We get Oren to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

My latest release is “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I.  It was a lot of fun working on it, and has great energy to it. In general, my hope is that every time a listener hears the song, they find something new – if its in the texture of the guitars , or a new unison of the rhythm section they didn’t notice before.  I take my time and add small details in the production that makes every listen an opportunity to hear something new.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I started with music at the age of 9, just playing a snare drum.  From there, it just evolved. But, to pinpoint the moment of realization, I would have to say that when I was 14 and played my first show, the feeling of being on stage in front of an audience was the bug that bit me. For me, music is very much about energy.  Whether it’s coming from the crowd, or  coming from the music itself.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

When I was growing up, Metallica was a major influence on me.  The first album I bought was …And Justice For All.  That kind of set the tone of my musical direction, but when the Black Album came out, it just solidified everything for me – In the production and sound aspect of the music that I wanted to create, and basically my direction for the future.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I would really enjoy working on a song with David Draiman of Disturbed.  First of all, I really like the tone of his voice, and the aggression that he can deliver in a vocal performance.  But also, he has great insight into production, and I feel I could learn a lot by working with him.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

I’m a scuba diver, and really enjoy being alone on a beach.  It’s basically the exact opposite of when I’m doing music – I want the complete silence.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

My music is a heavy grooving, rhythm based production.  I really try to deliver a tight, cohesive musical experience that makes your head bop.  Due to the fact that I create mainly covers, it’s really no big surprise I’m always compared to the original song and artist.  I haven’t had any cringe worthy moments to be honest, but the internet in general is filled with people who try to break you down, or just be hurtful.  If you understand that, then it doesn’t really bother you.  Or, it doesn’t really bother me, at least.

7. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Living in Los Angeles, you tend to randomly bump into celebrities in your day to day life.  One time though, I remember clearly – I’d just gotten off a tour when I went to my neighborhood Ralphs to buy some groceries.  Just as I was leaning into one of the fridges to take something out, I looked to my side, and Slash is standing next to me doing the same thing.  That was a bit of shock moment.

8. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

For me, the best part of being a musician is when you finish a new song, and just listen back to it.  It always amazes me – even after all these years – to hear what can be created out of thin air. Regarding the dream job, I spent a lot of time thinking about this over the years, and can honestly say that I can not come up with anything I would like to do more, that I would consider a dream job, if not music.  I mean, it would need to be something that pay the bills, but I can’t think of another real passion I have.

9. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I like being surprised in interviews, so I appreciate questions that come out of left field. In regards to the question I’m tired of answering – many of the questions are pretty repetitive between different interviews.  I’ll give the cheesy answer here, though, and say that I’m really happy to continue answering them, over and over again, because I’m honestly very happy that someone is still interested enough in my work to keep asking them.

10. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I don’t believe in looking back w/ regret about anything.  If it’s a situation that can’t be changed, there is no reason to dwell on it.  What I maybe would have wanted to start earlier tho, is to begin singing earlier in life, and to not have only been working on drums.

11. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Going back to one of the earlier questions on here, I would probably want to be a part of Metallica’s Black Album sessions, just because it was such a massive part of my musical upbringing.  I would have loved to have seen it happen in person.






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