Helena Claesson

Vocalist, Actor, Producer

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Multi-genre/ multi-lingual vocalist, actor and producer.

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"No matter whether it's musical theatre, folk, pop or jazz, Helena Hallberg is like a Swiss Army Knife made in Sweden: Versatile and flawless" -- Ticketcorner Magazine

An expert in telling stories, Helena has worked in a wide range of genres and uses her voice to create unique and memorable creative moments. An apt multi-instrumentalist, she often takes the role of producer, arranger and writer all at once. Her priority is the client and the story they want to tell.

Bachelors in Music from Manhattan School of Music and Masters of Arts from Berklee. Commercial clients include TikTok, Microsoft, Nestlé and PayPal.

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  • English
  • German
  • Swedish

Interview with Helena Claesson

  1. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  2. A: Are you Swedish or Swiss? Why is your American accent so good? - I'm both, but I also lived in the states as a kid which is why my accent is so good.

  3. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  4. A: That it's easy. Training your voice and learning how to communicate in creative endeavors takes years to perfect, because everyone is different.

  5. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  6. A: What's your background? What's the goal or wish for the project? Anything you want me to know before we start working?

  7. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  8. A: Connect with the person and see if they're the right fit.

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: My appalachian dulcimer, my autoharp, my Ear Trumpet Labs Mic and a big ol PA so I can be heard and saved.

  11. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  12. A: I've been writing music since I was 13. Production came in a few years ago but it hit like a ton of bricks. I've been working commercially with my voice since I was 15.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: I'm a big fan of the 70s style wise. But that's mostly my wardrobe. But, I'd say my style is authenticity.

  15. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  16. A: Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald-- anyone with a unique voice and a story to tell honestly.

  17. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  18. A: Don't overdo it. You're trying to tell a story through music, and production is meant to enhance that, not dominate it.

  19. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  20. A: My work ranges from Folk to Jazz and Pop to Musical Theatre. I all depends on the project I'm working on.

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: My voice is my instrument. And I don't just mean as a vocalist, I mean communication. Understanding each other is the most important thing in a create process and from what I understand I'm pretty good at that, which makes sense, because important to me.

  23. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  24. A: I've always been told I have good instincts musically. Whether it's reinterpreting something or creating something from scratch, there's a certain work that's needed for everything to fit together, and I think I do bring that.

  25. Q: What's your typical work process?

  26. A: I like checking in with the person I'm working with first. How do they communicate? What are their goals, what do their feel insecure about? It's really all about communication.

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: I have my own basement studio with a separate vocal room and control room. I've recorded many things in my booth that have ended up released as music but also things for commercial work like Film or TV.

  29. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  30. A: I love folk musicians and jazz musicians. There's a passion for tradition in both that I really respect. I also really enjoy working on the cutting-edge side of production, and then combining that with the more traditional aspects of other genres.

  31. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  32. A: I record a lot of different type of vocals and create sounds with fellow creatives. I also spend a lot of time consulting on other people's vocal work-- whether it's directing them live in the studio or just adjusting their work after recording. Comping, tuning and really getting the most out of a vocal performance is awesome.

"From the Outside"

I was the Writer, Vocalist, Instrumentalist, Producer and Mixer in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Amy Winehouse
Gear Highlights
  • Ear Trumpet Labs Delphina Mic
  • Shure SM7B
  • Logic
  • ProTools
  • Ableton
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