Originating from Johannesburg, Helmut J is known mostly for his versatile flowing journeys into ambient & deeper Tech House, and more so for his darker penchant for Minimal & Dub Techno. Helmut is currently based in Cape Town where djing and producing brings a certain balance to his regular weekly duties which involve numbers, books and accounts. More detail regarding this is omitted for fear of inducing early onset narcolepsy…
In 2012 Helmut’s dabbling and studies in electronic and accoustic music took shape and was signed to local label Triplefire Music as well as event production label Make-Believe (spearheading some exciting new event concepts in and around Cape Town).
Early influences include Front 242, Haujobb, Kraftwerk, Joy Division, The Human League, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode +++
On the events side, Helmut J was the founder of the much respected Sideways Sessions in Johannesburg, which turned into a successful monthly evening at the former Kink Bar in Cape Town. At present, he is busy with a project called Thrum Room… Cape Town’s first Dub Techno focused concept night and podcast series.
Entrusted with supporting act duties alongside such benchmark worthy artists as Abdulla Rashim, Ambivalent, Johnny D, Christian Burkhardt & Trevor Jackson to name a few, Helmut has also performed at the following notable venues & events : CTEMF, Rocking the Daisies, Earthdance, Oppikoppi, Origin Festival, Killer Robot, Make-Believe , Kinky Disco, Triplefire Label Nights, Spy Deluxe, Bassmint, The Art of Hot, Bullion Bar, Fiction, Chukkachurri, Sapphire, Assembly & of course Sideways Sessions & Thrum Room.