JJohn Helix concertohn Helix is a San Diego singer-songwriter.  The piano is his primary instrument, but he also plays guitar, bass, synths, and does all of the vocals on his songs.  He encourages everyone to share his music for the personal enjoyment of his fans and friends.  Permission for any professional or promotional use including film, television, live covers, etc. can be requested through John' s contact page.


John Helix describes his sound with German term ‘Weltschmerz’ which essentially translates to romantic sadness - a feeling of generalized sentimental pessimism. Reflective, pensive and full of bittersweet nostalgia, Helix creates melancholy pop songs laden with double-entendre and insightful commentary, a sound that has increasingly attracted crowds of generally disillusioned but not hopelessly cynical fans.

Helix’s follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed Chronic Happiness started out as a surprisingly upbeat album until he tore his ACL in a jiu-jitsu tournament. The injury and 8-month recovery resulted in a somewhat self-destructive headspace and left Helix feeling disconnected from friends, family, lovers, and even his own sense of self. This dark and heady vibe quickly crept into the material, along with the pull of a variety of artistic influences, including Mark Rothko’s abstract expressionism, Woody Allen’s pedantic humor, and the raw intensity of John Lennon’s early solo work.

The record that emerged was christened Tune Out, Turn Off, Disconnect - taking its cue from Timothy Leary’s famous acid-laced dictum. But instead of Leary’s dream of the happy ones being turned-on day-trippers journeying toward a communal destination, Helix finds individuals groping for human connection in a cotton candy consumer culture. Reflecting upon his current output, Helix asserts, “I feel my message is a nice antidote to the prevalent ‘buy this and click this’ mentality, which to me is the opposite of searching for real meaning.”

Accordingly, Helix pounds, strums and sings his way through a contemporary existential crisis sending “Sonic fuck you’s” and finding catharsis in the culminating track, where the narrator of the album concludes that even though he has gone through the depths of hell, the isolated place he finds himself doesn’t reflect who he really is. John is quick to point out that the heavy lifting was a catalyst for positive change and looking back at his creative process, notes, “I felt so lost and disconnected from the world, but all along I knew there had to be a way back, because so many have walked this road before, it’s almost like I’m retracing their steps”.