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Helder Deploige is a Belgian multi-instrumentalist, composer, music director, music producer and actor. He's currently based in Oslo (NO) and Ghent (BE).

He's been working internationally with renowned theatre companies like Nie (GB/CZ/NO), Kopergietery (BE), Riksteatern (SE), and with some of Belgium's finest rock bands like Sukilove, Het Zesde Metaal, The Rhythm Junks. He's been producing bands like Kommil Foo, Madensuyu or Berlaen, often performing, recording, arranging and mixing every single instrument himself. 

 

One-man-band Helder released the album trilogy The King Lost His Crown (Lowlands 2003), The Ceiling Is Not The Sky (Lowlands 2006) and The Rhythm Of Change (Rough Trade 2012) on his one-man-label Jarko. Singularly, he composed, produced, arranged, mixed and played every instrument, featuring guests like Steven De bruyn, Pascal Deweze and Trixie Whitley. He's been recording in bedrooms, hotels and home studios across Belgium, Morocco, New York and Norway. The albums were critically acclaimed by Belgian and Dutch press, labeled as rootspop, singer/songwriter, americana, alternative...

 

Currently, Helder is experimenting as a trio featuring Lara Rosseel on double bass and vocals, Arne Leurentop on violin, piano and vocals, and Helder on vocal, guitar, banjo and foot percussion. A live recorded EP has been released in March 2019.

 

Helder plays acoustic and electric guitar, drums, upright and electric bass, 5-string banjo, ukelele, mandolin, balalaika, accordion, harmonica, piano, hammond and more. Previously, Helder's been backed up by a variety of brilliant musicians and bands: Jan Goossens, Govert Deploige, Frederik Heuvinck, Pieter Van Buyten, Tim Coenen, Mario Goossens, Yannick Uyttenhove, Jeroen Tilkin, Gino Geudens, Antoon Offeciers, Sjoerd Bruil, Bart Buls, Niels Verheest, Arne Leurentop, Bert Huysentruyt, Stoffel Verlackt...