Grit City Podcast 106: Sami Chohfi of Blue Helix
Episode 106: Sami Chohfi of Blue Helix
On this episode the guys talk to Sami Chohfi from the band Blue Helix. Blue Helix is a local alternative rock band that Sami formed in 2008. Their latest record, “A Tale of Two Halves” was released in 2014. The band does an amazing job playing live, something that they strive for. Sami said it all when he said: “If you can’t do it live don’t do it on the record.” They are the winners of the 2015 Puget Sound Battle of the Bands.
The show kicks off with Sami explaining how the band came together in 2008, building a recording studio, how he learned about recording with other engineers, and putting out his first record. He talks about playing full time, being a music teacher, in addition to how he taught himself to play the guitar and writing his own music.
Talk then turns to Sami discussing what his back up quest would be if he didn’t play music, which is playing in the NFL. He then talks about the other two members of the band, the move from a four person band to a three piece band, incorporating backing tracks, and future plans as the band continues to grow.
At the halfway point the guys ask Sami’s opinion on a venues responsibility and an artist’s responsibility for promotion of the event. Sami explains that unlike most bands, they themselves promote their band via social media, where most bands are burnt out on self-promotion and they expect the venues/promoters to do most of it.
Next they dive into discussion of the two years it took to make the “Aliens” video and what they went through for the planning and permits that were needed to make it happen. He explains working with Touch or Not Productions to turn his vision into a reality. (You can view the video here.) Sami then talks about the trip with his wife to Africa, the video he recorded there, and what local tribe members have to do before getting married.
This episode comes to and end with them chatting about where people can find the band online, the importance of making a video with metaphors in it, their show on October 22nd, and the significance of getting feedback from their fans.
Thank Sami for joining the guys on this episode and you’re insightful look into the life of a musician.
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