So what do you get when you take a small town kid gifted in music and obsessed with heavy metal, and bring him of age during the techno revolution? You get JHelix, a musician who loves a powerful melody, driving rhythm, and a million ethereal sounds blending into one.
The times have changed greatly, but his focus has not. With the release of his third album “Gone” in February 2015, JHelix will grab the ears of more people than ever before. Everything from the original musical styling to the album art has been meticulously scrutinized to be the best representation of who JHelix is......a sonic powerhouse, yet to be discovered by the masses.
Jeffrey D. Gatto (JHelix) had obvious musical gifts from a young age. Starting with his frequent vocal immitations of household appliances all the way through his experiments with songwriting using the first dual tape decks and a microphone as his mixing board. By the time he was of high school age Jeff was already proficient as a vocalist and a guitar player, writing full length songs using some of the first computer based midi sequencing programs available to the public. During his two years living in Baltimore, JHelix refined his production skills writing and producing hip hop demos for several aspiring rappers. Even at this time his musical trajectory was obvious. He was honing his craft, his skills and his sound and other independant musicians were taking notice.
Real headway was made when Jeff made the move to Atlanta GA to attend a school for Piano Technology. He was determined to be in and around the music business while working on his new productions. As he studied to become a professional piano tuner he worked on his music, now fully engulfed in computer based production. His first break out into the industry happend when Pete Knapp formerly of Shut Eye Records heard his demo and placed the song “The One” as track #3 on his newest label showcase album “Buzzlighter II, The Machines That Feed Us.” This made it onto 65+ college radio stations around the US and Canada, and JHelix received rave reviews. One writer even reffered to JHelix as “the most startling track on the album”. By this time JHelix had begun production on his first full length solo album which would later be called “No Lies”. He had several songs on the infamous website Garageband.com, and was in the top 10% of “All Time” in the Electronic music category. A couple tracks even making the top 5%. The next few years would be a flurry of activity for JHelix. He would release the album No Lies in 2007 and conduct his own college radio campaign, appearing in playlists in the US and Canada next to household industrial acts such as VNV Nation, Imogen Heap, LCD Soundsystem, and Nine Inch Nails to name a few. He gained over 35,000 hits on the popular Myspace.com and made an important connection with a local DJ/Remixer, Fher Rivera ( now LessNoise, of Baroque Records). The two had obvious chemistry and took to making music immediately. They made a debut appearence on NYC’s Downshiftradio.com and played a 5 song set to people watching all over the world. A short video from this set can be found on Youtube. After playing gigs around a Atlanta including a fashion show, City Skies @Kavarna and multiple gigs at The Shelter, Atlanta (a then popular industrial club), The duo JHelix + LessNoise released their collaborative EP “Reckoning”.
In 2015 JHelix is more inspired than ever. The new level of song writing sophistication achieved in “Gone” is more than evident, even to non musicians. With work on a follow up single already well under way, Pete Knapp got it best when he wrote; “JHelix is a pivotal artist with an inevitable successful career just around the corner.”