Posted by Metal Divas
Name: Helena Kotina
Associated Acts: Daffodil
Personal motto: Live life to the fullest! Go for what you are dreaming!
Current plans: After some great shows, Daffodil are now in the studio working on their first full-length album, which will be released later this year.
– 10 QUESTIONS WE ASK EVERYBODY –
Metal Divas: Please tell us what got you into music and describe your early days and the journey this far to be guitarist:
Helena: Things started back when I was about 10-11 years old and I felt the need to listen to some music (till that age I hardly listened to any music). I started trying listening to some pop-styled songs that were pretty popular at that period, but they really seemed meaningful to me. One of my older brothers was a fan of classic rock music and I remember myself sitting in the room next door observing what he was listening to. Yellow raven – Scorpions and Stargazer – Rainbow were some of the songs that were enough to prove to me that this was the right route to follow. After a few years listening and shifting through some more bands, I finally came along to a Scorpions DVD called “Humanity”. Immediately I realized that music was what I wanted to do. After begging my parents to get me started on guitar lessons, finally at the age of 14 I got my first Electric Guitar. Till now, the guitar and music in general, is my first priority.
Metal Divas: In your opinion what is the essence of music in general:
Helena: Expressing your feelings and having music as a good partner through every stage of your life.
Metal Divas: Describe any “before the show” ritual:
Helena: Nothing very special until now, just having a drink in the backstage, doing my warm up and saying my prayers!
Metal Divas: What is your most memorable moment of your career:
Helena: Every step you are making forward is something that you’ll remember, ’cause it takes many things to do every step. I think the most memorable was the show we gave two monts ago in Athens alongside Diary of Dreams. Everything was how it should be. The crowd, the atmosphere, the sound, everything was amazing.
Metal Divas: What is a rule — whether it’s a law, societal standard, or moral code that exists that you think should be broken:
Helena: Something that’s specific to my country, the government expects you to work your ass off and get by with a salary that puts you immediately below the poverty line.
Metal Divas: Name 5 things you can’t live without:
Helena: 1. Guitar
5. Good food
Metal Divas: Share any funny story while on the road or any crazy request received from a fan:
Helena: When you’re on the road, cause of the enthusiasm and energy, there are a lot of funny moments. I think, one of the funniest was when we had two concerts in raw but in different cities that they were far one from the other. There was a fan we met on the first concert and the next day he was at the venue of the 2nd concert even before our soundcheck and when we saw him, he just said ”Hi, it’s me again”, he asked for a t-shirt and then he just disappeared. We still don’t know who he was!
Metal Divas: What do you do to keep your skills in good shape:
Helena: I always keep doing exercises for my fingers, always from low bpm to high bpm, even in days when there aren’t many hours available to practice, I just do my usual exercises.
Metal Divas: Please give any advice to young aspiring guitar players who wanna enter the music industry:
Helena: Keep your eyes always open, don’t ever hesitate, cause nobody knows better than you what you have in mind, work hard and don’t take anything for granted. Keep in mind what experienced people tell you, but don’t let that stop you from trying things yourself.
Metal Divas: Ten years from now you will be…:
Helena: A rockstar!
– 5 RANDOM QUESTIONS WE ASKED HELENA –
Metal Divas: What makes you bored?
Helena: Sleepy and coward people
Metal Divas: Can you blow bubbles with bubblegum?
Helena: For sure!
Metal Divas: Why aren’t blueberries blue?
Helena: They aren’t???
Metal Divas: Do you have any secret family recipes?
Helena: Of course, but they won’t be secret anymore if I write them here, will they?
Metal Divas: What if Batman gets bitten by a vampire?
Helena: I guess he’s screwed. I mean the vampire.