Julia Bogel’fer – vocal, bass, text
Maria Alysheva – vocal, rhythm- & solo-guitar
Kate Skokova – drums
Helium Jam is an indie-rock band with a female character, creating high-quality and very honest music without templates and stereotypes. Totally female composition are a rare phenomenon on the Russian stage. Sincere and fascinating timbre vocals, piercing guitar singing in female hands and the accuracy of the arrangements leave no one indifferent. Helium Jam is the music that unites people who appreciate freedom in all its forms, people who care about their lives. Their gigs are always so bright and emotional that everyone becomes part of the band, when listening to the live performance.
HELIUM JAM ist the only womens rockband in Russia and was founded in 2010 by Julia Bogel’fer and Masha (Maria Alysheva). Since 2014, the band has been cooperating with the studio « Diez » and AHOI-Kultur.
The group participates in many Russian and European festivals. Performing in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Gaypride (CSD) Berlin, Gaypride (CSD) Hamburg, Gaypride (CSD) Goteborg, Gaypride (CSD) Warsaw and in Narva and shows that music is truly international. If the songs are emotionally honest, they touch the heart of every person, no matter what language is spoken. HELIUM JAM play yearly during the “Forest Camp of Women on SeligerLake”. Women’s Club « Matriarhat », « Glastonberry », « Shokoladnaya Fabrika », « Alma-mater » and « Doollin House » and many others clubs in Moskau and St. Petersburg.
Songs from the album « Listen » (2014) and « 23 hours » (2015) are in rotation on many FM and online radio stations.
« Jivie » (2015) – Live Album
“23 hours” (2015)
« Moskva.Vesna (DIY-version) (2016) – Single
« Showcases » (2016) – Single
The musicians are:
Julia Bogel’fer is the founder of the rock band Helium Jam, a rhythm guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, co-author of music.
She was born in the last century in Moscow J. Being 5 years old, she had the imprudence to tell her grandfather that she would like to play music. The next day, piano and music teacher were waiting in the room for nothing wrong suspecting child. Julia is stubborn and tends all the cases brought to its logical end. She carefully studied music 8 years, after that she closed the piano and since that time it has not approached. However, the musical beginning was made!
In high school guitar happened to be in the hands of Julia. She showed tenacity of the character again. She studied the guitar herself without tutorial, inventing chords until a family friend showed her the chords that have long been invented by the world guitar community. Since then, Julia almost never parted with her guitar. She taught memorized poems from the school program with a guitar, she wrote with it her own lyrics and came up with melodies to them. Julia from her birth was modest person and extremely embarrassed about any public appearances. However, there was a crisis in relations with one person, and she decided to express everything … with a guitar on stage. And she did it by taking part in the project « Free Microphone », where any amateur musician could perform. Then it turned out that it is very exciting to be a guitarist and vocalist! Writing poems and songs, performances in music projects continued together with a friend.
In parallel adult life took its normal course. Julia graduated from the Moscow Institute of Chemical Technology named after Mendeleev (now the Russian University of Chemical Technology of the same name) … For many years she worked in the large chemical company, and organized the work on her site so good that it became just bored to work there. Julia came to work and wrote poems, prose, music … And unexpected for all she had gone into the project to revive the large machine-building plant in Moscow Region. And when she had done all that was possible also in this project Julia realized that in the profession she achieved everything she wanted. Finally, the time has come for the music.
It remains to find the same enthusiastic people for whom music and rehearsals would stand in first place before work and even family. Maria Alysheva became the first such a person. Girls often met each other on the project « Free Microphone » and various festivals of art song. In 2010, they talked on the theme of joint performances, and understood that suit each other. Three years have passed, and Julia together with Maria have found a soul mate in the face of two participants.
Band name Helium Jam – a legacy of Julia’s chemical education.
Maria Alysheva is co-founder of the band Helium Jam, a lead guitarist, back vocalist, author of music, arranger.
Guitar has always been with Maria, since that time she remembers herself. Music records are the second thing that has always been with her. Childhood and youth passed in an atmosphere of music: a tape recorder, disks, flash drives, online music … Together with the two girls, Maria conceived and organized an amateur band « Singin Laces”, where she became the guitarist and vocalist. At the same time she became acquainted with Julia Bogel’fer, and later they came up with a band of Helium Jam. Maria is ideological inspirer the band’s development. She was the first in the band who has mastered computer program editing and processing of audio and video. That was she who once offered to go to the electric sound from the acoustic. And for this purpose, she studied a bunch of materials about the technical highlights and quality of the equipment. Maria believes that it is important to take the best out of modern music technology , she explore it by herself, instead of relying on consultants in the shops. She considers that technology is very exciting! For example, for Maria’s vocal it needs one vocal microphone type, and for the vocalist another. Without that during live performances female vocals is simply difficult to hear. Other Maria’s activity in the band is melodies and arrangements. She says that coming up with music and keep it together is so naturally, occupation for her, like breathing. It seems so, because the music is playing constantly since childhood, and melodies all the time spinning in the brain, in the subconscious.
Kate Skokova is drummer of the Helium Jam band.
Kate all her life contrives to combine music and sport. She plays basketball in amateur sports team and plays drums in a female band Helium Jam. She alternates the rehearsals and training every day! In such a regime, she contrives to work full-time. Therefore, the drummer of Helium Jam is the most disciplined band member. She was never late and always finds the hotel, a cafe or a route on time in an unknown city. From her youth Kate is interested in music, and she feels special love to drums. She looked for a likeminded team with whom she could grow. Friends of friends introduced her the band. From that moment it became the all-female band.
Kate is economist, so she is well able to count. Therefore, she is responsible for the Tempo count in the band.