West Coast multi-instrumentalist Oren Helmut has teamed up with Metal Insider under the name OHP to share a video of his latest creation covering the Spice Girls classic “Wannabe.” The clip premiered on his OHP metal YouTube channel, featuring weekly metal covers of popular songs ranging from pop, country, and hip hop.   


Helmut comments:

“I chose ‘Wannabe’ because its such an iconic song of the ’90s–it’s such a distinct time piece of that decade–and I really wanted to give it a modern take. I tried to stay true to the original while giving it a completely new tonality, so i kept the original key and bpm of the song, taking out all the bubble gum pop and replacing it with live instruments.

‘Wannabe’ is performed with LA friends and session players Yohai Portal (lead guitar), Nick Diiorio (bass), and Lenergizer (drums), and shot in a warehouse in Los Angeles during Covid as part of a full OHP Live show. I decided to utilize the time when all live music was put on hold,  due to the pandemic, to organize a group of musicians, and to take my youtube channel live.  Being a single, one stop shop musician, I chose the best people I believe fit the job, and put together this show with a great production company called Dark Bright that provided all the sound and lighting needed. Time to add some metal to this wannabe…”


Watch the clip below: