Alex Helbig (born in El Salvador October 12th 1974). Drummer/Lead Singer for melodic punk band Margate. Self-taught, playing in multiple bands throughout his years and learning several different drumming styles brought Alex to his present band Margate... a melodic punk band founded in 2003 in Encino, CA. The band self-released two full lengths as well as an EP and in December of 2011 Margate branded the first signing to Aaron Abeyta (aka “El Hefe” of NOFX) and his wife Jennifer Abeyta’s record label Cyber Tracks. On May 29th 2012, Margate released a self-titled full-length album on Cyber Tracks which was engineered, mixed and produced by El Hefe. The following week, the band headed out on tour to support punk legends NOFX in the Netherlands and UK, during which time they also shared the stage with Less Than Jake, Snuff, UK Subs, and Anti-Nowhere League among others. Since returning to the states, Margate has played with Teenage Bottlerocket, Guttermouth, The Ataris, Death By Stereo, GFP, Union 13, Pour Habit, Nothington, The Dopamines, Go Betty Go and more, and has received regular radio play as a KROQ Locals Only band. What really sets Margate apart from other bands are the vocals, incorporating three part harmonies with Alex at the helm, singing lead from behind the drums.
Margate’s follow up LP on Cyber Tracks entitled Beards In Paradise will be released on June 30th, 2015 with a West Coast tour to follow. Since Margate started in Encino, Soultone Cymbals already felt like home. Alex said, “It’s been such a pleasure to sign to this type of company that really gets behind their players and with cymbals that have the amazing sound that I’ve been looking for. I am really proud to be a Soultone artist”. You can check out Margate at margatemusic.com as well as cyber-tracks.com and on the bands youtube channel: www.youtube.com/margaterocks as well as on the ole’ facebook.