ARTIST NAME: Nōva
SONG TITLE: Heavy Hitters
RELEASE DATE: February 15th, 2019
Born and raised in the city of Montreal, Canada, music reaches deep into the singer-songwriter’s soul and influences every aspect of her life.
Classically trained in violin since the age of 7 and voice since the age of 12, experience, dedication, and creativity are not lacking. Nōva’s first two singles, “More” and “Am I the Only One” garnered much critical success with a total of over 500 000 streams…
Influenced by Lana Del Rey, Tove Lo, Banks, and Lady Gaga.
Tell us your real names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
As a child, I was always very creative. I’ve been performing on stages since I was 7 and haven’t stopped since.
I tried everything as a kid: dance, piano, violin, singing, muscle theatre, soccer, and basketball.
Tell us your academic qualification.
Bachelor in Communication and Cultural Studies.
Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience, and skills.
I grew up surrounded by music. My father would always sing and play guitar to me every morning and night. This really helped me at a young age develop an ear and also helped with my musicality.
I started playing violin at the age of 7 and continued until the age of 18. I loved the violin but my true passion was singing. I began taking vocal lessons at the age of 12. I then began to teach myself guitar and piano!
Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video or song.
My genre is pop but I definitely love jazz and alternative music as well.
The idea behind the music video for Heavy Hitters was to get all of my closest friends together and celebrate who we are.
The video is just about having fun and letting loose – expressing who you are.
Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.
Running a label is definitely a very challenging thing to do. However, I think one element that is super important to retain is keeping the artist, above all…
Listening to the artist, their ideas, and their feedback is crucial, in my opinion for success.
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
Word of mouth and social media.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
Share your recording experience with us.
Producers on this track are the talented Alexander Bergil and Bobby Crane. Alex has worked with so many talented artists and producers including Fernando Garibay who produced some of my favorite Lady Gaga songs!
Bobby is one of my best friends who is amazingly talented.
Being able to work alongside these two creative producers was truly an honor.
Explain the story behind the song.
Growing up, I went through some ordeals. People constantly put me down – told me I wasn’t good enough, made fun of how I looked and how I sang.
It took a lot for me to feel confident enough to start releasing my own music and showing people my work.
“Heavy Hitters” is about finally letting go of all that negativity and celebrating who you are as a person. No matter what your background is, how you dress, how you look – it’s okay to be exactly who you are. Flaunt it!
List the radio stations, television stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.
iHeart Radio Canada
CHLC – CHLC
Le 97.1 et 100.5
La Haute-Côte-Nord enverra (Forestville)
CIBM 107,1 – Le Géant Musical
Spotify – New Music Friday
Spotify – New Music Now
Spotify – Une Semaine, Une Playlist
Apple Music – Best of the Week
Apple Music – Made in Quebec
State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director.
Mark Vesprini – Co-Writer
Bobby Crane – Producer
Alexander Bergil – Producer
Director: Michaël Croteau
Editor: Alex Richard
Elaborate on the song and music video.
This song is about being who you are no matter what anyone tells you.
The video also reflects this seeing as we don’t care how we look, what we’re doing, what we say, we’re comfortable just being ourselves!
Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience, and your future goal.
I’ve been in the professional music business since I was 19. I’ve played at a variety of different venues and have written music in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York City, and Montreal.
My future goal is to perform at music festivals like Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and Coachella.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
For years I thought about quitting school to pursue music but I thought why not do both. I graduated this summer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications & Cultural Studies. I think school is very important but it’s looked at badly in this industry for some reason.
Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.
Strength: Working and collaborating with others.
Weakness: Other instrument knowledge.
List your five favorite songs including the artists.
House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes
Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
Dance in the Dark – Lady Gaga
Tell us your position on “Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.
I think both routes are great. Depending on what the artist is looking for and what the goals are. Anything is possible with both routes.
Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.
Yoga, acting, and soccer.
List your various works.
Am I the Only One
State the official date of release.
February 15th, 2019.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Nōva – Nova is the Latin meaning of new. As a child, I was put down a lot by my peers and was always very nervous to get up on stage.
When creating “Nōva” I wanted to break free from the box I had put myself in – I wanted to be a “new” version of myself.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
Heavy Hitters – Be you who are no matter what, and glow in the dark.