WeirdMusic.net EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -> NOVI
NOVI: AN ELECTRO-POP STAR DROPPED FROM SPACE
NOW ENTERING THE ATMOSPHERE…
DEBUT EP: NOW I'M HERE
SET FOR FALL 2011 RELEASE
ARJAN WRITES PREMIERES SINGLE “BLACKBIRDS”
"I remember thinking it was a pretty cute joke when she sent me the demo, but when I woke up singing the hook…I knew it was real shit somehow."
(Oh My Stars, The Red Jumpsuit Aparatus, Puddle of Mudd, Tickle Me Pink, etc…)
"When I first heard Novi's music I was struck by the strong originality and the defining musicality. They are great and very original sounding songs and her voice soars! I love listening back to these tracks now - they really hold up.”
- Brian Malouf, Cookie Jar Recording
(Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince)
Like her namesake, Novi is a new artist that is on a fast-track to stardom. Her first EP, Now I'm Here , set to be released for Fall of 2011 , is sure to spark an immediate following from listeners throughout the music spectrum.
She comes to the scene with an original, distinct sound that is eclectic enough to hit the chords of any music lover in the galaxy. The smooth, electro-pop sounds that emanate from the speakers are a compulsive rise and fall of beats on every track that capture listeners, hook, line, and sinker.
With looping skills envious of Imogen Heap, and lyrics that send second guesses straight into the back of your mind (“I had bar flies sipping on my Motherf#*king drink”) you'll have Novi “peddling back” through your mind all day. (Don't worry. It's a good thing.)
Starting with Now I'm Here , the self-titled track of the EP with the same name, is a slow psychedelic beat. With miscellaneous sounds strewn about in the background that only add to the thrill of listening to Novi for the first time. Her album follows the pattern of most of her tracks. They rise in tempo, and then drop back down, like an EKG of what your heart looks like as you listen. Same Old Song , the fourth track on her EP, captures the idea of Novi completely. The slow beat in the background, with different sounds intermittent between a steady beat, gives way to her lyrics, “I'm tired of the same old song, tearin' me up at the end of the day,” which suddenly leads in to a fast-paced, hard-hitting female rap solo, all done by Novi.
Her cover of Simon and Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair , not only does the song justice, but also gives the lyrics new meaning with her haunting intro that starts off with three short stagnant pauses. Barely recognized until they're over, the pauses are the epitome of Novi's music. You don't know what hit you until it's already over.
Novi is currently rehearsing for regional shows with “Blackbirds” as the first single to mark her arrival onto the music scene. Meanwhile, a full EP is tentatively slated for a Fall 2011 release. More music from Novi can be found on various web sites and social networking sites such as Reverb Nation, Facebook, and Soundcloud. You can visit the official Novi website at www.iamnovi.com
NOW I'M HERE :
1. Now I'm Here (A Prelude) [2:12]
2. Blackbirds (feat. Lee Miles) [3:00]
3. Dominoes [3:29]
4. Same Old Song [3:42]
5. Time Bombs [3:36]
6. Wounded (feat. Lee Miles) [4:23]
7. Scarborough Fair [3:33]
8. Irretrievable [4:17]
- Do you Like/Write Weird Music ?
well certainly I do, writing weird music comes far too naturally to me, I have parties in my head, with words, and sounds. And sometimes they actually translate into some catchy tunes!
- When and where did your experience in music start ?
Well.... I have a home video of me singing “BABA backseep have you any Woo” on a ledge of this planter, when I was about two. As I sing it, I'm trying not to fall into the shrubs, my hands whirling round and round, trying to keep my footing. Huge grin on my face. This explains my experience in music rather well. As I'm just happily trying to get my feet grounded.
-What are you currently working on and what are your plans for the rest of the year ? I'm currently writing some new tunes, to perhaps turn my EP into an LP. Playin a few gigs, and learning how to sing like a beast. Also my pops, just bought me a portable PA system, so I may be doing some real animated street performing in a neighborhood near you! (details on request) I'm also, getting ready to re-shoot a music video for “Blackbirds.” Really looking forward to that creation!
- What do you consider your greatest inspirational sources in music?
I find Imogen heap to be fairly miraculous in her abilities, she does everything herself and gets so creative in her sounds and production of sounds, so yeah, she's always been quite an inspiration. But I really have the best luck, looking within myself for inspiration, perhaps a little cheese, But I have my own story to tell, you know!
-Best Song Ever ?
Tenacious D “Tribute”
-Please describe your personal studio for us...
well I have a pretty sweet laptop, with Garage band, my moms guitar from the 60's, and a keyboard. perty profesh! But the main attraction to the space, is my producer Lee Miles. talk about lemons to lemonade.
Do You Like Your Voice On Your Answering Machine ?
I'm reminiscent of a shrieking goose. so yes, I love it.
What are your favorite readings ?
I like reading, although, id rather be watching reality television, like a true intellect.
-The person you would never want to meet ?
I cant think of even one person I couldn't stand meeting.... I would have to meet them to not want to meet them. Hmmm..
-If you were another person would you be friends with you?
I like that question, and yes, I would, I make myself laugh all the time.
-What is your best physical attribute ?
Ohh geeeez, depends on the day, and how much drunk eating I've done.
-Do you have a secret talent and what is it ?
I can do accents like a champ, and beat box, like a hoodrat.
-3 things you cannot live without ?
My fams. obviously
a fluff nugget of a pillow, for to sleep
and I really do love my putey (Computer)
-Why you do THIS ?
I'm a yes man.
- What is one unique thing are you afraid of ?
-If you were a worm, how long would you be ?
tricky real tricky, at least an inch, for a pinch.
-Who is Wacky Jacky ?
the little man that lives in me ears, and swings on me lobes
- Porn or Horn ?
-Does your grandmother wash HIMself ?
Weird, yes. “It” does.
Do you hate your ex Girl/Boy Friend ?
Ne'er! love love love em. all of em. even you don hulio, you scoundral
Huh ?? I said.... “Hi mom” she'll love that. my moose.
-Anything else ???
Thanks for this enchanting experience! I learned alot about me. you guys are neat:)
I've seen black birds f*#king on the side of the road,” blunt, humorous, raw with an explosion of poignant resonance: music by NOVI is sure to send you to space.
Born in Ashland, Oregon (now based in Los Angeles), this nova star of the electro-pop galaxy, Carolyne Neuman, now known as NOVI, is hitting the scene like a bullet straight from a rifle. The star marries the charm of her small-town upbringing with the edgier elements of big-city Los Angeles in her forthcoming EP, “Now I'm Here.”
The intro to her first EP captures her essence as an artist, and leads you through a psychedelic fantasy world filled with effervescent sounds that get you ready for the journey that is NOVI (derived from the Latin phrase ‘Homo Novus', meaning ‘New Man').
“I wanted a stage name that was relevant to my actual name (Neuman, originating from a German nickname for ‘a newcomer to an area'), but would also align with my artistic vision,” explains Novi. And that is exactly what she has done. Completely new to the music world as NOVI, Neuman brings something fresh and distinctive to electro-pop. Yet Neuman has already achieved recognition in the music world: her song “All The Way” appeared on the hit television series “One Tree Hill.” "That song came from a time when we were writing such honest, heavy-hearted music, and the impact was powerful. I want to keep that raw element alive; however, with Novi, we're headed in a more lighthearted direction. We want people to enjoy the humor and levity of life that is such a part of who I am.” In addition, Neuman was featured on “Can't Love Me,” a song she and fellow friend and writer/producer/singer/songwriter Lee Miles co-wrote for the record album “Human Resources” by band It's Alive (Wind Up Records).
By teaming up with Miles (Oh My Stars, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Puddle of Mudd, Tickle Me Pink, etc…), Novi has been able to produce a sound that mirrors her unique, quirky personality. Her electro-pop, rap induced and bass ridden music can't help but make you want to dance around your room when no one's looking. "I remember thinking it was a pretty cute joke when she sent me the demo, but when I woke up singing the hook…I knew it was real shit somehow and after hearing the early stages of Blackbirds (which will be the first single off of “Now I'm Here"), combined with an effort to take her sound in another direction, the artist "Novi" was fully conceived,” says Miles.
The single "Blackbirds" was mixed by music legend Brian Malouf (Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince). "When I first heard Novi's music I was struck by the strong originality and the defining musicality. They are great and very original sounding songs and her voice soars! I love listening back to these tracks now - they really hold up,” says Brian of Cookie Jar Recording.
The single has already almost received it's first add to radio after getting an overwhelming response from one spin on a specialty show. Nerf, station program director for Clear Channel's KTCL 93.3 Denver had this to say about the catchy “Blackbirds,” “In the white-knuckled lead in to Keggs and Eggs this year, I happened to throw Blackbirds by Novi on the air during a station takeover with Producer Lee Miles. I had BARELY listened to it before putting it on. BIG MISTAKE! If I had paid closer attention I would have understood why my phones lit up and my email box got inundated with questions about the song. I would have noticed not only the high impact shock value, but also the total smash hit potential of the song. This song is the sound of water-cooler chatter, and the first station to get to it in each market takes home the buzz. Paper Planes, F___ You, Blackbirds.”
Novi is currently rehearsing for regional shows with “Blackbirds” as the first single to mark her arrival onto the music scene. Meanwhile, the EP is tentatively slated for a Fall 2011 release. More music from Novi can be found on various web sites and social networking sites such as Reverb Nation, Facebook, and Soundcloud. You can visit the official Novi website at www.iamnovi.com for music, news and links.
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