MY last interview of the day…
is with Novul as she talks to me about her single, Boys Like You, and the story behind it. I ask her whether more material is coming and ask why she moved from Canada to L.A. – she talks about that relocation, the music she is inspired by and a rising artist we need to get behind and spend some time with.
Novul discusses her plans going forward and how important it is getting attention from press and radio; what she does when she is not making music; what advice she would give to musicians coming through – she ends the interview by selecting a great song.
Hi, Novul. How are you? How has your week been?
Hi. Thanks so much for having me! My week has been amazing. I released my new single as well as my music video for Boys Like You.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
I’m Novul - check out my story.
Boys Like You is your new single. What is the story behind it?
The story behind it is basically asking yourself ‘Why do girls like me love boys like you?’ (Bad boys).
Do you recall when music came into your life? Was there a moment you knew it was the career for you?
I always knew I wanted to do music. I remember walking home from elementary-school and I would always come up with these melodies and freestyle lyrics singing to myself. Haha! I then started dancing, doing musical theater and vocal lessons. From my first live television performance at age ten, for Gloria Lorin, I knew I wanted to do this as my career.
You started life in Canada but moved to L.A. Did you always know you wanted to move to the U.S.? How quickly did you settle in?!
I didn’t always want to move to the U.S. but, in high-school, I realized that’s where I had to be to do this. I started flying to L.A. once a month for vocal training. After high-school graduation, I officially moved. I settled in pretty quick and easy. People would always tell me that I never looked like I belonged in a small farm town. Looking back, I would have to agree!
Which artists do you consider to be role models and inspirations?
Lady Gaga is my role model, 100%. She’s so talented and smart! Also, Cher is a big influence on me.
Your music has gained a lot of support from radio and the press. How important and motivational is that support?!
So important! Getting support from radio and press just makes it clear to me that I’m doing the right thing, especially being independent. It confirms that I am connecting with people and I can be that voice.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
I’m going to be releasing another single and video in November, so I will end the year with that. My end goal for this year is to be performing locally in L.A.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
I would say one of my performances that I have done in L.A. because will.i.am came to support me!
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
That’s so hard because it depends on my mood and my feelings. They all touch me in a special way!
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Never change your artistry. Stay true to yourself because that’s what makes you different.
IN THIS PHOTO: NF
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
I would have to say this upcoming rapper named NF. His art is amazing and he spits the truth. I love that about him. My dream would be to collaborate with him. Shout-out NF!
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
At the moment, I’m pretty good at balancing myself. Every morning, I take my dog Diana to the beach. That alone time really grounds me. By the way, Diana is in my music video for Boys Like You and she was featured in Rich the Kids’ music video for Dead Friends.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Everything Is Embarrassing - Sky Ferreira