Artist Interview – NOVA

 NOVA is an upcoming Hip-Hop artist who is currently living and working in Atlanta, GA. NOVA is our latest Sonicbids feature artist competition winner and we were delighted, despite his increasingly hectic schedule, that he agreed to complete an interview with Essential Pop. Read on to discover NOVA’s musical inspirations, what he’s currently working on and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.




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Q: Who are you called?

I am called NOVA. AKA The Tall Slimmy. AKA SUPERNOVA. HA!


Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

The most colorful box of 6 foot four random shit on earth.


Q: What is your musical background?

I was in my school chorus since 4th grade until 9th grade…..I’ve been writing and recording my own music since I was 10 years old using video game music and a tape recorder. I took Keyboard class in 11th grade and was in our Keyboard Ensemble group in 12th grade……I sang the Grinch live over keyboards people……….KEYBOARDS…..I also remixed it and added drums, but that’s for another interview! ;)


Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

I just had my first child in the last 12 months………how do you think it’s been??? haha! The last 12 months have been the most engaging, challenging, and powerful 12 months of my life thus far. I couldn’t be happier. I truly feel like a SUPERNOVA now.

Q: Who inspires you musically?

People in general inspire me. People who aren’t artist AND people who are….just PEOPLE……fighters, mothers, street people, musicians, wrestlers, rappers, painters, tap dancers, FANS……people man. To be honest the most important inspiration I have musically is my Mother and Father. I want nothing more than to give them a life they never thought possible man. Word up.


Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

LL Cool J, Will Smith, U2, Nas, guys like that I look up to genuinely….Jay of course….Eminem of course…..I just love how they do so much and HOW they do it.


Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Me and Wiz Khalifa at the highest points of our careers……that is inevitable…..we already performed together underground as we came up together in Pittsburgh….now I wanna do it when we both got a Grammy. As far as COLLABORATIONS……..Without QUESTION I need 30 days with Missy Elliott and Timbaland TOGETHER………..I need another 30 days with THE NEPTUNES together in a room…………..I need a song with Queen Latifah produced by Easy Mo Bee……..and I need a song with Will Smith AND DJ Jazzy Jeff featured…..I also need to perform a gig with U2…..would be unbelievable.


Q: What music are you listening to at the moment?

A bunch of SUPERNOVA…uh….The most RUGGED hip-hop I can find with the most flagrant cuss words……annnnnd Electronic Light Orchestra! HA! I’m eclectic and erratic so sue me!





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Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

There is none. Whatever feels right at that moment, whatever the record tells me to do….that’s what happens. If it’s “write the lyrics now with no beat on”….I’ll do that………or maybe its “don’t write at all”……I’ll do that. Its whatever my heart feels.


Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

What does the song FEEL LIKE! Feeling. That’s most important. Which means it is a gumbo pot of everything that matters. I love Waka

Flocka sometimes……I love C-Rayz sometimes…….it’s HOW DOES THIS MAKE ME FEEL…….THAT is most important.


Q: Where are you based?

I am originally from Ambridge, PA. I represent Pittsburgh, PA. I reside and love currently Atlanta, GA.

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It’s like living smack dab between a forest and a volcano…..hard to explain….


Q: What are you currently working on?

My new album SUPERNOVA will be free to download on June 11th, 2012 from! IT’S GONNA BE F*CKING GREAT!!!!!!!!! GREAT I SAY!


Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Watching Wiz Khalifa make it. Hands down the most humbling and amazing experience…and it’s the highlight of my career. Just to be a part of the same struggle we come from as Pittsburgh hip-hop artist and to

WATCH that happen how it did……then to see him again recently in

Atlanta and meet Snoop Dogg. Truly something amazing just to witness and having performed with him numerous times. When we got to talk and I just got to say congratulations……I was just very happy to WATCH and in a small way…play a part as a P-city MC that helped support.


Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

Live, Take care of my family, and perform SUPERNOVA music like CRACK!!!!!!


Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

Please keep track of me and what I’m doing show wise at ……maybe one day….I’ll end up in YOUR city!!!




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Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

It would have to be…..Kentucky………….as in….Kentucky Fried Chicken. Because I’m Black and that’s where I’d like to spend my holiday biiiiiiiitch! HA! Naw but for real………….I have no idea. I don’t know enough about awesome places yet.


Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Nobody cares more than you do. Do what you LOVE….Do it yourself……Do it until you cannot. Fin.


Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

My new album #SUPERNOVA will be free to download on June 11th, 2012 at! Please keep up with me at as well! I promise that what I do will entertain you for years to come……F*CKIN YEARS YO! HA!!! I love my #novatribe!!!


Editor’s Note: NOVA moulds catchy, commercial hip-hop with intricate lyrics to produce an appealing sound. If you’re around the vicinity of GA make sure you check out NOVA perform live!


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