As a child, Nova Rose‘s father played a major role in helping the singer-songwriter fall in love with music, as he played her guitar while she sang songs every night before bed. Her fascination with music quickly turned into passion. Rose took up learning violin, guitar, and piano, and began writing songs and performing all across Canada just after finishing her studies at university. Nova Rose’s music is reflective of the light-hearted lens she uses to see the world. After releasing her previous sultry-pop single, “Need Me,” a track about Rose finding her footing in self-confidence after a breakup, the artist is more than ready to let loose, let go, and dance.
Her brand new single, “G.L.I.T.R.” is an electric, feel-good song that taps into the power of getting lost. The sonic waves that link pop to free-flowing lo-fi sounds mirror the hazy, fun feeling the accompanying music video gives off. In an inside look into the artist’s story behind the song, Nova Rose chatted with The See Through about her latest single, what it was like recording in lockdown, and how her studies have influenced her approach to making art.
Can you tell us about the inspiration behind “G.L.I.T.R”?
Thank you so much! G.L.I.T.R. is a nostalgic song, that takes us back to those summer flings we once had. I wouldn’t say it’s a sad song, I think we can all agree that summer flings are fun and then they disappear, but it’s always fun to reminisce about them which is why I invite my listeners to “take my hand and get lost in the rhythm with me”.
I love this song’s feel-good, captivating energy! What was the production process like for it?
I’m so glad you brought the production aspect of the song up, it’s one of my favourite things about this track. I worked on this song with Jay Century – a super talented producer from Montreal – right before the lockdown! We only ended up having one in person production session and then we went back and forth on to put in some changes. Jay ended up creating something that I think is super cool.
What was the presence of music like in your childhood? Was being at artist always something you wanted to do?
I was around music 24/7. I’d go from dance lessons, to listening to radio in the car, to violin lessons… Music was just everywhere all the time. I’ve always wanted to be an artist, but for the longest time I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do in the arts. I first wanted to be an actress, and then realized maybe should just sing instead!
I read that you’ve studied Communications & Cultural Studies so that you could better understand how your art can exist in the world. Can you explain how that helps inform your creativity, and how you find cultural knowledge influences your music?
I think the one most important thing I can take away from having studied Communications & Cultural Studies is that art in itself takes on different forms and within those forms there are thousands if not millions of ways someone can interpret that form. Which truly taught me that it’s okay to be different, it’s okay if not everyone likes your art and it’s okay if not everyone listens or sees it the same way you do, because at the end of the day if what you put out has meaning, someone will be listening.
Your last single, “Need Me,” was an empowering song, one that reflects the security you found after heartbreak. Can you describe the moment when you realized that you didn’t need other people in your life to feel fulfilled? You just needed you, like the lyrics say.
I don’t think it was a specific moment, more like an accumulation of several instances where I realized I just needed myself and that that was okay. I was so used to depending on others to make me feel better. I would go above and beyond to make others feel good about themselves, but couldn’t do the same for myself. So that’s when I realized I should put myself first.
What is it like for you to switch between the role of a songwriter and the role of performer?
Personally, for me there isn’t a switch. Part of my performance is the fact that I am a songwriter. I find that when I’m performing, I’m really thinking about what exactly I’m singing and how I feel towards that lyric or song in that moment.
Who are some artists that inspire the music you make today?
Dua Lipa, Tove Lo, Astrid S., Zara Larsson, Halsey
What is the most challenging thing you’ve found about making your own music throughout your career? The most fulfilling?
Definitely having to record most of my vocals for my upcoming singles in my bedroom. I am no engineer, so this was definitely challenging. However, it was also really fulfilling to know that what I was able to record was good enough to make the cut and be on my next singles.
What can you tell us about the future of upcoming Nova Rose music?
I’m really excited for the next couple of songs coming out, there a bit different from what I have previously released but I feel like I am starting to really find my sound niche.
What do you hope your audience and fans take away from listening to your music?
That it’s okay to be different. It’s okay not to be okay, and it’s okay to speak your truth.
Image via Nova Rose Press