Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Nova Rose

Photo courtesy of Nova Rose Facebook page.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Nova Rose, 24, the Montreal-based singer-songwriter, has officially released her latest single “Just In Case.” Rose labels the song as a “manifestation of our sixth sense – sentience.”

With help from lyrical wizard Mark Vesprini and production prodigies House Of Wolf, “Just In Case” delves into the melodrama and heartbreak revolved around Rose’s sentience and the troubles of modern-day romances.

The Music Bugle had the opportunity to talk with the up-and-comer about “Just In Case” and more.

Music Bugle – How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you and your music? 

Nova Rose – It has definitely affected me! Being in an industry where I believe it’s crucial to work with other people, the pandemic has definitely limited that opportunity for many of us. However, I have to say that it has also brought me to realize that in the 21st century, we are so lucky to be able to have tools like FaceTime that allow us to still go about our writing sessions and meetings. I’ve definitely learned a lot more about the technical side of recording – since I’m tracking my vocals in my bedroom – and have had more time to write and create.


Music Bugle – What do you feel is the biggest challenge of being an up-and-coming songwriter? 

Nova Rose – I think the biggest challenge is not getting lost in the sea of talent that’s out there. We also live in a fast-paced world where people are always “on to the next,” so making your mark is definitely really important.


Music Bugle – If you had to describe Montreal to someone who has never been there before, how would you do it?

Nova Rose – Refreshing. I think Montréal is a very unique city. I’ve traveled quite a bit and haven’t found anywhere quite as diverse. 


Music Bugle – What inspired your new single “Just In Case”? 

Nova Rose – Definitely my friends’ stories about their relationships. Also, my anxiety with relationships in general. Before my boyfriend, I feel as though I was always anxious to meet new people and knowing that I probably might get my heart broken. The song has a few meanings to it and I think the listeners can interpret it in the way they want to. That’s what makes this song special to me.


Music Bugle – Does social media make it easier or harder for a musician to stand out? 

Nova Rose – Both! I think it can be easy to blend into the crowd, but if you have a solid direction, you can definitely stand out.


Music Bugle – Who are some of your musical influences?

Nova Rose – I love Lady Gaga, she is one of my favorite artists. Also, Amy Winehouse and Freddie Mercury. 


Music Bugle – What should people know about you as a person? 

Nova Rose – I talk a lot and am always down for pizza or sushi. 


Music Bugle – What is your favorite set of lyrics – from either your own or someone else’s? 

Nova Rose – Ah! That’s super hard. I have so many favorite songs, but recently these lyrics have gotten me through a lot: “When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by” – Smile, Charlie Chaplin.


Music Bugle – What do you feel is still left to accomplish? 

Nova Rose – So many things! I definitely want to play at festivals and go on tour. 


Music Bugle – What frustrates you the most about today’s music industry and can it be fixed?

Nova Rose – I think the fact that there’s not a lot of equality within the industry, but with all the strong women out there, I’m sure in time, there will be.

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