Interview: Children of NovaPosted 05/11/2012 09:44AM by Nick Senior as Interview
Nick: Can you introduce yourself for our readers?
Children of Nova: Children of Nova is Nick, Pozzi, Colin and Mario, although we feel our individual identities disappear and lose significance when we collaborate musically. The message and idea of spreading the love of artistic expression is what we become together. And as a unit we want to spread our reach as far as possible.
Nick: How would you describe your sound to those who haven’t heard of you before?
CoN: Our influences and dedication to our music honestly create an endless landscape of descriptive terms. We play sonic, deep, emotionally-stimulating, epic, soulful, peaceful yet chaotic rock n roll. And everything in between.
Nick: Which bands have inspired Children of Nova the most?
CoN: A very tough question. A lot of bands are formed under the pretense that they want to follow in a certain legendary artist’s footsteps. This was never the case with our band. We wanted to change the playing field like so many artists of all different genres have done throughout history. For each band member it is different, and it stretches far beyond even just music. If I had to throw out a few artists for people to latch onto, I would say The Doors, Queen, Metallica, Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd, Simon & Garfunkel, and King Crimson. Those are a just a few off the top of my head, a real answer is far more complex.
Nick: Your debut full length, Impossible Landscape was released on March 13th. How does it feel to finally have the finished product released? How do you feel about how it has been received so far?
CoN: It feels beyond amazing having this record completed. We went out on a limb with this record and decided to record it in Portland, Oregon where we would also be living during the entire process. This was a new experience for all of us and really molded the overall sound of the album. We found an emotional connection to our music, to each other and to life that we had previously not experienced. We couldn’t be happier with the results, and the amazing reception from our fanbase has reflected this as well.
Nick: Is there a theme or story behind Impossible Landscape?
CoN: There is no outlined story for this album as there was with The Complexity of Light, but it is definitely themed. Deciding to leave everything that comforts us in our home town day to day, to live in a strange place and watch how it affects us as we lay our emotions down on tape was truly a catalyst for the themes of Impossible Landscape. Heading to Oregon, Teo had ideas for themes of each song, most of them being based off feelings and passion-driven epiphanies we were experiencing at the time. As our perceptions and thought processes evolved, so did the overall theme. Impossible Landscape refers to the interruption of a utopian existence everyone has created in his or her mind. This is different for every individual alive. Everyone has a place in their head where they would be if everything had gone “the right way.” People daydream of themselves being rich, or more in shape or finding true love. The 11 songs on this record represent an emotional state or heightened sense of reality that breaks you away from feeling incomplete, if even for just a moment.
Nick: What music have you been listening to lately? Do you have any guilty pleasure albums right now?
CoN: Guilt over music that makes you feel good is society-created. We try to avoid such feelings when enjoying someone else’s musical expression, whether we would personally choose their route or not. We listen to a variety of music all the time, but lately we have enjoyed the Good Old War and Maps and Atlases releases with a regular dose of Queen.
Nick: You guys are from San Diego, California. What is the best part of being from there? Do you have a favorite local place to eat?
CoN: Weather is definitely they key benefit of San Diego. There are so many great places to eat, but we have to throw props out to Veg-N-Out for continuing to be an amazing, local vegetarian burger spot. Delish.
Nick: What is your favorite song off of Impossible Landscape to play live? Is there a song that has more meaning than the others?
CoN: It is hard to pick a favorite, but “Moments of Clarity” and “Impossible Landscape” definitely rank. The title track is essentially an emotional history of our musical experience. Definitely gets our heart strings vibrating!
Nick: What is your favorite album of all time?
CoN: Nearly impossible to answer. We’ll just throw a shout out to Rush’s 2112.
Nick: What was your favorite TV show growing up? Currently?
CoN: Reading Rainbow – LeVar Burton killed it on that show. Nowadays with reality TV and the grip of the massive media giant on our society through advertising, TV shows are getting replaced with our instruments or a book. We still take time now and then to watch an episode of NOVA though.
Nick: Do you have any touring plans lined up in the future?
CoN: We always have plans to play our music live. Our family of fans has been so good to us, you will definitely see us hitting the road consistently and trying to reach everyone we can. Our next tour will be coming up fall 2012. Just before the end of the world! HA
Nick: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
CoN: We’re coming.