Samantha Novelle is a singer and songwriter who has just released the album 419; here is a link to her website:
Q: What made you decide to pursue a career in music?
A: Deciding to pursue music was a natural progression, it wasn’t my first passion, I think we all share many in life. In fact I started my whole journey in LA wanting to pursue acting, the music came like a shadow that trailed my career path, I was always a writer and visionary. I was very expressive with words and ideas that would naturally come to me and I’d immediately write them down or record them on a recording device. Ultimately I was driven by that desire, so I took those words and choreographed them to music, suddenly music and myself coexisted, and I began working with many styles and producers over the years finding my sound along the way. Their is no certain formula when you find your calling in life, what inspires me each and every day about the music I create and the reason I’ve chosen to dedicate my life to it’s pursuit is the unpredictability when you sit down to write a song. In the studio I become open to what the music allows me to feel and the organic experience brings a new divine purpose to creating a emotion all it’s own. Creating a musical experience in raw format thrills me, it’s about going with your first instinct and allowing whatever comes to mind correlate. I tend to find I come across more real this way, because nothing is over rehearsed. As far as the production, nothing is too perfect, those tiny cracks and breaks in the vocals make the delivery come to life and where reverb doesn’t rule the track.
Q: What is the overall theme of your album?
A: The album 419 is a complex stranger. It’s my stranger, because each track presented me with something knew that I hadn’t explored. The overall theme is best described as dark and layered with theatrical and musical elements that carry the album through a sequence of different identities. It is a pronounced and deeply personal album that represents my true feelings, desires and experiences. 419 challenged me and allowed me to experiment as a vocalist and writer. I felt like this body of work was designed not only to share with my fans, but heal me from hurdles I had overcome as an independent artist. Music has always been a very personal, almost private part of my expression and allowing my audience to become apart of that wasn’t easy to showcase at times, but I knew this was about breaking down barriers. I also have to acknowledge that none of this would have been possible without the amazing and brilliant talent of my partner Charlie Rivero, who offered his time producing and making my vision a reality. Charlie Rivero is a very talented producer, musician and artist himself. We took a full year developing 419 and worked diligently. The first time I realized it was complete was one of the most fulfilling and greatest accomplishment’s of my life, there are no words to express it further.
Q: Who is your biggest musical influence?
This question always seems to stop me in my tracks, because of course their are so many talented artist out there. I have to say I could name countless musical inspirations, but I’ll describe what moves me the most. It’s the artist that conveys vulnerability to their music, and shows conviction to their performance. I enjoy listening to unique artist’s, those select few that steer away from the mainstream and connect more with their own identity and sound. In the world today, I feel we are over saturated with too many trying to produce and create the same collection of material. I find it very refreshing to listen to new and innovative bands and artist’s who come out of nowhere and whose music radiates authenticity. When an artist can separate themselves from social media and play for the music and play for the love of just performing you are entirely on another level I feel. Sometimes I’ll admit I’ve become m.i.a from online networking sites, because I don’t want to stray too far from why I started music and get carried away with playing cat and mouse with online merry go rounds. The fame, the money is a wild beast out there, you have to keep away with playing cat and mouse with online merry go rounds. The fame, the money is a wild beast out there, you have to keep grounded. My influences steam from music makers who develop new playgrounds to be explored.
Q: You are engaged to another musician; do you have any professional rivalry?
A: (Laughing) I love this question! I would be lying if I didn’t say there was never a time I had professional rivalry, and I’d say of course, because its natural and it makes you want to become that much better. It’s a compliment to the person who inspires you I think. A good dose of healthy competition sets the stage for success and growth. Charlie and I often bump heads in the studio, we are very ill tempered and have strong personalities, so if you can picture two artist, with the same bit of passion there is sure to spark a fire. A fire that is explosive and another fire that creates good energy and stamina to keep us on our toes and trying to better the other person. I’ve always said to him, we are two unique individuals and we have to think that although we are on the same path, we cannot predict our future, so therefore we just do what we love and put it out there. We are always each others number one fan, so we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We also realize we have different innate qualities that separate our talents and we respect each other personally and professionally.
Q: What inspired you to write “Set of Emotions?”
A: I was inspired by the track in many ways, because the music gave me an emotional backdrop to write to. I often try to veer from writing songs that spell it out for the listener. My focus is to create a poetic journey through my writing that conveys both sides of the story, if you look at it one way it could mean this, and on the flip side a dark more morbid undertone presents itself. I didn’t always write this way, but I find it more exciting and enjoyable to listen though songs that keep you guessing. Don’t let this song fool you, most people will think it’s the typical song of lust and love, but when you really listen and especially with the music video debut, you’ll notice the twist that transpires throughout its haunting triangle. When I choose music Im similar to Willy Wonka when choosing good eggs from poor eggs, I sort through songs in that stature and am quick to press on if it doesn’t speak to me.
Q: What is the strangest thing you have ever done to promote yourself?
A: Strangest thing to promote myself…I’m not sure this was strange, but Charlie and I made up a bunch of 5×7 photo cards from Walgreens that we created to debut our albums. We took them to a large festival in Las Vegas and started going around placing them on cars. It was horrifying to watch, as most people didn’t even look at them, in fact, we saw many people take them off of their cars and throw them on the street, talk about a punch to the gut! I can’t express this enough, but being indie artist’s, with little financing options to fund our careers is a struggle in itself and seeing our hard work wasted, really wasn’t the best boost of encouragement. We were trying anything we could and we learned a great deal of what works and doesn’t work along the way.. We can laugh about it now.
Q: How did you go about getting your videos produced?
A: Well we have both learned to produce, write, perform and conduct our own works. We were limited with funds, so we’d get by the old school way, creating all our projects in our home studio and making things happen on our dime and with the time we had getting creative. I’m all for follow through and our experience has been that working sometimes with others can create draw back, drama and unnecessary hiccups. Charlie and I are very hard working artist, we create everything you see and listen to from scratch. I have produced a lot of my own music videos off my laptop. I don’t see the excuse in waiting for right moments, time is scratch. I have produced a lot of my own music videos off my laptop. I don’t see the excuse in waiting for right moments, time is always ticking, you have to develop your own skills to make it things work and come together, and that’s what we do. We are a one stop shop for ourselves. You can’t depend on others to get the job done!
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your songwriting?
A: I feel truly blessed that I am able to have a job where I influence the lives of others. I am a activities instructor for seniors at an independent/assisted living community where I help inspire, engage and motivate people on a daily basis. They influence me in itself, because each day I remember how precious life truly is and what’s to be valued. My songwriting is fueled by their experiences and their stories, and it’s my nature to want to share these honest and amazing moments they’ve shared with me. I also cannot imagine a better place to perform my music, their support is beyond words and I know they appreciate what I do and in return I feel Im giving back.
Q: You have a paranormal show on YouTube; what made you interested in the subject?
A: I’ve always been interested in the paranormal, but it wasn’t till I met Charlie who really opened me up to the supernatural. He has been studying Parapsychology for years and has been apart of many investigations around the United States. We sometimes feel like two goofs on a journey of curiosity with this topic, but we feel it is important to showcase our findings and educate the public. We’ve both been in some really uncomfortable situations together and I’ve learned a lot as his mentor. I believe in the paranormal extremities, and after witnessing countless occurrences we found it apparent to create this show for YouTube. This show doesn’t carry a typical approach to ghost hunting, we have some tricks up our sleeves and different methods to wrestle with the spirits. You can check out our website at: http://www.paranormalfact.com for more up to date news and info!
Q: You can make a video with the ghost of any rock star! Who do you pick for your video and why?
A: Wow, this is a tough question. I have three, and all for different reasons; John Lennon, Johnny Cash and Michael Jackson. Each of these stars would bring out a different element of me. John Lennon’s songwriting skills and talent is a force to be reckoned with. Johnny Cash’s emotional commitment to a musical piece, the honesty and deliverance is unparalleled. Lastly, Michael Jackson, because he had a way of transforming not only himself through the music, but transforming his fans. It would be a truly unbelievable experience to create a music video with any of these gifted souls.
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