HOT TAKES: Getting To Know Nova Charisma

Welcome to the feature; Hot Takes! We chat to a band or artist that we have unearthed as some what of a hidden gem and allow them the chance to introduce themselves to you, the reader.

Q1 – Who is in your band?

Donovan Melero
Sergio Medina

Q2 – What is your take on your own sound?

Donovan: A hybrid of a lot of bands that have influenced us in recent times. Progressive pop music.

Sergio: It’s hard to have my own take on the sound I help produce. I tend to really only be able to get that perspective after the record has been out a year or two. As of now, I would maybe say it’s an attempt to showcase our natural musical writing instincts, which tend to be a little more chaotic in our other/previous bands, and calm it down so it’s not so chaotic and a little bit more controlled. Or to be a little bit more visual. sometimes our music feels like a Kandinsky painting, while our other bands feel like a Jackson Pollock.

Q3 – If someone was listening to your music for the first time, what song would you tell them to listen to and why?

Donovan:  Misleading the Story.

Sergio: Gemini or Hoxton, since those feel like they’re encapsulating of our overall sound, at least for now.

Q4 – What is the plan for 2020?

Donovan: More shows, international and national. And new music.

Sergio: More shows and new music, god willing. More insane travel and sleepless nights in studios.

Q5 – What is the one song you wish you wrote?

Donovan: Not a song, but lots of Oscar Wilde quotes.

Sergio: Futile Devices by Sufjan Stevens

Q6 – What three bands inspired or continue to inspire you the most?

Donovan: Head Automatica, The Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria

Sergio: Led Zeppelin, for when I was a kid. At the Drive-In for when I was a teenager. Dance Gavin Dance and Coheed for their continued longevity and push even through tough times.

Q7 – Where can our readers see you live or listen to your music?

Donovan – All the normal streaming sites.

Sergio: All the normal and abnormal streaming sites.

Q8 – If your band was an animal, what would it be and why?

Donovan: We are animals.

Sergio: I think I would be a Red Panda, and Donny would be a Pteropus, which is a genus of megabats, which are among the largest in the world.  Nova Charisma live shows would consist of a zookeeper attempting to contain us, but unsuccessfully doing so, quitting on stage with a mic in hand, laughing at his own misery and the absurdity of this all.

Elizabeth Birt

February 21, 2020

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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