Based in London, D NOVA fuses electro and dance beats with 8-bit sounds to create unique, electrifying music that he describes as “Pet Shop Boys meets Nintendo.”  This past weekend I was able to speak to him for a bit before he heads out on tour in Europe and the US.

Being born in the 90s, I wasn’t able to appreciate any solid 80s music, with the exception of Tears for Fears and Depeche Mode. Who were some of your biggest influences from the 80s that may have been forgotten about now?

I think 80s music hasn’t been forgotten, as it’s still playing a massive role in contemporary music. Today’s sound is full of 80s stuff. My biggest influences from that decade are Depeche Mode, The Cure, Pet Shop Boys and Duran Duran.

What were some of your favorite video games you played while growing up?

Super Mario Bros, Zelda, Tetris, Castlevania, Pacman and Sonic the Hedgehog to name a few.

What artist would you love to one day go on tour with?

I’d probably go for Justice. Would love to open up for them!

How was it like seeing your video aired at the BBC Music Video Festival?

It was really cool. Genius-Crazy is a great animation video. I felt so chuffed about that; someone was recognizing my music and the directors.

Do you ever think we’re going to hear 8-bit inspired music on the radio?

Well, we are going to hear that for sure. Trends take some time, and still many 8-bit sounds are now used in mainstream productions. We’ll have to wait a bit more for the “underground” to become “overground”.

What’s the first thing you’d say at an acceptance speech?

“I can’t believe it…”

You’re about to go on tour in Europe as well as the US, who do you think will have the most fun with you?

I think the US would be excited to hear my stuff. So I’m gonna go for the US!

Share with us the most embarrassing thing happened during a concert!

I move and dance a lot on stage. Once my pants and underpants started to fall off but I didn’t realize that; it was some people telling me everyone was enjoying my ass. Which is not that bad.

What’s your favorite venue and what makes performing there so special?

My favourite venue is The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. You can get such great vibes in there, and people are really into music. It’s a bit rough and underground, but the environment has a special twist.

When did the idea of implementing video game sound effects into your music come up?

Life Is My Videogame was actually the song to inspire a wider scenario. When I wrote this one, I decided to extend the sound to the rest of my stuff. I wanted to have a brand in a way.

If you could describe your music as a specific food, what would the food be?

Can I say bubblegums?

If electronic music didn’t exist, what would D NOVA be playing?

I’d be playing guitar for sure. Actually, I do play guitar. Before writing electro music, I used to compose through acoustic instruments. Afterwards, I started with synths and drum loops.

What stirs up your creativity? I’m always fascinated how musicians could consistently come up with original work. How do you come up with what you create?

It’s a bit weird for me. I’m not the one who writes music every single day. I normally soak up any kind of experiences and emotions around me. This process can last for a few months. Afterwards, I kind of puke everything out: writing, arranging and creating, just like a crazy. You always need pregnancy before giving birth!  

 

Sonny Ramo

Check out more on D Nova and future events here.

Enjoy the video for Needless here: