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In early 2019, just 4 days after the last of Sergio Medina and Donovan Meleros‘ old bands diffused, the duo were on a plane to London to begin work on Nova Charisma. A year later, the band have played somewhat of a homecoming show in Shoreditch and are excited about the release of their second EP ‘Exposition II’.
We spoke with the band about their origins and what the future holds.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Nova Charisma before?
Donovan: Progressive alternative music.
Sergio: Same. Alternative music with an edge and/or bite to it.
DP!: How did the band form?
Donovan: Our old band kicked the bucket, so we started Nova Charisma to continue our passion of writing music together.
Sergio: As partners in many other domains, our main collaboration was working in our old band Sianvar together. Once that was gone, it freed us up to work together in a simpler way, not only musically, but logistically. Less cooks in the kitchen, which can be a pro and a con. Nova so far has proven to show the pros of that.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Donovan: A 3rd exposition, and more shows.
Sergio: Our upcoming Exposition III, and more performances. Lots of freedom to choose how to release music moving forward, which is still under discussion.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Donovan: They aren’t new, but Amy Winehouse.
Sergio: Middle Kids, Greer, Body Thief.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Donovan: I don’t aspire to be any bands. If I’ve stood out as my own band, then I’ve accomplished something.
Sergio: In terms of the goals other bands have reached? Any band or artist that has continued the push for originality, and succeed with a record or several releases, that’s a goal I aspire to. Putting out material that inspires others to look within for their own voice, and try to showcase it in their art. If I can be a part of something that does that, I would feel accomplished.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Donovan: Selling out the venue in San Antonio, TX when we had never been there before. That was a moment of humility for me.
Sergio: I would agree with Donny in this one. Playing to a room full of people in Texas for our first show in that state.
Nova Charisma‘s new EP ‘Exposition II’ is due for physical release on February 7th, via Rude Records/Equal Vision. You can pre-order the vinyl and other bundles from the band’s Merchnow website here.