Interview with Wrené Nova
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Creating music and expressing myself through art is just my dharma. I think if I wasn’t into doing this today, I might be surviving by the wrong means- It’s funny to imagine myself as a criminal or something to that extent. In reality, I would probably just be miserable and stuck in cycles of being at sh*tty jobs and being involved in meaningless relationships- the place I was before I committed to being an artist.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I like to rest and contemplate- as well as enjoy simple things in the present. I really enjoy my alone time- but I love laughing with others. I let myself play the same way a child does without a schedule- and it’s what fuels most of the creation to begin with.
How long have you been making music?
Since I was a young child! Garageband was my sandbox, and I liked to imitate popular artists I saw or heard on the radio. I used to download and cut up samples, make recordings, and then burn CDs.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I’m based out of Toronto! It doesn’t really influence my music, and a lot of times I feel out of place genre-wise. It’s not to say that there aren’t a lot of really beautiful artists here who know how to have fun- I’m continuously trying to reach them and build community.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
My favourite shows are the one’s that I organize with my artist collective here in Toronto. We’re called the ‘Transcendent Artist’s Community’ and we have monthly art showcases and performances on Geary Ave. The reason they’re so memorable is because of how intimate they are, and how everyone involved has made very meaningful friendships and connections. I’m always so happy to share not just what I’ve been working on- but so see what others have been experimenting with and learning from their artistic journey.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
If you’re in this for narcissistic pursuits like making money or for fame- you’re going to have the ground ripped beneath your feet. ;)
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
I don’t really have a set process, and I enjoy trying different approaches to writing. There’s a parallel to existing as a person, and creating art- and that entails many changes of state and perspective. The most important part to any process is to live. I embrace all experiences that life sends me- and all the extreme emotional responses that come with that. The art is just the documentation of everything.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music, if so please tell me about them?
The main message that I always wish to convey in my music is that there is beauty in deep exploration of self, and always a balance of the dark and the light. They compliment each other, and wholeness comes from a balance of these forces within yourself.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
My music is available practically everywhere online- Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music etc.
I enjoy posting frequently on Instagram- @iamwrene