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Jazz Funk music creator Nova speaks with Jacqueline Jax about Making Dreams come true in Los Angeles. A friend of mine once told me that music is like gravity; it always has & always will exist all around us in nature, but in order to test the effects of gravity, you need an object. I believe that humans are the object or medium for music. At least, that's how I've always felt about my relationship with music. I can't explain where it comes from, but what I can do is try to translate it to people in a way that might make them feel the way I feel. If I've somehow spoken up for someone in their time of need or helped somebody through trying times, then it's only made it more worth the struggle to create.
Band Name: NOVA
Artist: Sameh Marey
Dreams can come true...
I've been driven to music ever since I was about 5 years old.
My family had a dusty piano sitting in the hallway of our cramped apartment in Egypt. When my father would play the tunes he knew so well (Twinkle Twinkle, The Pink Panther Theme, & the first few bars of Happy Birthday), I would see the color in the world. I think that's were it all began.
I grew up in Dubai but moved to LA with a dream to make things happen in music.
I struggled but I learned something very important about myself. I learned that I can be determined. Once I have a vision and a direction for something I’ve been able to stay focused to accomplish it. Staying on the course was challenging as there are always roadblocks but I believed in myself and I was committed to the process.
When you understand that knowledge can get you from point A to point B, you start to see a bigger picture.
For instance, I had to learn how to manage a band and book gigs. Now that I've acted in this position, I'm able to see who would be the best person for the job and how they should be working on my behalf. That's the benefit of doing everything yourself.
These past two years in the US have certainly been a journey for me and I’m so lucky to have pursued it fearlessly.
Ultimately my goal and purpose are similar..
Music helps me appreciate life more. It makes it easier to see the world for its beauty & not its faults...
If I can do that with my music, I would have accomplished my ultimate goal as an artist & human. I would have been able to give back a piece of what I have received.
Song name: Electrocute
Music Genre: Jazz+Funk
This song is a quirky, high-energy Latin jazz/funk hybrid about meeting somebody with an ELECTRIFYING personality.
My music is Jazz+Funk. A lot of people look at those two genres separately, but the addition symbol is not used lightly. My sound combines my favorite elements from two of my favorite genres.
This new EP is a musical expression of my chapter here in Los Angeles and what it took to discover myself. It’s the initial soundtrack of my journey. Artistically I wanted to prove that jazz can still be both exciting and interesting.
Collaborating with friends
I've had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the most talented people I've ever met to put together this EP. Some of them are friends that I will cherish forever, some of them were inspiring figures & role models, & all of them contributed to making me a better musician, artist, & band leader. Zach Jurkovich (saxophone), Devon Johnson (bass), Rafal Maciejski (keys & organs), & Jordan Fang (drums) are the musicians you can hear in the single, laying down the groove & foundation for my performances on guitar & vocals.
Reflecting your artistic energy and identity through music..
I think the newest single, 'Electrocute' is the most reflective of my artistic energy & identity. I grew up loving all forms of music, but I've always been slightly more partial to jazz, funk, & hip-hop. Electrocute combines all 3 of those genres.
Best advise for budding young artists..
"Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, & then Practice some more."