The arena was full in Lfest when Christina Novelli came on waving at the crowd and chatting away to them about camping, rain and brandy. She squeezed a lot of songs into her set mixing the slow intense stand-still-and-hold-the-microphone ones to the up and the cheering madly about the stage ones. Her energy was catching and it was very easy to start moving about with her, only I didn’t look as cool as her tramping about with my spotty wellies and soaked shorts.
She brought Louise up on the stage and everyone sang happy birthday to her, but not after she had sang the song herself, only in the style of Marilyn Monroe. The dancing was just immense. Christina danced with Louise, she danced with Red off off RedNPink who joined her in a song and she danced with her deaf interpreter while singing to her. And she made my phototographer’s day shouting out to her from the stage. I got to talk to her about her music, where it all started and the proposal that went wrong!
I’ll start with your own songs first, Where do you get your inspiration for the lyrics?
Usually, a lot of my songs are quite intense, emotional based and tend to reflect on how I am feeling or what happened to me at that time or in the past.
Does anyone influence you?
Yes! I can’t pinpoint exactly who is a consistent influence to me as it varies but currently, at the moment, the most inspiring artists are Sia, Ed Sheeran, and Damien rice.
How did you get into music?
I started a band when I was 18, woke up one day and thought I want to be a lead singer of a band *she laughs* and I got infatuated, didn’t stop, and now I’m here!
Do you have a favourite song of your own that you love performing?
My favourite song to sing of my own is Save Us but I also love doing the dance version of Concrete Angel.
Your covers, I loved the Bruno Mars one, what makes you choose them?
So, a lot of the time its just before a gig, we will arrive at the festival/ venue and i will judge what mood the people and the band are in. I’ll then say, at the very last minute, lets cover Rihanna!!! It will vary. The boys in the band will look at me and all the colour will just drain from there face.. aha, and they will get on their phones, google the chords, do it the first time on stage then keep it in the set for a few months. Paloma Faith or Alex Clare are my next two songs for my new set.
Your last song was my favourite, how did you get to collaborate?
WELL, I woke up in the middle of the night with the need to do a jumpy, bouncy song. I wrote the song there and then and got completely obsessed with it. Later that month I had a gig at the Candy Bar where Red happened to be. At the end of my set I randomly asked Red to come up on stage and do a rap. She improvised on the spot – it was the best song of the set, everyone went crazy. From then on if we happen to be at the same gig, she will join me.
Has anything strange happened to you in a gig?
Once someone just before a gig came up to me and said, I want to propose to my girlfriend tonight at your gig because she loves your music. I said, that’s fantastic, why don’t I bring you up half way through my set to propose to her! They were very excited and thankful. So! Half way through the set I brought them both up on stage and the question was asked.. the girl said no! Unfortunately, I didn’t hear her and shouted down the microphone, Congratulations!!! Everyone cheered, and they were ushered off stage, only to find out after what had really happened.
Do you ever get stage fright?
No. I do, but its not fright, it’s an adrenaline rush. It’s the only one time I get that feeling, nothing else gives me that boost and thats why I love doing what I do.
You are a fashion icon on my site, how would you describe your style?
Are you serious?? In Lfest I was in cut off shorts, plimsolls, a Boy London hat and a jumper that i’d been wearing all week! Thank you though!
We’ve seen you around L-fest. Are you a festival person?
L-Fest was the first festival I have ever camped at, as I have never camped before. I was a little hesitant because it was raining and muddy and I just wanted to go home but the people and the atmosphere was so great, even though it was rainy, I had a wonderful time and to top it off they had put a blow up bed in my tent – Lush!
What do you do in your spare time?
I don’t really have spare time, I mean what do i do – sleep? I don’t really sleep…I twitch – Yeah, when I do have time to my self I twitch and drink a lot of red wine.
What’s next for you this year and next?
At the moment I’m just in the studio and gigging everywhere, getting ready for releases next year. Keep an ear out, its going to be exciting.
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