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Debi Nova

How would you describe your music?

A representation of who I am: a Latin woman, singer, songwriter that's speaks both English and Spanish, firm believer that the world is becoming smaller and that music can unify people.

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I am a solo artist and very much involved in the creative process. Every single song starts with me and thanks to the help of collaborators and producers makes it to the finish line. I love playing with other musicians and writing with other writers but the end product most always represent something that's very me. In the Studio I love to be hands on and oversee every little step from tracking, to mastering. As far as the business aspect of it I tend to be a little more laid back about it, it's definitely not my strongest suit. Nevertheless I am very careful to do only the things that won't jeopardize my integrity as an artist.

Describe your gear.

"Keys: In the Studio and on the Road Yamaha S90XS and MO6. At home Yamaha upright piano. Favorite acoustic guitar: Cordoba Nylon String. Electric: Danelectro. "

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

Yes I think it's different to be a woman musician than a man and a musician but it's not something dramatic, more like the subtle differences that naturally occur between males and females in general. I guess the only thing I've felt is that as a woman I've had to prove myself just a little more on the instrument. Most of the writers, musicians and producers that I've worked with have encouraged me to play as much as possible whether it be for recording the album or on stage, and in the cases that they saw me just as a singer I would just grab a guitar or sit on the keys and start playing. Nothing speaks louder than action. No specific instances recalled.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Absolutely. I think women musicians in the new millennium can use the element of sexuality to their favor without jeopardizing their credibility as talented musicians. It seems like most of the female musician/artists in the nineties played down their sexuality a bit. Most of them wore oversized, manly clothes and didn't use much make-up. It was almost as though the less girly they looked the more people would respect their playing, with exceptions of course. Nowadays things are different, women are not afraid to embrace their sexual appeal and they actually use it to complement their playing.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

The 3 P's have always resonated with me: Patience, Practice and Perseverance. I'll add to that "Believe in yourself", "Focus on the work" and "don't forget to enjoy it". That's the best advice I've received and that's what i would tell any artist starting out.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I didn't have much choice with the Piano... at 4 yrs old my mom had all do with it, but after years of torturous classical lessons I finally fell deeply in love with it. The guitar came almost as a rebellion to my classical piano education, I was dying to play rock and roll and play in bands; and the bass was solely because of Me'shell Ndegeocello. I remember listening to her album Peace Beyond Passion at 14 and thinking "this is the coolest thing I wanna play bass"

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