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DIY bass duo Nova Twins

DIY bass duo Nova Twins

By: Oliver Horton

The Nova Twins are DIY bass fiends that make grime-punk noise. The video for their first single “Bassline Bitch” was filmed on a phone outside a car repair garage. And their live music thumps from home-tweaked pedals that will crack your eardrums.

Disorder: What are you working on right now?

Amy Love: New songs, new trips.

Georgia South: New songs and designing and making our new Nova jackets.


What people, places or things inspire you? 

AL: Friends, conversations and my surroundings definitely influence the lyrical content. We often get into situations that have key roles in the lyrics. They are not always obvious, but we always laugh about it.

GS: My surroundings and mood affects the way I write. Some riffs come out darker than others.


What artists turn you on? 

AL: James Blake and Hiatus Kaiyote get me in the mood.

GS: The Internet gets me in the mood. Super-sexy walking basslines.


Who do you want to be when you grow up?

AL: We don’t ever really grow up... do we? Just try to be the best version of yourself, that’s all we can do.

GS: Yeah good answer.

What got you started (the secret of your success)?

GS: We respect each other massively and love hanging out all the time. So our chemistry is probs the secret.

AL: It started from our friendship. I think bands need a solid foundation and a good understanding of each other, as you will be spending a lot of time with that person. It’s basically like a marriage.


What has been the biggest surprise/lesson along the way?

AL: The biggest surprise so far was our gig in Rennes for Trans Musicales. It’s our biggest gig to date and had no idea that so many people were behind the curtain waiting for us to play. There were 4000+ people and more waiting to get in outside. We were shocked; as we’re the new girls in town, we didn’t expect that response. Best gig ever. Lessons along the way: be as self-sufficient as you can, no one will do it for you and if they do, you might end up waiting around forever.

GS: Trans Musicales was insane! We did not expect that. Will never forget it and hope to play it again soon!


Who was your first crush?

AL: My TV crush was probably Jamie from Eastenders, but my real life crush was some boy in my primary school. I remember giving him a Valentine’s Day card, asking him to be my boyfriend... he said yes then dumped me at the end of the day. 

GS: Mine was a guy at primary school, I was forever friend-zoned and he fancied my best friend. Haha.


Who are your favourite fictional heroes? 

AL: Xena the Warrior Princess kicked ass! She wasn’t afraid or ashamed to be tough; I wanted to be just like her when I was younger.

GS: Xena sounds awesome! I wish I watched that when I was little. I remember watching Harriet the Spy a lot and loving Carmen from Spy Kids and wanting to be a spy so bad.

What/where do you like to eat or drink?

AL: As long as the food is good then I’m happy to eat there. I’m such a foodie and like trying new things. Love Persian and Thai food. We have been drinking in Hastings lately. It’s a crazy place for a night out – even wrote a song about it!

GS: I love Thai food and the Jack Daniel’s salmon from TGI Friday’s. Also I can live on pasta for days! Yeah, we’ve mainly been going out in Hastings lately. My local pub/venue is a good place to go out as well, though.


Where/when do you feel most yourself? 

AL: When I feel Nova, prowling around the stage, or when I’m lying around looking like shit with my loved ones; both feel really good to me.

GS: I deffo feel most Nova on stage, when I’m making some nova clothes or when Amy and I come up with some crazy plans and ideas. Hehe.


When are you at your worst? / What is your worst trait? / What do you like the least about yourself?

GS: I hate that I get very moody when I’m hungry – we both do. Beware of the Nova Twins when they’re hungry, they’ll eat you alive! 

AL: When I’m hungry, I am a nightmare. / I can be quite stubborn sometimes. / Imperfections give us character; learn to love them!


What petty irritation do you hate the most?

AL: My petty irritation is when people chew really loudly or when people fidget i.e. shaking their leg to the point where it’s making me and my chair shake. 

GS: Haha. I’m a leg shaker. I must have been shaking my leg really bad once and this woman sat next to me got up and sat at the other end of the room! My petty irritation is when someone says that something is a 5-min walk away when it’s actually a 30-minute walk away... and people who litter.


What talent do you wish you had?

AL: Would love to be able to talk to animals, although I would keep it to myself. (Maybe I would tell Georgia).

GS: I wish I was next level at fighting, like Angelina Jolie in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. But I wouldn’t tell anyone and only use my skills in emergencies... No one would suspect a thing.


What is your dominant characteristic?

AL: Not sure how to answer that.

GS: Mine might be that I’m pretty chilled out, I don’t know? 


What do you appreciate most in your friends/co-workers? 

AL: I am so lucky that I have so many amazing people in my life; I often wake up and think that. There is so much love and trust between us!

GS: We all have the same sense of dark humour.


What innovation/invention do you love most?

AL: I’m going to say my electric blanket as it’s freezing in my room right now and was just thinking who ever created this is a genius. Although I’m sure that’s not my final answer!

GS: Electric blankets are game changers! I got microwaveable slippers for Christmas, which is a pretty awesome invention. Also the HDMI cable to connect your laptop to the TV is so good.


Unpaid endorsement: what can you recommend?

GS: I recommend this device I have in my car where you can channel music from your phone through your car radio. So useful if you have a banger for a car like mine!

AL: I recommend our custom hand-stitched Nova jackets that will be on sale real soon.


What is your idea of happiness?

AL: Love, health and laughter.

GS: Love, belly laughing and good health.


What is your present state of mind?

AL: Excited to see what’s in store for 2017!

GS: Happy and excited about writing new tunes and going on new gigging adventures!


What would you do if you were not doing this?

AL: Haven’t really thought about it.

GS: I don’t know!




Photography: Marieke Macklon