The sound of NOVA is exactly as you would imagine from the name: big, bright, and powerful. It’s heavy, atmospheric and ever-shifting anthems draw on the best of classic and contemporary hard rock, bringing to mind such touchstone bands as Soundgarden, Deftones, and U2. Essentially, it is a sound that can knock you off your feet one minute, and soothe you in the next.

In existence since 2005, NOVA took shape when drummer Rob Bujak, living on the east coast, got his hands on some demos front man Gabriel McGahee had been working on. Rob shares, “After I heard the songs I called Gabriel right away, and literally the next day, I shipped my drums out to California, bought a one-way ticket, and joined the project.” Once the two joined forces, they rounded out their line up with musicians conquering the Bay area music scene, guitarists Aaron Goforth and Nick Young, and bassist Scott Proctor.

How do you describe your music to people, Gabriel?

Its like driving in cherry red cadillac with leopard print seats while pornstar Lanny Barbie yells obscenities at pedestrians from the passenger seat

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Just growing up listening to bands like Zeppelin, Journey, Pink Floyd, Metallica, I just gravitated towards rock music, found something alluring about those singers' voices, somehow decided that was what I needed to do.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Sit in coffee shops getting super caffeinated watching youtube videos of squirrels water skiing.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Making sure I have enough coffee and donuts for the stock holder meetings

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I thought I would be an FBI agent or a grave robber, purely for scientific reasons though...

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
San Francisco is absolutely saturated in bands or people who are musicians of some sort, so its never hard to find a show to go check out or other people to create music with, I think collaboration with talented people, even if from distinctly different genres is something that is very important in music.

What other artists out there do you love?
I'm really in to anything where it sounds like people have something to say and believe in what they are saying.

What does your future hold?
My future involves a bus with 5 guys, who kinda stink, hurdling across the country, playing music to whoever wants to listen.

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