Up and Coming Artist: Nova Miller

Aaliyah Hamilton, Reporter

With her 60’s esque aesthetic and vocals that could be compared to the likes of Ariana Grande, Nova Miller takes you back in time with her single Do it To Myself. The retro pop song features a sample of the Mamas and The Papas’ hit song California Dreamin along with a message that could appear dark, but is actually an “anti-emo” disrupter in the pop-space today, according to Miller.

 “It’s about being a creature of habit when it comes to relationships and not even giving the other person a chance to hurt you because you’ve already messed it up for yourself,” Miller said. “Basically, it’s that “it’s not you, it’s me” thing but I’m working on myself and things can only get better.”

Growing up in Sweden, Miller was always surrounded by music. She would sleep in her father’s guitar case backstage while her parents were on tour, performing for the Crown Princess of Sweden. 

At the age of 12, Miller was discovered by music executive Lolene in her hometown of Stockholm. Since then, she has spent much of her life in the studio and wouldn’t have it any other way. The multi-instrumentalist and 5 octave vocalist quickly learned that dealing with opinionated personalities and constantly being underestimated in the music industry was a daily occurrence.

 “It is really hard to be a young, confident, ambitious girl,” Miller said. “Starting out in the industry, I always had to prove myself in different ways. I was constantly being underestimated for my age and blasted for my confidence.”

However, those opinions have only made her stronger from there. 

“As girls, we have to be better, we have to do more to be seen,” Miller said. “I’ll take that fight. I’ll work a bit harder, and I’ll prove myself.”