Sylvia Rose Novak

photo: courtesy of the artist

written by: Kaydee Mulvehill

You have a record coming out in October, which will be your fourth album. Tell me a little about that.

I actually had to postpone the release until Spring 2020, since I decided to re-record it. I was really unhappy with the initial sounds, production, etc. on our first attempt, so I’m working with Brad Lyons at Boutwell to make more of a rock album.
This will be my first album that I’ve played all of the bass on, and the first one that won’t have any fiddle (since I’m playing bass for myself now).

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get into music?

There is no “one size fits all” approach to any of this. Work hard, shake hands, and advocate for yourself fiercely.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

I practice yoga pretty religiously when we’re on the road. I always travel with my mat. Also, wine.


What’s your favorite gas station snack?

String cheese, bananas, and Topo Chico.

What’s one message you hope people get from listening
to your songs?

I just want my songs to make people feel something. Anything. I like to leave them vague enough that they can resonate with listeners in whatever way that person needs. Everybody needs a safe place to land. There are songs that have saved my life- and I want mine to be that.