SCENE On Air host Ismaila Alfa (centre) with two-thirds of Nova, Greg MacPherson and Molly McCracken (CBC)
I think that was the whole idea at the beginning. We picked friends that would make the experience of working together interesting and not so much about our backgrounds in music
—Greg MacPherson, musician
Sometimes the best results come from taking chances with good friends. Which is exactly how the band Nova came to be. Two of the band members join SCENE on Air host Ismaila Alfa in studio this weekend.
Greg MacPherson, Molly McCracken and Jackie Hogue all live in Winnipeg's West End where they are active in their neighbourhoods and now, they also make up one of Winnipeg's newest bands. "I think that was the whole idea at the beginning," says MacPherson. "We picked friends that would make the experience of working together interesting and not so much about our backgrounds in music."
In fact, their backgrounds are quite different. While MacPherson is a seasoned performer with an established solo career, McCracken had never played in a band before and Hogue was new to playing the drums.
"For me it was great," MacPherson tells Ismaila Alfa. "I could just sort of rehearse with them and they never listened to what I was doing. They were always focusing on what they were doing, so I could experiment and go off and it was really freeing for me to approach songwriting in that way."
So far reaction to Nova's CD, Midnight, Midnight, has been more than favourable. "It's been quite the thing to work towards completing this CD," enthuses McCracken. "It took us about two years. That was a really great process in and of itself and I was just blown away by the response we got....so we'll have to see where we go next."
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