Melbourne-based band Telenova reveal biggest pinch-me moment so far, last impulse buy and plans to write an album.

Having seen success in their native Australia, three-piece band Telenova are breaking through the noise and making a splash with music that is a “cinema for your ears”.


As well as racking up millions of streams on their ‘Tranquilize’ EP, Telenova’s take on Madonna’s “Hung Up” for triple j’s Like A Version series last year increased the band’s star power. This year, Telenova have seen mounting success after a national headline tour in Australia.


A hyper-introspective EP written in the midst of Australia’s strict lockdowns, ‘Tranquilize’ covers both fear and solace. Following a remix EP, the band are now entering a new era as they gear up to release a debut album.


We caught up with Telenova to hear how artists can stay original nowadays, what inspires them outside of music, and much more.

Favourite song at the moment?

“Turn The Table” – Empress Of

The biggest misconception about being a musician?

Probably that people think performers on stage are really confident and outgoing off of it. The best performers I know are usually really quiet and thoughtful behind closed doors and don’t really party too hard-y.

One thing you want to change about the music industry?

Point number 2. It should be a prerequisite that you can PARTY HARD-Y to be a performer. I’m sick of being let down post-show.

How can an artist stay original nowadays?

Tough question. The most honest answer is to just try and make stuff that you like. Sounds cliché, but because everything has kind of been done before, I really appreciate artists who wear their influences on their sleeve but make really good versions of that type of music. Like, everyone’s favourite artist has a favourite artist, but it’s the way those artists repackage and give their product (that may have been done before) to their new fans in interesting ways that seems to be where originality is coming from in the industry these days.

Three things that inspire you outside of music?

Brian Windhorst.
Seeing an elderly person smoking cigarettes.
Tony Armstrong’s moustache.

What are you currently obsessed with?

Maxine Nightingale.

What has been your biggest pinch-me moment so far?

Working with Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear in London earlier this year.

What’s your pizza topping?

Khlav Kalash.

What was your last impulse buy?

Hyundai iLoud.

Biggest goal for 2022?

Write a cracking album baby!

Listen to Telenovela's newest single below:

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