Nova Heart

Nova Heart

 Beijing, Beijing, CHN

This will be China´s first real international band.

"Dark, sexy & beautiful - Music Karl Lagerfeld would be proud of" - Alex Chow, Creative Director, Vogue China

"Highly anticipated" – Telonius, co-owner of Gomma Records

“Sexy,provocative & confident, she’s a femme Jim Morrison” - Artspace China


“In a scene where a lot of rockstars take themselves a bit seriously, Helen Feng´s out-and-out .. theatricality is a breath of fresh air. Watching her… you´re guaranteed to get a great performance” - Time Out


Nova Heart is Helen Feng´s long awaited solo project.

Dubbed as the “Red Queen of Beijing Rock” or “Blondie of China” Helen, born in Beijng and raised in the US and Canada, has been a staple in the Chinese music scene since she moved back from Los Angeles to Beijing in 2002 when she was hired as VJ for MTV China. In 2004 she found Ziyo one of Chinas longest running and most popular indie bands (and renamed it Free the Birds in 2010 after changing musical directions) and subsequently became radioshow host of The Rockshow a very influential program at Beijings HIT FM on China Radio International. In 2007 she co-found the seminal Chinese electronic group Pet Conspiracy. Within the next three years she sang the theme song for Hollywood blockbuster The Mummy III, won several of the most prestigious Chinese Music Awards (Midi & Chinese Music Awards), hosted the Vice Creators Project, co-found FakeMusicMedia and toured Europe three times – a fact that until this day very few chinese bands have achieved.

Upon culmination of her final whirlwind European tour as front-woman of Pet Conspiracy ???? in fall 2010,  Helen quit the band and,  took a few days off in Istanbul to prepare the next steps for Free the Birds??.
But the powers of the city had different plans with the and threw her and her partner DJ Metro Tokyo into raucous Raki-fueled nights through dizzying mazes of narrow alleys into the ancient discotheques of Constantinople. One fateful night, a chance encounter with Roman electronic-cowboy Rodion (Gomma Records) gave birth to NOVA HEART. After returning to Beijing, Helen sent her self-produced tracks 3000 miles down the silk road to Rome where Rodion would tap them with his magic disco wand. The outcome is a mix of sexy psychedelic disco with lo-fi ethereal like pop vocals. A sinister disco beat buried under haunting soundscapes makes it sound like as if naked ghosts would be dancing under a mirrorball.

Back from Rome where she completed the production of the debut album Helen recruited Bo Xuan (ex-Hedge Hog bassist), Wang Hui (guitar player of Free the Birds) and occasionally Metro Tokyo for Nova Heart´s live line up.

Only half a year into their existence (January 2012) Nova Heart already played at Chinas most prestigous contemporary art gallery (UCCA), got invited to one of Chinas´ biggest music festival (Zebra), got selected for the Coca Cola Stage at Westlake Hangzhou, was guest at the Zurich Street Parade/Lethargy Festival, part of a MTV China special, and succesfully completed their first national tour including Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and a sunset spot at the mainstage of Clockenflap festival in Hong Kong, where Nova Heart shared the stage with the likes of Santigold, The Cribs, French Horn Rebellion or Bombay Bicycle Club.

For 2012 everything is moving even faster and Nova Heart is going around the world. Before having any release out, they’ are scheduled to go to 4 continents within 6 months having been invited to the Sound Kapital Tour, the first showcase of chinese underground bands in Australia in February, North America in March for SXSW + Canadian Music Week and Europe in June for the c/o pop festival.

While in Adelaide they recorded the first Takeaway Show for La Blogotheque with well known french filmmaker Vincent Moon (Arcade Fire, REM, Tom Jones, Fleet Foxes, Phoenix etc.)

A remix of legendary Norwegian electronic music produers Mungolian Jet Set and the release of an EP is in the works.


3 Track China Demo produced by RODION (gomma records)

4 Track EP "Beautiful Boys" to be released in China in April via FakeLoveMusic