Who is Juliett Novak?
It’s rare for someone at a young age to know exactly what he or she wants out of life and take the necessary steps toward achieving that goal. Júlia Novák Bartková, otherwise known as Juliett Novak, is a singer from Slovakia who has dedicated her life to music. Her original songs blend elements of R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and classical music.
Six years ago, Juliett moved to the USA with her husband, who was studying at Harvard University. Leaving Slovakia was not an easy decision for her, but this new cultural experience exceeded all of her expectations and provided her with all sorts of inspiration.
Living abroad has changed her.
Juliett confesses that living abroad has changed her and helped her to mature artistically. “I became a different person,” she says. “In the past, I was more conservative and shy. However, living in the US completely transformed my personality.”
She has loved music since her childhood.
Juliett loved music from a very early age and has devoted her life to becoming a respected artist. Up until her twenties, she was classically trained in piano and opera singing. Later she was introduced to jazz and musical theatre. Nowadays she focuses exclusively on pop music.
From classical music to pop
How does a musician switch from classical music to pop music? (This is almost unheard of.) “I would not have been able to do this without changing my personality. In classical music, you have to stick to the rules and principles, and you must have discipline. In pop, it’s the exact opposite. It’s more about creativity, improvisation, self-confidence, and entertainment,” she explains. “Being influenced by different mentalities and cultures also helped. This gave me a sense of freedom and courage. When I was abroad, I saw many examples of other people who were spontaneous and not afraid to be themselves. Healthy self-confidence is very, very important.”
She is constantly challenging herself to improve.
Juliett studied at the Music Conservatory J.L. Bellu and the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. She also attended the “Stage Performance Workshop” at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, where she presented her original songs in a series of concerts. While in Boston, Juliett was also a member of the Harvard Gospel Choir “Kuumba Singers” and performed with them in Cambridge, Boston, and New York. Later she was part of the Saint Augustine Gospel Choir in Washington, D.C. She has also given several self-produced solo performances in Brussels, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
She’s a complex artist.
Juliett Novak is a singer, pianist, and songwriter. She has recorded songs in South Africa and collaborated with Grammy-nominated producer Arty Skye in New York. However, last year she decided to take complete artistic control and release her songs on her own. She writes all her own music and lyrics, produces her own songs, and directs her own videos. “The key is to go where your creativity and intuition lead you,” she says. After developing a complete idea of the sound and visuals of her songs, she is able to bring her vision to life.
“Work It Out”
“’Work It Out’” is an inspirational song that is supposed to give people courage and energy,” she explains. “I chose to show athletes in this clip because their determination, zeal, will, and self-confidence can inspire others to succeed. All of these attributes are absolutely necessary to achieve any goal. We’ve heard this message many times before, but I feel it needs to be repeated over and over again. That’s why I decided to write a song about it. This song helps me and motives me every day, and I firmly believe it will help others find the courage to follow their dreams and achieve their goals!”
The video for “Work It Out” has been released in two versions. The following version Juliett recorded in New York with Grammy- nominated producer Arty Skye and she used her own story to show others how she enjoys the path to success. Version 2 is at the bottom of the article.
Recipe for success
Juliett realizes that talent is only a small part of what it takes to be successful. “You also need to have self-confidence, discipline, time management, and passion,” she says. “You have to be willing to take chances and ask others to collaborate. But most of all, you have to believe in your work.” In addition to composing and recording, Juliett teaches both singing and piano lessons and was even voted one of Washington, D.C.’s top 10 vocal coaches last year.