We had the honor of having Superknova be the featured artist for our Fully Human Giveback Program in 2022. As our fundraising period came to a close, we interviewed her about the inspiration for her music & journey to be the artist she is today.
Please share your name, pronouns, and a bit about yourself (where you’re from/where you live, what you’re passionate about, and identities you claim that will help the audience get to know you).
My name is Ellie and I make queer pop music as SuperKnova! I’m a genderfluid, transgirl and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m Korean American and currently based in NYC.
What are you doing in your free/leisure time?
When I’m not doing music, I like to be pretty active. I run or go for walks outside and like to play sports. Basketball is my favorite and I play in a few casual leagues in NYC (including an all queer league!).
What are a few of your favorite shows and movies from 2022?
As for movies and TV, my favorite last year was Maya and the Wave. It’s about Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira who overcame massive public doubt and (multiple injuries) to surf one of the tallest waves ever by a surfer of any gender. It’s also about her fight for women’s equality in professional sports in general. For TV, I just finished Reservation Dogs. It’s my favorite show lately. It reminds me a lot of Pose, where the writing is so heartfelt but also so funny. I laughed and cried in every episode.
How did the name Superknova come to be?
When I was a kid, I was really into space and cosmology. A “supernova” is the final, most spectacular explosion before the death of a star. I saw this as an analogy of how I wanted to live my life: following my passions and giving it my all while finding beauty in the chaos.