Novakaine debuted at Artomatic DC 2012 as a progressive ensemble performing in the genres of Rock and Blues with hints of Punk and Reggae. They are a four piece band of experienced musicians coming from many different musical and cultural backgrounds. Novakaine just completed the finishing touches on their first studio album titled ‘Waves’ They were voted best musical artists by Raw Artists DC for 2012 and have been playing extensively throughout the NY and DC metropolitan areas since their debut.
Mike Novak is the songwriter and lead singer, has a scientific background in Oceanography, and works at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The influences from his career can be heard and felt in many of the songs that Novakaine performs. Mike relocated to DC after touring nationally to support his last solo release 'Novakium'. Luis Castellanos plays bass, provides background vocals, and has produced and engineered the album. He draws upon his extensive musical background from performing and recording with various projects in Guatemala and Washington DC. Eduardo Rodriguez plays the drums and has played with bands in Nicaragua and around Washington DC for many years. The lead guitar is Melvin Garcia who is originally from Costa Rica. He has performed with Eduardo in various musical projects and his style and unique guitar rhythms have added a special flavor to the Novakaine sound.