HELLO: NERVO By Phil Dudman

20 August 2012
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Sounds Like Big-room electro-pop

It’s been a huge couple of years for Mim and Liv Nervo, two Aussie twins signed to EMI who specialise in big-room electro. From starting out as piano playing siblings to tasting the studio as demo singers at the age of 18, they have turned their hands to ghostwriting for Kylie and The Pussycat Dolls. Their big break came co-writing ‘When Love Takes Over’ – a track that sent David Guetta’s career into the stratosphere.

“The big difference between pop and club music is the structure,” says Mim of their hit-making role. “We wrote the vocal and the melody and arranged it as more of a song.” The twins cite crossover acts like Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers as their musical heroes: acts that have the ability to bridge the gap between the underground and the charts. But now the girls are producing and DJing music under their own name, their hard graft behind the scenes launching them onto the A-list circuit with a residencies at Ushuaïa in Ibiza and the Wynn Resort, Las Vegas. 

Nervo’s upfront, “harder-style electro” productions such as the forthcoming single ‘You’re Gonna Love Again’ and recent Tomorrowland Festival anthem and Beatport No. 1 ‘The Way We See The World’ are riding high on the hands-in-the-air dance music wave currently sweeping America, and they both agree the fans want “banger after banger”. And for the girls, who share “everything except boyfriends”, the buzz from playing recent gigs at Pacha New York (where the were bombarded with sweaty bras) and seeing bona fide Nervo fans turning up with banners and home made T-shirts at Electric Daisy Carnival has been amazing. That is, until one night in Amsterdam, when a Dutch lesbian started “licking Mim’s ear and grabbing her lady-bits”. “I think it’s her short hair – people just assume she’s gay,” says Liv. “I found it hilarious, but Mim didn’t find it funny at all.” Bet that’s never happened to David G... 




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