Nervo Set Twin Sights on Superstardom
Published: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 15:12
There is something refreshing about catching a live DJ set and seeing not one, but two hot blondes killing it on stage to some dance-worthy electronic music.
No, these girls aren't just the dancers; they are DJ duo Liv and Mim Nervo, better known together as NERVO. They are the newest thing to grace the EDM platform and their DJ career is just getting ready to take off.
The Australian-born twin sisters first broke into the scene as fashion models but their love for music soon prevailed. Harmonizing their passion for pop music with their sheer writing talent, the girls felt right at home penning hits for artists such as Ke$ha, Kylie Minogue and the Pussycat Dolls. Their big break came in 2008 when the duo wrote David Guetta's hit "When Love Takes Over" featuring Kelly Rowland.
Since then, NERVO's career has sky-rocketed into a whirlwind of DJ sets and collaborations with some of the world's top DJs and artists. Now the sisters are bringing their own act to the stage. Their very first single, "We're All No One," is a collaboration with Steve Aoki and Afrojack in the first single off of their EP which is set to be released early next year.
Currently the girls are on a world tour and will swing by Scottsdale's Axis/Radius on December 9. College Times recently caught up with one half of the duo, Mim, who took some time out of her day off in Las Vegas to fill us in on all things NERVO by phone.
College Times: You and your sister have had your hand in quite a lot of things, from modeling to singing and writing music. What led you into the DJ realm?
Mim Nervo: Well, we've always been clubbers. Being from Australia, there is a healthy festival scene and also, we moved to the UK when we were 19 and instantly gravitated to the whole club scene there, but it was funny because there we were clubbing every weekend and writing pop music during the week. So, it was a natural progression. We used to DJ for fun and write pop music … well it was also fun, but that was more work. And now, bit by bit, the worlds have been colliding and we just found ourselves here today DJing for people and writing music that is a bit more edgy.
What's it like working with your sister?
Oh, it's great. We wouldn't have it any other way. Of course we have our bad days and our good days but we are just so used to it. We can be brutally honest with each other and we can cut to the chase. I feel like we are very productive together.
Can you give us a feel for the sound on your EP?
It's definitely got an electronic heartbeat. It's fresh, it's dance-electronic, but with a bit of an indie-esque vibe.
"We're All No One" definitely has an indie anthem feel to it. You collaborated with Afrojack and Steve Aoki on it. They even made cameos in the video. What was the process of working with them like?
We were given the track by Steve Aoki's record label and we instantly gravitated to it because it was different, it was fresh and it didn't sound like a Steve Aoki track. At that time we didn't realize that Afrojack had produced it with Steve, so once we did the work – flushed out the melody and the lyrics and the arrangement – Steve told us that Afrojack was involved as well. Afrojack is a friend of ours, so naturally we hit him up and we then worked on the track more and it turned into what it is now. The song was born, and because it doesn't sound like an Afrojack record or a Steve Aoki record, it felt perfect for us to release.
That song's video has a great summer vibe to it, too. Was it fun to make?
So much fun! Although, it was a lot hotter than what it looks like in the video. It was swelteringly hot on the day of shooting, but it was the first of our videos so we were on a constant high.
It seems like the mainstream DJ scene is mainly male-dominated. Though there are plenty of female DJs out there, they don't seem to get as much recognition. Do you ever feel like you are breaking boundaries with what you're doing?
It's funny, I never used to think it, but we do get a lot of comments from female DJs saying that they're happy that we are breaking the mold, so to speak. We've never seen DJing as a gender-specific role. We have always loved female DJs, so it's never felt strange to my sister and me, but obviously to other people it's definitely a male-dominated industry. But look, I hope that by us being DJs more girls want to be DJs. I love girl DJs, I think they have a different take on club music. I think it's a bit sexier.
NERVO, Axis/Radius, 7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.970.1112, Friday, December 9, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., $10-$25