Writers, musicians, producers and now DJs, Miriam and Olivia AKA Nervo are taking the eletro house scene by storm. After being thrust into the spotlight back in 2009 co-writing the Grammy award winning David Guetta smash ‘When Love Takes Over’, the duo have gone from strength to strength. Having previously co-penned singles for Britney Spears, Nicole Scherzinger, Cheryl Cole, Kylie Minogue and more, 2012 has seen the girls get busy on the White Isle, securing their first Ibiza DJ residency at Ushuaia Beach Hotel.
Wow. Where do we start? It’s been an amazing few years for you guys. Do you ever get the time to sit down and appreciate it, or is it just work, work and then some?
We're constantly pausing, pinching ourselves and thanking our lucky stars. 99 out of 100 days we feel we're living the dream (the other day we're just a bit tired)...
You’re multi-faceted artists. Which element of your work do you enjoy above all else?
All of it. I feel like all the different aspects of our job keep it fresh and keep us inspired. Just when we're tired of airplanes, it's time to get in the studio. Our gigs are getting bigger and better each month with more crazy a$$ fans each time. We love it and feel very grateful.
You were in Ibiza in 2011 for the IMS and a couple of Pacha gigs, and returned spectacularly in 2012 for your summer at Ushuaia Beach Hotel. What do you love about Ibiza and what can we expect to see from you here in the future?
We first discovered Ibiza when we were 19 years old and fell in love with the island's energy. Music is such a major part of the island and there is ALWAYS someone that we want to go listen to so it's an endless party / ear candy session.
Plus, now we have so many friends on the island it has become like a second home. We will be back at Ushuaia for 2013 - very excited about that! We played a sunset set at Dalt Villa for IMS in 2011 - it was lush. We were opening for David Guetta so got to play a deeper set with less peak time records. It was especially nice to do this in Ibiza where the crowd are open to new sounds.
After writing for so many amazing pop artists, you’ve been defining yourselves as performers more recently. What’s in the pop-pipeline for Nervo?
Ha-ha! The pop-pipeline... Well we have a few fun people featuring on records that we have made but I'm not sure I can talk about it... I might jinx it - LOL.
Your CV is like a ‘who’s who?’ of pop glitterati! Which artist(s) are still left out there you would love to write for?
Yes! So many artists we'd LOVE to work with: Imogen Heap, Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada, Passion Pit, Azealia Banks, so so many... The list grows every day.
Of course, your big break occurred with DavidGuetta. How did you guys hook up and how did that record change your life?
We were asked to work on Kelly Rowland's album via her A and R (Max Gousse) at Universal. We met Kelly at her hotel in London, she had some Guetta tracks, we had a quick jam and 'When Love Takes Over' was born. The song wrote itself in about 3 minutes and we recorded it the next day!
Kelly's record label ended up passing on the track as they thought it was stylistically too different, fast forward about 3 months and we got a call from David saying he'd like to release it as his opening single for his next album - OneLove. That was about 4 years ago. David is definitely one of our mentors. We love him. Such a great guy... and talent!
Talk us through your writing process. As twins, do you have a telepathic connection in the studio?
We've been writing together ever since we were kids so we have a good flow in the studio. We know when to give each other space to let something develop and also when to help each other out. Two heads are always better than one hey...
Who or what are your biggest musical influences?
We have so many influences and luckily we get to work with so many talented artists who we're constantly learning from.
At the moment we're loving Eats Everything. His sounds are so phat and his structure is so free. For a more pop influence, I guess we tend to gravitate towards a more pop/indie vibe like Passion Pit, Bag Raiders, Miami Horror, Imogen Heap, Phoenix, Martin Solveig.
We love indie-er vocals and anything that sounds original. There are a lot of great UK artists at the moment - Florence and The Machine is so talented for example. Calvin (Harris) is always doing something original and classy. I love it when he sings on his records as he's got a super interesting/distinctive tone to his voice. M83 are nice to chill to too...
You’ve got a brand new release ‘Like Home’ with Nicky Romero and it’s already a worldwide club smash. Is this the kind of music we can expect to hear in your DJ sets?
Yes absolutely - 'Like Home' works great in our sets. We don't always make club records so it's convenient when some turn out "set friendly". Otherwise we get some banging remixes to integrate them into our set... Like with 'We're All No One' for example...
Tell us something fresh and happening. A scoop on some gossip or rumours of things you have coming to fruition in 2013?
We're working on an album - ahhhh! Hopefully we get it finished by mid-2013. Time tends to fly by when we're touring this much so we'll need to take a short break to get it finished.
Take a look below to find our interview with Nervo at the Annual DJ Awards in Pacha Ibiza 2012 and visit https://www.facebook.com/NERVOmusic or www.nervomusic.com/ to find out about their future gigs!
- Miriam and Olivia
- Nervo twins
- david Guetta
- When Love Takes Over
- F***k Me I'm Famous
- Ushuaia Beach Hotel
- Ibiza 2012
- Ibiza 2013
- Imogen Heap
- Fatboy Slim
- Chemical Brothers
- Groove Armada
- Passion Pit
- Azelia Banks
- Kelly Rowland
- One Love
- Eats Everything
- Calvin Harris
- Nicky Romero
- Like Home
- Annual DJ Awards at Pacha Ibiza 2012
- Pacha Ibiza