Reporting Brian Ives
Liv Nervo will tell you that her and her twin sister, Mim–better known as the DJ duo NERVO–are not pop stars, but she may be in a bit of denial.
NERVO penned David Guetta and Kelly Rowland’s collaboration “When Love Takes Over,” a huge pop hit. They’ve also performed at some of the biggest festivals in the world–Electric Daisy, Ultra, the Voodoo Experience–and earned themselves residencies at some of the hottest clubs including Ushuaia in Ibiza. Not to mention the fact that Liv and Mim’s faces are plastered all over the place thanks to Covergirl, who last year enlisted the duo to represent their brand alongside the likes of Pink, Janelle Monae, Ellen DeGeneres and Sofia Vergara.
As the sisters tell it– the two complete each other’s sentences fairly often–it was “When Love Takes Over” that was really a game changer for them. According to Billboard, it was 2009′s No. 1 dance song, and as the two told Radio.com, it led to them getting a record deal. ”It gave us a kick in the butt to go out there and do it ourselves,” Liv said.
Adding, “It was David [Guetta] who was like, ‘Girls, you understand house music, you it, go out and do it.’”
And so they began DJ-ing in public, but doing it the old fashioned way.
While many big name EDM stars mug from behind their boards and hit play, the sisters said that they felt it was important to learn to beatmatch- the art of making a seamless mix of multiple songs so no one gets up and leaves the dancefloor. They note that they don’t decide what songs to play in advance, but instead read the crowd and react to them.
They also started recording their own songs. But the ladies haven’t only been creating the beats on newer songs like “Hold On” and “You’re Gonna Love Again,” they’ve also been getting on the mic.
“Recently we’ve been singing on a lot of our records, but the intention is never to become singers,” Liv explained. ”But we think maybe when we release the album, we might do an unplugged [performance].”
Ah, the album. They might be one of the biggest acts in the world, but they have yet to put out a full length release. They’re working on it though and they say it’s not going to be all EDM either.
“We don’t want it to be straight up dance bangers the whole way through. We want to show a different side,” the two said. “What we’re drawn to is more electronic, [but] we’re trying to get some singers in.”
Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters will be singing on the album, but they’ve also reached out to lesser-known vocalists. So, if you’re looking to get your big break with NERVO, you’d be advised to follow them on Facebook. As Mim says, “We’ve found it great for finding people.” Recently, they put out a call for a rock singer in the vein of Eddie Vedder or Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill.
But the singer that Liv is really hoping to work with is Anthony Kiedis, who she has a major crush on. “We could totally write something for him!” Mim said about her “real grunge head” sister. “That could be the way that you could meet him.”
While lots of women would probably want to meet the Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman, a pop star has a better chance of meeting him than the average gal. And whether Liv and Mim want to admit it or not, they are certainly on their way to pop stardom.