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NERVO: DJ MAG North America Cover Feature

Australian twin sister-duo NERVO is already having what looks to be one of their biggest and busiest years to date. Gearing up for their return to Miami Music Week, the beautiful Liv and Mim drive headfirst toward another wild run under the sun. DJ Mag hopped in the backseat with them to hear their thoughts on women empowerment and their real feelings about the EDM bubble burst...

“We’re not a normal kind of two people coming together.” It’s 2pm on a Tuesday in Brazil at the height of Carnival. Olivia “Liv” NERVO has just woken up to a day’s worth of unread emails, missed text messages and countless social media notifications. 

“They do say blood is thicker than water, don’t they?” Her twin sister, Miriam aka “Mim”, is shouting into Liv’s laptop from across the room, completing her sentences by way of sibling telepathy. “We can argue like nothing else and then be able to move on,” Mim says. The two are beacons of stamina: Last night, the NERVO girls threw down an epic set in front of 3,000 Brazilian ravers, their seventh consecutive show in five days across Brazil as part of the country’s Carnival festivities. Even with a broken nose and stitches across her face — the result of a nasty swim accident that occurred three days prior to this very interview — Mim powers through it all, like the true machine these sisters are. The word “tired” simply does not exist in NERVO’s vernacular.

This same unbridled energy is a key factor in how Mim and Liv have stayed at the top of their game since exploding onto the scene in 2009 after being hand-picked by the Frenchman himself to co-write David Guetta’s Grammy-nominated, chart-topper ‘When Love Takes Over’. It’s also what’s fueling NERVO in 2018, a year of milestones that already includes a performance on MTV’s TRL and their American late-night TV debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, both times alongside best friends Sofi Tukker and The Knocks. This summer, the girls will also host their first-ever #NERVONation stage at mega festival Tomorrowland, where attendees are bound to hear their newest single, ‘Like Air’, a collab with Wolfpack, which marks the first official track on their own Got Me Baby! Records, a sub label under Armada.

Despite fully stacked schedules, these twins do not display diva behavior. NERVO continues to shine on, always beaming charismatic smiles and Aussie-tinged chipper vibes. They’re true Magic City ambassadors who represent the Miami spirit to the core: endless good times under the sun. This month, NERVO return to South Beach with their fan-favorite NERVO Nation party at the SLS, plus a few surprise performances throughout the city you won’t want to miss. If you don’t believe us, see for yourself in this no-bull interview with the dazzling cover ladies who are here to stay – we hope forever.

Want more cover stories from DJ Mag? Check out our previous DJ Mag North America cover features with Porter RobinsonAlison WonderlandPaul van Dyk, and Monika Kruse

John Ochoa is the editor-at-large of DJ Mag North America. You can find him living his best life on Twitter.

Photos by Chloe Paul. Find her work online and follow her on Instagram.