A new documentary called 'Underplayed' is set to explore the issue of sexism and gender imbalance in the electronic music industry.
Australian sisters Liv and Mim, aka Nervo, are no strangers to the Top 100, storming into the poll back in 2012 — and they’ve been a permanent fixture ever since. Their hit single ‘Best Friend’ entered the Hot 100 Billboard charts last year, they’ve written and produced for megastars including Kylie Minogue, Afrojack and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and took home a Grammy Award in 2009 for writing ‘When Love Takes Over’ with David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. “We have quite a few upcoming releases that we were working very hard on, so right now all our energy is going into that,” the twins tell DJ Mag.
“We have our residencies and we’re loving throwing our NERVOnation parties around the world. These will definitely carry over into next year along with a whole lot of festivals which we're super-stoked about,” they continue. “Of course it would be nice to win a Grammy, have 10 No.1s, but all in all we’re having a great time and feel very lucky to do music for a living and continue that run into 2020 and beyond!” The rise and rise of Nervo continue.
Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?
“Not normally, but we should!”
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Talking about it is a great start! There's a lot of pressure being an artist, from making the music, having a good honest team, staying relevant, life on the road, balancing work and home life. Every artist surviving in the music biz deserves a pat on the back!”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“We're doing our best trying to rep the ladies.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“We have only local water and paper cups on our rider.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“Our real-life guinea pigs!”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
DJ style: “Big room.”
Best known for: “Leading ladies in the EDM explosion. Records like ‘Like Home’ and ‘You’re Gonna Love Again’. Prolific writers for other artists as well as their own records, including Sofi Tukker’s viral hit and 2018 iPhone campaign, ‘Best Friend’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “MK ‘17’.”
Breakthrough DJ/ producer of 2018: “Fisher.”
Permanent fixtures in the Top 100 DJs poll since 2012, 2018 has been another monumental year for high-flying Australian EDM sisters, Liv and Mim, who again place as the highest women in the poll. There have been headline sets everywhere, which means crowds wowed at events such as Tomorrowland, Cream Ibiza, Ultra Singapore and DJ Mag’s Miami Pool Party, but that’s really only part of the story.
“It has been another crazy year of touring with lots of NERVOnation parties around the world, residencies with Ushuaïa in Ibiza, Omnia and Hakkasan in Las Vegas, LIV in Miami,” they tell DJ Mag. “We lived in Ibiza for the summer, and did around 160 shows [worldwide]. Next year the aim is to slow down a bit, create more balance and of course more music!” You can add to those shows a slew of top releases, not least ‘What Would You Do For Love’ and standout collaborations ‘Best Friend’, with Sofi Tukker, and ‘Give It All Up’ with Angger Dimas. The latter dropped on their own Got Me Baby! imprint, which celebrates its second birthday this year. Busy times indeed, providing a strong argument to support the theory that good things will always come to those who work.
Words: MARTIN GUTTRIDGE-HEWITT
The Australian sisters Liv and Mim have been a regular mainstay in the Top 100, and this year has proved there’s no stopping them.
DJ Mag caught up with the busy duo to ask what they’ve been up to this year: “Touring like crazy. Think we’re nudging 200 shows this year. We had our NERVONation parties in Miami, Austria and Ibiza at Ushuaia, which have all been amazing. We have been busy working on new music and recently got a major sync with iPhone 8 for a track we did with Sofi Tukker called ‘Best Friend’,” they begin.
This year has been non-stop for the charismatic Aussies. As well as their shows, they’ve had releases gracing many of the record label giants including Ultra, Spinnin’, Big Beat, Cr2 and Armada Music. Their summer smash ‘The Other Boys’ is an all-star collaboration with the legendary Nile Rodgers, pop princess Kylie Minogue and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears
Considering their previous records have won Grammy Awards and regularly surf the top of the iTunes charts, there’s no doubt they’ll be continuing to ride the wave straight into 2018.
Australian sisters NERVO are big news. While some have questioned the lack of women in the Top 100 DJs poll, these DJ and production siblings have consistently placed in the upper reaches. Starting out as songwriters for everyone from Britney Spears to Kelly Rowland and Armin van Buuren, they’ve a natural knack for well-placed hooks, which pepper their productions.
In July 2015, they finally released their debut album ‘Collateral’, which features music royalty of the calibre of Chic’s Nile Rodgers and Kylie Minogue just for starters.
And while a clever pop sensibility is evident in their style, they’re not afraid of getting a little deeper musically, throwing in some groovier house during their DJ sets, which are clearly in high demand. They’ll play London, Las Vegas, Zurich and Sao Paulo before the year is out.
Australian DJ duo and EDM superstars, Nervo, will spin at this year's DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Party at the iconic O2 Brixton Academy in London.
Set to kick off on Saturday 18th October, and hosted in association with Lock N Load Events, the girls join already announced headliners Aly & Fila, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Dash Berlin and many more.