Nero on EDM Naysayers, Clubbing and the Possibility of Another Track With Skrillex
Nero members Dan Stephens and Joe Ray have been making music together since 2004. They recently premiered their "Second Reality" live show with singer Alana Watson in the United States at Club Nokia in L.A. in between gigs at Coachella Valley Music Festival. Alana is on all of their singles and her beautiful voice gives them more of an electronic band feel as opposed to just a DJ act. Their custom built DJ booth adds to their show's visual interest, which features retro TVs, old amps, and an arcade machine center piece.
If you missed Nero's L.A. show or Coachella set, don't worry -- they just announced their Las Vegas residencies at Surrender and XS as well as a live show at Hard Summer in August. Currently promoting their Welcome Reality album, their music continues to push boundaries and give their fans just the right amount of guitar riffs to make their music the next generation of dubstep music. After watching them melt people's faces in the desert at Coachella, we caught up with Nero to talk about how they got started in electronic music, what they thought of the festival and what we can look forward from their live show tour.
OC Weekly: The two of you come from a very musical background, how did you get involved with electronic music?
Nero: We both grew up playing instruments classically, in bands and listening to a diverse range of music, but it wasn't until we started going out clubbing around London that we saw and understood the impact that electronic music had on a crowd. We had both been experimenting with computer music individually for a while but it was during that period of time that we began writing electronic music together.
OC Weekly: What would you say to our readers who still think that DJs and producers like yourself just "push play" on fancy laptops and computers?