Going in at 140 BPM, sampling house, dubstep and drum’n'bass, Nero are the electronic duo making bone-shaking, earth-shattering music, industrially engineered to fuel heavy nights and heady listening.
Making in your face electronica that commands attention and demands to be played full blast, Nero’s dutty beats are unique and ambiguous. The joint project of two mates who instantly clicked whilst out clubbing, Dan and Joe first came together as Nero three years ago – their debut album Welcome Reality has been in production ever since. Young lovers of hardcore rock, the double act then turned their attention to drum’n'bass. Citing early influences that stem from an eclectic array of artists and genres, including Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Deftones, Squarepusher, The Prodigy and Michael Jackson, their sound is unpredictable and fast tempoed. Nurturing their signature sound in the studio, their initial intentions were never to make music which could be instantly identifiable. The lads were more interested in doing their own thing and having fun throwing down sounds, as opposed to being confined to working alone, under a pair of headphones, hidden away from daylight. Dan and Joe remember the early days as just being about jokes and dreams; “It was more of a hobby at the start, we’d just hang out and write together and it would be a social thing. We didn’t take it seriously we were just having fun”.
Featuring vocals from friend and part-time band member, Alana Watson, Nero’s intelligently teased, virally filtered material will be released as their debut album on August 15th. Fresh from playing at Global Gathering over the weekend, Joe and Dan took time out down at the Mercury Records HQ to chat remixes, collaborations and Japanese animations.