Sunday, July 22, 2012

Nervo - The Perfect Remix for Dancing

The music duo Nervo, consists of two Australian girls named Miriam Nervo and Olivia Nervo. The girls can sing, they make remix, and most importantly, they make you want to dance! The twins began gaining interest in music at the age of 16 when they turned down modeling and pursued a career in music. After being accepted into the Opera Australian Academy they started becoming interested in pop music. Two years later they were already starting to gain exposure when a Melbourne based music producer asked Nervo to sample his demo songs. Shortly after they were signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Unlike most dance music you find these days, Nervo actually writes their songs, and these songs have become popular. Singers likeAshley Tisdale and the Pussycat Dolls have had songs written by Nervo. One of the most popular of their written songs even received a Grammy for “When Love Takes Over” sang by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland.

By 2010 they were playing on main stages at British music festivals and eventually signed a recording deal with Virgin Records. Nervo’s first release “This Kind of Love” went to number one on the pop charts and by 2011 Nervo was opening for Britney Spears.

2012 has opened the stage for Nervo with their hit song “Were All No One”. Which  was released in March and reached the number 8 spot on Billboard’s US Hot Dance Club Songs.

 We're All No One

The song that caught my particular interest was “You’re Gonna Love Again” which is climbing the charts in the US and the UK.

Nervo is more than dance music. Proof of their dedication to their music is their quote on their Facebook, “Art before chart.” This shows me that while their sound is definitely dance-pop, the lyrics and messages of there songs are more important than just about a typical “dance” song. So far, their music is about a positive message. For example in “You’re Gonna Love Again”:

“We gotta try even if it’s hard, try baby, understand.
To find a rainbow in every storm, you gotta believe.
Don’t ever doubt that you don’t below now
Cause it’s starting with you, It’s starting with me”

Through a combination of positive lyrics, fast beats, and an influence of Dub; there’s no doubt Nervo has what it takes to be the next big thing.  Whether you just want to dance or you just need a pick-me-up, Nervo can and will find a place on your IPod.

Right now a few of their songs are available to purchase online at places like ITunes.  Check them out! An album from Nervo should be forthcoming!

"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."
-Ray Charles

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

You'll Fall in 'Love Love Love' with Of Monsters and Men

Of Monsters and Men are a 6-piece indie/folk band from Iceland who burst onto the scene in 2010 when they were winners of Músíktilraunir, an annual band competition in Iceland. You've probably heard their song Little Talks playing on not just alternative radio stations, but even pop/top 40 radio. They have become a huge success in America with Little Talks and I see nothing but a bright future for Of Monsters and Men.

Of Monsters and Men formed in 2009 when Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir began looking to add musicians to her music project, Songbird. Having found the perfect members to add to the group in 2010 Of Monsters and Men entered into the music competition as a quartet. The foursome added two more members after Músíktilraunir. After their success with the music competition they group began performing at Iceland music festival such as Iceland Airwaves in 2010.

                                                                  Little Talks

Jump forward a year to 2011, Of Monsters and Men started making their way in America. Signing with Record Records in February of 2011, Within months Of Monsters and Men released Little Talks in August. Little Talks propelled them to success and in April Of Monsters and Men released their first album, My Head is an Animal. Since April the album has already seen a great deal of success, it is currently number 4 on the alternative album chart.

                                                               Slow and Steady

However, Little Talks is but a taste of what this band is capable. Listening to My Head is an Animal you immediately can hear that this band is unique. From their folk inspired sound to their duet style [Nanna sings lead as well as Ragnar "Raggi" Pórhallsson]. With all the success of other folk-styled bands it's safe to say that Nanna keeps Of Monsters and Men unique. Nanna leads you into something slightly different with her voice, maybe it's her accent. Whatever it is, her keeps you listening and coming back for more. And like any good folk band, the lyrics are deep with stories behind them like Slow and Steady and Love Love Love.

Whether you love indie, folk, or pop, their sound is breathe of fresh air. Of Monsters and Men are easily going to be one of 2012's biggest bands.

My Head is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men is in stores now.