Since it's International Women's Day today, we thought it'd be awesome to get the ladies from NERVO to talk about what it's like to be a female duo in an industry dominated by men. Feel free to get inspired and to check out their International Women's Day Beatport chart while you're at it. Girl power!
We often get asked about being women in a male dominated industry and what can we say? Truth be told and aside from encouraging more women to get involved, there’s not much we can do about it. We just keep on doing what we do and make sure we let the music do the talking and not our gender. We’d be lying if we said there haven’t been times when people have been surprised NERVO were actually two women or didn’t support or acknowledge us. But maybe being part of the gender minority has actually pushed us to focus more on our craft and to be better than those people think we can be. And maybe being women has given us different points of view, abilities or coping mechanisms to deal with situations that can arise within certain parts of this industry. That difference could actually be seen as an advantage. At the end of the day, we simply love making music. Music is the only thing that has ever come natural to us. Our background was writing pop music and although we did okay writing for other pop stars (and DJs), we had sort of a rude awakening when we discovered dance music. We were hooked and we knew that this was the type of music we wanted to make. There’s a freeness and an acceptance that rave/dance culture has that really resonates with both of us. One of our first tours with Paul Oakenfold showed us pretty quickly that when you play music for people (and they like it), they stay with you for the journey. It might sound corny, but it is almost like a spiritual experience, for everyone. Fast forward a few years and here we are today, the highest ranking female DJs, just doing what we love, which is making and now playing music for a living. If we can be an inspiration to other females, then great! We recently did a campaign around our ‘People Grinnin’’ release with Made By Me in Australia, aimed at helping promote awareness of women in engineering courses. Looking back, we were the only girls in our engineering course at London School of Sound, which is crazy. There’s no reason at all why girls can’t be sound engineers. Or anything they damn well want for that matter.
One certain advantage that we have always had is that we have always had each other. Two heads are better than one, right? We’re more than just sisters. We’re also best friends, business partners, each other’s sounding board and each other’s biggest supporters as well as harshest critics. Of course there are going to be times that we argue or disagree, but that’s part of being sisters. There’s always that underlying honesty and respect that we have for each other that ultimately makes us a stronger team. We’re very similar in the way that we both love what we do. We live for the music and we have the same work ethic, which for us is critically important. And most importantly, we’re usually on the same creative wave length which is vital for us in the studio, on the road and in the DJ booth. Even if we have slightly different ideas, we always come together and find middle ground. Ultimately, we’re just better together. The universe was having a good day when it gave us each other and we wouldn’t change that for anything…