Australian EDM duo Nervo consists of twin sisters Miriam and Olivia Nervo. As teenagers, they worked as models but opted to focus on songwriting and production. Their first credits of note came in 2005 through Rachel Stevens’ “Negotiate with Love,” a single that peaked at number 10 in the U.K.
A few years later, they co-wrote David Guetta and Kelly Rowland’s “When Love Takes Over,” which topped Billboard’s U.S. club chart, as well as the main pop charts of several European and Scandinavian countries. It was nominated for a 2009 Grammy in the category of Best Dance Recording. As they continued to add to their résumé as collaborators, the sisters began issuing singles under the name Nervo. 2012’s “Like Home,” featuring Nicky Romero, peaked at number 33 on the U.K. pop chart, while 2013’s “Hold On” topped the U.S. dance chart.
The Nervo twins have gone from strength-to-strength over the last 12 months, cementing their position as the most popular female DJ act on the planet. They started DJing while still writing for pop acts like Kylie, Cheryl Cole and Britney Spears, but since 2011’s Tomorrowland — about which they wrote ‘The Way We See the World’ with Afrojack — they haven’t looked back, and have immersed themselves in global dance culture.
“It has been an incredible 12 months,” the gals tell DJ Mag. “Gigs have gotten crazier, and the fans more interactive. Our music is being heard by more and more people, so we’re super happy. We’re literally pinching ourselves everyday.”
Mim and Liv promised themselves some time off to work on their debut album this year, but say that it’s been hard to find the time between their punishing DJ schedule. “Does anyone know a great scientist? We’d like to clone a third NERVO to help share the workload for next year,” they joke.
FORBES launched its first list of highest-earning DJs in 2012. Its alliterative title – Electronic Cash Kings – has so far rung true: though we measure the income of both male and female turntablists, not a single female act has ever appeared on the ranking. That may soon change with twin sisters Olivia and Miriam Nervo, known as NERVO, a duo who pack dancefloors from Ibiza to India with their infectious mix of pop-inflected EDM.
For the Nervo sisters, the more immediate challenge is living, working and partying in such close quarters. “The good thing about us is we have a very similar work ethic and we both love to eat, so we both get really excited when we turn up in Croatia and get to eat some cool fish or something,” Mim bubbles over the phone. “We do get on each other’s nerves sometimes, but we’re good at letting it go.”
Peace, love, unity, respect, indeed.