Nero, aka North West London producers, remixers du jour, DJs and artists Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, now one of the biggest names in both dubstep and drum and bass released their indie/dubstep hybrid smash single Promises on August 8th. Promises stormed straight to the top of the UK charts,while their debut album Welcome Reality followed the week after and did the same.
Released on Chase and Status’ label MTA, Welcome Reality is quickly approaching Gold. The album features the global smash – where stadium rock meets dubstep ‘Me and You’, which is now being released in the US on Cherrytree/Interscope Records on November 1st at all digital retail and streaming partners. The brand new EP package features a never- before-released new remix of “Me And You” by Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia; plus a Skrillex remix of “Promises” that has 3MM plays on youtube and has not been available for sale in the US before. “Me and You’ charted at number 15 in the UK and was the most played record on Radio 1 for three weeks in a row.
1. Me And You (album version)
2. Me And You (Steve Angello Remix)
3. Promises (Skrillex and Nero remix)
This summer saw Nero DJ on tours through out the UK and US and appeared on various dates on this summer’s Identity Tour, plus all major UK music festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, Reading, and Wireless. In unison with the release of their debut album and first official US EP release they are about to premiere their monster of a new live show in North America and are booked for an intensive run in various cities which includes the newly announced Los Angeles show at The Music Box on October 29th. Additional shows include New York City’s Webster Hall, and Denver’s First Bank Center with Skrillex and more. Los Angeles Tickets can be purchased HERE
The live show sees Dan and Joe performing on keyboards, touch screen lemurs and laptops, and are bringing along guest performer Alana on vocals. “We’ve known her since we were 16,” explains Dan. “She’s always been part of the Nero gang. She’s got a good A&R sensibility, and she’s been on all the singles. She helps give us a ‘band’ feel, a bit like Massive Attack.” It is a visual led performance and see’s them performing from a custom build booth consisting of ghetto blasters, retro TVs, old amps and an arcade machine centre piece. Additional DJ dates are also announced.
Nero have taken the music world by storm. And “storm” is about right when it comes to describing the epic noise they make, with its thunderous dubstep bass, whirlwind drum’n’bass and hail of house rhythms, lightning flashes of rave synths, squall of orchestra, and occasional showers of guitar.
The storm broke in early 2011, when Dan and Joe, were one of the 12 newcomers in the BBC’s prestigious annual Sound of… list of names to watch, from a poll of critics and music industry tastemakers. Since then, success for the pair hasn’t been so much intermittent as a downpour: in January, their single Me & You peaked at number 15, the follow-up, Guilt, went top 10, reaching number 8 in April, and in June they headlined the WOW stage at Glastonbury and had their Dubstep Symphony performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
They have had their fair share of releases on all the right labels, won several awards including 2010’s Beatport Awards for Best Dubstep Act and Best Dubstep track for “Act Like you Know,” and receiving nominations for BBC’s Sound of 2011, XFM’s Sound of 2011, and Music Week’s Top 15. They’ve also done remixes for the great and good, including The Streets, La Roux, deadmau5, N*E*R*D and Daft Punk.
Catch them live at:
NERO NORTH AMERICA TOUR DATES:
Oct 26 – Burlington, VT – Memorial Auditorium (DJ set)
Oct 27 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (DJ set)
Oct 28 – Magna, UT – The Great Saltair (live)
Oct 29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Music Box (live)
Oct 31 – Denver, CO – 1st Bank Center (live)
Nov 2 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave (live)
Nov 4 – New York, NY – Webster Hall (live)
Nov 5 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage (live)
Nov 6 – Atlanta, GA –The Masquerade (DJ set)
Dec 15 – Boston MA Royale NightClub (Dj Set)
Dec 16 – Hartford CT Webster Theater (Dj Set)
Dec 17 – Atlantic City NJ Showboat Hotel & Casino – House of Blues (Dj set)
Dec 20 – Victoria BC 9one9 (Dj Set)
Dec 21 – Edmonton AB Edmonton Events Centre (Dj Set)
Dec 27 – San Diego CA House of Blues (Dj Set)
Dec 29 – San Francisco CA Ruby Skye (Dj Set)
Dec 30 – Miami Beach FL Jackie Gleason Theater – Fillmore Stage (DJ)
This post originally appeared on Electronic Nightlife, now a part of beatcue.