Apr 25, 2011
interview
Nero

UK drum’n’bass/dubstep duo Nero are well-known for their anthemic breakbeat sounds and spectacular vocal tracks. Member Joe Ray took the time to chat with LessThan3 about their upcoming album and how their remix process works; read it exclusively here.

Plan B - The Recluse (Nero Remix)
LessThan3: Dubstep is the hottest genre in EDM today, bringing in new producers and sounds by the dozens. How do you continue to make your sound so fresh and well-received?
Joe: We just make the music we like; the fact that it sounds fresh and is well-received is just a nice accident really.
LessThan3: How did you guys get your name?
Joe: A long and boring process ending with an epiphany.
LessThan3: Who are some of your greatest influences and are there any other DJs you’re hoping to collaborate with in the near future?
Joe: Our greatest influence is probably Daft Punk, who it would be amazing to collaborate with. As far as other collaborations with DJs go, there are none in the pipeline, but we have collaborated with Daryl Hall from Hall & Oates on a track which will be on the album.
LessThan3: You guys are well known for your vocal anthems; what inspired you to work in such a vocal edge into dubstep?
Joe: Vocals help give a track a new dimension; we love writing instrumentals too but feel that we can take a track further if it has vocals.
LessThan3: What inspires this sound and which vocalist would you like to work with next?
Joe: We were experimenting with different sounds but when we started working with Alana it really gelled. She sings on over half of the album and it’s helped give the record a unified sound.
LessThan3: What do you look for when you choose a song to remix? Do the artists come to you or is it the other way around?
Joe: In the early days we used to remix songs that we liked for our DJ sets. With the Blinded By The Lights remix we did of the Streets and the MC Cole Sincere remix, they both got full releases. Generally now it’s other way around, though.
LessThan3: Your music is loved everywhere around the world. What is your favorite place to play at?
Joe: That’s a tough question to answer, although our New Years gig at Together As One in Los Angeles was pretty special.
LessThan3: Can you give the fans a hint about what’s cooking in the studio?
Joe: Our album will be dropping on the 1st of August. We’ve taken inspiration from dubstep, electro, house, trance, and drum’n’bass and fused it into a sound clash that we’ve named Welcome Reality.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Joe: Just a Gigolo by Louis Prima.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Joe: Noisy.
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