Mim and Liv Nervo, as they call themselves, began modeling as teenagers, and at 18 had the opportunity to sing on a few demo recordings, a gig that led to their signing with Sony. The pair wrote a hit for singer Rachel Stevens, "Negotiate with Love," which hit the UK top ten in 2006; later, their song "When Love Takes Over" became a number one dance club hit for David Guetta and Kelly Rowland, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. The pair also wrote songs for Kylie Minogue ("Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)"), Dream, Pixie Lott, Armin Van Buuren, and the Pussycat Dolls, and wrote and produced several songs for Ke$ha, including "Boots and Boys," which landed on Animal, UK bonus track "VIP," and "(Fuck Him) He's a DJ," a remix of which appears on I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance.
Last year the twins started a joint venture under Virgin/EMI as producers in their own right, with the goal of finding and releasing work by new artists for whom they also write and produce. They have also released a pair of club singles, "This Kind of Love" and "Irresistible," both featuring Ollie James on vocals, and their remix of "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" appears on the single's recent remix EP. A NERVO EP release is "imminent," according to the artists' PR camp, and a full length debut album is apparently in the works, wherein the pair will handle production and writing duties as well as the occasional performance. Following the Femme Fatale Tour NERVO will begin a residence in Las Vegas with the Wynn Company.
All of this is commendable for any upstart producing team, but it all is made unique by the fact that these are two young, beautiful women doing what is traditionally a man's job in a genre dominated by men more than any other. One listen to either of their two club singles is enough to prove they have every amount of talent and vision to operate among the best in the field, and it is certain they will bring their own new visions to the genre just as David Guetta or any other trendsetter in the business. Britney Spears' introduction of her audiences to NERVO is one for which we shall all be grateful.
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