Miriam and Olivia Nervo are self confessed Ibizaholics, from early clubbing holidays with friends to spending their first real season living on the island in 2012, they are hooked. They’ve had a busy couple of years in and out of the studio, when they’re not putting the final touches to another floor filling nugget, they’re on the road, trying to keep up with the demand for their DJ services. With a full season under their belt, including an Ushuaia residency that saw them team up with David Guetta before taking the headline reigns on their own, we caught up with the girls as they get set to accept the award for best dance nation on behalf of their homeland at the 2012 Ibiza DJ Awards in Pacha…
What was your first impression of Ibiza?
We came here for the first time about seven years ago and that was when we first moved to the UK, seven or eight years ago maybe, and we just came as clubbers with a bunch of friends. We hired a villa did the thing that most Britt’s do and had the week of our lives and repeated it year after year and did a couple of trips a summer when we could afford it. When our DJing started picking up and we got booked here it was a dream come true. Now, to live here is just the cherry on top really.
How aware of Ibiza were you growing up in Australia?
You definitely hear about it in Australia, you hear about the DJs that come here, you know Erick Morillo was really biog and Armand van Helden and those guys. I think there was more of a force from England because when we moved there all of our friends were British and also when you’re Australian the first thing that you do when you land in London is work out where you want to go in Europe and ours was always Ibiza, If you like clubbing, you need to get to Ibiza.
How was headlining Ushuaia after supporting David Guetta for 8 weeks?
Scary but amazing! Yann and Roman put so much effort into the production and promoting the events so we really had nothing to worry about because the parties were great. Even when we first started coming to Ibiza we would always go to the daytime parties so to be able to play a daytime party in Ibiza and especially the set up at Ushuaia delivers, was incredible.
How difficult is it to connect with the Ushuaia crowd when they are quite a bit away from the booth?
We try and connect in our own way, we connect with a few fans at the front and they start to get the vibe going and it’s also a good thing when you’re a duo, one of you s working on the next record or mixing it in or whatever and the other one is really interacting with the crowd. We enjoy that interaction with the crowd.
How is it living this adventure as sisters?
We never get lonely on the road as we always have each other to enjoy the beautiful places, hotels and restaurants. We do argue sometimes, we’re sisters, but ultimately we love what we do and our arguments never last that long.
What parties have you checked out while you’ve been living on the island?
DC10 on a Monday is amazing, real life changing. We’ve only ever been here on the Sunday, Monday and Tuesdays if we’re lucky because we’re back on the road touring so DC10, we’ve also been along to support Tiesto a few times on the Monday at Pacha and Armin, we work a lot with Armin so we’ve been to Privilege. We also seen Paul Oakenfold at Privilege, an old friend of ours, we have partied every time we’ve come here but we’ve got to enjoy the more chilled out side of the island as well this time round. We come to Ibiza after a crazy week of touring from Thursday to Sunday then we gig again on Monday so normally by Tuesday/ Wednesday we’re fried from the whole five days of gigs.
What have you got planned for the winter?
The winter isn’t much of a winter for us because we get over to Brazil in November and then we go to Australia for Christmas to see our family and we’re dong a few gigs there and then we’re dong a cruise in the Bahamas and we also have three weeks of studio time in LA but we have a lot to do in that time so it’s not going to be a breeze. It’s going to be long days in the studio, lots of caffeine, early starts and very late finishes.
What can we look forward to hearing from you musically?
We’re trying to work on the album for now but we’ve had a lot of side releases that we’ve done with other people that have come out recently. We have a record coming out with Nicky Romero through his label Protocol, that ones called ‘Like Home’ and it’s getting an amazing reaction in our sets. We have a record coming out through strictly called ‘Army’ that features Omarion, we’ve released a record just yesterday through Spinning called ‘Something To Believe In’ and three weeks ago we released ‘Reason’ also through Spinning and then we have soe EMI releases. We worked really hard for the last year and a half and finally we have been able to release al of these records. The good thing is that we’ve finished all these records before the summer began so now we’re gong to take three weeks off and get our next line of releases out of the way and then go back on the road.