Liv and Mim Nervo are multitalented singers, songwriters, producers and DJs who released their debut album, Collateral, on Ultra Records in July. It can be difficult to live in the public eye, and it can be even more difficult to navigate fame as women. In advance of Nervo’s return to Omnia on November 21, Liv gave us the lowdown about how the sisters handle celebrity, feminism and the inevitable haters.
Why are women under-represented in the music and entertainment industry?
There definitely are more boys in the game. On average, boys are making more money than girls in electronic music right now. But we are seeing a lot more girls come through recently. Hopefully girls can start making money and playing for huge crowds and all of that.
What is being done to encourage more women to start making music?
Making music has never been so accessible. When we started making music, [production programs] were very expensive, and were few and far between. Now, it feels like you could learn how to make music from your laptop or through schools everywhere.
How did you yourselves learn to produce?
We did a course through London School of Sound, where we felt we would be given that extra level to understand the programs we were working on. We should encourage girls—even if they are not producers, even if they are singers—to record themselves and try and get a bit more techy with things. Before you know it, you learn to tune, and that is how you learn. If we encourage girls to get behind the computer more, we will see a real change.
Have you had to deal with sexism in the industry?
We are so lucky to have had a lot of support from the boys we worked with early in our career. We were working with David Guetta and [other] major players. So when we sat down [to make music], we had their support. Haters are going to hate, and we just can’t spend energy focusing on that.
You’ve said on Facebook that you ran into a superfan who got a Nervo tattoo on his ribcage. Does this sort of thing happen a lot?
They are so cute! Yeah, it has happened a few times. Our fans are just the cutest in the world. EDM and dance music in general have very passionate and involved fans. It doesn’t get old.
What other fan encounters have been special?
We get fans who send us amazing packages nearly every week. There is a community online, they are called the Nervo Family. They are from all over the world—Nervo Honduras, Nervo Ecuador, Nervo Mexico, Nervo Spain, Japan and Taiwan. They have become friends. Nervo Taiwan went to Nervo Canada and stayed with her to come to a gig. They are really sweet people, and we make an effort to meet with them at gigs, to get them backstage, to get them free drinks, signed shirts, whatever we can do for them.
[One girl] met us in Spain and came to the airport to greet us. She gave us her phone, and [we were] Whats App-ing [with other Nervo family members], whoever was awake at the time.
Technology affects the celebrity-fan experience, sometimes resulting in celebrities being harassed online. Have you ever had to deal with that?
Yeah. Every now and then one does get under your skin. When we released the video for “It Feels” in which a gay couple kiss, we got a bit of hate online. That was one of the only times where we really stepped up and [spoke up]. We try not to focus on the haters. We focus on the lovers instead.