Get set for a Nero experience
British electronic music group Nero will perform at a music festival in Bangalore next month. Saurabh Datar gets them to spill the beans on their act
There’s good news for dubstep fans. Grammy-winning British band Nero will perform in India this December at the Smirnoff Experience Festival. The trio, who will headline the festival along with top dubstep artiste Rusko, have been constantly lauded for innovating in the dubstep genre, and won a Grammy for their collaboration with Skrillex they remixed ‘Promises’ which won them the Best Remixed Recording 2013.
The concert is set to be a visual treat with world-renowned stage designers, Alex Lazarus and Heather Shaw having been given the reins to handle the sets and graphics. Incidentally they have done the 3D visual mapping for Amon Tobin’s ISAM live tour, and the Do Lab stage at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. SUNDAY MiD DAY spoke to Nero about their upcoming India gig.
How did the India festival materialise? How do you feel about performing in Bangalore?
We’ve never played in India before. We were asked to come and play at the show, so it’s quite an exciting prospect.
What can the fans expect from a Nero show?
They can expect to hear a broad range of electronic music, some classic Nero tunes and a couple of new ones, too.
Besides dubstep and electronica, what other kinds of music do you like?
On the whole, we dislike a lot of what gets called ‘EDM’ and ‘Dubstep’ now. There’s some great electronic acts that we’re really into, but mostly, we don’t really listen to much modern electronic music in our spare time. We listen to a lot of ‘70s and ‘80s music — British synth pop like Depeche, Mode and Gary Numan, 80s boogie/electro funk, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson and so on. We’re huge Prince fans, too.
How was it working with Skrillex? How did it feel winning the Grammy for Promises?
It was cool; we hooked up with him at our studio whilst he was visiting London and collaborated on the Promises remix. It came together really fast and just seemed to work. If you had told us that night that it would go on to win a Grammy, we’d have been very surprised.
Will we hear the song in your show?
What songs of yours are the most loved by fans? Any special playlists you’ve prepared for the India festival?
No, we’re not doing anything different in terms of the music we play. It’s important that all our fans get the experience of a Nero show, so we play a lot of Nero songs, as well as other stuff that we’re really into.
Any Indian artistes that you’re particularly fond of?
We used to listen to Talvin Singh quite a bit.
The Smirnoff Experience Festival will be held on December 21, 2013 at Manpho Convention Centre, Bangalore.