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ERA Headline Artist Spotlight: NERO

There is no way to measure the impact that NERO had on a blossoming American EDM culture. They exploded onto the scene just as huge festivals began popping up in every major U.S. market. Their DJ and live performances brought a unique experience to crowds around the country just getting their first taste of electronic music. Mixing dubstep, drum and bass, future bass and everything in between, NERO create a story with each set using a musical intelligence that continues to influence the electronic music scene worldwide.

Dan Stephens and Joe Ray started their journey as NERO with an official release in 2004. Alana Watson, who provides the group’s signature vocals, joined the group in 2008, completing their unique sound that continues to endure the test of time. With years of practice and previous releases, the UK supergroup truly made an international name for themselves with their debut album Welcome Reality. The 2011 LP saw the release of huge fan favorites including ‘Innocence,’ ‘Must Be The Feeling,’ and ‘Crush On You,’ which still see remixes and club plays in 2018. But the most recognizable track from the album is the infamous ‘Promises’. Its 2012 Gold certification in the U.S. and the Grammy winning NERO and Skrillex remix of the track are both testaments to the passion and talent of Stevens, Ray and Watson.

By 2012 NERO was playing some of the biggest stages in the States, including EDC NY. With bookings across the country and a second studio album in the works the trio continued their domination of the American scene. Just a few weeks after being released in September 2015, Between II Worlds reached the #1 spot on the US Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Album chart. With four singles including ‘Satisfy’ and ‘Two Minds’, the second concept album from NERO showcased their diverse and technically impressive production abilities.

Since Between II Worlds the members of the group have undergone some changes that kept NERO from being as active in the scene recently. Joe Ray announced in 2017 that he would be starting a one man musical career on the side. Dan and Alana not only got married but also had a child together. In addition the couple announced a side project of their own in 2018 called The Night. And although these personal adventures have definitely taken time away from the trio’s original project, they are bringing the group back together stronger than ever. The most recent NERO release, ‘Lullaby’ on pro-gamer Ninja’s Ninjawerks compilation, is proof that the Brits aren’t out of the game yet.

So what can you expect from the NERO DJ set at RealMusic EventsERA NYE event? With everything that has been going on in the world of electronic music nobody can predict exactly what they will bring to the table. But you can count on one thing. Expect an excellently crafted sonic journey full of passion and intensity to guide you effortlessly into a New Year. Get tickets NOW here: