Nero (band)

Nero (band)

Nero in 2010
Background information
Origin London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Dubstep, drum and bass, house
Years active 2004–present
Labels MTA, Interscope, Cherrytree
Associated acts Chase & Status, Skream, Rusko, La Roux/Enter Shikari/The Streets (these three acts remixed by Nero)
Daniel Stephens (2004–present)
Joe Ray (2004–present)
Alana Watson (2008–present)

Nero are an electronic music act from London, England consisting of Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray.[1] Alana Watson provides vocals on many of the duo's songs, though she is not officially a band member. On 6 December 2010, Nero were announced as nominees for the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll.[2]



Nero are electronic music artists, best known for producing drum and bass, dubstep and house. Nero's debut release was "Space 2001" as part of the "Straight Outta Leicester" three piece vinyl LP on Reformed Recordings in 2004. Nero's debut dubstep release was "This Way" in 2008. They won the 2010 Beatport awards for Best Dubstep Act and Best Dubstep Track for "Act Like You Know" in 2009.[3] Nero recently released their first album, named Welcome Reality (after the "Me & You" B-side), signed to MTA Records,[4] owned by Chase & Status.[5]

Sasha Frere-Jones, journalist for the New Yorker Magazine, listed Nero's remix of The Streets, "Blinded by the Lights" in his top songs of 2009.[6] The track had radio airplay in the UK as well as being played by DJs including Chase & Status, Skream, Tiësto and Diplo. More recently Nero have remixed La Roux, deadmau5 and N*E*R*D.

Welcome Reality (2010–present)

NERO performing at Camp Bisco X in Mariaville Lake, New York on July 9, 2011.

The duo released their first official single "Innocence" in the United Kingdom on 26 April 2010. The single was released as a double A-side with the track "Electron" as a digital download, as well as on vinyl. The track peaked at number 167 on the UK Singles Chart besides peaking at number 16 and 11 on the Dance and Independent charts. On 6 December 2010, Nero were nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll.[2]

The nomination was followed by the addition of their second official single "Me & You" to BBC Radio 1's A List playlist.[7] on 8 December 2010. The single was released in the UK as both a digital download and a 12" vinyl on 2 January 2011, where it debuted at number 15 on the singles chart, also managing to reach the number-one spot on the independent-releases chart. The duo's third single, "Guilt" made its premiere when Zane Lowe selected it as his Hottest Record in the World on 22 February[8]

Having been released on 24 April, "Guilt" debuted at number 8 in the UK. The London duo's debut album Welcome Reality was released on 15 August 2011 and features tracks "Innocence", "Me & You", "Guilt" and "Promises". The latter track, "Promises" made its debut on 17 May when Zane Lowe named it Hottest Record in the World - the third consecutive single from the duo to achieve this feat. On 14 August 2011, "Promises" debuted at number 1 in the UK singles chart. Their debut album entitled "Welcome Reality" was released on 15 August 2011 and debuted at number 1 in the UK album chart. They also produced Example's single "Stay Awake" which also topped the charts in 2011.

The duo will also be touring their live show this coming Autumn in both the UK and US.[9]

Additional works

  • Nero composed an orchestral piece known as the dubstep symphony (later officially titled 'Symphony 2808'), performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on BBC Radio 1 on 6 June 2011[10]


  • Welcome Reality (2011)


External links

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