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Nero is a British electronic music trio that formed in 2004.  The trio is made up of Daniel Stephens, Joe Ray and vocalist Alana Watson.

Stephens and Ray were both born in 1984 and spent their childhood together in Northwood, London.  Ray played classical guitar and Stephens played cello due to encouragement from his free-jazz musician father.  By the time a mutual friend introduced them at age 15, Stephens was attending a specialist music school at Pimlico, London.  Outside of school, both were making electronic music on home computers.  They began working together at age 17, setting up a studio in Stephens’ bedroom.  Ray had already been a fan of jungle music (drum and bass) after seeing M-Beat featuring General Levy on Top of the Pops in 1994.  Rays epiphany happened in the London club Fabric where the duo’s ideas about producing became realized.

Their first debut song was “Space 2001” and it was a part of their “Straight Outta Leicester” three piece vinyl LP that was released through Reformed Recordings in 2004.  On this three piece vinyl was also their first dubstep release titled “This Way.”

In the New Yorker Magazine, journalist Sasha Frere-Jones listed Nero’s remix of “The Streets,” “Blinded by the Lights” in his list of top songs of 2009.  The track had radio airplay in the UK as well as being played by DJs such as Chase & Status, Skream, Tiesto and Diplo.

The band released their first single, “Innocence,” in the UK on April 26, 2010.  The single was released as a double A-side with the track, “Electron,” as a digital download.  “Innocence” peaked at 167 on the UK Singles Chart besides peaking at number 16 on the UK Dance Charts and 11 on the UK Independent Charts.  On December 6, 2010, Nero was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll.

The duo’s debut album, “Welcome Reality,” was released on August 15, 2011 and featured many hit singles.  The track “Promises,” was deemed the “hottest record in the world” by the popular DJ Zane Lowe.  This would be Lowe’s third time naming Nero’s tracks as the hottest in the world with the tracks “Innocence,” and “Guilt” receiving the same praise.

“Welcome Reality” debuted at number one on the UK Album Chart and in order to help promote the album, the duo embarked on a live tour with Alana Watson who provided many of the vocals throughout their album in Fall 2011.  They toured around the UK and the United States.  In 2012, the trio toured their live show entitled, “Second Reality” across Australia, the UK, and North America.  The trio appeared at several festivals across the UK, the United States, and Europe such as the Electric Daisy Carnival, Pukkelpop and the V Festival.

The group has said that they would be more focused on their own music and will stop producing songs for other artists in the future.  The trio is currently working on their next album that they say will be released in 2014.

These guys seem like they just exploded onto the electronic music scene.  At first, no one had ever heard of Nero, then all of a sudden, you hear their hit single “Promises,” being played for a HP Notebook commercial to help promote the notebooks Beats Audio speakers and you realize; that song sounds awesome!  They may have only released one album, but the album is amazing.  Nero says that “Welcome Reality” is influenced off of action movie and films.  They’ve said that they tried to make music that would sound great if it was put into the action scenes of a sci-fi movie, and I think they nailed it.  With the bass heavy, dubstep track, “Doomsday,” to the more sentimental “Promises” and “Guilt,” they all would fit perfectly into anything sci-fi or of that nature.  The entire album is great.  I recommend listening to the entire thing.

The first video below is actually Nero’s entire album, “Welcome Reality,” but I will also include the other songs in the album below so you can listen to your favorites.

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