Quintino & NERVO showcase their latest single ‘Lost In You’ in exclusive interview
Just when the summer asks for a befitting track to kick it all off with, trust only the collaborative effort of Dutch DJ Quintino and Aussie twin duo of Nervo to crop up a solution. Fresh off his two remixes for Galantis and Spencer & Hill and a single on Spinnin’ Records, the Dutchman returns with a team effort with the NERVO duo, who’ve been on a little run around in the industry itself with their latest track ‘Forever Or Nothing’ with Lauren Bennett. The track titled ‘Lost In You’, released on Spinnin’ Records, is another statement to the industry in terms of what the summer has in store for listeners.
An outright pop-hit from the start, the track begins with a soothing layout from the production desk with a superb vocal shift put in from the track’s vocalists. Taking no prisoners in terms of emotions, the track – apart from being a chirpy production itself – is laced with sensible and suitable lyric emoted strongly. Drawing in from the trap style beat-work and a peppy synth-work for melody, ‘Lost In You’ is primed to be an outlier on the charts when it comes to tracks having a bit of everything. Already having received support from the likes of Firebeatz, Tom Swoon, Blasterjaxx, Morgan Page, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, R3hab, Hardwell among other top drawer artists from the industry, ‘Lost In You’ has all it takes to become one of the hits of this year.
Miriam, Olivia – Tell us about the origin of your music. How did you discover your sound?
NERVO: We had been writing songs from when we were around 15 years old. First we started writing for pop stars as we thought that would be a fun career. Then we discovered Ibiza and our whole lives changed – we were super inspired by the dirtier, crunchier beats and the longer grooves. From there we started working more with DJ’s, firstly writing their toplines and bit by bit we started to do more. We took a course at London School of Sound so we could learn how to program music and we just worked long and hard and started making more and more music on our own. We made a lot of really bad songs and some good ones. It was when a song we wrote for David Guetta – “When Love Takes Over” won a grammy, that we thought we should give being artists a try ourselves. And here we are as NERVO today 🙂
You guys have an amazing new single called ‘Lost in You’, what sparked the interest between you two for a collaboration, and what were the inspirations behind the track?
Quintino: I’ve already known the girls for such a long time. We’ve become good friends. Whenever we have a gig at the same venue or festival we always end up together on stage having so much fun. From the moment we met we always wanted to work together and now we finally have ‘Lost in You’. It was such a pleasure working with the girls! Because we know each other so well, from the beginning we were on the same page with this track.
NERVO: We have been friends with Quintino for so long and have always spoken about working together. This time we manage to finally do it ! Working with Quintino was easy. We did most of the work remotely so there was a lot of back and forth but it was a fun process.
Quinten, Speaking of your recent production, it certainly differs from your previous tracks “Carnival” and “Baldadig” with Hardwell and “Underground”. Are you heading for a change in direction or are we hearing you try out different styles?
Quintino: If you look over a larger period you will see that in 2016 I started a new path where I release music for the clubs and festival like ‘Baldadig’, ‘Underground’ which are releases more in line with what people expect from me. But I also release the ‘GO HARDER EPs’ which still focus on the clubs and festivals, but give me room to experiment and try new stuff. Aside from this we also have music which focusses on radio and portals like Spotify. Last year I released ‘Freak’, ‘Can’t Fight It’ and my new single ‘Lost in You’ with NERVO is following that line.
Miriam, Olivia – it’s been more than 2 years have passed since you released your debut album “Collateral” – How would you describe your musical journey since then? Are there currently any plans for a follow-up album?
NERVO: It’s been a pretty crazy (but fun!) overall journey in music for us. We had been writing songs from when we were around 15 years old. First we started writing for pop stars as we thought that would be a fun career. Then we discovered Ibiza and our whole lives changed – we were super inspired by the dirtier, crunchier beats and the longer grooves. From there we started working more with DJ’s, firstly writing their toplines and bit by bit we started to do more. We took a course at London School of Sound so we could learn how to program music and we just worked long and hard and started making more and more music on our own. We made a lot of really bad songs and some good ones. It was when a song we wrote for David Guetta – “When Love Takes Over” won a grammy, that we thought we should give being artists a try ourselves. Since then we have released alot of big singles, then the album came to some great success for us and a #1 on iTunes, but then the market changed and it has really been more of a singles release plan for us, with some great NERVO releases, collabs, and alot more music in the works.
No Specific plans for another album right now but you never know! We are super focused on this next release for “Lost in You” and also some other great singles and collabs we have planned for 2017 so will just have to see what comes next 😉
Quinten, People claim that “EDM” and big-room are becoming outdated, but looking at the support for your recent tracks they certainly aren’t. What are your insights about this statement?
Quintino: It depends on what you consider as ‘EDM’ if you look at electronic music in general. In my opinion it has never been as big as last year, and you can say ‘EDM’ dominated the radio with artists like The Chainsmokers, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix and so on. So I think electronic music has evolved and has never been this big as it has been now.
Looking at all the sub genres within ‘EDM’, there is a shift in what people want to hear. This is a natural process. A few years ago it was progressive, house or dubstep. Styles will never be outdated but there is a natural flow where music evolves, and as a DJ I evolve with the music. I play electronic music and when you come to one of my gigs you will hear a mix of all the different electronic music genres.
Miriam, Olivia – It’s a common view that women are under-represented in the dance music industry, do you believe that it is more difficult to reach the top for women than it is for men? Do you have any advice for any female up and coming producers?
NERVO: People often ask us what it’s like being women in a male dominated industry and really, all we can say is there is not much we can do about it so we just have to carry on. Yes, of course there were times when people were caught off guard or didn’t support or acknowledge us but maybe a) being part of the gender minority has pushed us to be better and more focused at our craft and b) maybe our gender has given us a point of difference which in the end may have given us an advantage? At the end of the day, we love making music. Music is the only thing that has ever come naturally to us. Our background was in pop music and although we did okay writing for other pop stars (and DJ’s), when we discovered dance music it was like a rude awakening. We were hooked and we knew we wanted to make this type of music. There is a freeness and acceptance that rave/dance culture has which really resonates with us. One of our first tours with Paul Oakenfold showed us pretty quickly that when you play music for people (and they like it), they stay with you. It may sound corny, but it is almost like a spiritual experience – for all. It is a total trip that fast forward a few years and here we are today – the highest ranking female DJ’s, just doing what we love, making and now playing music for a living. If we can be an inspiration to other girls then great! We recently did a campaign around our “People Grinnin’” release with Made By Me in Australia which aimed at helping promote women in engineering courses. Looking back, we were the only girls in our engineering course at London School Of Sound which is crazy as there is no reason girls can’t be sound engineers.
Quinten, What advice would you give to your fans who are also aspiring producers?
Quintino: Just make a lot of music!! Try to find your own sound and I believe the labels will notice this.
Finally guys, What are some of your plans for 2017? Any follow-ups? Upcoming singles?
Quintino: I just bought a new studio and office space. We are almost finished with the construction. With the new studio there will be a lot more music coming. We just finished the new ‘GO HARDER EP’ which will be released in coming months. I am also working on some huge collabs, but can’t reveal them yet. I’m working on my show. There will be new visuals for example. And last but not least, I’m hoping to finalize my new merchandize line this summer. So a lot of exciting things are coming!
NERVO: We took the beginning of 2017 to work on new music and have been developing a few ideas that we’re super psyched about so our goal is to finish them in the next couple of months before the European summer starts. We hope to release a whole lot of great music in 2017. We have our residencies in Ibiza and Vegas and we’re loving throwing our NERVOnation parties around the world. We’re scheduled to play Tomorrowland mainstage both weekends. We are set and super exited for another big year of touring with a lot of great festivals and club plays and super excited to bring people our new music.
The track is available for a quick purchase from Beatport here.