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Nero look forward to Guildhall gig
The live show is pretty immense.
Approaching it, was there a battleplan of what you wanted to achieve?
JOE: Obviously we’ve seen quite a few live shows to know what we were impressed by and not, so I guess our benchmark is the Daft Punk show that we saw at the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park in 2007.
We both went down to that and we were blown away.
“Obviously as an electronic music act rather than a band, you can’t really get away with just pressing Play on a tune whereas a band can just play a tune, but it’s good because it’s live and you can see all the instruments working together. If you’re just standing behind a laptop flicking Play, it’s not quite as impressive. So we had to try and do other things.
What’s been the most memorable gig you’ve played so far?
JOE: We’ve only done four live shows so far, as opposed to DJ-ing which we’ve done thousands of. So at a live show, it was probably Glastonbury.
Glastonbury and Global Gathering were our two favourites. Global was incredible because it was about 10,000 people.
You know, piles of people standing outside the tent because they couldn’t get in to see us. It just had this incredible reaction and afterwards the organisers told us: ‘That’s the most people we’ve seen at any show here struggling to get in and have a look.’ So that was a really good feeling for us.
What was the most surreal moment of all your recent success?
DAN: When Me & You entered the Top 20, that was a game-changer. It was used as the opening song for the Baftas and the Brits. Watching the presenter James Corden walking out to it was bizarre. Someone told me it was used at half-time at a big Arsenal game or something… JOE: We’ve had people naming their pets after us. There’s pictures of loads of rabbits called Nero that are sent to us. And we’ve seen a few tattoos done with our lyrics and stuff like that. Although, it doesn’t really suit a rabbit.
I think Nero’s a bit too dark-sounding. It’s more of a dog name.
Tell us about the album, Welcome Reality….
JOE: We always knew that we wanted to write an album that felt like a proper old-school album, the albums we loved where all the tunes flowed into each other and you could listen to it in one take.
And it wasn’t just a collection of songs. You know, we love Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, and Radiohead’s OK Computer has that feel of a constant album. We didn’t want it to be an album where people could play ‘spot the club track’ or ‘spot the chillout track’. We wanted something that people could listen to the whole way through in their house at 11am or 11pm.
Have you had a chance to think about the next album?
DAN: Yeah, we have done. I think we’re just going to approach it like we did this one, just write tunes and see what comes out.