Aussie twin DJ duo Olivia and Miriam Nervo’s collaboration with Kylie Minogue and the Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears is a major departure from the bigroom house sound they’re known for as globetrotting dance music duo NERVO.
“That song is the most disco record on our album and it’s fabulous,” Miriam explained.
“It’s a fabulous fun time. Kylie’s just a dream to work with. She’s a real sweetheart.”
Mim and Liv wrote with the singer in 2012 for her album Aphrodite and they got back in touch with her to work on their long-awaited debut album Collateral, expected later this year. And as for Jake?
“We were on tour with him in Australia for the Summadayze festival,” Mim said.
“We just got on so well and we’d hung out a few times in New York and LA. He’s just incredible.”
If that level of music pedigree wasn’t exciting enough, the song – rumoured to be titled The Other Boys, but the girls are sworn to secrecy – now also contains production from disco legend Nile Rodgers.
“We’ve been working with Nile on his new album for [his iconic disco band] Chic,” Mim explained.
“When we were in New York I said to him, ‘Nile we’ve got a really great song that suits what you do amazingly.’ We sent it to Nile and he said, ‘Girls, we love it’.
“He laid down some guitars and remixed it yesterday. The song doesn’t suit our DJ sets but it’s got so much heart and it’s happy and positive.”
NERVO were the highest-ranked female DJs on last year’s influential DJ Mag poll, and in June 2013 Mim and Liv reached the top of the US’ Billboard Dance/Club Play chart with their single “Hold On”.
Since 2011 the twins have collaborated with some of electronic dance music’s biggest names.
They originally moved to London at age 18 to pursue music careers, and secured a publishing deal as songwriters which gave them early success selling their songs to pop artists like The Pussycat Dolls, Kesha and Miley Cyrus.
But EDM was always the twins’ first love; they were never interested in becoming traditional pop stars themselves.
That changed when they got their major breakthrough: writing the track “When Love Takes Over”, produced by French DJ David Guetta featuring vocals by Kelly Rowland. The global hit would go on to top many best-of lists that year and usher in a whole new era of mainstream dance music.
“We met with Kelly and delivered ‘When Love Takes Over’ to her record label and they passed on it. They didn’t like it,” Mim recalls.
“About two and half months later we get a random phone call from David. We knew who he was; we’d seen him at his parties in Ibiza. He told us, ‘Girls, I love what you’ve done. I’d love to meet you.’”
The girls gladly gave David the song, ended up contributing four more tracks to his breakthrough album One Love and took up DJing themselves at his encouragement.
“The love affair continued! We’ve played with him every Monday every summer for the last four years,” Mim said.
“He’s like a big brother. He’s a mentor.”
In Australia, the girls recently released the upbeat single “It Feels” from their debut album, and Mim describes the entire concept of the album as somewhat of a guilty pleasure.
“These days – this is what we’ve been told, anyway – you release single after single because that’s what most people want,” she explained.
“When we signed this record deal we said, ‘We’ve got a lot of tracks that we connect with, that we love, that don’t necessarily fit our DJ sets. We’d love to package them together.’
“We had almost three albums worth of material. It’s going to be so nice to get this body of work together out there and see what people think.”
“It Feels” is out now.