Miriam Nervo and Olivia Nervo (born February 17, 1982)[1] are the Australian DJs, musicians and songwriters, better known by their stage name Nervo (styled NERVO). After signing with Sony/ATV Music Publishing at 18 years of age, the sisters pursued careers as songwriting partners and in 2008 they signed with Fredrik Olsson and his Swedish music publishing company Razor Boy Music Publishing, which led to co-writing the Grammy Award-winning single, “When Love Takes Over“, performed by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland.


Sisters Miriam and Olivia Nervo were born and raised in Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Australia.[2] They are of Italian descent.[3] They studied at Genazzano FCJ College in Kew. The twins began their careers as models with the Australian Chadwick Models Agency.[4] Additionally, they were ambassadors at the L’Oreal Fashion Festival.[5]

When the sisters were sixteen, a modeling agency took an interest in the pair, but Liv Nervo stated in April 2012 that music “was always the focus” for them.[6]

The sisters were accepted into the Opera Australia Academy, but decided to pursue a music career instead.[7] A contract was then signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and the duo subsequently embarked on a songwriting career.[8] Initial recognition for the pair occurred following the single, “Negotiate with Love“, written for British pop singer, Rachel Stevens, which reached tenth position in the United Kingdom (UK) music charts in 2005.[9] Also in 2005, the duo released the single “Boobjob” which received substantial airplay in their native Australia.[10][11] The duo went on to write for Kesha, Richard Grey, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ashley Tisdale and the Pussycat Dolls.[8]

When their publishing deal was set to expire they considered dropping their songwriting career due to a dissatisfaction with the modest level of success they had experienced while with the major publisher.[12] Instead they were persuaded to give it another chance by signing with Fredrik Olsson (Music Executive) and his Swedish music publishing company Razor Boy Music Publishing in 2008.[12] The move reaped quick rewards when the new publisher arranged a writing session with Kelly Rowland through Universal A&R Max Gousse.[12] The group co-wrote Guetta and Rowland’s number one dance hit, “When Love Takes Over” which went on to win a Grammy Award, in addition to reaching the top position on numerous charts around the world.[13] The song was also ranked the #1 dance pop collaboration of all time by Billboard.[14]

In March 2010, Nervo announced a worldwide recording deal with Virgin Records/EMI Music, which included a joint venture to release new artists that Nervo discover and produce.[15] A month later, NERVO released their club single “This Kind Of Love” through their independent UK-based dance record label, Loaded Records. It went number one on the world club charts, number two on the Music Week club charts and number six on the Music Week pop charts.[16] In June 2010, Allison Iraheta released the single “Don’t Waste the Pretty“, co-written by Nervo. The twins also worked on records for Kylie Minogue’s eleventh Aphrodite,[17] Britney Spears,[18] Cheryl Cole, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Armin Van Buuren[19] and for Kelly Rowland’s self-titled, third studio album.[20] They also released the single “Irresistible” on Positiva/Armada, which reached number one on the UK Club Chart.[21]

In July, after DJing at Belgium’s Tomorrowland, they wrote a track with Afrojack, “The Way We See The World (Tomorrowland Anthem)” and followed this with “We’re All No One” featuring Afrojack and Steve Aoki which reached number one on the UK club charts.[citation needed] In August, NERVO signed with modeling agency, Wilhelmina Models.[citation needed] They were also featured in Pacha magazine.[22] They wrote the track “Night of Your Life” performed by Jennifer Hudson on David Guetta’s new album Nothing but the Beat. They wrote, vocally produced and arranged Agnes Carlsson’s single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Agnes song)“. The group also wrote Nicole Scherzinger’s single “Try With Me”.

In 2011, the sisters began hosting a monthly show on Sirius Radio called “NERVOnation”.[23]

The single “You’re Gonna Love Again[24] was leaked in 2011 and reached the #1 position on the Hype Machine chart.[25] It was officially released in 2012.

Nervo began their 2013 music production schedule with “Like Home“, with Nicky Romero, followed by the Nervo single “Hold On“, which was released to iTunes on 9 April. The music video for “Hold On” was released on 19 April and uploaded to their VEVO channel on YouTube. In June 2013, Nervo were featured on the cover of Spanish magazine S Moda and a feature article that included further posed photographs was published on the magazine’s website in May.[26] In July 2013 Nervo wrote Daichi Miura’s single “GO FOR IT“. In November they also worked on records for Daichi Miura’s fourth “The Entertainer“, which reached #5 on the Japan chart.

On February 24, 2015, the girls released a new single titled “It Feels.” [27] In March, they also collaborated with Kreayshawn, Dev and Alisa Ueno for “Hey Ricky”. Both “Hey Ricky” and “It Feels” appear on their forthcoming debut artist album Collateral, set for release on July 24, 2015.

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