Australian Duo Nervo Brings a "Miami Set" to Story Nightclub Tonight

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Nervo, the Australian twin-sister DJ-and-EDM personality duo of Miriam "Mim" and Olivia Nervo, will take its high-energy, love-inducing set to Story nightclub today for an 11 p.m. show that is sure to give fans New Year's Eve flashbacks and lots of reasons to dance their asses off.

Nervo's eclectic EDM vibe has garnered the pair a tremendous following that consistently sells out venues. "We enjoy the fans; we enjoy the people; we just really enjoy coming here," Mim says. "We've been playing a long time here, and we just keep coming back because we feel the Miami energy... I love the Latino vibe here. I love the sunshine and the beach, obviously. The clubs are insane; I love those."

Miami allows them to take liberties with their sets that some other cities don't. "I love how much people in Miami love music in general, but also house music," Mim says. "We can play a completely different set here than we play in other states, which is really nice as a DJ because it's nice to bust out sort of a 'Miami set.'"

Nervo burst onto the scene as co-writers on the Grammy Award-winning 2009 single "When Love Takes Over," performed by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. In 2011, the sisters began to receive mainstream recognition after their single "You're Gonna Love Again" reached number one on the Hype Machine chart.

Mim says the transition from writers to turntablists wasn't without trepidation. But DJing was the obvious next step in their careers. "We've always been DJs; it used to be what we did for fun while we were producing and writing. I think it was when we really had some success with some other DJs when we said, 'OK, we really should take our DJ'ing more seriously.'"

EDM music has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. More women are involved. According to Mim, the rise of talented female DJs hasn't been as difficult as one might assume. "We've always had great support from the boys. I think if anything, the women have kind of let down the industry. They're focused more on the bikinis they're wearing while they DJ than the records they make. I think that's been a little bit of a problem, but I think now that there are more reputable female producers and artists coming out... that's what we respect."

This year, Nervo will take a step back so the group can take two steps forward. "We're working on a lot of music. We're about to take two months to finish a lot of records and plan out 2017 releases," Mim says.

"We work seven days a week, so the key this year, for 2017, is to have a bit more balance."

11 p.m. Friday, January 6, at Story, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-479-4426; storymiami.com. Tickets cost $30 via tixr.com.

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