When Australian DJs Mim and Liv Nervo hit the turntables at Talking Stick Resort for the Wicked Ball on Saturday, October 27, expect them to take that extra step to make it fun.
“As Australians, celebrating Halloween in the United States is really something to rave about,” says Liv, in between September stays in Vietnam and Cypress. “We always like to get dressed up for Halloween.
“I remember last year Mim was obsessed with Game of Thrones so we went as two Game of Thrones characters. Halloween is always one of the best parties of the year for us.”
The twins, who cowrote the Grammy Award-winning single “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland, are considered the world’s highest-paid women DJs. While the Grammy was a thrill, the women call 2018 a year of milestones for them.
“Having our own NERVONation stage at Tomorrowland was definitely a highlight for us,” she says about the world’s largest electronic music festival, which takes place in Belgium. “We chose the lineup, brought a load of friends who had never played Tomorrowland and had an amazing time. The stage was a real success, so we can’t wait to do it next year.”
But it doesn’t stop there.
“Performing on Jimmy Fallon was also a fun highlight for 2018,” she says. “We did a collaboration with our friends Sofi Tukker and The Knocks and Apple ended up picking it up as its iPhone campaign. It was funny because no one wanted to release the record ‘Best Friend’ before Apple picked it up. With the help of Apple, it turned into a viral hit. So, we were super lucky and went along with the ride. It was great to experience a different side of the music industry by doing live TV and singing. We have never done that before so that was pretty cool.”
The year will wrap on a positive note for the two, as the astute businesswomen will prove they’re worthy of role model status by speaking to UCLA students in October and curating NERVONation shows in Mexico. Also, in October, Nervo will release the single “Emotional.”
They recently signed a one-year Atlantic City residency at Borgata, and re-signed with Omnia Nightclub, part of the Hakkasan Group, in Las Vegas. Next year the duo helps the Tomorrowland brand expand.
“We’re playing the first winter Tomorrowland in France, so 2019 will be busy, busy, busy with some sprinkling of mad, crazy fun. We can’t wait,” she says.
According to Liv, having fun isn’t hard for her and her sister. They get pumped up for performances whether it’s on TV or on stage.
“To be entirely honest, even if we’re almost dead before a gig because of grueling travel or no sleep, something changes the second we get behind the decks,” she says.
“We positively love what we do! If there’s one person giving us great energy in front of the booth, then it’s infectious and we have a great time. Playing music, getting dressed up, enjoying the holiday spirit and having a good time is what it’s about, right?”
Nervo, Talking Stick Resort’s Salt River Grand Ballroom, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 9 p.m. Saturday, October 27, tickets start at $50.
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