When MTV News first caught up with Dan Stephens , co-producer of U.K.-based electronic dance music outfit Nero, and frequent vocal collaborator Alana Watson, last December, it was at the launch of the music video for “Reaching Out.”
The song is the fifth single from their debut album, Welcome Reality, and features original vocals by Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates fame, who recorded pieces of the Hall & Oates ’80s hit song “Out of Touch.” Nero’s other singles from the album, “Crush On You,” “Promises,” and “Must Be the Feeling,” garnered remixes from the likes of Kill the Noise, Skrillex, Flux Pavilion and Calvin Harris, to name a few.
Since then, Stephens and co-producer Joseph Ray have been tirelessly touring the U.S. and U.K in support of the album, playing to frenzied fans who often even drown out Watson’s live vocals. It’s safe to say that the often bass-heavy EDM collective is more popular in the U.S. than ever before.
“We’ve literally just come off of a three-month tour of the U.K. and the U.S., and that was amazing,” Stephens revealed when MTV News caught up with him at EDM mecca XS Nightclub Las Vegas. “We love playing here. Everywhere you go at the moment in the States, people are just going crazy for electronic music. We just feel so very privileged to be doing this, and traveling around to all these amazing places in America. And people are coming and loving what we are doing so it’s great for us.”
After their highly successful North American tour and gigs at XS, Nero are set to join the ranks of Steve Angello, Calvin Harris, Avicii, Bassnectar, Chuckie, Borgore, Sub Focus, Thomas Gold and Armin Van Buuren, among many others, performing at Insomniac Events and Pacha NYC’s Electric Daisy Carnival New York this weekend.
“Really looking forward to it,” Stephens continued. “I mean EDC, they are always really great shows. You’re playing alongside massive artists who are doing similar things, electronic artists, so it’s going to be great!”
So will fans at EDC NY this weekend get a chance to preview fresh, new material? Stephens said yes, sort of, though, it’s probably too early for them to reveal new cuts from their next album.
“We wrote our album quite a while ago,” Stephens said. “And we are working on new material now for the next album, but there’s nothing that’s ready to play just yet of our next album’s material.”
“But we’ve done a few things to play out,” he continued, “stuff that isn’t going to be album material. Just basically big dancefloor tunes. A couple of bootlegs. So there is new stuff that we are playing and its going to be exciting to play it. Some of the stuff we’ve only just finished too, so it’s going to be good to gauge the crowd’s reaction.”
Head to the EDC website for a complete list of performers at this weekend’s Electric Daisy Carnival New York.