Nero Returns to Make Halloween Something Wicked

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Even if you didn't realize it, you've probably heard Nero's single "Promises." From the original being used in an HP commercial to the Skrillex remix that's garnered a bunch of spins on the radio and in the clubs, it's been one of the biggest EDM songs of the year.


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Saturday night the London group returns to Houston as one of the big names playing the Something Wicked Festival, their third Space City appearance this year after rocking the crowds with their live show at Bayou Music Center back in April and a crushing DJ set at Identity Festival back in August.

This go-round finds Nero out of the studio, where they're working on their follow up to 2011's Welcome Reality, for another DJ set full of bangers and a tease or two of their new stuff.

Having already seen and felt their live show once this year, we're curious as to what this week's show will bring. We caught up with one of the members of the group, Joe Ray, via email to get his thoughts on their big year so far and how they're keeping things fresh onstage

Rocks Off: Has touring changed the way you feel about Welcome Reality?

Joe Ray: Despite hearing every tune a million times now we're still very proud of the album. Some tunes we can't wait to hear the back of! But others we know we'll be playing in every set in the future.

RO: Did you guys get any flack for licensing "Promises" for the HP commercial?

JR: We've not received any criticism, I don't think. In fact a lot of people have got in touch saying they heard us for the first time on that ad. So if it's leading people to enjoying our music it's only a good thing.

RO: As you work on new material is there a sense of pressure that you have to top "Promises"?

JR: Not really, we just want to write the music we like. If you start feeling pressurized to write a big record or try to copy the style of something else because it's worked that never comes out good. It's got to be natural.

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Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park

7575 Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston, TX

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I remember when these guys did drum n' bass. They were pretty damn good at it and I was a fan. I can't say I'm happy that they jumped on the dubstep bandwagon. They made drum n' bass, they should know better. They should know about real dub, and how good drum n' bass djs sprinkle dubstep lightly onto their sets. When D Minds throws in some dubstep in their sets, they do it well. They don't go overboard and don't make it the main thrust of the mix. I hope Nero realize that lasting respect won't come from hopping onto the latest craze, but instead making good music that people will be listening to years later.

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