Nero's Welcome Reality and the Dubstep Symphony

By Peter in DJ News, DJ's, EDM, EDM News
Friday, August 12, 2011, 5:27am. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 9:45pm) Add comments

August 15, 2011: After 7 years together, dubstep duo Nero is finally releasing its debut LP, Welcome Reality!

Comprised of Joe Ray and Daniel Stephens, Nero has been teasing at Welcome Reality over the past two years. Four of the album’s tracks have already released as singles, including hits “Innocence,” “Me & You,” and “Guilt.” On August 7, Nero dropped its fourth single off the album, “Promises,” at BBC Radio 1’s colossal Big Weekend festival.

This 14-track album spans a broad spectrum of electronic genres, including dubstep, drum & bass, electronica, and pop.

Full Tracklist

1. 2808
2. Doomsday
3. My Eyes
4. Guilt
5. Fugue State
6. Me And You
7. Innocence
8. In The Way
9. Scorpions
10. Crush on You
11. Must Be The Feeling
12. Reaching Out
13. Promises
14. Departure

When creating the album, Nero claims they produced it with an imaginary film in mind. “It’s set in the ficitional year of 2808,” says Stephens. “I personally hear this as a post-apocalyptic world trying to rebuild itself.”

Nero on the Rise

As dubstep continues to invade American clubs, music festivals, and pop music production, Nero has been at the forefront of this contemporary British music invasion. Nero’s years of experience, visibility in London’s  underground dubstep scene, and killer production quality has easily made them a fan favorite. As the genre began turning onto American audiences, Nero was already leading the way.
Nero – Innocence
Known for layering bass lines with intricate melodies and vocals, Nero is pioneering the new sound for smashing both clubs and airwaves. For example, in April this year, their single “Guilt” hit as high as #7 on the UK singles chart! Is the public even ready for Welcome Reality? That’s certainly a good question: we will find out when they hit the DC area for Identity Festival at Jiffy Lube Live on August 18.

Dubstep Symphony

Nero is on a crash-course with innovation: earlier in June, the duo teamed up with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Joe Duddell to perform a “Dubstep Symphony.” This incredibly unique collaboration was simulcast live on BBC Radio 1, one of the UK’s most popular radio stations. Pairing breath-sucking drops and teeth-rattling wobbles with the eloquent sound of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Nero’s symphony earned critical acclaim worldwide.

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