Pioneering live electronica trio from NYC, bringing you the freshest beats since 1998. NERVE evolved out of Jojo Mayer’s legendary party event Prohibited Beatz in NYC during the late 90′s. Initially a platform for experimental interaction between DJ’s, visual artists, musicians and the audience, the collective eventually developed into a fine tuned group that cross-pollinated the premeditated format of programmed electronic music styles with real time, improvised music performance. Within that format, the band assimilated a wide spectrum of electronic styles from old school Jungle, Dub Step and Glitch beats to Minimal and Tech House and anything that could escape the confines of genre. In the process, the group managed to acquaint a new audience with improvised music for the first time and ultimately bring the Jazz tradition of improvisation, innovation, driving rhythms and stylistic evolution to the digital age.
NERVE re-examines and transcends the relationship between human creativity and digital technology and has created a new form of musical expression which is completely unique in the world today. The aim is authentic 21st century music.
NERVE sounds like electronic music, but it’s not. It doesn’t sound like jazz or rock, but it is.
NERVE’s basic trio set up of Drums Bass and Keyboards is consistently accompanied by their own live sound engineer.
Brian Eno on Jojo Mayer:
It’s therefore an interesting step to imagine what it will be like if played by actual humans attempting to work from something that was made by a machine in the first place. This idea interests me a lot: how we design machines that do things humans couldn’t do, and then humans understand and learn to do those things, and do them with a new passion and feeling. I’m thinking for example of the great drummer Jojo Mayer, who based his style of playing on drum and bass recordings that had originally been made entirely by machines. The results are not only astonishing but also very powerful emotionally. It’s different when humans do it, because there’s effort involved, and because humans can’t help but make human decisions.
–> Agent – BeNeLux