Review: Nero @ Club Nokia 4/19/12

The last Nero tour had in LA was at the Music Box when we had Dan Stephens and Alana Watson missing in action. Even though we did get a great show that night with Joe Ray on the tables it would’ve been awesome to see them all as a LIVE set. Well our wishes where granted this past Thursday while they were on tour for their Second Reality tour and their Coachella stop. Nero decided to give the people of LA something they didn’t see their last time here. Click through for the full review.

The Trio definitely performed in front of a filthy grimy crowd that night. Nero in the last few years has definitely blown up from remixing great songs like Calvin Harris “Close to You” and Deadmau5 “Ghost N Stuff” as well as  coming out with great singles like “Promises” and “Doomsday.” First lets give Club Nokia a round of applause for a great sound system and for providing a great stage for the duo for it was my first time there and will definitely be going back for any other show there. Second what  a great performance from the openings DJ’s who could easily headline there own tours, Zedd and Dillon Francis. Though we weren’t there for Dillion Francis we caught him with fellow friend Zedd during his set as Zedd played songs like “Shave It” and “Shotgun” which are his latest singles. When Nero came out they had an amazing stage with speakers and tv’s on their platform holding the two DJ’s up in the middle of it. There was also a big LED background that we all come to love. Now like I said early I was stoked to see them as a duo performing but I didn’t think they where going to bring Alana Watson (their vocalist) to come out and sing.

She sang with Nero to “Guilty,” “My Eyes,” and of course their bangers like “Promises” and “Me and You.” She sounded amazing and really got the crowd going as the Duo stood on top of the stage and played other great Nero hits like “Doomsday,” “Innocence,” and “Crush on You,” while she exited. It was an awesome night with great music, great crowd, amazing atmosphere, and great group but that wasn’t the end of the night at all.

We still had dubstep drum and bass producer Sub Focus grace us at the end of the night with his hard hitting drums and his grimy beats. As always you have to have an MC take you through those drum and bass sets as they go so well together. Sub Focus started out the night playing a new single which I’m not to familiar with but if you hear it and have heard it you know it’s definitely a banger. Next was one of my favorite remixes from 2010 being “Hold On” by Rusko as well as songs from his album like “Follow the Light” and “Rock It.” Though he didn’t rock the stage as a head liner and with the LED screen like he would’ve at Fonda Theatre he definitely wasn’t lacking bringing the house down. He also dropped tracks from Circus Records and Dub Police Records alumni’s Caspa, Flux Pavilion, and Dr. P. The overall Nero experience was amazing and I can’t wait to catch these guys again at Hard Summer rocking a main stage as they should. Make sure you catch them if you haven’t because you are missing out on a dub step group at its finest. From beautiful vocals of Alana Watson and dirty filthy bass from Dan Stephens and Joe Ray which are NERO.

Matt Flaherty
Founder of Drop The Beatz

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