Making music is always better with friends, and the chance to work in real life instead of in a confusing mass of email chains is way paramount. Just listen to the difference it made on NERVO and Askery’s new joint “Alone,” a song all about how being together is best.
The friends first met at a nightclub in Switzerland three years ago. NERVO wanted to get to know Askery better and started by offering him the remix of “Not Taking This No More.” He turned into a big room anthem, and NERVO loved it. The next move was to share the NERVOnation stage. Today, it goes deeper, as “Alone” is the first official collaboration between the friends, and both parties couldn’t be happier with the result.
“We are both quite similar in the way that we want to make different records to the ones we have already made. We kept pushing until we got there,” NERVO says. “We started with an idea, we kept working it, recorded some vocals in a hotel room in NYC and kept tweaking the track until we thought it was right. We are still collaborating right now as we are finishing the final edits on the animated video. It’s a long process so you have to be patient and at some point you also need to surrender and hope that the people like it.”
“Alone” attempts to mix elements of hip-hop and R&B with jazzy chords and future bass style. It started on the lyrical front, a project vocalist Brielle was working on and happened to share with Askery. One cold New York night in February, Askery and Brielle found themselves in Nervo’s hotel room, and the musical minds quickly began working on production and final lyrical touches for the tune.
“This song is about how being alone makes us feel incomplete,” Askery says. “I tried to translate this powerful feeling into music as a film music composer would do to accompany a movie scene.”
Brielle usually works in the pop space, and she says the experience was groundbreaking and genre-bending for her as NERVO and Askery had a chance to experiment. “Alone” gets official release on Spinnin’ Records Friday, Dec. 16, but you can hear it below exclusively on Billboard Dance.