Brussels-based electro, Italo & Disco House act Nervian Society have just released their new five-track EP Ducpétiauxlaan, and to celebrate we got a chance to catch up with them before they ascend to the disco stratosphere! In this exclusive interview, they talk about their love of dance music, how they create their tracks, and what’s coming up next for them. Read on to find out more about one of Belgium’s most exciting new acts!
Please can you introduce the members briefly and tell us what you specialize in?
Hey, we are D&D, we founded Nervian Society here in Brussels. The first D is the composer, producer and sound engineer of the project. He has worked with some renowned artists, the other D crafts the unique electronic tools we use for our productions (we’ve founded the modular synth brand D&D Modules). We are the founders of the Spector Studio where we have recorded, mixed and produced many artists from the Brussels scene. Ranging from pop, electronic music and even hardcore punk, it’s also a rehearsal studio, and a music equipment repair workshop so we are in a hub.
With our precedent band Frozen Nation we have created the “Dark Belgian Disco”. Mien Heyvaert & Flavia Clementi are also a part of the band for the vocal parts.
Where did the name Nervian Society come from?
The Nervians were the feared tribe here in Belgium that Caesar speaks of in ‘The Gallic Wars’. Adding ‘society’ to it sounded more British and elegant.
Congratulations on the release of your new Ducpétiauxlaan EP. The vibe is very positive – does this reflect your personalities?
It reflects the goal of creating diverse and positive music that can make people dance with a Disco vibe, and sometimes it’s hard to achieve but when it’s done, it’s very rewarding. Just like in comedy, people think making others laugh is just funny people playing around, but it’s also very technical.
What was some of the equipment you used when making it?
Old MPC 60 Akai for sequencing, some old synths like Korg Trident, Prophet VS, Ensoniq ESQ-1, but also Octatrack Elektron (a very creative machine). Our modular synth D&D modules and few virtual synths like Serum. Some hardware (preamps, compressors, equalizers, tube microphones), built by ourselves. Then I mixed with Pro Tools through a homemade summing amp.
Where do you look for inspiration?
A beat, a sentence, a situation, a person, a movie, and of course the music I listen to and play in DJ sets. I’ve also noticed that I’m quite inspired by songs from my childhood when writing music.
Do you usually go into the studio with a concrete plan? Or is it more about experimenting?
Every time I try to create with a plan in mind, it messes up. So, it’s more about exploration, something instinctive. Whenever D makes a new module, it generally leads to a new track too.
For you, what’s the greatest disco record ever made and why?
Saturday Night Fever” by the Bee Gees, I often listen to it with great pleasure, the sound is timeless, it is musical goldsmithery, a diamond cut for pleasure. The violin arrangements are celestial, the drums loops are made with the tape to create these hypnotic rhythms, the melodies are catchy and classy. The high-pitched vocals are a genius idea, and most of the takes were made in France at the Château d’Hérouville, the vocals were made in the staircase of the castle.
What’s next for Nervian Society?
We are preparing a live set with the machines and Flavia & Mien on vocals that we will play everywhere, our DJ sets, singles and an album is in preparation for 2024.
We want to give a huge thank you to Nervian Society for taking the time out of their day to chat with us and answer all our questions. We’re excited about what they have in store next! If you haven’t already, be sure to check them out and stream/buy their music, it’s truly something special that deserves your attention. Until then, we’ll keep an eye on this innovative act from Belgium as they continue to make waves in the music industry!
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