NERVE featuring JoJo Mayer
NERVE featuring JoJo Mayer
The band NERVE evolved out of Jojo Mayer’s legendary party event “Prohibited Beatz” in New York City during the late 1990s. Initially a platform for experimental interaction between DJ culture, electronic, and live music, the group ultimately brings 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. Members of the band include Jojo Mayer on drums, John Davis on bass and low end manipulation, Jacob Bergson on keyboard and synthesizers, and Aaron Nevezie on sound and real time audio deconstruction.
Jojo Mayer: Swiss born Jojo Mayer started playing drums at an early age. By age 18, he received his first international exposure when touring with Monty Alexander and backing up jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone. In the early 1990s, Mayer moved from Europe to New York City, where he performed with a wide range of artists in various styles. Artists that Mayer has performed with include The Screaming Headless Torsos, Meshell n’dege Occello, DJ Spooky, Emergency Broadcast Network, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Harry Pepl, Gerald Veasley, John Zorn, George Adams, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, John Medeski, Leni Stern, Wolfgang Puschnigg, Friedrich Gulda, Harry Sokal, Steve Coleman’s 5 Elements, and Wah Wah Watson. As the bandleader of NERVE, his concepts and techniques of reverse engineering electronic drumbeats in real time on an acoustic drumset introduced a new paradigm and opened the door for an entire generation of musicians to follow. In 2014, Modern Drummer magazine listed him as one of the “50 Greatest Drummers of All Time.”
John Davis: With his experience as a multi-faceted bass player and vast technical prowess as one of New York’s busiest recording and mixing engineers, John Davis has developed the extraordinary facility to emulate almost any sequenced synth bass line from his bass guitar and pedal board in real time.
Jacob Bergson: Jacob Bergson initially started to work with NERVE in 2010 as a recording engineer. Recently, he has also lent his talents as a keyboardist and producer to the group. His broad stylistic experience in jazz, electronic, and pop music as well as his skills with synthesizers make him not only a perfect collaborator for NERVE, but for a wide range of contemporary artists including Rubblebucket and Janka Nabay.
Aaron Nevezie: Stepping into NERVE’s proprietary real time audio deconstruction concept, Aaron Nevezie interacts with and manipulates the band’s sonic output during live performances. Co-owner of The Bunker Studio, Nevezie brings years of studio-honed engineering skills and techniques to the group.