Hey! Thanks a lot for talking to us. Please feel free to go into as much or as little detail as you’d like in these questions.
1. Introduce us to NERVUS. How did the project come about?
It was a way to challenge myself with writing music, and also work through my feelings in a tangible way while writing lyrics.
2. Everything Dies is a fantastic record that feels incredibly introspective – when it came to writing/recording the songs were there any emotional hurdles that you had to overcome?
I see the process of writing about these things as a way of cataloguing feelings, life lessons, things I believe and think when I give myself the clarity to really explore them. Sometimes it can be a difficult process, but in the long term, it’s helpful.
3. Thematically, Everything Dies is an enlightening listen that challenges a number of subjects that are often, perhaps incorrectly, labelled as ‘taboo’. Have you ever felt apprehensive about releasing music that is so unflinchingly honest?
Yeah, all the time, but then I write what I write, and I couldn’t do it any other way, or it would feel contrived & I wouldn’t gain anything from that experience! So, while I do feel anxious about it sometimes, it would be pointless doing anything else.
4. To what extent did your struggles with addiction fuel this craft?
I think that there’s often a misconception about “addiction” in the sense that it’s needlessly romanticised and mystified by people when it comes to art, music and literature. My alcohol and substance use was interfering considerably with my ability to function and so I choose to abstain, and because of that, I have a lot more mental space to create. I also find that it really helps my mental health to focus on a project and so that definitely played a part in creating this album.
5. Was there a point at which you were provoked to change your lifestyle? Did you ever feel as though you had reached rock bottom?
No, not really. I think that I had just realised I had unresolved issues and various traumas that needed addressing and decided that abstinence was the best way to deal with that. The narrative of “addict” hitting “rock bottom” and then “recovering” is not one I subscribe to, and although I have used terminology like this before in interviews, I think to talk about this issue in such a reductive way would do a disservice to people who drink and use drugs. It serves only to stigmatise an often-vulnerable group of people further.
6. Can you offer any personal insight into the trials and tribulations of gender dysphoria? Of course, your music maps your thoughts on the condition, however, it’d be great to hear about your personal journey from the start.
Yeah, it’s a pain in the arse using public toilets and society makes you feel like a parasite for not subscribing to an antiquated idea of what kind of person you should be based on your genitals.
7. The actual recording process itself largely took place in your bedroom. In the future do you see yourself adopting a different approach? Perhaps something more upscale?
It depends! We work to our budget. If we have more money available I’d love to do something that takes the pressure off of my shoulders a bit, but it’s necessary at the point we’re at right now to avoid debt and to make things sustainable.
8. Just how supportive have the other members of the band been? Do you feel as though, without them, you would thrive less as an artist?
They’re the best. Without them, there would be no Nervus!
9. What has been your biggest highlight of your career so far?
We hit the official U.K. charts last week which is incredible. That may seem small to other people, but we’re over the moon with the reception to the new record!
10. What do you think the future will hold for both yourself and NERVUS as a whole?
Pizza mainly. More records. More fun.
11. How is the touring life treating you? Are there any occasions where the trials and tribulations of being a touring band have proved too much?
No, it’s alright really! We’ve all individually been touring fairly regularly for about 10 years so I kind of feel like if there were going to be any problems we’ve already worked out the solutions to them before they happen, and it’s all very smooth sailing. Just gotta take everything with a pinch of salt and be grateful for how much fun it is.
12. Finally, how would you like to be remembered as an artist?
This is a difficult question because I don’t mind if I’m never remembered – but for the sake of this interview, I want to be remembered as a disruptive and uncompromising little shit and I want other marginalised people to be inspired by that and be their own disruptive and uncompromising little shits.