It’s a (Wo)man’s World Music Artist Feature: Alana Watson
Each month, I will feature a talented female music artist who is not very well-known in the music industry. Although we have women like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift dominating the Top 40 charts, the rest of the industry is still very male dominated. This series is meant to highlight the ladies who are killing it because they are talented, beautiful, dedicated, passionate, and able to rock a crowd. If you have an artist you’d like to see highlighted, please mention them in the comments!
Nero is often labeled as a duo (and I have been guilty of making this mistake in the past), but what people most often forget is Alana Watson, the voice of Nero. When I listen to Nero’s tracked (produced by friends Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray), which are often deep, dark, and intense, i imagine Alana’s voice shining through as a guiding light in a post-apocalyptic world, that her voice pulls me out from the darkness and lifts me up. Having know each other since they were 17 and 18 years old, It’s no wonder this trio is able to create such beautiful music that moves you and brings out so much emotion.
I honestly think it’s a shame I am unable to find too much information on Alana. Nero tours often, but it is usually just Dan or Joe. I’ve been lucky that I’ve caught the full band a couple of years ago when they released their first studio album Welcome Reality at the now defunct Roseland Ballroom in New York City. You’ve probably heard of a few tracks in passing: Guilt, Must Be The Feeling, Promises, and the Skrillex and Nero remix of Promises (which won a Grammy). Now with the release of their second album Between II Worlds, Nero is back and Alana’s voice is stronger than ever. Satisfy, the first single off Between II Worlds, opens with a soft, heavenly intro and Alana luring you in before the melody turns into something much darker, and you feel as if you are dropping off the highest point of a roller coaster. This is the reason why Nero is one of the best, and why no one should ever forget Alana as the voice of Nero.
Nero is back in NYC this weekend for two nights at a secret warehouse in Brooklyn (as well as 18 other stops in the USA). As the lyrics of Guilt say
Time is ticking by without us knowing
Before you know it, it will be too late to see
Don’t let time pass, get tickets for your stop at thisisnero.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DANWEN CHEN
I am originally from China and grew up in the Greater Boston Area. After graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I spent 2 years in educational publishing then moved to NYC to pursue a career in Marketing. While doing so, I discovered my love for technology and business, and found the perfect intersection in Product Management. When I am not busy building great software for today’s marketers, I am rocking parties as Element of Chaos. Follow me to hear random news about SEO, technology, Boston sports, and music.
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