Has Nervous Records got ambitions to become the American Defected? Label boss Mike Weiss rumoured to be considering turning label into events company – and Simon Dunmore is the inspiration…

Something I’ve never understood about Nervous Records – other than the 1970s advertising they inexplicably cling to – is why they don’t make more of their events. It appears to be quite a sporadic, localised side of the business. But there are rumours reaching me this could be about to change.

A source tells me that “Mike [Weiss, the boss at Nervous] has been thinking about expanding the events side of the label. He’s been thinking about it for a while, but something always seemed to get in the way. But when he went to England during the summer, he met Simon Dunmore from Defected. And he made the changes Mike is thinking of doing, and they’re now a massive company.”

“Events are massive right now and they will be for years. But Nervous only seems to do them in New York and Miami. First on the list is taking the show on the road – he’s even mentioned Las Vegas. After that, he definitely wants to take it to England. Mike can’t get enough of the Brits – he thinks their attitude to house music is amazing.”

So what’s stopped Nervous from doing this before? I asked an industry insider who knows Nervous well – and he told me “The pandemic, not really knowing how to take a show on the road in that way, and the fact they never needed to. Nervous still makes good money, partly because of the catalogue. But Mike thinks it’s time Nervous had a bigger slice of the pie – and events could be the way to get it”.

So if you start seeing flyers and posters for Nervous Records On Tour next year, you can thank Mr Simon Dunmore…

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