Nicky Romero & Sonic Academy releases “Kick Plugin”
Sonic Academy, the electronic music production and tech site have today released their latest plugin in collaboration with Nicky Romero. Sonic Academy Kick – Nicky Romero Artist edition is a kick drum synthesiser allowing you to quickly and precisely create kick drums and tune them to your tracks. It combines a synthesised sub oscillator and sampled clicks to create a wide variety of kick drums, percussive and even bass sounds. With Pitch, Amp and Click envelope editors, drive, pitch control and the Nicky Romero designed distortion section, Kick promises to be the new essential go to tool in every producer’s arsenal. With over 150 factory presets and 40 exclusive Nicky Romero presets you can access that special Protocol sound right out of the box. In addition kick comes bundled with 32 Nicky Romero clicks lifted straight from his productions. The user can also load their favourite clicks, kicks, and even fx to create truly unique personal sounding kicks. Other features include on board EQ, sub drive, distortion section and a internal master limiter allowing to you drive those kicks without worrying about your kick channel. Sampled kicks are now a thing of the past.
The record label boss and cross-genre wizard, Nicky Romero, kicked off the Amsterdam Dance Event 2013 with a Protocol Recordings label night on October 16th, 2013 at Melkweg. With a lineup featuring Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, John Dahlback, Don Diablo, Martin Garrix, and mystery special guests Fedde Le Grand in the Protocol Recordings room, and Vicetone, Cash Cash, TV Noise, Nilson, Vince Moogin, and John Christian in the Protocol Radio room, “Oude Zaal,” it was a remarkable full packed event that demonstrated Protocol’s distinctive style and influential tastemaker appeal.
Nicky Romero Releases Official Video For “Legacy,” His Collaboration With Krewella
The new #7 ranked DJ in the world and Protocol Recordings founder, Nicky Romero, releases the long-awaited official video for “Legacy,” his hit collaboration with Krewella, via MTV Buzzworthy. Just before he departs on his Halloween mini tour, Nicky Romero comes through with a captivating visual representation of the evocative song that has become a certified anthem. The “Legacy” video is a powerful story about being there for the people you love.
Directed by Kyle Padilla, Nicky Romero & Krewella’s “Legacy” video runs through a love story between a cancer-diagnosed mother and her son who becomes a sort of empathetic vigilante. While the mother struggles with her treatment and its effects, her son is determined to do whatever he can to help her feel better – even if that means bashing in her co-workers car, amongst other things. Although his actions are slightly misdirected, his genuine concern and determination give her strength to continue on her fight against cancer. With this video, Nicky Romero & Krewella have not only given new life to their song, but they have also helped raise awareness for cancer patients.
Three of the actors who shaved their heads in the video donated the hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy.
Nicky Romero Releases Protocol Flight #03 – The Summer Recap Video
Nicky Romero releases Protocol Flight #03 as a recap video of his Summer performances at some of the most prestigious festivals and clubs in the world. Following up on the the success of his recent single, “SOTU” with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Fast Eddie, Nicky once again opens up to share a rare behind-the-scenes perspective of his life on tour. Running through footage from Ultra Music Festival Europe, Ushuaia Ibiza, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Sensation Amsterdam, and everywhere in between, fans are able witness his massive performances while getting to know his personality and gaining insight into the happenings both on-stage and off.
This past Summer has been one of Nicky Romero’s most prosperous seasons to date as he not only enjoyed a stacked tour schedule, but he also released well-received singles like “Legacy” with Krewella and “Still The Same Man” with John Christian & Nilson. Now with his Protocol Recordings label night at ADE in his sights, he maintains a strong connection with his fans, just as he always has. In Protocol Flight #03, he captivates viewers with all that happens on tour – from sound checking to chatting with David Guetta and Afrojack, playing on main stages, dealing with technical difficulties, traveling, and more. Nicky Romero continues to build a strong reputation around his music, performances, and Protocol Recordings to distinguish himself from the rest.
Watch Protocol Flight #03 – The Summer Recap Video below!
Nile Rodgers talks about producing with Nicky Romero
Legendary producer, guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of Chic, Nile Rodgers, stops by Dubspot NYC for an exclusive interview in which the prolific hitmaker talks about collaboration of David Guetta & Nicky Romero, sampling and re-purposing as a viable way to compose new and exciting music, production technology, workflow, and learning to be open!
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Nicky Romero Announces Interactive Performance Experience With Google Glass At TomorrowWorld 2013
The Protocol Recordings boss and studio wizard, Nicky Romero, announces an interactive performance experience with Google Glass at TomorrowWorld this Sunday, September 29th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm on the main stage. Nicky once again challenges the status quo by combining technology and music to increase artist-to-fan connectivity like never before. After just releasing his new production plug-in, Kickstart, he now takes on Google Glass to set the bar for future cutting-edge performances.
This weekend, keep a close eye on Nicky’s Google+ page or Facebook page for more information.
Nicky Romero Develops New Production Plug-in Called Kickstart
The Protocol Recordings founder, Nicky Romero, develops a new production plug-in called Kickstart, powered by Cableguys. In every aspect of his life – as DJ, producer and label head – Romero is a tireless advocate for his art. He now embraces another facet of his passion and provides producers with a valuable method for improving their workflow. Kickstart is the fastest way to get the signature sidechain effect that is an essential tool used by top-notch producers of all types to help bring out kick drums and bass. Kickstart is available for purchase at $15/€10 or as a free trial download. For purchase, free trial, or more information on Nicky Romero’s Kickstart sidechain plug-in visit: www.kickstart-plugin.com
Nicky Romero and Cableguys have come together to bring a fresh sidechain plug-in to the producer community. Sidechain compression is used to rhythmically change the volume of audio channels to provide space and definition. The kick drum and bass stand out only when the effect is implemented. Kickstart has a big Mix control, 16 hand-crafted modulation curves, a precise oscilloscope, and can run synced or retriggered via MIDI, with loop and one-shot modes all available. Forget complicated compressor routings, producers can simply drop Kickstart on their channels and be ready to go. You can use Kickstart in any VST or AU sequencer such as Ableton Live, Logic, Cubase, Fruity Loops, etc. For PC+Mac, 32/64bit, VST/AU.
Nicky Romero Announces Massive Lineup for Protocol Recordings Label Night – ADE 2013
The record label boss and cross-genre wizard, Nicky Romero, is kicking off the Amsterdam Dance Event 2013 with a Protocol Recordings label night on October 16th, 2013 at Melkweg. With a lineup featuring Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, John Dahlback, Don Diablo, Martin Garrix, Vicetone, and mystery special guests in the Protocol Recordings room, “The Max,” as well as Vicetone again, Cash Cash, TV Noise, Nilson, Vince Moogin, and John Christian in the Protocol Radio room, “Oude Zaal,” it is set to be a remarkable event that will demonstrate Protocol’s distinctive style and influential tastemaker appeal. Fans should be prepared to experience the label’s musical innovation at its finest. For tickets and more information on the Protocol Recordings ADE Label Night visit: http://bit.ly/1b7fxmk.
2013 has already been an exhilarating, yet prosperous, year for Nicky Romero as he has produced a UK #1, “I Could Be The One” with Avicii, and other chart-topping tracks including “Symphonica” and “Legacy” with Krewella. Not only has his production been on point, but he has also had stand-out performances at world-class festivals such as Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Tomorrowland, and more. In addition to his own personal successes, Protocol Recordings has been fostering a dominant presence in dance music by maintaining consistent quality output with hit releases like Vince Moogin’s “Love Me Right,” John Dahlback’s “Nuke,” Don Diablo “Give It All,” Vicetone’s “Tremble,” and of course, Nicky’s highly sought-after tracks.
This Protocol Recordings label night at ADE is just another step on Nicky’s auspicious path to become the megastar that he was meant to be. Fans can expect Nicky Romero at his absolute best playing exclusive new Nicky Romero originals, remixes, and collaborations. Also, Nicky’s hand-picked team of special guests will be showcasing new material that’s sure to get the dance floor bursting with energy. Since ADE has grown into the world’s biggest club festival with over 1,700 artists from all over the globe performing in 75 clubs, the night will be a very special occasion for everyone involved.
Located at Melkweg, one of Amsterdam’s most premier venues, the DJs will perform with the backdrop of a mind-bending light show as music will be blasted into the crowd from the venue’s state-of-the-art sound system. This year, there will be “Protocol Recordings” area, as well as a “Protocol Radio” area, so fans can explore and enjoy a multi-faceted concert experience. For more information please visit: www.protocolrecordings.com, Early Birds €12.50 (SOLD OUT) / €17 (Normal) visit: http://bit.ly/1b7fxmk.
Protocol Recordings Releases Preview of Don Diablo & CID’s “Prototype”
Protocol Recordings releases the official previews for Don Diablo & CID’s new single, “Prototype,” release date TBA. After teaming up for an enormous remix of “Give It All” featuring Alex Clare, Don Diablo & CID have returned with a vengeance. As a team, their styles and production skills fuse together to form a single entity that raises the standard for big-room house. “Prototype” is an exhilarating acid-laced floor filler that serves as a testament to their auspicious collaborations. Protocol Recordings moves further to distinguish its highly sought-after signature sound with this latest release. Preview Don Diablo & CID’s “Prototype” here: http://bit.ly/18FXD8E.
Still riding the wave of Nicky Romero and Krewella’s “Legacy” single and remix package, Protocol Recordings comes through with new heat from Don Diablo & CID for a cutting-edge release. In “Prototype,” the collaborative duo makes use of an inventive melody, a warm, distorted bassline, big drums, and catchy vocal samples to build the track up to the climax. With a brief vocal cue, the track drops into the main acid house segment, which at times cuts back to the intro for a fresh dynamic. Don Diablo & CID have successfully worked their magic to take Protocol Recordings to new heights.
OUT NOW “Legacy” Remix Package!
Protocol Recordings, Nicky Romero’s flagship label, releases the official previews for the “Legacy” remix package featuring Vicetone, Wildstylez, Don Diablo, & Candyland. With “Legacy” reaching the Beatport #1 milestone, Nicky Romero and Krewella have been trailblazing their way to the top playing their arena-sized anthem across the world to thousands of adoring fans singing along. Now Protocol Recordings has enlisted the flourishing up and comers Vicetone, Wildstylez, Don Diablo, and Candyland to work their studio magic and add to the song’s already overwhelming reception. Protocol Recordings remains as forward-thinking as ever and is paving its way to becoming one of dance music’s most respected labels. Preview the “Legacy” remix package here: http://bit.ly/19iPU1h
Opening up the “Legacy” remix package, Vicetone offers a high-energy progressive remix driven by a smooth re-constructed melody. Next up, Wildstylez stays true to to his name and delivers a frenzied hardstyle rendition featuring massive piercing synths and pumping bass. Don Diablo follows with a dropped tempo showcasing a festival-trap style with skittering percussion, as well as added electronic and the lyrics of Sway into his trap style remix. Closing out the pack, Candyland gives the song their signature “OG” treatment applying an unconventional trap sound including jumpy detuned synths and fresh original melodies. The “Legacy” remix pack is sure to be a cross-genre hit that has a little something for everyone.
Nicky Romero Announces 2013 North America Tour – ‘Nothing Toulouse’
The Protocol Recordings impresario and inventive producer, Nicky Romero, announces his ‘Nothing Toulouse’ North American tour with dates throughout the United States and Canada spanning from Saturday, August 31st to Sunday, September 29th. After pulling out all the stops on the prominent stages of world-renowned festivals and events such as Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Sensation White this year, Nicky has decided to take matters into his own hands. Having just released his secret weapon, “Legacy” with Krewella, he will remain as a key player in dance music and further establish himself on his beat-driven conquest of cities far and wide. At each and every stop on the tour, fans can expect the jaw-dropping DJ-ing and full-throttle energy that have come to be associated with the always stunning Nicky Romero. Purchase pre-sale tickets for Nicky Romero’s Nothing Toulouse North American Tour here: http://bit.ly/13ykGkZ.
Nicky Romero will be joined on tour by the Dutch duo, Vicetone. Within a matter of months, Vicetone has exploded from their bedroom studios straight into the top clubs and festivals of the world. They have quickly risen to become one of the most sought after up and coming artists in dance music today.
Making himself known for this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, Nicky Romero has released a cinematic video depicting a story of the asked “Toulouse” character haunting him in his dreams and reality all for one simple request. Watch the video here to find out what happens next, and be sure to #VoteNicky for the Top 100 DJs poll: http://bit.ly/17zgl0Z.
Nicky Romero Nothing Toulouse North American Tour 2013
#VoteNicky for DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll.
After becoming the highest new entry at #17 in last year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, the genre-defying producer and record label boss, Nicky Romero, has been taking the dance music world by storm and there’s no stopping him. Whether it’s his infectious productions, such as his Beatport #1′s “Symphonica,” “Legacy” with Krewella, and his UK #1 “I Could Be The One” with Avicii, or his jaw-dropping performances as seen at Ultra Music Festival and Coachella, there is something to keep Nicky fresh in the minds of thousands upon thousands of his devoted fans. Additionally, his Protocol Radio show has become one of the most listened to podcasts hosting a balance of music from promising, upcoming talent and established dance music elite. Taking things one step further, Nicky’s Protocol Recordings label has been strengthening its reputation as one of the industry’s most respectable big-room outlets with each and every release. Nicky’s ascent to stardom has been no mistake, but a culmination of successes on a long, arduous journey in the name of creative altruism.
From being featured in the “What’s Your Forte?” Kia campaign to creating the latest mix for Sensation White and playing the world premiere of its new show, Into The Wild, Nicky never ceases to impress with his diligence in all facets of his career. Making himself known for this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, he has released a cinematic video depicting a story of the asked “Toulouse” character haunting him in his dreams and reality all for one simple request. Watch the video to find out what happens next:
Nicky Romero Releases Official Preview of Collaboration with Krewella, “Legacy”
The crossover dance music mastermind, Nicky Romero, releases the official preview of his highly sought-after collaboration with Krewella, “Legacy”. After seeing “I Could Be The One” with Avicii, “Still The Same Man,” and “Symphonica” reach a prominent level of commercial success this year, Nicky Romero continues on his auspicious musical journey showcasing yet another forward-thinking production. “Legacy” is an unmistakable hybridization of big-room flair matched with bass-driven intensity that exemplifies what can happen when two of the hottest names in dance music come together. Preview “Legacy” here: http://bit.ly/17h0iZP.
The long rumored collaboration between Nicky Romero and Krewella has finally come to fruition for the whole world to experience. “Legacy” flows through an evocative sequence with the ever-so familiar Krewella vocals layered over playful, filtered synths and evolving percussive elements that lead into a frenzied build. The track then ignites with the full-throttle energy of booming drums, dynamic melodies, and a powerful, wobbley bassline, all precisely arranged to sonic perfection. “Legacy” is a surefire festival anthem that will be heard far and wide at main stages, clubs, and everywhere in between.
“Legacy” will be released exclusively on Beatport July 15th via Protocol Recordings.
Nicky Romero Announces US Legacy Tour Featuring Debut at Light Las Vegas
The Protocol Recordings mastermind and crossover dance music producer, Nicky Romero, announces his US Legacy Tour that runs from June 14 till June 21. In honor of the imminent release of his inventive new track, “Legacy,” Nicky looks to capture the hearts and souls of new and old fans alike with his remarkable performances – just as he has always done. The Legacy Tour will be a very special, exhilarating run of dates, but most importantly, it features the debut of his residency at Light Las Vegas.
As per usual, Nicky has been keeping himself busy with producing, managing Protocol Recordings, and spreading his music like wildfire around the world. 2013 has been one of his most fruitful years to date with #1 hits, such as “I Could Be The One” with Avicii and “Symphonica,” as well as some groundbreaking gigs including his Coachella debut, and his first Protocol Recordings events in Amsterdam and Miami. Nicky maintains his strong momentum with his Legacy Tour that is not to be missed by any dance music fan.
DATE VENUE CITY
June 14 Story Miami
June 15 Spring Awakening Chicago
June 15 The Mid Chicago
June 16 Sutra Costa Mesa
June 16 Intervention San Diego
June 17 Create Los Angeles
June 18 Private Event Los Angeles
June 19 Daylight Beach Club Las Vegas
June 20 Protocol – The Light Las Vegas
June 21 EDC Las Vegas
Protocol Recordings Releases Official Preview of Don Diablo & CID’s “Give It All” Remix
Protocol Recordings, Nicky Romero’s forward-thinking label, announces the exclusive release of Don Diablo & CID‘s remix of Don Diablo’s forthcoming single “Give It All” feat. Alex Clare and Kelis. The remix is set for release on June 10th via Protocol Recordings. The Dutch bred dance music virtuoso, Don Diablo, has recruited New York’s prodigy, CID, to collaborate on a new, festival-ready rendition of the pop-inclined song. Protocol Recordings looks to fully infiltrate the new generation of dance music fans with an irresistible crossover hit. Preview Don Diablo & CID’s Remix of “Give It All” here: http://bit.ly/11z0Cjc.
Don Diablo wrote and recorded “Give it All” in London after a period of personal reflection. In the words of Don, “For this particular song I wanted to work with two artists with totally different backgrounds and I wanted them to put something personal into the song as well. It was quite a journey, but I feel blessed to now have two of my favorite voices in pop music on the record. “Give It All”, which is set for a July release, already hit the no.1 spot on the Hype Machine and is accompanied by a rather thundering video. “When the record was done I already had an idea in my head for a remix that I could play during the peak of my DJ-sets. I am excited about the release of this remix on Protocol Recordings, because they have a high standard and a selective output for the releases on their label.”
Don Diablo & CID have showcased their expertise in the studio by taking the laid-back original “Give It All” and transforming it into a galvanizing dance floor wrecker. They pair a pad-driven chord progression with Alex Clare’s distinctive, alluring vocals to draw the listener in, while slowly raising the tension before a strong drum hit signals the swift, high-intensity build. The powerful electro synths are introduced under a looped vocal, and after a brief pause at the height of the crescendo, the song’s raw energy breaks through with unrelenting force as voluminous drums, rave horns, and synths induce an electrifying big-room frenzy. The Don Diablo & CID remix of “Give It All” is already on its way to becoming a Summer festival hit as it has seen support from the likes of Pete Tong, Nicky Romero, Laidback Luke, Hardwell, W&W, and many others.
Protocol Recordings, Nicky Romero’s innovative label, releases the mammoth “Symphonica” remix package featuring Cash Cash, Bare, and Suedes on the 20th of May. As “Symphonica” has gained recognition as a Beatport #1, it has won over the masses with its emotive orchestrated elements and pulverizing electro basslines that expand on Nicky Romero’s signature sound. Following up on the track’s worldwide success, Protocol Recordings has selected the swiftly emerging producers, Cash Cash, Bare, and Suedes, to showcase their own distinctive styles for a powerful, eclectic offering that is nothing short of remarkable. Protocol Recordings continues with its consistent quality output, and will certainly maintain its rise to prominence with more releases to come. Preview the “Symphonica” remix package here: http://bit.ly/YPc5Ze
Kicking off the “Symphonica” remix package, Cash Cash delivers a jaw-dropping electro-house rendition that features a chopped and screwed dynamic with added drums, a vocal-like synth, and a stunning mid-tempo bridge. Next up, Bare provides a heavy dose of bass with his hybridized trap masterpiece complete with MPC-type sampling. Rounding out the package, Suedes drops the BPM for a reggae-influenced dubstep monster that brings a girthy take on the original without diminishing its melodic nature. The remixes for “Symphonica” are sure to bring new life to one of Nicky Romero’s most forward-thinking track
Protocol Recordings Announces John Dahlback’s New Single, “Nuke”
Protocol Recordings, Nicky Romero’s burgeoning dance music label, announces John Dahlback‘s colossal new single “Nuke” out on May 6th. Currently on his North American tour stopping at top-tier venues such as Liv Miami, Pacha New York, and XS Las Vegas, Dahlback remains as a powerful force to be reckoned with as he has been consistently churning out stunning live performances and jaw-dropping tracks. Additionally, he has been managing his promising label, Mutants Records, that has been gaining recognition as a tastemaker platform. Dahlback’s latest offering, “Nuke,” embodies his innovative, high-octane sound that is sure to pulverize dance floors far and wide. Preview “Nuke” here: http://bit.ly/YRmFvN.
Building a name around his unmistakeable productions, John Dahlback has a reputation for harnessing explosive energy that is manifested in his works of art. In “Nuke,” he transitions from a stripped-down introduction of drums and looped arpeggios into an exhilarating electro-house sequence with growling, bass-driven synth stabs. The track then breaks open to a bridge of evolving melodies and an intensely stimulating crescendo. “Nuke” is fully realized with the second drop that proves to be just as hazardous as the first. Dahlback never ceases to amaze even the most knowledgable dance music enthusiasts with his raw power.
About Protocol Recordings:
Since its inception, Protocol Recordings has become known around the industry as a premier destination for innovative dance music. Now with the recent introduction of Protocol Radio, one of the most listened to artist radio shows around, and Protocol showcases, Protocol Recordings is on a fast-track to becoming one of the most well-known and well-respected companies in dance music.
‘SYMPHONICA’ NO. 1 IN THE BEATPORT TOP 100!
We are proud to announce that Nicky Romero’s single ‘Symphonica has hit the No. 1 spot on the Beatport Chart. This is Nicky’s 5th No. 1 hit on beatport!
PROTOCOL RECORDINGS LABEL NIGHT IN MIAMI DURING WMC!
Protocol Recordings is proud to present its first label night at the world-renowned Winter Music Conference in Miami on Thursday, March 21st, powered by Beats By Dre. With a star-studded lineup featuring Manufactured Superstars, Bassjackers, Dyro, Tony Romera, Nicky Romero himself, and special guests, it is set to be a remarkable event that will demonstrate Protocol’s distinctive style and influential tastemaker appeal. Be prepared to experience the label’s musical innovation at its finest. Purchase tickets for the Protocol Recordings Label Night and be one of the first 100 to arrive for an exclusive special gift:
With an Ultra Music Festival main stage performance and his highly-anticipated track, “Symphonica,” on the way, Nicky Romero continues to distinguish himself as one of the world’s most sought-after dance music artists. While gaining prestigious accolades such as his recent UK #1, “I Could Be The One” with Avicii, he moves forward with the development of his Protocol Recordings label that is quickly rising to prominence. Following Vince Moogin’s massive “Love Me Right” release, Protocol Recordings is opening the flood gates by bringing its stunning showcases to a worldwide audience with its
first stop outside of Europe.
The Protocol Recordings label night includes Denver’s Manufactured Superstars who have built up a reputation for their open-format sets that take dance floors into a non-stop tornado of energy. The Protocol prodigy, Tony Romera, exhibits a dynamic Electro-House style that is exemplified by his “Iron” remix and his incredible track, “Pandor,” that has appropriately seen support from the likes of Pete Tong, David Guetta, Hardwell, Tommy Trash, and several more. Bassjackers, the “Mush Mush” masterminds, maintain a bass-heavy, “jacked” sound that has garnered the attention of the Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, and Fedde Le Grand, as well as many others. The Dutch young-gun, Dyro, is on a path to international notoriety as he merges progressive house with bone-crunching electro drops. The performances are already set to generate an electrifying experience, but with the world-class special guests in mind, it will be nothing short of unforgettable. This Protocol Recordings event is one you certainly don’t want to miss.
‘I COULD BE THE ONE’ NO. 1 ON THE OFFICIAL UK SINGLES CHART!
We are proud to announce that Avicii & Nicky Romero single ‘I Could Be The One’ has hit the No. 1 spot on the Official U.K. singles Chart and become the biggest selling Dance track of 2013. This is the first U.K. No. 1 single for both these world renowned DJs.
“It feels amazing and a little out of the blue. I didn’t see this coming and I’m really stunned by the reactions.” Avicii
“I am super excited about this, it’s my first official chart number one and it’s unreal. I have to pinch myself to check whether this is reality” Nicky Romero
Positiva are also celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013, and what better way to kick off the party than by getting a number 1 with their first release of the year!
Originally (and fittingly) titled ‘Nicktim’, this startling collaboration between two of dance music’s finest has had fans salivating since the instrumental was first previewed on Pete Tong’s ‘Essential Selection’ show back in February 2012 following months of speculation. Pairing Avicii’s infectious melodic talents with Nicky Romero’s big, high-energy sound, the result is a bold progressive house anthem from two of dance music’s fastest rising stars. Having been picked up on a groundswell of support, it was given the all-important vocal treatment from Swedish singer Noonie Bao. Over Christmas it went to No.1 on the Beatport chart. Its outrageously funny video followed soon after clocking up over 16 million views before hitting the top spot in the UK chart.
About Nicky Romero – Thus far, Nicky Romero’s last 12 months has been a year emblematic of a world’s top-tier DJ. He was the highest New Entry in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ poll (No.17). Aside from “Metropolis” – the anthemic collaboration with David Guetta under the newly established record label Jack Back – Nicky has released countless other dance floor juggernauts such as “Toulouse”, “Generation 303” and of course “Nicktim”. He set up his own imprint, Protocol Recordings which has already had three Beatport No. 1s. Unlike like many other producers, each of Romero’s releases reasserts the claim that he is here to stay. Having frequented the festival circuit with headline gigs at the likes of UMF Miami, Energy in Holland, Electric Zoo in New York, and Belgium’s Tomorrowland – not forgetting his residency at the prestigious Marquee club in Las Vegas (for 2013 he has a new Las Vegas residency with the Light Group) – this has been one hell of a year for the now star-studded Dutch artist.
About Avicii – Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as “one of the Princes of the contemporary renaissance of EDM”, Grammy-nominated Avicii – born Tim Bergling – is best known for his acclaimed live performances and for international mega-hit ‘Levels’. It conquered club charts worldwide, racked up over 50 million YouTube views, and was declared David Guetta’s “Tune of 2011” in DJ Mag. Following an intense and prolific touring schedule as well as the worldwide release of his summer smash hit ‘Silhouettes’ this year, the Swede soared to No.3 in the 2012 DJ Mag poll of the Top 100 DJs after just three years of performing. In 2012 alone, he’s headlined Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival and Lollapallooza, while his first summer residency at Ushuaïa Beach Hotel in Ibiza smashed the party island to smithereens. Avicii is also one of the genre’s most sought after collaborators. His ‘Superlove’ collaboration with Lenny Kravitz and remix of Madonna’s ‘Girls Gone Wild’ are among the most acclaimed tracks this year.
“The main aim is to up my game at every possible turn without compromise.” – Nicky Romero
“The word wunderkind was pretty much invented for the likes of 24-year-old producer Nicky Romero.” – DJMag
Strike up a conversation about the current state of EDM and it won’t be long before Nicky Romero gets an emphatic mention. The breakthrough star with the bulletproof work ethic is credited as a driving force behind the fantastic health the scene currently enjoys. In every aspect of his life – as DJ, producer and label head – he is a tireless advocate for his art. Couple this with a distinctive signature sound and compelling output and it is no surprise that he exploded into the DJMag Top100 chart at number 17 in 2012 – the highest new entry that year.
Nicky Romero, real name Nick Rotteveel, was born January 6th 1989 in the small city of Amerongen, Holland. A keen interest in the drums and an early career spinning house and r&b quickly evolved into an unbridled passion for music production. Early releases, picked up by boutique outfit Once Records, caught the attention of some of the more established labels: Spinnin’, Fly Eye, Toolroom and Flamingo Recordings.
As he worked on honing his sound – a seductive blend of progressive house tinged with electro and acid – he sent a bootleg of David Guetta smash When Love Takes Over out into the world. The track’s online success piqued the interest of Guetta himself and in that moment Romero found his mentor and champion. They have since collaborated on multiple projects including Metropolis and Wild One Two, and in the summer of 2012 Nicky Romero accepted a residency at David Guetta’s infamous FMIF club night at Pacha/Ushuaia Ibiza.
Today Nicky Romero is paying it forward with his Protocol brand, championing up and coming artists like Nilson and Tony Romera with his record label, club night and radio show. Despite only having been launched during ADE 2012, Protocol Radio already has more than 20 million listeners worldwide and continues to grow at a rapid rate, whilst out of Protocol’s four record releases, three have hit the number one spot on the Beatport charts.
Recent studio output includes a track on Rihanna’s album Unapologetic, a huge collaboration with Calvin Harris called Iron, a Madonna remix and releases with Fedde Le Grand, Nervo, and the collaboration with Avicii, I Could Be The One (Universal). His solo releases, tracks like Toulouse, Se7en and Generation 303 have received massive support from a veritable who’s who of dance music aristocracy. As a performer too, he is a force to be reckoned with. Behind the decks his tenacity and ability to work a room was rewarded as he rounded out an intense international touring schedule with sets on the mainstage of both Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas and Tomorrowland.
2012 may have been the best year yet for Nicky Romero, but there is no reason to expect the train will stop here. Pushing relentlessly forward and with the wind at his back, the Nicky Romero brand will continue to mature, becoming an increasingly influential and venerated force in the international music arena.