Nicky Romero Biography:
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Nicky developed an interest for music at a very young age. At 6 years old he started using a snare drum after joining a marching band. It’s safe to say this guy has come a long way since then and is now one of the most well known Producers/DJ’s in the game ranking at #17 in DJ Mags Top 100 DJ Poll. Nicky Romero has taken the EDM scene by storm over the past two years. Not only creating massive original tracks like ‘Toulouse’ and ‘Generation 303′ but also has worked on massive collaborations with artists like David Guetta, Avicii, Fedde Le Grand and Calvin Harris. This guy truly is the future of dance music and is one of the most versatile producers in the scene. It was an amazing honor to speak with the man him self, check out the interview after the jump.
Nicky Romero – Toulouse (Original Mix) | Beatport
What were some of the strategies you pursued to spread your fame from the Netherlands to North America and worldwide?
Well we wanted to create one platform and one brand name next to Nicky Romero to make sure every activity we exploit is done under the one moniker. This to keep brand recognition as easy as possible and the link between my name and Protocol too.
What styles and trends do you see becoming popular in 2013? Do you think these new sounds will influence/change your style? Or will you stay true to your own sound.
I think eventually EDM will merge into mainstream as you can see the crossovers made today. I get inspiration from all walks of life when it comes to my music and that is how I try to maintain a cutting edge basically. I don’t follow trends or try to make market conform productions, I follow my heart. Music is my biggest passion in life and will always be a great part of that.
What are the challenges and the perks of being such a successful artist at such a young age?
Challenges are to adjust to people not being happy when they don’t get from you what they want for whatever reason that may be, getting used to the recognition is sometimes difficult too. Perks are I can do what I want when I want basically. I don’t have any time and my career almost consumes every spare minute I have but in the basis I don’t have loads of factors holding back myself obtaining what I really want or stuff like that.
Along with your multiple singles and EPs, you have created a number of remixes as well. What are the thought processes behind choosing a song you would like to remix?
I have to hear something in the original track I feel I can work with, usually that pertains to the vocal, but in general I must hear it to do it, that is the main part for me when remixing a song. I sometimes tell my team I would really like a shot at remixing a certain track, but mainly I get tracks sent and offered and I decide on the above mentioned criteria whether to remix it or not.
This past summer our team traveled from far to see your set at EDC Las Vegas and we all had a blast. Just recently we downloaded your set from Electric Zoo and noticed a huge change in the tracklist. How do you go about choosing which tracks to cue?
That depends on what I feel the crowd wants, which tracks I am feeling at that certain point in time, how much producing I did in the period before the gig and what I want to test out. Nowadays I mostly play my own stuff and carefully choose what to throw in the mix. Like I say it is a joint effort between myself and the crowd I feel, we make the party together!!
Out of any of your tracks, which remixes or bootlegs do you use most frequently in your own sets?
The remix I did for Green Velvet’s “Flash” still features in my sets quite often but there is not a standard set list I adhere to, as mentioned above I try to judge what or the crowd needs to my opinion and steer this as I go.
Green Velvet – Flash (Nicky Romero Remix) | Beatport
Since blowing up the EDM scene these past couple years, you’ve worked with an amazing array of artists such as David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Fedde Le Grand, and Zedd. Which of these producers have brought something significantly unique to the table?
All of them! Each producer I have the pleasure to work with I pick up different things from and vice versa I hope. Everybody has his or her way and style of working and being open to this gives me a great insight into how someone works. I always try to pick up things that are new to me and use them to my advantage and development as a producer.
While producing solo, the drawn out waows in ‘WTF!?’ and short, heavy stabs in ‘Toulouse’ appear to be your signature sounds. However, you take on a much more progressive style when collaborating with other artists such as your track, ‘Sparks’, with Fedde Le Grand. Which style is your favorite to produce, and from a DJ’s perspective, how do you see the crowd respond differently to both electro and progressive house?
I don’t have a favorite or set way of producing, I just go wherever my inspiration takes me. I feel I don’t really have signature sounds although the synth in Toulouse has been an inspiration for many so maybe it is a signature sound when you look at it that way. I like to produce music and my most favorite type to produce are tracks that work on the floor. There of course are different reactions from the crowd but that is a great thing it would become a tad boring otherwise.
Just two weekends ago, a few friends and I attended Soundwave Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona where we saw Calvin Harris headline. Calvin played five of your tracks throughout his set including your monster hit together, ‘Iron’. How was seeing Calvin not only help produce the track in the studio, but sing as well?
I got some great pointers from Calvin on the production but I fully made the Iron track, to have Calvin perform his vocals on it was and is a dream come true! He rarely does this on other producer’s tracks so I am ecstatic!!! It is an honor and a pleasure to work with Calvin always.
Anything new in the works?
Hahah of course, we have “Like Home” the track I did with the NERVO Girls upcoming on my label Protocol Recordings, after this we have some tracks I signed to the labels and my own track “Symphonica”! Next to this loads and loads more, but will keep that a secret!!
Thank you for the interview man, keep killing it we love everything you put out!
Many thanks for the interview guys!!
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