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The Breakdown With Nicky Romero

Nicky Romero 2012

Dutch DJ/producer Nicky Romero found his niche in music at a very young age, picking up a set of drums and later trading them for turntables. With aspirations of rocking massive crowds with his own beats, Nicky began creating his own mixes and remixes, setting the stage for his global debut.

“It all started with the remake I did for the Groove Armada,” Romero tells House Music or Die.

In 2010, Romero took Groove Armada’s track “My Friend” (2001) and revamped it, producing a modern, energetic, and progressive sound. Released under one of the world’s greatest dance labels, Spinnin’ Records, “My Friend” shot to #4 on the Beatport Top 100 download chart and, subsequently, caught the attention of some of the world’s most respected EDM artists. Romero’s sharp, innovative sound earned him the respect of an all encompassing, new age producer.

With the world’s most respected EDM artists listening, Romero’s beats soon garnered him the opportunity to produce collaborations with some of the world’s most sought-after acts.

Nicky Romero Afrojack Tiesto

“I favor all my collabs, it is always very special to work with different people,” he warmly states.

Romero soon found himself in studio with fellow producers, acclaimed singers, and even rappers, working with the likes of Tiesto, Madonna, Flo Rida and many others. Though Romero has love for all types of artists, he tells us that above all, he would love to work with Axwell someday, as he, admittedly, is his biggest fan.

Though a collab with Axwell is not currently on the horizon, we will be seeing a lot of new tracks released under David Guetta’s label, which Romero recently signed with. Romero tells us of this exciting development in his career, declaring “I really enjoy spending time with David in the studio, he is a true inspiration!”

Nicky Romero Live

He explains, “[Guetta] has so much experience and really knows how to make the translation from studio to the floor.” With Guetta’s domination in urban dance sound and Romero’s versatility in electro house, we feel we have been gifted the perfect pairing for the production of banging beats.

Romero’s track “Wild One Two” (Jack Back ft David Guetta, Nicky Romero & Sia) was the first of many to be released under Guetta’s label, debuting on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio One and quickly skyrocketing to #1 on Beatport’s Top 100 download chart. Soon after, Romero was invited to spin on an edition of Pete Tong’s BBC Radio One Essential Mix, which was widely praised and left many speechless.

With countless accolades under his belt, Romero’s reputable status granted him the opportunity to take on residencies at some of the world’s most celebrated nightclubs, including Guetta’s “F*ck Me I’m Famous” at Pacha Ibiza, Marquee Las Vegas, and frequent visits to LIV Miami. Though Romero’s reach calls for travel across the globe, he notes: “I am in the states a great deal and I must say I love it! YOU GUYS ROCK!”

“Loads of fun stuff happens whilst on the road,” Romero tells House Music or Die.

Although he strives to provide for his fans, Romero is not safe from those we at House Music or Die like to call “Superfans.” Romero sheds light on a funny encounter he faced while performing at EDC in Las Vegas last year, telling us of a Superfan who made it, from the audience, into the DJ booth. Naturally, the Superfan was, not so subtly, removed.

As this, clearly, is not the most efficient way to connect with Romero, we asked him his preferred method of interaction with fans. “[Social media] has been an intricate part of my career,” Romero elaborates. “I love the fact that it brings us closer together and we can interact immediately.”

Through the use of social media tools such as Twitter and Ustream, Romero is able to remain in tune with his fans no matter where in the world he might be.

In an offering of advice to young bedroom producers, Romero tells us: “A lot of people are talking about conquering the road to success . . . but I feel I have a long way to go still. Do what you love, put all your heart and soul into it, set goals [and] visualize them, and never, ever give up.”

Nicky Romero, a truly incredible artist has, in our opinion, conquered the EDM scene and raised the bar for all artists, old and new. Though Romero feels he has a ways to go, we cannot wait to sit back and enjoy the tunes along the way. You can be sure to catch every beat right here on House Music or Die.


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