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Poll 2021: Nicky Romero

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From: The Netherlands
 
Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “Tim van Werd.”
 
 
Nicky Romero used the extra time at home during the last year to work on giving something back. He launched Demo Drop sessions on Twitch, where he sits down with Protocol's A&R Director Jorik van de Pol to give feedback, live on the spot. “It allows me to flex different muscles in production and music discovery, as sometimes the process of explaining things to others can be the best way to reinforce your skills and discover new ones,” says the Dutch star, who admits to being an avid gamer. “I’ve really enjoyed jumping into the gaming community and making so many incredible new friends across the world.”
 
Next to this, he's enjoyed spending extra time with friends and family as well as in the studio. A result of that is his new side-project Monocule, for deeper sounds. “Experimentation is part of growth and it’s always good to try something completely new to stay inspired,” he says. Next year is all about the 10th anniversary of his Protocol Recordings label, so keep your eyes out for lots of celebrations. 
 
 
How was your first gig back after lockdown? 
 
“It was an amazing feeling to be back on the road for my US tour back in July. Performing after that long hiatus initially felt a bit unusual, but at times it was better than ever.”
 
 
How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance? 
 
“I spent a lot of my time working out, gaming, and focusing on my personal relationships.”
 
 
What further steps should the industry take to combat climate change? 
 
“Touring artists and their teams should always pay attention to smart planning of their tours, ie. to avoid unnecessary back-and-forth flights.” 
 
 
What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year? 
 
“Dangerous BAX EQ. Studio gear nerds know what is up with this beast.”
 
 
What’s the best album you’ve heard this year? 
 
“Bicep's ‘Isles' is off the hook!”

 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2021-10-06 12:14

Style: 
“Melodic progressive house.”
Best known for: 
“Founding Protocol Recordings, ‘Toulouse’, ‘I Could Be The One’ with Avicii.”
Tune of the year: 
“Elderbrook ‘Numb (Joris Voorn Remix)’.”

Poll 2020: Nicky Romero

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Remaining in the poll for a seventh consecutive year, Protocol Recordings boss and progressive house superstar, Nicky Romero, has managed to keep the wheels turning in 2020. After a slew of cancelled performances at festivals like Ultra Miami and Tomorrowland due to COVID-19, the DJ and producer contracted the virus himself in August. It didn’t put a stop to his plans, though, and he released a 2020 edit of his iconic track ‘Toulouse’ the same month.
 
Like the rest of the industry, Romero took his performances online this year, and hosted his own immersive, showstopping virtual event: Nicky Romero presents Another World. Taking viewers on a virtual journey through "wildest imaginations and hyper-realistic effects", Romero was joined by thousands of fans during the live stream back in July. 
 
It’s not just been virtual gigs keeping Romero connected to his fans this year, either. Taking to Twitch during downtime, Romero regularly streams games of Warzone, Call Of Duty and FIFA in his native Dutch, and cites gaming as a saviour while festivals and gigs are on pause.

 

What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
 
“Family and friends, gaming, music producing.”
 
 
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
 
“Artists shouldn’t put all their eggs in one basket. Diversify your creativity and business so you aren’t left out in the cold when unable to tour suddenly. We also need to be more supportive of our festival and club promoter partners while times aren’t so good.”
 
 
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
 
“Racism is the opposite of what this culture is founded on. There is no place for it and no tolerance for bigotry.”
 
 
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
 
“David Guetta & Sia ‘Titanium’.”
 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 22:38

Style: 
“Progressive house.”
Best known for: 
“‘Toulouse’ / ‘I Could Be The One’.”
Tune of the year: 
“YTRAM & Elderbrook ‘FIRE’.”

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