NICKY ROMERO Exclusive Interview by: KIMBERLY PHAN
Nick Rotteveel, better known by his stage name Nicky Romero, is a Dutch DJ, record producer, musician and remixer. He is the founder and owner of Protocol Recordings, a label that helps up and coming DJs and producers release their tracks with added guidance and experience. He has built an empire both on his own talent and through the creative genius of those who he takes into the Protocol Family. Nicky Romero’s millions of fans and his unyielding attention to detail caught our attention at Raver Mag. We were fortunate enough to catch up with him for an exclusive interview.
Raver Mag: It goes without saying that you are one of the most respected artists and hardest working producers in the industry. Since your release of “Toulouse,” you’ve released more top-level tracks and collaborated and mixed with some of the biggest names in dance music. This past year, you promised new music and you’ve done exactly that. With your newest track, “Crossroads,” what was the production process - from searching for the vocalists, teaming up with Navarra, to hitting the studio? Nicky Romero: Thank you very much, that’s very kind of you. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some major talents this year, like Nile Rodgers and The Script. On the flip side, I also love working with up and coming talent as I think there’s something that can be learned from everyone. One example - Navarra is an awesome duo that we found through Protocol. I got them in the studio with me and we just went from there. I think it’s hard to describe the creative process. Once you’re in the studio things just start to come together organically and that’s it. Raver Mag: For Amsterdam Dance Event, you hosted at the legendary Melkwag! For all of us who couldn’t attend, could you tell us about the surprise guests and the set you performed? Nicky Romero: We’ve been putting on the Protocol showcase every year for the last five years now and it’s