always been so much fun. This year we had a second
like and I don’t think I’d feel good about it.
room, which we called the worldwide stage and we
Raver Mag: It goes without saying that you’re one of
had some great acts like Mednas from Morocco and
the most talented producers in the world of electronic
Raiden from South Korea. For me, it was incredible to
dance music. Music aside, you’re a human being first
see how much international reach Protocol now has.
and foremost. Tell me, what are you passionate about?
We also had Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano swing
What do you like doing that makes you feel alive? What
by for a surprise set which was great!
shakes you up?
Raver Mag: Currently loving all of the mixes from
Nicky Romero: At the moment I’m really passionate
“Nicky Romero Presents Protocol x ADE 2016.”
about my photography. I recently invested in a really cool new camera and I’ve set up my own Instagram for
Nicky Romero: Glad you like them! Lately, I have been
my photos. I think that reveals another side of me, so if
focusing on experimenting in the studio, incorporating
you’re interested you should go and check it out.
the instruments that I play (piano, drums, guitar, etc.) and also working with musicians such as Nile
Raver Mag: From your tours over the past four
Rodgers, Colton Avery and The Script. I’ve always
years, what would you say was the most emotional
been attracted to music with strong melodies and
tracks that make you feel something. I hope that this always shows through in my productions. First and
Nicky Romero: The first time you play somewhere is
foremost, I always make music that I like and that I
always very cool. For me, a really special moment was
would want to listen to, because if I don’t like it, how
when I played Ultra Japan last year. It was my first
can I expect other people to?
time there and I couldn’t believe the response I had over half the crowd had Nicky Romero t-shirts, flags,
Raver Mag: The world of electronic dance music has
masks – it was really overwhelming. When it’s your first
become a saturated market. What do you think artists
time in a country, you never know what the reaction is
have to do to stay relevant or have to do to stay at their
going to be or how many people will turn up, so that
was incredible and I’ve been back several times since!
Nicky Romero: I think that leads on from my last point
Raver Mag: Anyone who hears your music knows that
- the idea of believing in what you are putting out there
it embodies angelic melodies, the funkiest discords,
and staying true to yourself and your sound. No one
swanky drops and harmonious transitions. If you were
will respect you if you keep moving with the trends and
to describe your music to someone who could not
the new ‘cool sound’ and it will show through in your
hear, how would you?
productions as there won’t be any authenticity. Nicky Romero: I think you just did a pretty good job of Raver Mag: Has there been a point in your career
that! I’m going to use your words ;)
where you’ve wanted to change your sound? I’m not one to categorize musicians by genres, but there
Raver Mag: 2016 is coming to a close. What do you
are many musicians in their career who convert to
have in store for 2017? What is one of your musical
Progressive from Trance or switch from Hard Style to
and spiritual goals?
Big Room. Nicky Romero: We’ve just launched the new Protocol Nicky Romero: I’m sure my style has found a natural
Studios so we’ll be doing loads of cool things
progression over the years and sure sometimes I can
surrounding that and there should also be lots more
see the appeal of thinking ‘this is what’s popular now,
new music, like last year. On a spiritual level, I think
if I make something like this, I could have a #1’, but
just stay positive, stay focused and open minded see
personally I’d find it hard to make music that I didn’t
what 2017 holds. •