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    Recently featured as an instrumental track on Protocol Recording’s Miami 2015 Compilation, ‘Heartbeat’ now gets its long awaited release on Nicky Romero’s esteemed label to widespread critical acclaim. Continuing to establish both his name and his label as one the most cunning and exciting in 2015, Nicky Romero does exactly that with his own edit of Magnificence & Alec Maire ft. Brooke Forman ‘Heartbeat’.



    A vigorous anthem through and through, ‘Heartbeat’ is the seamless blend of progressive rock and electro house that so many Protocol Recording fans have come to love. Just premiered during Ultra Music Festival by Nicky Romero himself, the track has attained amazing responses and buzz ever since. Originally produced by New York native Alec Maire and Protocol veteran Magnificence, the label boss incorporates the perfect finishing touches as he adds heartfelt vocals and an array of production edits to fine tune this into the main stage anthem that it deserves to be. Filled to the brim with melodic sky piercing synths, thundering percussion, and a drop of epic proportions, Alec Maire and Magnificence’s collaborative effort combined Nicky’s edits of ‘Heartbeat’ is a high-octane cut that is primed to stream throughout many festival airwaves the world over.

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    Recently released as part of his highly acclaimed ‘Miami 2015’ compilation, Nicky Romero’s booming collaboration with fellow Protocol comrades Volt & State, ‘Warriors’, is finally available on all portals via Nicky’s iconic Protocol Recordings imprint.

    Having been premiered on the Main Stage of Ultra by Nicky Romero himself, a unique orchestra edit of ‘Warriors’ made big waves as thousands of fans fully embraced the sounds of Nicky and the long awaited release of the track. Nicky and Volt & State expertly layered rich melodic synths with driving yet enchanting vocals that lead into a euphoric drop creating an uplifting, progressive anthem portraying a mantra of never giving up and always fighting for what you believe in.


    Coming off of one of their biggest Miami Music Week’s in history, Nicky Romero and Protocol Recordings made their presence known with the launch of the Nicky x VIVE L’HOMME Capsule Collection, a special pop up store set at La Street, and by selling out #Protocol305 at the renowned Mansion Miami. Combined with his roaring Main Stage performance at Ultra Music Festival the day after and the sounds of Protocol Recordings’ Miami 2015 compilation ringing through the festival airwaves, it’s looking like Nicky Romero is shaping up to take over 2015.



    Nicky Romero X Omnia Nightclub Vegas

    Hey guys,

    Just a quick message to let you know that I will be playing for the first time at Omnia Nightclub Las Vegas on the 3rd of April! I am super excited and I would love to share this moment with my amazing fans. I am offering a special discounted ticket price exclusively for you guys to say thank you for all your support:


    Promo Code: Protocol

    Join me for a night of madness with Protocol friends & family!




    After much anticipation, Protocol Recordings now unleashes its ‘Miami 2015’ compilation that was announced earlier in March. Now available to purchase on all DSP’s, this year’s compilation is filled to the brim with exclusives and is commended to be Nicky Romero’s favorite one thus far.

    With the annual Ultra Music Festival just around the corner, ‘Miami 2015’ is the perfect soundtrack to get fans excited for #Protocol305 at the legendary Mansion Miami and Nicky’s Ultra Mainstage set on Sunday. Featuring an eclectic selection of exclusive new music from the likes of Nicky Romero vs Volt & State, Arno Cost & Arias, Paris & Simo, Felguk & Syn Cole, Magnificence & Alec Maire, No Mondays ft. Ryan S, Blinders & Tom Tyger, Reunify, Mike Hertz, Sam Void, and ASK:ME & B.Vivant, you can now unlock the only place online where a stream of the mixed compilation will be available after subscribing to Protocol Recordings’ Spotify playlists.


    Sitting alongside a bevy of innovative tracks such as ‘Get Back’ by Paris & Simo, Rico & Miella, ‘Echoes’ by Magnificence & Alec Maire, an acoustic mash up of the critically acclaimed ‘Let Me Feel’ and the immense upcoming collaborative track ‘Warriors’ with Nicky Romero and Volt & State which is now available for preview here, ‘Miami 2015’ is a true testament to the fact that both Nicky Romero and Protocol Recordings are set to have a massive season this year.

    For up-to-the-minute news, stay tuned to Nicky Romero’s and Protocol Recordings’ official social channels, all of which are listed below.




    Following his sold out label party at LIV during Miami Music Week in 2014, Dutch superstar Nicky Romero now confirms his return to South Florida this March with the announcement of his latest venture, Nicky Romero Presents #Protocol305.


    Switching up proceedings by moving to the legendary Mansion Nightclub on Saturday, March 28, this aptly titled #Protocol305 event (305 being the official Miami-Dade area code) will see Nicky Romero take over the iconic Washington Avenue venue for one night only, armed with a selection of his favorite label friends and a few extra special guests!

    Whilst the guest appearances are still a very closely guarded secret, previous stars to grace his distinguished Protocol events in Miami, Amsterdam and New York among others, have included the likes of Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Afrojack, Fedde Le Grand and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. If history alone were anything to go by, Nicky Romero Presents Protocol #305 looks set to be one of the most eagerly awaited events during Miami Music Week this year. Watch the recap of the Protocol Recordings ADE Reboot show in Amsterdam last year, where stars like Afrojack and Martin Garrix joined Nicky on stage for a truly memorable night!

    Tickets for Nicky Romero Presents Protocol #305 are now on sale here. With Nicky Romero / Protocol shows consistently selling out in Miami, be sure to get your tickets well in advance to avoid any disappointment.

    More details will be announced in the coming weeks. For up-to-the-minute news, stay tuned to Nicky Romero’s and Protocol Recordings’ official social channels, all of which are listed below.


    Let Me Feel – Official Music Video

    As he looks forward to another prolific year at the top of his game, Dutch superstar Nicky Romero now breathes a fresh lease of life into what was one of the flagship releases on his Protocol Records imprint in 2014, as he unveils the captivating official music video for ‘Let Me Feel’—his smash hit collaboration with Vicetone featuring When We Are Wild.


    Debuted live and direct from the Protocol headquarters in Amsterdam on February 7 by means of an exclusive livestream event, thousands of dedicated Nicky Romero fans tuned in to watch the official premiere of the tear-jerking music video, listen to Nicky discussing how it was made and participate in a live Q&A with the man himself.

    Directed by critically acclaimed film maker Peter Huang, this emotive piece of videography follows the story of a father’s struggle pay off the medical bills for his sick daughter. Emotionally and spiritually in sync, this short movie captures their aganozing uphill battle as both father and daughter fight with everything they’ve got to overcome their excruciating hardship. For those who missed out first time around, the official video for Let Me Feel is now available on YouTube for all to enjoy.


    Nicky Romero embraces innovative technology in latest marketing campaign – #CALLNICKY













    In a campaign entitled #callnicky – fans are invited to interact with the star by entering their phone number at www.callnickyromero.com. Moments later, Nicky Romero is seen via video – there are nine scenarios in total – dialing the number followed by what appears to be a live conversation with the caller. In what is a flawless process where voice and video are in total synchronicity, Protocol Management, Romero and with the help of Anglo/Dutch creative agency DARE TO DIFR have created a truly engaging experience for fans.

    Explaining the concept, Jorik van de Pol, A&R and Digital Director at Protocol Management said: We as a team have tried to come up with an idea that would really set us apart from what anyone else does at this time of year, and over the next three months a much bigger story will unfold. For Nicky and for us, fan engagement at everything we do is our priority and so rather than repeatedly asking fans to vote for Nicky, it was about giving people the opportunity to play with something over a period of time.

    Martijn Zijerveld of Dare to Difr: When Protocol Management approached us to see if we could help to take their idea to a flawless execution, both from a UX/UI design and a development perspective, we were excited as the story idea was great and was executable. Fan response and engagement has honestly been mesmerizing and it’s going to be exciting to see it unfold.


    Nicky Romero Releases his New Single, “Feet On The Ground” with Dutch Rockstar Anouk

    Nicky Romero releases his new single, “Feet On The Ground” with the Dutch rockstar Anouk, due out on Monday, May 12th via his own Protocol Recordings label. Coming off of his groundbreaking performance at Mexico’s EMPO Awards, Nicky is as strong as ever as he moves into the heat of this year’s festival season armed with this new collaboration with Anouk that he premiered at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival. “Feet On The Ground” is a rock-infused big-room smash that’s a surefire anthem. Purchase Nicky Romero & Anouk’s “Feet On The Ground” on Beatport: bit.ly/NR-Fotg

    For this upcoming release, Nicky Romero teamed up with the decorated singer/songwriter, Anouk, who has had numerous hits singles in the Dutch and Belgian charts. In “Feet On The Ground,” Nicky builds upon Anouk’s piercing vocals with a dynamic blend of big rock guitar riffs, his signature synths, piano chords, and of course, heavy drums and bass. With this single, Nicky Romero sets a strong precedent for more of his brilliant music to come.


    Nicky Romero presents Protocol Amsterdam Reboot at ADE

    It is almost becoming a tradition, but this year Nicky Romero and his label Protocol Recordings will again open the Amsterdam Dance Event with a bang. After this concept seeing successful visits to Miami, New York and Las Vegas Nicky Romero will present on Wednesday October 15 Protocol Amsterdam Reboot with an extensive line up and many special guests. Previous editions saw impressive guests like Fedde Le Grand, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Don Diablo, Nervo and R3hab dropping by. And again this year Nicky will invite many great artists and friends to rock both rooms at the Melkweg.

    For Nicky Romero, a musical wunderkind according to DJ Mag this night is a highlight of yet another fantastic year. After rising to stardom in recent years with hits like I Could Be The One” with Avicii, he now has definitely established himself at the top of the international dance scene with millions of fans all over the world. Next to that his own Protocol radio show sees a weekly synchronisation to more than 70 FM radio stations, reaching 40 million listeners in 45 countries.

    Also for his label Protocol Recordings the showcase at the opening night of ADE will be the mark of a successful year. Protocol’s releases always end up topping the charts on Beatport, working with artists like Tritonal, John Dahlback, Vicetone, Merk & Kremont, Calvin Harris, R3hab,Nervo, Krewella and Bassjackers it is clear Protocol has a great impact on the dance scene. Quite an achievement for such a young and independent label. And yet much more is still to come. So this event will guarantee a lot of new material and exclusive collabs. Get your tickets now as all the previous editions were sold out well in advance!

    For more information on Nicky Romero presents Protocol Amsterdam Reboot please visit www.protocolrecordings.com, to check the aftermovie of last year, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-L1bli3bQY

    Buy your Early Bird tickets (€15,-) / Normal tickets (€20,00)at www.protocolrecordings.com


    Protocol Recordings Releases Nicky Romero’s New Edit of John Christian’s “Next Level”

    Protocol Recordings releases the official preview of Nicky’s edit of John Christian’s single, “Next Level,” due out on Monday, May 26th. The rising Protocol family member, John Christian, has been gaining a substantial amount of hype and recognition around the world with his production expertise, which yields outstanding originals that eventually land in the hands of dance music’s elite. As premiered in Nicky’s Ultra Music Festival Miami performance this year, “Next Level” initially takes on a minimal sound with a synth sequence before the cut off is opened to unleash the ravey melody that quickly builds up to the relentless drop – powered by huge drums and an even bigger vibe. This release comes as the Protocol Recordings squad takes their “reboot” event concept around the world, stopping at Pacha Ibiza for its grand opening on Wednesday, May 21st. Buy the “Next Level” Edit on Beatport: http://bit.ly/1nH6T4s


    OUT NOW: Protocol Recordings Releases Martin Volt & Quentin State, Burgundy’s “Conspiracy”

    Today, Protocol Recordings releases Martin Volt & Quentin State, Burgundy’s new single, “Conspiracy,” on Beatport. Following up on Bobina & Vigel’s hit single, “Crunch,” Protocol Recordings delivers a cinematic new tune that demonstrates what can happen when three talented emerging producers come together for some studio magic. Previously played by Nicky Romero at Ultra Music Festival, “Conspiracy” begins with orchestra elements fused with a thumping kick before reaching a massive crescendo that drops into pulverizing electro. With this latest release, Protocol Recordings remains as an influential force, pushing dance music forward with its distinctive sounds. Catch the Protocol Recordings Reboot Tour in Ibiza, New York, and Antwerp in the coming months. Purchase Martin Volt & Quentin State, Burgundy’s “Conspiracy” on Beatport here: http://btprt.dj/1fJshpC

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    Nicky Romero to Perform Live At the EMPO Awards From the Protocol Studios In Holland

    Nicky Romero is proud to announce that he will be doing a special live performance at Mexico’s EMPO Awards from his Protocol Studios in Holland. Coming off of a phenomenal run in Miami, including his successful Protocol Recordings Miami Reboot party and his Ultra Music Festival main stage set, Nicky remains on the global stage with one-of-a-kind performance powered by a satellite connection at one of the biggest music award events in Mexico. Other world-class artists such as Don Diablo, Afrojack, Paul van Dyk, Deorro, DVBBS, and the “3 Are Legend” special trio with Steve Aoki and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, will also be performing, but they will be live at the venue. Tune in to catch Nicky Romero’s live set from 7:00PM-7:45PM CDT, and Don Diablo’s live set from 6:00PM-7:00PM CDT this Saturday, April 12th. Watch the EMPO Awards live-stream here: http://bit.ly/1iyAadT.

    Set Time: 7:00PM-7:45PM CDT, Saturday, April 12th
    Watch the Satellite Live-Stream Here: http://bit.ly/1iyAadT


    OUT NOW: Protocol Releases Blasterjaxx’s “Echo”

    Protocol Recordings releases Blasterjaxx’s new single, “Echo,” today on Beatport. After a massively successful run in Miami, Protocol Recordings returns for an absolute heater from the Dutch power duo that has been making a strong impact on the scene with their string of hits and gigs like Ultra Music Festival. In “Echo,” they bring a melody-driven big-room smash showcasing a fresh arrangement with pumping rhythms, huge pads, and a ravey horn-like synth. Tested and proven by Nicky Romero, and Blasterjaxx themselves, on the Ultra Music Festival main stage, “Echo” is set to be one of the year’s biggest tunes. Purchase it on Beatport here ► http://btprt.dj/1qefWL2

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    Nicky Romero Presents: Miami 2014 Compilation

    The Protocol Recordings boss, Nicky Romero, presents Miami 2014, a compilation that manifests the boundary-pushing music and movement. Coming to Beatport on Monday, March 10th and iTunes on Monday, March 17th, the compilation features a plethora of phenomenal tracks including exclusives from promising, emerging talents such as Amersy, Chris Kaeser, John Christian, and more, while also offering forthcoming Protocol releases from Bobby Rock, Sultan + Ned Shepard, Vicetone, Martin Volt & Quentin State and Blasterjaxx, among others. Current Protocol releases from Stadiumx & Taylr Renee, Skidka & Hard Rock Sofa, and Nicky Romero himself round out the package to keep fans in-the-know about essential tracks. With the sold-out Miami Reboot party on the horizon and this compilation due out next week, Nicky Romero and Protocol Recordings are gearing up for one of their largest Miami runs to date. Grab the Miami 2014 compilation HERE

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    Nicky Romero Presents: Protocol Recordings “Miami Reboot”

    Nicky Romero and his Protocol Recordings label returns for a one-of-a-kind event, “Miami Reboot,” departing from the WMC standards to “reboot” the system and create something revolutionary. Taking place during the day from 2PM to 11PM at LIV Ocean Club at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Protocol’s Miami Reboot will host a lineup featuring Nicky Romero & friends, including both world-class artists and future stars. Tickets are on-sale tomorrow, February 6th at 2 PM EST. For tickets and more information on Nicky Romero Presents Protocol Recordings “Miami Reboot” visit: www.wantickets.com/ProtocolMiami

    As an internationally renowned brand, Protocol Recordings and its label nights have had a history of great success with sold-out events across the globe. These nights saw Nicky Romero as a performer and an impresario with on-point curation of virtuosic artists such as Nervo, Don Diablo, Vicetone, Bassjackers, and John Dahlback, as well as massive special guests like David Guetta and Fedde Le Grand. On top of its label nights, Protocol Recordings makes waves in the scene with consistent, top-quality releases as seen by its most recent single, Tritonal & Paris Blohm’s “Colors,” and the forthcoming smash, “Moloko” by Skidka & Hard Rock Sofa. Protocol Recordings will undoubtedly continue as one of dance music’s most well-respected outlets.

    This Protocol Recordings “Miami Reboot” is just another step on Nicky’s auspicious path to become the megastar that he was meant to be. The event will demonstrate Protocol’s distinctive style and tastemaker appeal offering the finest in progressive house and electro. Also, Nicky’s hand-picked team of diverse Protocol-affiliated talents will be showcasing new material – not to mention what the mystery special guests will incite.



    Protocol Recordings Releases the Official Preview for Skidka & Hard Rock Sofa’s “Moloko”

    Protocol Recordings releases the official preview for Skidka & Hard Rock Sofa’s new single, “Moloko,” due out on Monday, February 10th. Following up on Tritonal & Paris Blohm’s “Colors,” Protocol steps up for yet another smash with its trademark progressive house sound. The emerging Skidka and Russia’s power duo, Hard Rock Sofa, have teamed up for a new single, “Moloko,” that brings a fresh take on peak-time rave weapons with its blend of classic and modern elements. Preview Skidka & Hard Rock Sofa’s “Moloko” here: http://bit.ly/1ftzqXl.

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    Protocol Recordings Premieres Its Fan-Sourced Video For Tritonal & Paris Blohm’s “Colors” Ft. Sterling Fox

    Protocol Recordings premieres its fan-sourced video for Tritonal & Paris Blohm’s single, “Colors” featuring Sterling Fox. In celebration of the release, the label invited fans to show their “Colors” in a video submission on YouTube or Instagram to become a part of the extensive YouTube fan video. Protocol Recordings urged fans to represent their proud cultural, religious, and ethnic heritages, as well as their neighborhood, city, countryside, and other places they call home. The fans did just that and they were recognized with their names and home countries listed on their video submission.


    Protocol Recordings Releases “R3hab & Lucky Date – Rip It Up (Nicky Romero Edit)”

    Two of dance music’s powerhouses, R3hab & Lucky Date, have joined forces for this strong forthcoming single release on Protocol. In “Rip It Up,” they bring in the grinding electro early on, and as the track takes shape, ascending elements are incorporated for a long build with effects and vocal accents throughout. The progressive house segment then pulls through as a bridge before the second drop that takes on an extra dimension of synths for a high energy feel.

    Nicky Romero gives “Rip It Up” a festival-ready makeover as he follows up on his most recent releases. He keeps the original’s electro segments, but he reworks the first melodies and moves the massive progressive house chords to a more central part of the track. Following the melodic relief, he revamps the build with an exhilarating touch before returning to the electro segments. Nicky has subtly applied his distinctive style to give this track a bit of his own flavor.


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    Nicky Romero & Sonic Academy releases “Kick Plugin”

    Sonic Academy, the electronic music production and tech site have today released their latest plugin in collaboration with Nicky Romero. Sonic Academy Kick – Nicky Romero Artist edition is a kick drum synthesiser allowing you to quickly and precisely create kick drums and tune them to your tracks. It combines a synthesised sub oscillator and sampled clicks to create a wide variety of kick drums, percussive and even bass sounds. With Pitch, Amp and Click envelope editors, drive, pitch control and the Nicky Romero designed distortion section, Kick promises to be the new essential go to tool in every producer’s arsenal. With over 150 factory presets and 40 exclusive Nicky Romero presets you can access that special Protocol sound right out of the box. In addition kick comes bundled with 32 Nicky Romero clicks lifted straight from his productions. The user can also load their favourite clicks, kicks, and even fx to create truly unique personal sounding kicks. Other features include on board EQ, sub drive, distortion section and a internal master limiter allowing to you drive those kicks without worrying about your kick channel. Sampled kicks are now a thing of the past.

    Available to download now direct from sonicacademy.com/kick
    Priced £24.95/$39.95/€29.95


    ‘Nicky Romero & Friends’ Protocol Label Night ADE 2013 – Aftermovie

    The record label boss and cross-genre wizard, Nicky Romero, kicked off the Amsterdam Dance Event 2013 with a Protocol Recordings label night on October 16th, 2013 at Melkweg. With a lineup featuring Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, John Dahlback, Don Diablo, Martin Garrix, and mystery special guests Fedde Le Grand in the Protocol Recordings room, and Vicetone, Cash Cash, TV Noise, Nilson, Vince Moogin, and John Christian in the Protocol Radio room, “Oude Zaal,” it was a remarkable full packed event that demonstrated Protocol’s distinctive style and influential tastemaker appeal.

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    Nicky Romero Releases Official Video For “Legacy,” His Collaboration With Krewella

    The new #7 ranked DJ in the world and Protocol Recordings founder, Nicky Romero, releases the long-awaited official video for “Legacy,” his hit collaboration with Krewella, via MTV Buzzworthy. Just before he departs on his Halloween mini tour, Nicky Romero comes through with a captivating visual representation of the evocative song that has become a certified anthem. The “Legacy” video is a powerful story about being there for the people you love.

    Directed by Kyle Padilla, Nicky Romero & Krewella’s “Legacy” video runs through a love story between a cancer-diagnosed mother and her son who becomes a sort of empathetic vigilante. While the mother struggles with her treatment and its effects, her son is determined to do whatever he can to help her feel better – even if that means bashing in her co-workers car, amongst other things. Although his actions are slightly misdirected, his genuine concern and determination give her strength to continue on her fight against cancer. With this video, Nicky Romero & Krewella have not only given new life to their song, but they have also helped raise awareness for cancer patients.

    Three of the actors who shaved their heads in the video donated the hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy.


    Nicky Romero Releases Protocol Flight #03 – The Summer Recap Video

    Nicky Romero releases Protocol Flight #03 as a recap video of his Summer performances at some of the most prestigious festivals and clubs in the world. Following up on the the success of his recent single, “SOTU” with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Fast Eddie, Nicky once again opens up to share a rare behind-the-scenes perspective of his life on tour. Running through footage from Ultra Music Festival Europe, Ushuaia Ibiza, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Sensation Amsterdam, and everywhere in between, fans are able witness his massive performances while getting to know his personality and gaining insight into the happenings both on-stage and off.

    This past Summer has been one of Nicky Romero’s most prosperous seasons to date as he not only enjoyed a stacked tour schedule, but he also released well-received singles like “Legacy” with Krewella and “Still The Same Man” with John Christian & Nilson. Now with his Protocol Recordings label night at ADE in his sights, he maintains a strong connection with his fans, just as he always has. In Protocol Flight #03, he captivates viewers with all that happens on tour – from sound checking to chatting with David Guetta and Afrojack, playing on main stages, dealing with technical difficulties, traveling, and more. Nicky Romero continues to build a strong reputation around his music, performances, and Protocol Recordings to distinguish himself from the rest.

    Watch Protocol Flight #03 – The Summer Recap Video below!


    Nile Rodgers talks about producing with Nicky Romero

    Legendary producer, guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of Chic, Nile Rodgers, stops by Dubspot NYC for an exclusive interview in which the prolific hitmaker talks about collaboration of David Guetta & Nicky Romero, sampling and re-purposing as a viable way to compose new and exciting music, production technology, workflow, and learning to be open!

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    Nicky Romero Announces Interactive Performance Experience With Google Glass At TomorrowWorld 2013

    The Protocol Recordings boss and studio wizard, Nicky Romero, announces an interactive performance experience with Google Glass at TomorrowWorld this Sunday, September 29th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm on the main stage. Nicky once again challenges the status quo by combining technology and music to increase artist-to-fan connectivity like never before. After just releasing his new production plug-in, Kickstart, he now takes on Google Glass to set the bar for future cutting-edge performances.

    This weekend, keep a close eye on Nicky’s Google+ page or Facebook page for more information.

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    Nicky Romero Develops New Production Plug-in Called Kickstart

    The Protocol Recordings founder, Nicky Romero, develops a new production plug-in called Kickstart, powered by Cableguys. In every aspect of his life – as DJ, producer and label head – Romero is a tireless advocate for his art. He now embraces another facet of his passion and provides producers with a valuable method for improving their workflow. Kickstart is the fastest way to get the signature sidechain effect that is an essential tool used by top-notch producers of all types to help bring out kick drums and bass. Kickstart is available for purchase at $15/€10 or as a free trial download. For purchase, free trial, or more information on Nicky Romero’s Kickstart sidechain plug-in visit: www.kickstart-plugin.com

    Nicky Romero and Cableguys have come together to bring a fresh sidechain plug-in to the producer community. Sidechain compression is used to rhythmically change the volume of audio channels to provide space and definition. The kick drum and bass stand out only when the effect is implemented. Kickstart has a big Mix control, 16 hand-crafted modulation curves, a precise oscilloscope, and can run synced or retriggered via MIDI, with loop and one-shot modes all available. Forget complicated compressor routings, producers can simply drop Kickstart on their channels and be ready to go. You can use Kickstart in any VST or AU sequencer such as Ableton Live, Logic, Cubase, Fruity Loops, etc. For PC+Mac, 32/64bit, VST/AU.


    Nicky Romero Announces Massive Lineup for Protocol Recordings Label Night – ADE 2013

    The record label boss and cross-genre wizard, Nicky Romero, is kicking off the Amsterdam Dance Event 2013 with a Protocol Recordings label night on October 16th, 2013 at Melkweg. With a lineup featuring Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, John Dahlback, Don Diablo, Martin Garrix, Vicetone, and mystery special guests in the Protocol Recordings room, “The Max,” as well as Vicetone again, Cash Cash, TV Noise, Nilson, Vince Moogin, and John Christian in the Protocol Radio room, “Oude Zaal,” it is set to be a remarkable event that will demonstrate Protocol’s distinctive style and influential tastemaker appeal. Fans should be prepared to experience the label’s musical innovation at its finest. For tickets and more information on the Protocol Recordings ADE Label Night visit: http://bit.ly/1b7fxmk.

    2013 has already been an exhilarating, yet prosperous, year for Nicky Romero as he has produced a UK #1, “I Could Be The One” with Avicii, and other chart-topping tracks including “Symphonica” and “Legacy” with Krewella. Not only has his production been on point, but he has also had stand-out performances at world-class festivals such as Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Tomorrowland, and more. In addition to his own personal successes, Protocol Recordings has been fostering a dominant presence in dance music by maintaining consistent quality output with hit releases like Vince Moogin’s “Love Me Right,” John Dahlback’s “Nuke,” Don Diablo “Give It All,” Vicetone’s “Tremble,” and of course, Nicky’s highly sought-after tracks.

    This Protocol Recordings label night at ADE is just another step on Nicky’s auspicious path to become the megastar that he was meant to be. Fans can expect Nicky Romero at his absolute best playing exclusive new Nicky Romero originals, remixes, and collaborations. Also, Nicky’s hand-picked team of special guests will be showcasing new material that’s sure to get the dance floor bursting with energy. Since ADE has grown into the world’s biggest club festival with over 1,700 artists from all over the globe performing in 75 clubs, the night will be a very special occasion for everyone involved.

    Located at Melkweg, one of Amsterdam’s most premier venues, the DJs will perform with the backdrop of a mind-bending light show as music will be blasted into the crowd from the venue’s state-of-the-art sound system. This year, there will be “Protocol Recordings” area, as well as a “Protocol Radio” area, so fans can explore and enjoy a multi-faceted concert experience. For more information please visit: www.protocolrecordings.com, Early Birds €12.50 (SOLD OUT) / €17 (Normal) visit: http://bit.ly/1b7fxmk.


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    Protocol Recordings Releases Preview of Don Diablo & CID’s “Prototype”

    Protocol Recordings releases the official previews for Don Diablo & CID’s new single, “Prototype,” release date TBA. After teaming up for an enormous remix of “Give It All” featuring Alex Clare, Don Diablo & CID have returned with a vengeance. As a team, their styles and production skills fuse together to form a single entity that raises the standard for big-room house. “Prototype” is an exhilarating acid-laced floor filler that serves as a testament to their auspicious collaborations. Protocol Recordings moves further to distinguish its highly sought-after signature sound with this latest release. Preview Don Diablo & CID’s “Prototype” here: http://bit.ly/18FXD8E.

    Still riding the wave of Nicky Romero and Krewella’s “Legacy” single and remix package, Protocol Recordings comes through with new heat from Don Diablo & CID for a cutting-edge release. In “Prototype,” the collaborative duo makes use of an inventive melody, a warm, distorted bassline, big drums, and catchy vocal samples to build the track up to the climax. With a brief vocal cue, the track drops into the main acid house segment, which at times cuts back to the intro for a fresh dynamic. Don Diablo & CID have successfully worked their magic to take Protocol Recordings to new heights.


    OUT NOW “Legacy” Remix Package!

    Protocol Recordings, Nicky Romero’s flagship label, releases the official previews for the “Legacy” remix package featuring Vicetone, Wildstylez, Don Diablo, & Candyland. With “Legacy” reaching the Beatport #1 milestone, Nicky Romero and Krewella have been trailblazing their way to the top playing their arena-sized anthem across the world to thousands of adoring fans singing along. Now Protocol Recordings has enlisted the flourishing up and comers Vicetone, Wildstylez, Don Diablo, and Candyland to work their studio magic and add to the song’s already overwhelming reception. Protocol Recordings remains as forward-thinking as ever and is paving its way to becoming one of dance music’s most respected labels. Preview the “Legacy” remix package here: http://bit.ly/19iPU1h

    Opening up the “Legacy” remix package, Vicetone offers a high-energy progressive remix driven by a smooth re-constructed melody. Next up, Wildstylez stays true to to his name and delivers a frenzied hardstyle rendition featuring massive piercing synths and pumping bass. Don Diablo follows with a dropped tempo showcasing a festival-trap style with skittering percussion, as well as added electronic and the lyrics of Sway into his trap style remix. Closing out the pack, Candyland gives the song their signature “OG” treatment applying an unconventional trap sound including jumpy detuned synths and fresh original melodies. The “Legacy” remix pack is sure to be a cross-genre hit that has a little something for everyone.

    Purchase here: http://bit.ly/LegacyTheRemixes


    Nicky Romero Announces 2013 North America Tour – ‘Nothing Toulouse’

    The Protocol Recordings impresario and inventive producer, Nicky Romero, announces his ‘Nothing Toulouse’ North American tour with dates throughout the United States and Canada spanning from Saturday, August 31st to Sunday, September 29th. After pulling out all the stops on the prominent stages of world-renowned festivals and events such as Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Sensation White this year, Nicky has decided to take matters into his own hands. Having just released his secret weapon, “Legacy” with Krewella, he will remain as a key player in dance music and further establish himself on his beat-driven conquest of cities far and wide. At each and every stop on the tour, fans can expect the jaw-dropping DJ-ing and full-throttle energy that have come to be associated with the always stunning Nicky Romero. Purchase pre-sale tickets for Nicky Romero’s Nothing Toulouse North American Tour here: http://bit.ly/13ykGkZ.

    Nicky Romero will be joined on tour by the Dutch duo, Vicetone. Within a matter of months, Vicetone has exploded from their bedroom studios straight into the top clubs and festivals of the world. They have quickly risen to become one of the most sought after up and coming artists in dance music today.

    Making himself known for this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, Nicky Romero has released a cinematic video depicting a story of the asked “Toulouse” character haunting him in his dreams and reality all for one simple request. Watch the video here to find out what happens next, and be sure to #VoteNicky for the Top 100 DJs poll: http://bit.ly/17zgl0Z.

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    #VoteNicky for DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll.

    After becoming the highest new entry at #17 in last year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, the genre-defying producer and record label boss, Nicky Romero, has been taking the dance music world by storm and there’s no stopping him. Whether it’s his infectious productions, such as his Beatport #1′s “Symphonica,” “Legacy” with Krewella, and his UK #1 “I Could Be The One” with Avicii, or his jaw-dropping performances as seen at Ultra Music Festival and Coachella, there is something to keep Nicky fresh in the minds of thousands upon thousands of his devoted fans. Additionally, his Protocol Radio show has become one of the most listened to podcasts hosting a balance of music from promising, upcoming talent and established dance music elite. Taking things one step further, Nicky’s Protocol Recordings label has been strengthening its reputation as one of the industry’s most respectable big-room outlets with each and every release. Nicky’s ascent to stardom has been no mistake, but a culmination of successes on a long, arduous journey in the name of creative altruism.

    From being featured in the “What’s Your Forte?” Kia campaign to creating the latest mix for Sensation White and playing the world premiere of its new show, Into The Wild, Nicky never ceases to impress with his diligence in all facets of his career. Making himself known for this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, he has released a cinematic video depicting a story of the asked “Toulouse” character haunting him in his dreams and reality all for one simple request. Watch the video to find out what happens next:


    Nicky Romero Releases Official Preview of Collaboration with Krewella, “Legacy”

    The crossover dance music mastermind, Nicky Romero, releases the official preview of his highly sought-after collaboration with Krewella, “Legacy”. After seeing “I Could Be The One” with Avicii, “Still The Same Man,” and “Symphonica” reach a prominent level of commercial success this year, Nicky Romero continues on his auspicious musical journey showcasing yet another forward-thinking production. “Legacy” is an unmistakable hybridization of big-room flair matched with bass-driven intensity that exemplifies what can happen when two of the hottest names in dance music come together. Preview “Legacy” here: http://bit.ly/17h0iZP.

    The long rumored collaboration between Nicky Romero and Krewella has finally come to fruition for the whole world to experience. “Legacy” flows through an evocative sequence with the ever-so familiar Krewella vocals layered over playful, filtered synths and evolving percussive elements that lead into a frenzied build. The track then ignites with the full-throttle energy of booming drums, dynamic melodies, and a powerful, wobbley bassline, all precisely arranged to sonic perfection. “Legacy” is a surefire festival anthem that will be heard far and wide at main stages, clubs, and everywhere in between.

    “Legacy” will be released exclusively on Beatport July 15th via Protocol Recordings.


    Nicky Romero Announces US Legacy Tour Featuring Debut at Light Las Vegas

    17 till 21 June
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    The Protocol Recordings mastermind and crossover dance music producer, Nicky Romero, announces his US Legacy Tour that runs from June 14 till June 21. In honor of the imminent release of his inventive new track, “Legacy,” Nicky looks to capture the hearts and souls of new and old fans alike with his remarkable performances – just as he has always done. The Legacy Tour will be a very special, exhilarating run of dates, but most importantly, it features the debut of his residency at Light Las Vegas.

    As per usual, Nicky has been keeping himself busy with producing, managing Protocol Recordings, and spreading his music like wildfire around the world. 2013 has been one of his most fruitful years to date with #1 hits, such as “I Could Be The One” with Avicii and “Symphonica,” as well as some groundbreaking gigs including his Coachella debut, and his first Protocol Recordings events in Amsterdam and Miami. Nicky maintains his strong momentum with his Legacy Tour that is not to be missed by any dance music fan.

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    June 14 Story Miami
    June 15 Spring Awakening Chicago
    June 15 The Mid Chicago
    June 16 Sutra Costa Mesa
    June 16 Intervention San Diego
    June 17 Create Los Angeles
    June 18 Private Event Los Angeles
    June 19 Daylight Beach Club Las Vegas
    June 20 Protocol – The Light Las Vegas
    June 21 EDC Las Vegas


    Protocol Recordings Releases Official Preview of Don Diablo & CID’s “Give It All” Remix

    Protocol Recordings, Nicky Romero’s forward-thinking label, announces the exclusive release of Don Diablo & CID‘s remix of Don Diablo’s forthcoming single “Give It All” feat. Alex Clare and Kelis. The remix is set for release on June 10th via Protocol Recordings. The Dutch bred dance music virtuoso, Don Diablo, has recruited New York’s prodigy, CID, to collaborate on a new, festival-ready rendition of the pop-inclined song. Protocol Recordings looks to fully infiltrate the new generation of dance music fans with an irresistible crossover hit. Preview Don Diablo & CID’s Remix of “Give It All” here: http://bit.ly/11z0Cjc.

    Don Diablo wrote and recorded “Give it All” in London after a period of personal reflection. In the words of Don, “For this particular song I wanted to work with two artists with totally different backgrounds and I wanted them to put something personal into the song as well. It was quite a journey, but I feel blessed to now have two of my favorite voices in pop music on the record. “Give It All”, which is set for a July release, already hit the no.1 spot on the Hype Machine and is accompanied by a rather thundering video. “When the record was done I already had an idea in my head for a remix that I could play during the peak of my DJ-sets. I am excited about the release of this remix on Protocol Recordings, because they have a high standard and a selective output for the releases on their label.”

    Don Diablo & CID have showcased their expertise in the studio by taking the laid-back original “Give It All” and transforming it into a galvanizing dance floor wrecker. They pair a pad-driven chord progression with Alex Clare’s distinctive, alluring vocals to draw the listener in, while slowly raising the tension before a strong drum hit signals the swift, high-intensity build. The powerful electro synths are introduced under a looped vocal, and after a brief pause at the height of the crescendo, the song’s raw energy breaks through with unrelenting force as voluminous drums, rave horns, and synths induce an electrifying big-room frenzy. The Don Diablo & CID remix of “Give It All” is already on its way to becoming a Summer festival hit as it has seen support from the likes of Pete Tong, Nicky Romero, Laidback Luke, Hardwell, W&W, and many others.


    Protocol Recordings Announces Remix Package “Symphonica”

    Protocol Recordings, Nicky Romero’s innovative label, releases the mammoth “Symphonica” remix package featuring Cash Cash, Bare, and Suedes on the 20th of May. As “Symphonica” has gained recognition as a Beatport #1, it has won over the masses with its emotive orchestrated elements and pulverizing electro basslines that expand on Nicky Romero’s signature sound. Following up on the track’s worldwide success, Protocol Recordings has selected the swiftly emerging producers, Cash Cash, Bare, and Suedes, to showcase their own distinctive styles for a powerful, eclectic offering that is nothing short of remarkable. Protocol Recordings continues with its consistent quality output, and will certainly maintain its rise to prominence with more releases to come. Preview the “Symphonica” remix package here: http://bit.ly/YPc5Ze

    Kicking off the “Symphonica” remix package, Cash Cash delivers a jaw-dropping electro-house rendition that features a chopped and screwed dynamic with added drums, a vocal-like synth, and a stunning mid-tempo bridge. Next up, Bare provides a heavy dose of bass with his hybridized trap masterpiece complete with MPC-type sampling. Rounding out the package, Suedes drops the BPM for a reggae-influenced dubstep monster that brings a girthy take on the original without diminishing its melodic nature. The remixes for “Symphonica” are sure to bring new life to one of Nicky Romero’s most forward-thinking track


    Protocol Recordings Announces John Dahlback’s New Single, “Nuke”

    Protocol Recordings, Nicky Romero’s burgeoning dance music label, announces John Dahlback‘s colossal new single “Nuke” out on May 6th. Currently on his North American tour stopping at top-tier venues such as Liv Miami, Pacha New York, and XS Las Vegas, Dahlback remains as a powerful force to be reckoned with as he has been consistently churning out stunning live performances and jaw-dropping tracks. Additionally, he has been managing his promising label, Mutants Records, that has been gaining recognition as a tastemaker platform. Dahlback’s latest offering, “Nuke,” embodies his innovative, high-octane sound that is sure to pulverize dance floors far and wide. Preview “Nuke” here: http://bit.ly/YRmFvN.

    Building a name around his unmistakeable productions, John Dahlback has a reputation for harnessing explosive energy that is manifested in his works of art. In “Nuke,” he transitions from a stripped-down introduction of drums and looped arpeggios into an exhilarating electro-house sequence with growling, bass-driven synth stabs. The track then breaks open to a bridge of evolving melodies and an intensely stimulating crescendo. “Nuke” is fully realized with the second drop that proves to be just as hazardous as the first. Dahlback never ceases to amaze even the most knowledgable dance music enthusiasts with his raw power.

    About Protocol Recordings:
    Since its inception, Protocol Recordings has become known around the industry as a premier destination for innovative dance music. Now with the recent introduction of Protocol Radio, one of the most listened to artist radio shows around, and Protocol showcases, Protocol Recordings is on a fast-track to becoming one of the most well-known and well-respected companies in dance music.

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    We are proud to announce that Nicky Romero’s single ‘Symphonica has hit the No. 1 spot on the Beatport Chart. This is Nicky’s 5th  No. 1 hit on beatport!

    Grab it here: http://btprt.dj/ZP9Hk9



    Protocol Recordings is proud to present its first label night at the world-renowned Winter Music Conference in Miami on Thursday, March 21st, powered by Beats By Dre. With a star-studded lineup featuring Manufactured Superstars, Bassjackers, Dyro, Tony Romera, Nicky Romero himself, and special guests, it is set to be a remarkable event that will demonstrate Protocol’s distinctive style and influential tastemaker appeal. Be prepared to experience the label’s musical innovation at its finest. Purchase tickets for the Protocol Recordings Label Night and be one of the first 100 to arrive for an exclusive special gift:

    With an Ultra Music Festival main stage performance and his highly-anticipated track, “Symphonica,” on the way, Nicky Romero continues to distinguish himself as one of the world’s most sought-after dance music artists. While gaining prestigious accolades such as his recent UK #1, “I Could Be The One” with Avicii, he moves forward with the development of his Protocol Recordings label that is quickly rising to prominence. Following Vince Moogin’s massive “Love Me Right” release, Protocol Recordings is opening the flood gates by bringing its stunning showcases to a worldwide audience with its
    first stop outside of Europe.

    The Protocol Recordings label night includes Denver’s Manufactured Superstars who have built up a reputation for their open-format sets that take dance floors into a non-stop tornado of energy. The Protocol prodigy, Tony Romera, exhibits a dynamic Electro-House style that is exemplified by his “Iron” remix and his incredible track, “Pandor,” that has appropriately seen support from the likes of Pete Tong, David Guetta, Hardwell, Tommy Trash, and several more. Bassjackers, the “Mush Mush” masterminds, maintain a bass-heavy, “jacked” sound that has garnered the attention of the Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, and Fedde Le Grand, as well as many others. The Dutch young-gun, Dyro, is on a path to international notoriety as he merges progressive house with bone-crunching electro drops. The performances are already set to generate an electrifying experience, but with the world-class special guests in mind, it will be nothing short of unforgettable. This Protocol Recordings event is one you certainly don’t want to miss.



    We are proud to announce that Avicii & Nicky Romero single ‘I Could Be The One’ has hit the No. 1 spot on the Official U.K. singles Chart and become the biggest selling Dance track of 2013. This is the first U.K. No. 1 single for both these world renowned DJs.

    “It feels amazing and a little out of the blue. I didn’t see this coming and I’m really stunned by the reactions.” Avicii

    “I am super excited about this, it’s my first official chart number one and it’s unreal. I have to pinch myself to check whether this is reality” Nicky Romero

    Positiva are also celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013, and what better way to kick off the party than by getting a number 1 with their first release of the year!

    Originally (and fittingly) titled ‘Nicktim’, this startling collaboration between two of dance music’s finest has had fans salivating since the instrumental was first previewed on Pete Tong’s ‘Essential Selection’ show back in February 2012 following months of speculation. Pairing Avicii’s infectious melodic talents with Nicky Romero’s big, high-energy sound, the result is a bold progressive house anthem from two of dance music’s fastest rising stars. Having been picked up on a groundswell of support, it was given the all-important vocal treatment from Swedish singer Noonie Bao. Over Christmas it went to No.1 on the Beatport chart. Its outrageously funny video followed soon after clocking up over 16 million views before hitting the top spot in the UK chart.

    About Nicky Romero – Thus far, Nicky Romero’s last 12 months has been a year emblematic of a world’s top-tier DJ. He was the highest New Entry in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ poll (No.17). Aside from “Metropolis” – the anthemic collaboration with David Guetta under the newly established record label Jack Back – Nicky has released countless other dance floor juggernauts such as “Toulouse”, “Generation 303” and of course “Nicktim”. He set up his own imprint, Protocol Recordings which has already had three Beatport No. 1s. Unlike like many other producers, each of Romero’s releases reasserts the claim that he is here to stay. Having frequented the festival circuit with headline gigs at the likes of UMF Miami, Energy in Holland, Electric Zoo in New York, and Belgium’s Tomorrowland – not forgetting his residency at the prestigious Marquee club in Las Vegas (for 2013 he has a new Las Vegas residency with the Light Group) – this has been one hell of a year for the now star-studded Dutch artist.

    About Avicii – Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as “one of the Princes of the contemporary renaissance of EDM”, Grammy-nominated Avicii – born Tim Bergling – is best known for his acclaimed live performances and for international mega-hit ‘Levels’. It conquered club charts worldwide, racked up over 50 million YouTube views, and was declared David Guetta’s “Tune of 2011” in DJ Mag. Following an intense and prolific touring schedule as well as the worldwide release of his summer smash hit ‘Silhouettes’ this year, the Swede soared to No.3 in the 2012 DJ Mag poll of the Top 100 DJs after just three years of performing. In 2012 alone, he’s headlined Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival and Lollapallooza, while his first summer residency at Ushuaïa Beach Hotel in Ibiza smashed the party island to smithereens. Avicii is also one of the genre’s most sought after collaborators. His ‘Superlove’ collaboration with Lenny Kravitz and remix of Madonna’s ‘Girls Gone Wild’ are among the most acclaimed tracks this year.



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    Rotterdam, Netherlands

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    Eindhoven, Netherlands

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    The Flying Dutch

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

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    Barbarella 2015

    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    New City Gas

    Montreal, Canada

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    City of Dreams

    Macau, Macau

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    Gold Room

    Atlanta, United States

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    BH Mallorca

    Baleares, Spain

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    Summer Festival

    Antwerp, Belgium

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    Balaton Sound 2015

    Zamardi, Hungary

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    RFM Somnii 2015

    Figueira Da Foz, Portugal

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    Airbeat One Festival

    Neustadt-Glewe, Germany

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    Los Alamos Beach Fest

    Malaga, Spain

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    Cavo Paradiso

    Mykonos, Greece

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    Lollapalooza Chicago 2015

    Chicago, United States

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    Arona Summer Festival 2015

    Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Spain

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    Mysteryland 2015

    Hoofddorp, Netherlands

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    The main aim is to up my game at every possible turn without compromise”—Nicky Romero

    Strike up a conversation about the current state of electronic music and it won’t be long before Nicky Romero gets an emphatic mention. And quite rightly so—because at the age of just twenty-six and in the space of only a few prolific years, the Amsterdam-based superstar has managed to build nothing short of a remarkable musical empire. Celebrated the world over for countless chart-topping records and his electrifying energy in front of hundreds of thousands on the world’s most distinguished stages, the loveable Dutch performer, producer, Protocol Recordings chief and global brand ambassador has already carved an international reputation for himself as one of the most exciting and industrious artists of his generation. Perpetually dedicated to growing and maturing the Nicky Romero brand at every turn the Protocol don continues to vindicate his position as one in just a handful of the most influential and venerated forces in the international music arena today.

    Real name Nick Rotteveel, Nicky Romero was born January 6, 1989 in the small city of Amerongen, Holland. A keen interest in the drums and an early career spinning house and R&B quickly evolved into an unbridled passion for music production, with early releases (picked up by boutique outfit Once Records) catching the attention of some of the more established house music labels, such as Spinnin’, Fly Eye, Toolroom and Flamingo Recordings. As Nicky worked on honing his own exclusive sound—a seductive blend of progressive house tinged with electro and acid— 2010 saw him release an unofficial bootleg of David Guetta’s smash hit ‘When Love Takes Over’ to the online world; a move which would shape his entire career. The track’s viral success piqued the interest of David Guetta himself and in that moment Romero found his mentor and champion. They have since collaborated on multiple projects including ‘Metropolis’ and ‘Wild One Two,’ and in the summer of 2012 Nicky Romero accepted a yearly residency at David Guetta’s infamous FMIF club nights at Pacha and Ushuaia in Ibiza.

    Fast-forward to today and Nicky Romero is now paying forward this experience as a youngster through his own burgeoning Protocol brand—one that has quickly established itself as one of the industry’s leading independent dance music platforms and a go-to outlet for forward-thinking dance music. Championing up and coming artists like Deniz Koyu, Arno Cost, John Dahlback, Vicetone, Kryder, Michael Calfan and Volt & State, Romero now extends his own influence to help develop the next generation of artists, while also supporting more established acts. With the label’s releases consistently charting in the Beatport top 10, international Protocol Reboot events selling out some of the world’s most iconic venues, and with Protocol Radio (a weekly show syndicated to more than 60 radio stations on FM) consistently listened to by over 40 million listeners every week, the emphatic impact his carefully nurtured Protocol brand has around the world continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.

    Back in the studio and whether it’s his own original song, a star-studded collaboration, or an inventive remix he’s conjuring, Nicky Romero’s productions consistently receive massive support from both fans and a veritable ‘who’s who’ of dance music aristocracy. With early notable output including ‘S.O.T.U.,’ a single released on Steve Angello’s label Size Records, Nicky is now most widely appreciated for worldwide hit ‘Legacy’ with Krewella; solo singles ‘Symphonica’ and ‘Toulouse’; his UK #1 collaboration with Avicii ‘I Could Be The One’; smash hit ‘Feet On The Ground’ featuring Dutch superstar Anouk and most recently ‘Let Me Feel’—a collaboration with Dutch duo Vicetone for his Protocol Recordings imprint. With additional remixes for Zedd, Calvin Harris and many more, Romero has also produced music for Rihanna (‘Right Now’) as well as two tracks for Britney Spears.

    Of course Nicky Romero wouldn’t be where he is now if he wasn’t also a serious force to be reckoned with outside the walls of his studio. A natural born performer from the off, his tenacity behind the decks and his innate ability to read and work a crowd of any size has seen him electrify some of the most revered festival stages on the planet, including those at Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland, Coachella, Stereosonic and countless others.

    Add to these his intense ‘Nothing Toulouse’ North American headline tour, road- blocking ‘Protocol Events’ in Miami, New York, London, Manchester and Amsterdam, multiple headline slots at ID&T’s Sensation events, a residency at Omnia in Las Vegas, and a non-stop touring schedule of the world’s most iconic nightclubs, and you begin to understand why this breakthrough star with a bulletproof work ethic is credited as a driving force behind the fantastic health the scene currently enjoys. In every aspect of his life—as DJ, producer and label head—he is a tireless advocate for his art. Couple this with his distinctive signature sound and compelling output, and it is no surprise that he exploded into the DJ Mag Top 100 chart at number 17 in 2012, the highest new entry that year, and rose up to number 7 in 2013—the year which also saw him receive a nomination at the MTV EMA awards for Best Dutch Act.

    Building upon these accolades in 2015, whilst simultaneously furthering the Protocol brand and his own individual solo career, Nicky Romero continues to make his indelible mark on the music industry; a mark that is increasingly felt in the hearts of his devoted fans. Pushing relentlessly forward with the wind at his back, Nicky now looks to the next chapter of his already highlight-studded career and has big plans for all facets of the Protocol brand on the horizon. Having made early waves by collaborating with and producing tracks for some of the most iconic names in music (Rihanna, Britney Spears, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Avicii), it’s Nicky’s sheer determination, combined with an incredible raw natural talent, that now sees him stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these superstars, perpetually striving to be the very best he can possibly be. “The main aim is to up my game at every possible turn without compromise” he says—a holistic life motto which now manifests itself in a truly remarkable career. Long may it continue.


    Nicky Romero and the 10,000 HOURS foundation

    Nicky Romero is the worldwide ambassador for 10.000 HOURS. A foundation which inspires young people all over the world to contribute to other people’s lives. Together with festivals and DJ’s, 10,000 HOURS organises volunteer days. From refurbishing playgrounds for kids with special needs to offering a helping hand in nursing homes for the elderly. In 2010, the positive atmosphere among dance festival goers encouraged us to join forces and donate time to the environment and social organisations in need of support. This allowed visitors of, for instance, Mysteryland, Sensation and Solar to contribute to the festival environment. Donated hours are totalled up which resulted in an amount of over 20,000 hours. The next goal is to achieve the next 10,000 hours of voluntary work as soon as possible. www.10000hours.nl 


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