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Poll 2020: Nicky Romero

Nicky Romero
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

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

Poll 2019: Nicky Romero

Nicky Romero

Next to the usual non-stop touring of the world’s largest festival stages and huge club rooms, Nicky Romero has also been focusing on new music and experimenting with new sounds this year. “I tried to update my own sound to make sure it was still Nicky Romero, but change it a little as that is the only way to grow,” he tells us. 

After so many years of traversing the planet and being away from home, the Dutchman also tried to spend as much time as possible with family and friends. “Quality time is important to me and helps me balance life on the road,” he says. “We are not robots and we also need our time off and time to recharge to make great music again.” 

He cites some of the year’s highlights as playing all new songs at Tomorrowland 2019 and also managing to play an unusually long — for EDM artists — 90-minute set on the Ultra Miami main stage. 


Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?


What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“I think presence, and the fact we actually admit that the pressure is high, already helped a lot.” 

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“I changed all the lamps in my house to LED, changed my TV to OLED, use a bike a lot to go to the studio.” 

What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?

“Probably my Tama drumkit.” 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“FIFA 20 and McFlurry M&M Caramel [laughs].” 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-16 14:49

Best known for: 
“‘Toulouse’, Protocol Recordings, ‘I Could Be the One’ with Avicii.”