Nicky Romero

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Nicky Romero
Nicky Romero interviewed with VERY TV.JPG
Romero interviewed with VERY TV, December 10, 2014
Background information
Birth name Nick Rotteveel van Gotum
Born (1989-01-06) 6 January 1989 (age 29)
Amerongen, Netherlands
Genres EDM, electro house, progressive house
Occupation(s) Music producer, DJ, composer, remixer, musician
Instruments Keyboard, mixer, synthesizer, Logic Pro
Years active 2007–present
Labels Protocol Recordings, Toolroom, Cr2, Spinnin', Revealed Recordings
Associated acts Nervo, Avicii, Krewella, Anouk, David Guetta, Fedde Le Grand, Calvin Harris, Vicetone, Hardwell, Volt & State, Stadiumx, Firebeatz, Afrojack
Notable instruments
M-Audio Keyboard
Logic Pro
NI Kontakt & NI Massive

Nick Rotteveel van Gotum (born 6 January 1989), better known by his stage name Nicky Romero, is a Dutch DJ and music producer. He has worked with, and received support from DJs, such as Tiësto, Fedde le Grand, Sander van Doorn, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Armand Van Helden, Avicii and Hardwell.[1] He currently[when?] ranks No. 18 on DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs poll. He is known for his viral hit song "Toulouse", as well as for having a number one hit single in the UK with "I Could Be the One" with Avicii.

Early life

Nick Rotteveel van Gotum was born and raised in Amerongen, the Netherlands. He moved to Kingston, Ontario, Canada for a year, and later moved back to the Netherlands to continue his education where he did his final semesters in France.[2]


School was never his interest, so after graduating he worked as a bartender for a while and also started producing music. Eventually, he was signed to his first label Once Records, which went on to release the tracks "Privilege" and "Qwerty". Shortly after the track entitled "Funktion One" was released. From that moment on everything rapidly changed. Dutch DJ/producer Madskillz signed "Funktion One" to Azucar (from Madskillz and Gregor Salto) and later added "Hear My Sound". In 2009 he remixed Sidney Samson and Tony Cha Cha's track "Get on the Floor" and a bootleg for David Guetta entitled "When Love Takes Over". Both tracks got a lot of publicity where Ministry of Sound contacted him to do some remixes on their label. About a few hundred movies came up on YouTube from DJs who played the Nicky Romero bootleg When Love Takes Over. He also made a remix for the Dirty South track "Alamo".[3]

Romero at Factory Cleanhoven, 2011

In 2010 Nicky came up with a new track called "My Friend" (released on Spinnin' Records) which features a sample from the well known Groove Armada track of the same name. The combination between Groove Armada and the innovative Romero sound results in a monster track. "My Friend" has been played by Tiesto, Axwell, Fedde le Grand, Sander van Doorn and many more. This track reached No. 4 at Beatport worldwide overall chart, No. 1 at Dance-Tunes chart and several other famous DJ charts. 2011 saw Romero release plenty of remixes such as "Where Them Girls At" by David Guetta featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj, "What A Feeling" by Alex Gaudino featuring Kelly Rowland, "Stronger" by Erick Morillo and Eddie Thoneick featuring Shawnee Taylor, "Where Is The Love" by Eddie Thoneick and "Rockin' High" by Ben Liebrand.[3]

2012–2013: Mainstream success

Nicky Romero in Czech Republic, 2013

In 2012, Romero achieved popularity with the recording "Toulouse", which became a mainstay on the Beatport Top Ten for a significant period of time.[1] Recognizing his talent, MTV named him an EDM artist to watch in 2012.[4] His popularity has risen in recent years, and he has attained a joint residency with David Guetta at party hot spot Ibiza for the summer of 2012.[5]

In October 2012, Nicky Romero received the DJ Mag 'Highest New Entry' award on DJ Mag's top 100 DJs fan poll, and with spot number 17, he is one of the highest new entries ever, together with Skrillex and Dash Berlin.[6][7] In that same year, Romero collaborated with Swedish DJ/Producer, Avicii, to produce the highly anticipated single "I Could Be the One" which became a massive success across Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, where the single debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 17 February 2013 ― for the week ending on 23 February 2013 ― becoming both Romero and Avicii's first chart-topper in the UK.[8] On the UK Dance Chart, "I Could Be the One" debuted at number one ahead of Baauer's "Harlem Shake", which entered at number two.

Following "I Could Be the One" in 2013, Romero released his long-awaited single, "Symphonica", that reached No. 1 on the overall Beatport Top 100 chart.[9] His next release, a collaboration with Krewella, "Legacy" also saw Beatport chart success hitting the No. 1 spot.[10] Romero then took on a collaboration with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, "S.O.T.U.", that he released on Steve Angello's Size Records.[11] Amid his 2013 releases, he performed as a resident at The Light Las Vegas and he also played numerous major festivals including Ultra Music Festival,[12] Coachella,[13] Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas[14] and Puerto Rico,[15] Sensation White,[16] and Tomorrowland, amongst others. One of his most notable gigs was at TomorrowWorld where he was one of the first music acts to present an interactive performance experience using Google Glass.[17]

In October 2013, Romero ranked at number 7 on DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs annual fan poll.[18] He helms his own weekly radio show, Protocol Radio and his own record label, Protocol Recordings.[19]

2014–present: Upcoming debut studio album

Romero keeps entering all lists with his music and label, and after many hours in his studio, he finally released a song called 'Feet On The Ground' with vocals by the Dutch singer Anouk. He is also working on his first studio album.

Beside his music, he is up for different kinds of charity projects, as '10.000 Hours – People Planet Party' which is made to help renovate playgrounds for disadvantaged kids.

Legacy was used as the backing track by Australian television network Channel Seven in on-air promotions for the 2014 season return of hit show Revenge. After the advertisement's high rotation during the high rating 2014 Australian Open, the song charted in Australia at number 50.[citation needed]

In August 2014, Nicky partnered with EDM lifestyle brand Electric Family to produce a collaboration bracelet for which 100% of the proceeds are donated to Fuck Cancer.

Other productions

In addition to all "Nicky Romero" singles, he also co-produced the track "Right Now" (featuring David Guetta) from Rihanna's seventh studio album Unapologetic,[20] which was released on 19 November 2012. Before his performance at Tomorrowland,[21] he mentioned in an interview with MTV that he was also working on a new project with Rihanna.[22] He co-wrote and produced "It Should Be Easy" by Britney Spears for her eighth studio album Britney Jean.

Romero also co-produced "Bang My Head" (featuring Sia Furler) and "No Money No Love" from David Guetta's 2014 album titled Listen. Furthermore, he co-produced "Dragon Night" from Sekai no Owari's second studio album Tree.[23]

Public ridicule and controversy

As Romero has become more popular, he has become the target of public ridicule from underground music producers and underground music satire web articles; subjects include his actual abilities and contribution to the electronic music canon. Critics have targeted his style, his appearance and his music-production abilities. Such suggestions describes elements of Romero's technical abilities as brief and insufficient. Romero has since rebuffed the suggestions as minor.[24][25]

Protocol Recordings

Main article: Protocol Recordings

Romero is the founder and owner of Protocol Recordings, a label company that helps new upcoming DJs and producers release their tracks with the guidance of Romero.

Romero also hosts a podcast show called Protocol Radio. It is an hour-long podcast released every Saturday, recorded by Romero himself, which features new tracks and a 'Weekly Top 3' from Protocol Recordings.

A new effort from the label is the 'Protocol Reboot' party, which is a concert performed only by Protocol-signed artists. The first one was in Miami during the Miami Music Week 2014. The second edition called "Protocol 305" is set to take place during Miami Music Week 2015 and will feature Deniz Koyu, Ansolo (Ansel Elgort), Arno Cost and more.

Protocol artists


Romero appeared in the 2015 film We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron.



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  2. Nicky Romero (2012). "Info". Nicky Romero. Nicky Romero. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Info". 
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  5. Martin Saavedra says (22 March 2012). "An afternoon with Nicky Romero and MYNC: Miami 2012, Ibiza residencies, and more". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  6. "Nicky Romero profile at". Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  8. "Avicii and Nicky Romero scoop first UK Number 1 single". 17 February 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  9. "ANOTHER No. 1 ON BEATPORT – NICKY ROMERO – SYMPHONICA". Global Content Protection. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  10. "Nicky Romero and Krewella take the No. 1 position with "Legacy"". Beatport News. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  11. "SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  12. "Ultra Music Festival 2013 reveals phase two lineup: The Weeknd, Sleigh Bells, Skrillex". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  13. "Coachella Lineup 2013: Stone Roses, Blur, Postal Service Reunion, and More". SPIN. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  14. "EDC 2013 REVEALS ITS LINEUP!". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  15. "Announcement: EDC Puerto Rico Lineup And Travel Packages". VIBE. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  16. "SENSATION AMSTERDAM '13 LINE UP". Sensation. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  18. "Nicky Romero". DJ Mag. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  19. "Protocol Recordings". Protocol Recordings. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  20. "Nicky Romero kreeg kippenvel van Rihanna". 8 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  21. "EDMTunes Submit Tune Nicky Romero Shares TomorrowWorld Experience Through Google Glass". 
  22. "Nicky Romero working with Rihanna on 'Right Now' follow-up". Dancing Astronaut. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  23. "SEKAI NO OWARI - Dragon Night". YouTube. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  24. "Nicky R. Public Ridicule". FaceBook. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  25. "Woman Transforms Into Nicky Romero Using No Expensive Surgery". Wunderground Music. 24 Feb 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

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