2015 signaled a new creative direction in Nicky’s career as he silenced critics with the release of the heart wrenching video accompaniment to ‘Let Me Feel’ – his collaboration with Dutch duo Vicetone. Demonstrating that when it comes to pushing the envelope, Romero is one to beat, in the latter half of the year Nicky set the bar high once again with the critically acclaimed ‘Lighthouse’ and hotly anticipated collaboration with Nile Rodgers on ‘Future Funk’. Pairing these perfectly with an aesthetically pleasing music video, there’s truly no stopping Nicky’s return to the creative forefront.
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.