Dutch DJ/producer Nicky Romero made a name for himself during the rise of progressive house a few years ago, but his fans hadn’t heard a great deal from him in 2014. As Beatport’s Krystal Rodriguez learned in an interview with him during Miami Music Week, the young artist has been hard at work on a number of projects.
Perhaps the most interesting of Romero’s endeavors is a video game centered around EDM. “We wanted to give people a tool to play with, so they’re actually part of the EDM world by playing a game,” he told Rodriguez, surprised that details of the project had surfaced. “You can win pieces of the show - so you can win, like, a good set of speakers, you can win lasers, you can win pyro, you can win CO2. You’re on your game; I did not expect that question!”
He went on to discuss his upcoming compilation album, saying, “I’m really excited about the records that are on there. There’s gonna be full versions available soon of most of them, like “Warriors,” my new song with Volt & State.”
Lastly, Romero discussed the creative process behind his collaboration with Nile Rogers, a disco pioneer recently brought into the EDM community’s collective awareness by his contributions to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. “We started that song together with David Guetta and Nile Rogers like a year ago, and we started out making that song with - it was based on a riff that Nile Rogers played on his guitar,” he says. “Actually, he was just tuning his guitar, playing things to tune his guitar. We said, ‘Oh, hey, play that again,’ and we recorded that part.”
You can watch the interview in its entirety below: