We Talk Pizza and the Responsibility of Fame With Nicky Romero
Nicky Romero is undoubtedly one of the most successful producers in the electronic music scene. After collaborating with the likes of Avicii & Cheat Codes, he went on to gain over 200 million Spotify streams. But how does the owner of Protocol spend his spare time? Who are his favorite rising acts in the EDM scene? In this interview, we discuss all that (and more).
EDM.com: When you look back at the past few years, what’s your favourite memory that stands out for you?
Nicky Romero: The moment I realized that big changes were happening in both my career and the international dance music climate. After ‘Tolouse’s success I began to brace myself for what was and is a truly wild ride - so much travel, amazing festivals, clubs and visiting new people and places.
What has been your biggest challenge in your career so far?
Learning how to be both an artist and a label owner has proven very challenging yet very rewarding. I believe supporting emerging talent is a serious responsibility for me. Passing on the knowledge and opportunities that were given to me by great electronic musicians that precede me.
Is there anyone that you would really like to collaborate with in the future?
In your mind, who are the best rising acts in the EDM scene right now?
The current musical output of many dance music artists has become homogenized and ‘samey’, so I really try to work with artists that buck this trend. Florian Picasso and I recently worked together on this track ‘Only For Your Love’ and we loved playing it over the summer to fans at festivals. Him and Raiden are definitely ones to watch!
“Sober” and “Champion Sound” are very different styles of EDM when compared to each other. Is there a certain sound/direction that you want to take your music in?
I’ve been producing electronic music for some time now and I’ve always found myself evolving as an artist at my own pace and in my own way. I’m not sure where my journey will take me - but that's the beauty of art and being an artist. Change is exciting.
Pizza or Steak?
Pizza every time!!!
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