Producer/DJ Nicky Romero exploded on the scene in 2012 with a unique mix of electro and progressive house that took the world by storm. His collaborations with Nervo
, and Krewella
showcase the variety of his sounds which he develops in his critically acclaimed DJ sets. Launching his own label, Protocol Recorings, he and his team have built a unique environment which guides up and coming talent. We caught up with him in Miami for a quick chat about his upcoming artist album and his supposed life as a member of a boy band.
RS: How is it going?
Nicky Romero: Very well, how are you? You are bringing some color to Miami. Every DJ is wearing black but you are the one that is bringing the color, it’s awesome!
RS: I am curious, why do DJs wear black all the time?
Nicky Romero: The thing is that you can spill beer and especially for us we look very pale most of the time because we don’t see much daylight. If I were to wear white I would look the same color as my shirt, I wear black to have some sort of a contrast.
RS: That makes sense. How was the big WMC Pop Up?
Nicky Romero: The party was good; the funny thing is that there were so many people in there that were off the street that wanted to visit the pop up store real quick. People can literally touch you while you are playing so it is really intimate. It was cool and I think that the people liked it as well.
RS: I heard you are the new fifth member of One Direction.
Nicky Romero: Oh my god! No, I did a remix but the funny thing was that it wasn’t even an official remix. It was just a thing that I did to help out a TV host named Humberto Tan from Holland. He had One Direction on the show and asked if I could do something special and do an edit or a remix of one of their songs. I said sure and that I would do my best but I literally had two days. He asked me to come on the show and so I went and all of a sudden it was considered an official remix. At the end of the day they liked the song and I was lucky enough that they wanted to release it on their Spotify page. I think it is a small part of their album and you can hear it on Spotify. That’s the story but no I am not the fifth member and I want to stay with my own genre even though I respect them as a band.
RS: How did the collaboration for “Love Warriors” come about?
Nicky Romero: It was a song that I played for the first time at Tomorrowland last June or July. We had the idea but we weren’t sure that it was good enough for a song just yet. We waited until the song was finished and until we had the right lyrics. A few months ago we started looking for the right elements and it took a while before we had the song ready the way we wanted. After a long, long time it is finally done and I hope that people will enjoy it just as much as we do.
RS: Right now you have three incredible singles in a row, is there an artist album coming again?
Nicky Romero: We are working on it, I have six songs ready for the album and I have more than 20 ideas but I just don’t know what to produce and what to finish first. If I do an album it needs to be different than most of what is out here right now. I look at other artists within my genre that have released albums and it’s hard not to release the same sound. We have focused on something different and I am really happy with the direction that I have found and I am confident with it as well. I hope that you guys are going to enjoy it just as much as we do.
RS: You keep a really crazy schedule, what is your secret to staying healthy with this insane life of touring and production?
Nicky Romero: I follow healthy food advisors on Instagram. Next to that, I try to meditate a little bit here and there and focus on my health. I don’t have any secret tricks though I try to eat healthy.
RS: After a set which hurts more, your ears from the noise or your eyes from all the flash cameras?
Nicky Romero: Probably my eyes but it’s not from the cameras but more from the smoke. The smoke sometimes hurts my eyes after a while. It’s not the loudness of the music because I wear ear plugs and the flashes are fine especially the iPhone ones, but it’s the smoke for sure.
RS: If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18 what advice would you give yourself?
Nicky Romero: Don’t be too hard on yourself. Its fine to give 80% sometimes; it doesn’t have to be 100% all the time.
RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Nicky Romero: We are enjoying the weather and I hope to see you guys soon at one of the festivals this year. Much love from Miami. Thank you.
Interview conducted during WMC 2015.