Nicky Romero under the spotlight: here’s our interview!

He’s the boss of Protocol Recordings, the producer behind worldwide hits such as Novell, Harmony, Toulous… and a name who has always been close to us at This is EDM. We are, of course, talking about Nicky Romero! Tons of people, us included, enjoyed his set at Nameless Music Festival – how could we not interview him? This is our meeting with Nick Rotteveel, better known as Nicky Romero!

“Novel” is one of your latest majorly successful tracks: tell us all about it!

Novell came out in the beginning of May and is currently the first track produced by me this year. This disc is definitely special because I called it Novell, after my great friend and tour manager Hatim’s son.

What’s next to be released from your studio?

A vocal version of Novell will be out very soon! It will be called “The Moment” and will be released on the 17th of June. Expect lots more music from my label!

What is your favourite collaboration?

It’s difficult to choose one because I’ve worked with loads of fantastic and talented artists. I absolutely love my latest collaboration with Nile Rodgers. His way of working is a step ahead of the rest and I’m honoured to have had the chance to work with a legend of his calibre!

Is there anything particular that you do before your sets? Some kind of superstitious ritual?

There’s nothing particular that I do to prepare myself for live shows. I like to relax and immerse myself in the atmosphere before getting on stage.

What is the best advice you’ve had in your career?

If you really want it, you have to follow your dreams and do everything by yourself. Don’t follow trends, and don’t leave it up to someone else to control what you do as an artist. I try to maintain this mindset every single day.

Playstation or Xbox? Football or Basketball? Pizza or Burger?

Playstation all the way! Football at the moment. For food, it depends which part of the world I’m in; in some places I love to eat pizza and in others, burgers.

Are you planning an album release?

At the moment, I’m concentrating on other projects, continuing to make both my mark and that of my label Protocol Recordings.


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