Dutch DJ, producer and owner of Protocol Nicky Romero will be embarking on his Asia tour through Hong Kong to Japan in the coming week, we were able to catch up with him. We talked about his latest addition in the ever-growing EDM music scene, the inspiration behind his company Protocol as well as the exciting plans for the near future.
Having been to Asia before, what are you most looking forward to?
I have actually been to Asia a few times over the last year or so and every time I have visited I have been amazed by the places I have visited and desperate to come back. This time I have been able to take a bit of time out along the way and have just had the most amazing break exploring Bali and the Gili Islands. I’m now super excited to get back to Hong Kong and Japan for the next shows. Everyone is always so friendly and welcoming and the food, of course, is amazing!
What do you think make EDM festivals such a worldwide phenomenon?
First and foremost, it would have to be the music. Gigs and festivals are so special because everyone is coming together with one shared passion, their love of the music and that’s something that unifies people, no matter where you are from or what language you speak.
Having collaborated with many artists in the US, would you like to work with Asian artists or with traditional Asian sounds?
Absolutely! We are always on the lookout for new talent all over the world and Asia has loads of amazing emerging talents. In fact, we just had Raiden from Korea doing a remix on Protocol and he will be featured on this year’s ADE compilation as well!
In your opinion, what are the building blocks of a trendsetting EDM track?
For me, it’s about feeling something when you listen to a piece of music. There’s no exact formula but if you hear a track and connect with it, then that’s a got to be good sign!
How would you describe your style of music production, and what significant thing does all your tracks embody?
Like I said, I want people to feel something when they hear my music, so I only make music that I really love and hopefully that shines through. If you’re true to yourself and your sound then hopefully that honesty will be reflected in your productions. Something that’s really important to me at the moment is incorporating live instruments from my studio sessions into my tracks so you’ll be hearing a lot more of that in my upcoming work!
What is the biggest difference between a studio session and a live performance?
Where to start… Both are great but nothing can beat the feeling of a live performance when you have all your fans in front of you enjoying your music.
How has venturing into label and artists management with Protocol changed your views with music production? Has it changed your perspective?
I started Protocol Recordings for two reasons, to have creative control over my own output and to help give new artists a start in the industry. It’s hard to say how much it’s changed my perspective, as although you look at things with more of business mind, one of the fundamental philosophies of Protocol is that we only work with tracks that we really love and can fully support and that will never change.
What are your plans when this tour is over?
I’ll be heading straight back home for ADE where we our hosting our annual Protocol x ADE night at Melkweg. As always, we’ll kicking off the conference with a huge night of Protocol talent and also plenty of surprise guests. We’ve had the likes of Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Martin Garrix join me behind the decks in the past so it’s always great fun! This year I am also mixing the official compilation which has been great to do again!
Follow Nicky Romero on his tour around Asia:
7th Oct – Live Edition by Zouk Out, Hong Kong
8th Oct – Shazam Beach, Osaka
9th Oct – Arcadia, Taipei
10th Oct – King Xmhu, Sapporo Shi
11th Oct – Sango, Nagoya Shi