Nicky Romero

Nicky Romero

Nicky Romero
Romero performing live in 2013
Background information
Birth name Nick Rotteveel van Gotum
Born (1989-01-06) 6 January 1989
Amerongen, Netherlands
Genres EDM, big room, electro house
Occupation(s) Music producer, DJ, composer, remixer, musician
Instruments Keyboard, mixer, synthesizer, Logic Pro
Years active 2007–present
Labels Protocol Recordings, Spinnin Records, Cr2 Records, Musical Freedom, Fly Eye, Jack Back Records, Toolroom Records, Ultra Records
Associated acts Nervo, Avicii, Krewella, Anouk, David Guetta, Sia, Calvin Harris
Website .com.nickyromerowww
Notable instruments
M-Audio Keyboard
Logic Pro
NI Kontakt & NI Massive
Nicky Romero at Factory Cleanhoven

Nick Rotteveel van Gotum (born 6 January 1989), better known by his stage name Nicky Romero, is a Dutch DJ and music producer. He has worked with, and received support from DJs, such as Tiësto, Fedde Le Grand, Sander van Doorn, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Armand Van Helden, Avicii and Hardwell.[1] He currently ranks #8 on DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs poll. He is known for his viral hit song "Toulouse", as well as for having a number one hit single in the UK with "I Could Be the One" with Avicii.

Early life

Nick Rotteveel van Gotum was born and raised in Amerongen, the Netherlands. He moved to Kingston, Ontario, Canada for a year, and later moved back to the Netherlands to continue his education where he did his final semesters in France.[2] Nicky hit his first snare drum at the age of six and started playing drums in a fanfare. After playing a year or three, he was asked to play in a group who had acts on the streets and big events. At the age of twelve he got his first set of drums and after three years of playing drums every day and night, he swapped them for turntables.[3]


Nicky Romero in Czech Republic

School was never his interest, so after graduating he worked as a bartender for a while and also started producing music. Eventually, he was signed to his first label Once Records, which went on to release the tracks "Privilege" and "Qwerty". Shortly after the track entitled "Funktion One" was released. From that moment on everything rapidly changed. Dutch DJ/producer Madskillz signed "Funktion One" to Azucar (from Madskillz and Gregor Salto) and later added "Hear My Sound". In 2009 he remixed Sidney Samson and Tony Cha Cha's track "Get On The Floor" and a bootleg for David Guetta entitled "When Love Takes Over". Both tracks got a lot of publicity where Ministry of Sound contacted him to do some remixes on their label. About a few hundred movies came up on YouTube from DJs who played the Nicky Romero bootleg When Love Takes Over. He also made a remix for the Dirty South track "Alamo".[3]

In 2010 Nicky came up with a new track called "My Friend" (released on Spinnin' Records) which features a sample from the well known Groove Armada track of the same name. The combination between Groove Armada and the innovative Romero sound results in a monster track. "My Friend" has been played by Tiesto, Axwell, Fedde le Grand, Sander van Doorn and many more. This track reached #4 at Beatport worldwide overall chart, #1 at Dance-Tunes chart and several other famous DJ charts. 2011 saw Romero release plenty of remixes such as "Where Them Girls At" by David Guetta featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj, "What A Feeling" by Alex Gaudino featuring Kelly Rowland, "Stronger" by Erick Morillo and Eddie Thoneick featuring Shawnee Taylor, "Where Is The Love" by Eddie Thoneick and "Rockin’ High" by Ben Liebrand.[3]

2012-2013: Mainstream success

In 2012, Romero achieved popularity with the recording "Toulouse," which became a mainstay on the Beatport Top Ten for a significant period of time.[1] Recognizing his talent, MTV named him an EDM artist to watch in 2012.[4] His popularity has risen in recent years, and he has attained a joint residency with David Guetta at party hot spot Ibiza for the summer of 2012.[5]

In October 2012, Nicky Romero received the DJ Mag 'Highest New Entry' award on DJ Mag's top 100 DJs fan poll, and with spot number 17, he is one of the highest new entries ever, together with Skrillex and Dash Berlin.[6][7] In that same year, Romero collaborated with Swedish DJ/Producer, Avicii, to produce the highly anticipated single "I Could Be the One" which became a massive success across Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, where the single debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 17 February 2013 ― for the week ending on 23 February 2013 ― becoming both Romero and Avicii's first chart-topper in the UK.[8] On the UK Dance Chart, "I Could Be the One" debuted at number one ahead of Baauer's "Harlem Shake", which entered at number two.

Following "I Could Be the One" in 2013, Romero released his long-awaited single, "Symphonica", that reached #1 on the overall Beatport Top 100 chart.[9] His next release, a collaboration with Krewella, "Legacy," also saw Beatport chart success hitting the #1 spot.[10] Romero then took on a collaboration with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, “S.O.T.U.”, that he released on Steve Angello's Size Records.[11] Amid his 2013 releases, he performed as a resident at The Light Las Vegas and he also played numerous major festivals including Ultra Music Festival,[12] Coachella,[13] Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas[14] and Puerto Rico,[15] Sensation White,[16] and Tomorrowland, amongst others. One of his most notable gigs was at TomorrowWorld where he was one of the first music acts to present an interactive performance experience using Google Glass.[17]

In October 2013, Romero ranked at number 7 on DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs annual fan poll.[18] He helms his own weekly radio show, Protocol Radio and his own record label, Protocol Recordings.[19]

2014-present: Upcoming debut studio album

Romero keeps entering all lists with his music and label, and after many hours in his studio, he finally released a new song called 'Feet On The Ground' with vocals by the Dutch singer Anouk. He is also working on his first studio album.

Beside his music, he is up for different kinds of charity projects, as '10.000 Hours - People Planet Party' which is made to help renovate playgrounds for disadvantaged kids.

Legacy was used as the backing track by Australian television network Channel Seven in on-air promotions for the 2014 season return of hit show Revenge. After the advertisement's high rotation during the high rating 2014 Australian Open, the song charted in Australia at number 50.

In August 2014, Nicky partnered with EDM lifestyle brand Electric Family to produce a collaboration bracelet for which 100% of the proceeds are donated to Fuck Cancer.

Other productions

In addition to all "Nicky Romero" singles, he also co-produced the track "Right Now" (featuring David Guetta) from Rihanna's seventh studio album Unapologetic,[20] which was released on 19 November 2012. Before his performance at Tomorrowland,[21] he mentioned in an interview with MTV that he was also working on a new project with Rihanna.[22] He co-wrote and produced "It Should Be Easy" by Britney Spears for her eighth studio album Britney Jean.

Protocol Recordings

Romero is the founder and owner of Protocol Recordings. Protocol Recordings is a record company that helps new upcoming DJs and producers release their tracks with the guidance of Romero.

Romero also hosts a podcast show called Protocol Radio. It is an hour-long podcast released every Saturday, recorded by Romero himself, which features new tracks and a 'Weekly Top 3' from Protocol Recordings.

A new effort from the label is the 'Protocol Reboot' party, which is a concert performed only by Protocol-signed artist. The first one was in Miami during the Miami Music Week 2014.

Protocol artists

DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs Rankings

  • 2012: #17 (New Entry)
  • 2013: #7 (Up 10)
  • 2014: #8 (Down 1)


As lead artist

Year Single Peak chart positions Album


2012 "Toulouse" 92 Non-album singles
"Like Home"
(with Nervo)
81 126 76 53 16 37 33
"I Could Be the One"
(vs. Avicii)
15 4 8 9 3 1 3 1
2013 "Legacy"
(vs. Krewella)
2014 "Feet on the Ground"
(with Anouk)
80 TBA

As featured artist

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Wild One Two"
(Jack Back featuring David Guetta, Nicky Romero and Sia)
52 43 65 171 Non-album single

Promotional singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Metropolis"
(with David Guetta)
41 Nothing but the Beat 2.0
(with Calvin Harris)
18 Months


  • Prunk Le Funk - Chronology
  • Mell Tierra and Sebastian D featuring Stanford - Maximize
  • Steff Da Campo vs. Ecoustic featuring Lady Rio - Freakybeatza (Nicky Romero & Praia Del Sol Remix)
  • Sidney Samson and Tony Cha Cha - Get On The Floor
  • DJ Jean - Play That Beat
  • Pizetta featuring Reagadelica - Klezmer
  • Quintino featuring Mitch Crown - Heaven
  • Firebeatz and Apster - Skandelous
  • DJ Rose - Twisted
  • Quintin vs. DJ Jean - Original Dutch
  • Michael Mendoza featuring I Fan - Be Without You
  • David Guetta - When Love Takes Over (Nicky Romero Bootleg)
  • DJ Jose - Like That (Nicky Romero Bigroom Remix)
  • Ian Carey featuring Michelle Shellers - Keep On Rising
  • Hardwell and Funkadelic - Get Down Girl
  • Sandy Vee featuring Robin S. - Straight To The Sky
  • Sol Noir - Superstring
  • Sivana - Confusion
  • Mischa Daniëls featuring J-Son - Where You Wanna Go
  • Grooveyard - Mary Go Wild
  • Housequake - People Are People
  • Fedde Le Grand featuring Mitch Crown - Rockin' High
  • DJ Jesus Luz and Alexandra Prince - Dangerous (Nicky Romero Festival Mix)
  • Kylie Minogue - All the Lovers
  • Ned Shepard - Chromatic (Nicky Romero & Nilson Remix)
  • Green Velvet - Flash
  • John Christian - Next Level (Nicky Romero Edit)


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  2. ^ Nicky Romero (2012). "Info". Nicky Romero. Nicky Romero. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Info". 
  4. ^ Stewart, Adam (11 January 2012). "EDM Rookies To Watch In 2012". Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Martin Saavedra says (22 March 2012). "An afternoon with Nicky Romero and MYNC: Miami 2012, Ibiza residencies, and more". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nicky Romero profile at". Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
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  8. ^ "Avicii and Nicky Romero scoop first UK Number 1 single". 17 February 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "ANOTHER #1 ON BEATPORT – NICKY ROMERO – SYMPHONICA". Global Content Protection. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  10. ^ """Nicky Romero and Krewella take the #1 position with "Legacy. Beatport News. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ultra Music Festival 2013 reveals phase two lineup: The Weeknd, Sleigh Bells, Skrillex". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Coachella Lineup 2013: Stone Roses, Blur, Postal Service Reunion, and More". SPIN. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "EDC 2013 REVEALS ITS LINEUP!". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Announcement: EDC Puerto Rico Lineup And Travel Packages". VIBE. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "SENSATION AMSTERDAM '13 LINE UP". Sensation. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Nicky Romero". DJ Mag. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  19. ^ "Protocol Recordings". Protocol Recordings. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Nicky Romero kreeg kippenvel van Rihanna". 8 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "EDMTunes Submit Tune Nicky Romero Shares TomorrowWorld Experience Through Google Glass". 
  22. ^ "Nicky Romero working with Rihanna on ‘Right Now’ follow-up". Dancing Astronaut. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  23. ^ "Nicky Romero - Dutch Charts". Hung Medien. 
  24. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Australia:
  25. ^ "Nicky Romero - Belgium (Flanders) Charts". Hung Medien. 
  26. ^ "Nicky Romero - Wallionia (Flanders) Charts". Hung Medien. 
  27. ^ Irish Single Chart positions:
    • For "Like Home":
  28. ^ a b "Nicky Romero & Nervo". Official Charts. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  29. ^ "Discography NickyRomero". Hung Medien. 

External links

  • Official site
  • Label site