When it comes to dance music, few young producers have that indescribable aura of natural talent and sophistication like Arno Cost. In just a few short months, Arno has evolved his signature “When in Paris” radio show into an entire lifestyle concept dedicated to feel good House music. Now Arno joins Protocol partner-in-crime (and a longtime friend) Nicky Romero to debut “When in Paris” at the massive Amsterdam Dance Event on October 14th at Melkweg. Last month they’ve announced the return of eagerly anticipated concept party to mark the opening of this year’s ADE. Now Arno and Nicky unveiled the full list of friends and fellow DJs they will be bringing along for the ride at Melkweg.
Support for Romero comes from globetrotting German man of the moment Thomas Gold and Electro House producer Deniz Koyu as they team up for an exclusive b2b set. Promising an epic finale, newest addition to the Protocol Management team Wildstylez will be showcasing his signature sound, closing the night with a huge array of tunes. Also taking to the decks that evening will be Progressive House duo Stadiumx as well as staples of the Protocol family and global dance scene, unstoppable Dutch duo Volt & State. Kicking off proceedings Polish pioneer Blinders will be going b2b with French partner in crime Florian Picasso.
The genre-bending French House talent Arno Cost will be bringing NY-based remix specialist Ansolo to play alongside him along with Dutch maestro Gregor Salto. Also joining the party will be Dutch powerhouse Mike Mago, New ID, fellow Frenchman Norman Doray and Rob Adans with yet more to be announced! The world-class lineup will undoubtedly provide a euphoric soundtrack, brought to life by stunning visuals for a once in a lifetime event. Tickets.
Nicky Romero & Friends
Thomas Gold b2b Deniz Koyu
Volt & State
Blinders b2b Florian Picasso
Arno Cost & Friends
Ali Bakgor & Vessbroz Debut On Protocol With Progressive Gem “Insincere”
Turkish artist Ali Bakgor debuts on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings with his new track “Insincere,” a Progressive House gem with Vessbroz, featuring J.O.Y. It’s captivating from its cinematic opening notes, with cinematic melodies floating atop undulating, deep progressive basslines. J.O.Y’s voice gives an emotive edge, while Ali Bakgor and Vessbroz’s seamless production skills give “Insincere” dancefloor-worthy credentials. Bakgor has earlier remixed the likes of Tujamo or Ofenbach & Feder, while Vessbroz has already collaborated with Juicy M, Chris Willis, and more. They even scored a spot on the Billboard Chart’s Top 40 with their debut album.
Founded by Nicky Romero, Protocol Recordings is one of the leading imprints for innovative electronic dance music. It boasts a roster of heavy-hitters, complemented with immensely talented up-and-comers such as Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu, Teamworx, Futuristic Polar Bears, Trilane, Marcus Santoro, Stadiumx, Tim van Werd, and Nicky Romero himself, to name a few. All with a diverse range of sounds that are guaranteed to light up a dance floor. Ali Bakgor first made waves with his official remix of “Say What You Wanna” for Tujamo, as well as his official releases “Dark Side,” “Over U,” and “Wait No More” under the record label FRQNCY. His singles “Silence” and “Wonder” were heavily supported by Tiësto, EDX, Don Diablo, Martin Garrix, and Sam Feldt, setting a promising stage for his career. Always trying to look to the future of music, Bakgor released on Spinnin’, Sony, Universal Music, CONTROVERSIA, Soave, and Madworks. His songs are featured in more than 3,000 playlists around the world, such as Spotify’s Mint, New Music Friday, Lowkey Tech, Hit Dance, and Night Rider.
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World’s 6th Most Supported Producer Mr. Sid Teams Up With Choujaa For “Physical”
The newest release from the Protocol Recordings camp comes from Mr. Sid, the world’s 6th most supported artist by 1001tracklists in 2021, and a Moroccan producer Choujaa, both returning to Nicky Romero’s label with a single release. “Physical” is a sultry progressive track to soundtrack your next night out, opening with organic melodies that build into reverberating, deep basslines, and the vocal performance by LYZZ serves as the icing on the cake so that “Physical” is both groovy and spicy. The track follows up Mr. Sid & Choujaa’s previous collaboration from this year “Why Do I Feel This,” and Mr. Sid’s earlier single on Protocol “Techno,” with Teamworx and George Z, which was the label’s 200th release.
Founded by Nicky Romero in 2012, Protocol Recordings is one of the leading imprints for innovative electronic dance music. It boasts a roster of heavy-hitters, complemented with immensely talented up-and-comers such as Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu, Teamworx, Futuristic Polar Bears, Trilane, Marcus Santoro, Stadiumx, Tim van Werd, Timmo Hendriks, Marc Benjamin and Nicky Romero himself, to name a few. Mr. Sid has some heavy-hitting collaborations under his belt already, including remixing Armin van Buuren’s “Mr. Navigator” and having a slew of original singles on Hexagon, Mixmash, Revealed, Skink, and more. On the other hand, rising talent Choujaa is known for his unique fusion of old-school groove with modern progressive house. These two are proving to be a winning pair, so stay tuned for future releases coming soon!
Marcus Santoro’s Progressive House Gem “Goodbye” Ft. 88Birds
Marcus Santoro returns to Protocol Recordings with his new single “Goodbye,” recorded in collaboration with 88Birds. The track combines all the elements of a Progressive House gem, from upbeat undulating melodies to a driving bassline that transitions perfectly from the radio to the dancefloor. “Goodbye” is his second release on Nicky Romero’s label of the year, directly following “Salvation” with Timmo Hendriks and Able Faces. 88Birds is the artist name of Amsterdam-based singer/songwriter Ira Kustovska, who under a different alias has previously worked with Dosem, Ruben de Ronde, Estiva, Tom Staar, Tim Mason, Cosmic Gate, and Marcus Santoro on their earlier collaboration. Stay tuned for more coming from Santoro on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings!
Marcus Santoro joined Protocol Recordings in 2019 with his remix of Nicky Romero’s “My Way,” followed by the first single release “Shine,” in collaboration with Sentinel. His career got a massive kickstart when his single “There Is Only You” topped the Beatport trance charts and received a phenomenal three plays in a row from Above & Beyond on their Group Therapy radio show – landing Marcus a guest appearance on the show a few weeks later. Afterward, his remix for Shapov & Trouze’s “The Way” on Axtone gained traction from artists and fans alike, leading to more releases on Enhanced, Armada, and Flashover. Since then on Protocol, Santoro has released “Out of My Head” together with Faderx, “Faces” and “Blackout” ft. Lauren L’aimant. Santoro closed out the past year strong with “A New Day” EP.