Following their ‘Protocol Grooves Pt. 1’ EP from 2020, Nicky Romero‘s Protocol Recordings is back with part deux of their underground-oriented, dancefloor-friendly release. Featuring five brand new tracks from familiar and up-and-coming artists, Part 2 leans heavily into the dark, tech-influenced realm of sounds, showcasing the label’s sonic diversity. Opening the mix is TWENTY SIX’s “Consequences,” a bouncy house jam with a catchy vocal riff to get you in the headspace to have a good time. Riding on tech-heavy basslines, Almero’s “Do Again” brings a dark progressive vibe into the mix, while GIORG & Santez’s “Tripwire” ups the ante with a fast-paced BPM that will make you want to lace up your dancing shoes. Twolate’s “Don’t You” incorporates sultry vocals and deep instrumentals to further heat up your night, while Ado Woodz & Ale Molinari’s “Lose Stress” rounds out the collection with tech-house influence and deep, driving basslines. If you’ve been craving a night out, turn “Protocol Grooves Pt.2” all the way up and let your imagination run wild.
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, Marc Benjamin, Nicky Romero himself, DØBER, Trilane, Marcus Santoro, Tim van Werd, to name a few. All with a diverse range of sounds that are guaranteed to light up a dance floor. The label has cultivated a strong presence in the dance music scene from Miami Music Week to the Amsterdam Dance Event and beyond, consistently bringing good vibes and wild nights with beloved veterans and fresh faces in the live performance circuit. Although the global pandemic is preventing them from making their usual appearances this summer, Nicky and Protocol crew always have something up their sleeves. The “Protocol Grooves” EP series signifies a festival season gift to listeners. Expect more cutting-edge new music coming very soon!
On a side note, the international star DJ and producer will bring his signature electronic dance sound to a global audience on Friday, April 17th at 21.00 GMT by partnering with virtual streaming platform theCLUB.tv. In order to present the most immersive experience possible, Nicky Romero’s performance will be enhanced by theCLUB.tv’s augmented reality effects during the show on a track-by-track basis, putting fans at the heart of the gig. As one of the first artists to experiment with interactive technologies at concerts, Nicky sees TheCLUB.tv’s platform and their augmented reality as the simplest way to recreate an authentic event experience during the lockdown. This extraordinary performance follows the Protocol Recordings’ boss and veteran producer’s recent stream of releases, including his debut on Universal Music “Nights With You,” “Into The Light” with Timmo Hendriks ft. David Shane, “Back To You,” and remixes for the likes of Robin Schulz, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, to name a few.
TheClub.tv‘s high-definition streaming brings fans at the centre of the DJ’s gig because they are also shown on screen in the audience or in groups in private rooms, so they can cheer on their friends through the platform itself. Unlike ‘one-to-many’ music streams in lockdown that alienate the DJ from their audience, fans can talk to the DJs and their friends in the platform’s main room or private rooms, instead of being obliged to make their fun by messaging each other separately during a streaming event. TheClub.tv is putting dance music fans back at the heart of live music.
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Lukas Vane Brings Funky Tech House Vibes With New Single “Falling”
Lukas Vane returns to Protocol Recordings with his first solo single on the label – “Falling,” a solid Tech-House production that’s perfect for groovy nights on the dancefloor. The track opens with soulful vocals that lead the way into funky melodies and a bouncy, kick drum-driven beat. “Falling” brings both emotive and club-friendly elements to the forefront of the sonic journey, making it a perfect follow-up to “Push It,” which was Vane’s debut release on Protocol earlier this year in collaboration with FAULHABER. Prior to joining Nicky Romero’s imprint, Vane worked with Tujamo on “Drop It,” which amassed over 41M streams on Spotify, and released on such labels as Spinnin’ Records, HEXAGON, Smash The House, 8ball, and more.
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. Lukas Vane has always had a passion for music. It all started with music and theater lessons; at the age of 15, he laid his hands on a Pioneer midi-controller and played for days in his bedroom. A year later, he was playing at clubs throughout the country and started doing shows in Spain, Belgium, Greece, and the United States. Thus far, his music has been supported by artists such as Tiesto, David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Showtek, and Hardwell. Recently he participated in a Dutch TV show, “House of Talent,” which was designed to showcase rising talent and help them grow. The audience fell in love with Vane’s personality and day-to-day life, creating an enormous fanbase for the young artist within the Netherlands. Vane is surely bound for big things for the rest of this year, so stay tuned for more new tracks coming soon.
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Nicky Romero Hints On New Sonic Direction With 4-Track ‘Perception’ EP
Nicky Romero gears up for summertime with his new EP ‘Perception,’ featuring four tracks that showcase his sonic direction for the festival season. Fans will recognize “Lose My Mind” and “Pressure” as released earlier this year and featured in his Ultra Music Festival main stage set, which are accompanied in the compilation by brand new tracks “Hear Me Now” and “Work My Body.” Opening with soulful vocals and resonating bass, “Hear Me Now” has a distinct Tech-House influence with a twist of old-school Garage. Next up is “Work My Body,” which takes a more down and dirty approach to the same vein of sound with catchy vocal riffs and grimy synths. Nicky Romero has displayed many different sides of himself through artistic expression, from his big-room progressive days to his underground alter ego Monocule, and now he’s returning to his OG roots with dynamic house productions.
“Over the past years, I’ve been producing different kinds of genres within dance music. At the beginning of 2022, I went back to my roots and started to try out producing more groovy and housey tracks. When I could play Ultra Music Festival again this year as the first major festival after two years, I wanted to drop “Pressure,” “Lose My Mind,” and “Work My Body” to see the main stage crowd’s reaction. The reception of these three tracks was truly amazing, so I couldn’t wait to go back to the studio to work on more music, and this is when I produced “Hear Me Now,” which perfectly concludes the ‘Perception’ EP“ — Nicky Romero
After taking the world by storm with early hits such as “Legacy” with Krewella and the #1 single “I Could Be The One” with Avicii, Nicky Romero quickly proved that his talent is ever-evolving and here to stay. After launching his Protocol Recordings imprint in 2012, the renowned performer, producer, and label head continued his personal successes with a string of high-profile releases, ranging from collaborations with Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, Timmy Trumpet and Steve Aoki to remixes for the likes of Robin Schulz, Kygo, Rita Ora, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne and more. While showcasing his label’s roster via his weekly Protocol Radio show, Nicky Romero continues to innovate and evolve, and with his annual “Nicky Romero & Friends” ADE showcase and the launch of Monocule alter-ego, he keeps proving his ability to turn into gold everything he touches.
Nicky Romero’s forthcoming dates:
May 28 – Emporium 2022 – Wijchen, Netherlands
Jun 05 – BigCityBeats World Club Dome – Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Jun 17 – Nova SD – San Diego, CA
Jun 18 – Academy LA – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 19 – Wet Republic – Las Vegas, NV
Jun 21 – Shrine Nightclub – Mashantucket, CT
Jun 24 – Escapade Music Festival 2022 – Ottawa South, ON
Jul 08 – Plaja Neversea – Constanţa, Romania
Jul 08-10 – Ultra Europe 2022 – Split, Croatia
Jul 15-17 – Tomorrowland – Boom, Belgium
Jul 24 – Sunrise Festival 2022 – Kołobrzeg, Poland
Jul 30 – Théâtre de Plein Air – Parc Expo – Colmar, France
Jul 31 – Tomorrowland – Boom, Belgium
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Chapter & Verse Throws It Back To UK’s Rave Days With New Single
Helix Records debuts rising talent Chapter & Verse with his new single “Ready For The Rave,” which throws it back to the old-school UK raves, as the name clearly suggests. Opening with catchy vocals and a strong buildup of stabbing synths, Chapter & Verse wastes no time by upping the ante. The track breaks down in a driving, four on the floor beat that will slay dancefloors all over the globe and bring listeners back to the infamous underground, sometimes illegal, days before electronic dance music’s mainstage heyday. True to his dynamic style, Chapter & Verse also weaves in some modern tech-house influences with kickdrums and chopped vocals. Read on for the inspiration behind the track from the artist himself:
“I wanted to create a track which incorporates old-school rave along with modern-day tech house. I found and modified an old rave stab to create the sound heard throughout the 90s. I added a vintage Chapter & Verse bassline, an old-school vocal and “Ready For The Rave” was born“ — Chapter & Verse
Now one of the hottest new talents out of the UK, Chapter & Verse just started his career back in 2020. So far, he has released on such labels as Sony, Solotoko, Heldeep, Warner, Thrive, Insomniac, and more, while receiving major nods from the likes of Alesso, Green Velvet, Roger Sanchez, Gorgon City, to name a few. His Spotify listeners clock in at 750k per month and growing, and his music has been featured on the platform’s popular Dance Rising and Housewerk playlists. Things are only going up for Chapter & Verse, so keep an eye out for more new music coming soon!
Chapter & Verse’s forthcoming dates:
21 May – EDC Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
04 June – Freshtival Weekend – Enschede, Netherlands
18 June – Playa Dirty – Gradina, Bulgaria
24 June – Spybar – Chicago, IL
25 June – Halcyon – San Francisco, CA
26 June – Academy LA – Los Angeles, CA
09 July – NOIR – Toronto, ON
10 July – Elixir – Orlando, FL
16 July – Playground Music Festival – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
17 July – Playground Music Festival – São Paulo, Brazil
19 August – Elements Festival – Lake Como, PA