Two of the biggest names in dance music come together to make a real and timeless Progressive House anthem in the form of Nicky Romero and W&W‘s new collaboration “Ups & Downs”. Leveraging the festival sound they both founded their careers with, Romero and W&W deliver big, bouncing basslines, soaring melodies, and a euphoric drop. Any experienced raver will relate to the simple and yet touching lyrics, touching upon dance music culture as self-expression in its truest form. Romero has been teasing the much-anticipated collaboration in his live sets lately, including his “Nicky Romero & Friends” showcase during ADE, when W&W joined Nicky for a surprise b2b performance. “Ups & Downs” follows Nicky Romero’s collaboration with DallasK & XYLØ, “Sometimes.” The Protocol label boss is currently on his “Redefine” world tour which started on March 29 with his Ultra Music Festival Main Stage performance. See dates below and catch Nicky live for a chance to see “Ups & Downs” yourself!
Nicky Romero has quickly progressed from a young musical prodigy to one of the most prolific names in modern dance music. He is not only a talented DJ and producer but also the label mogul of Protocol Recordings and a mentor to the up-and-coming artists whose careers he helps to cultivate. Romero’s resume is an impressive and lengthy string of hits includes iconic originals and collaborations with artists including Avicii, Calvin Harris, NERVO, ZEDD and more. Through the constant evolution of his sound and reinvestment in emerging artists, Nicky has proved his ability to evolve with the ever-changing landscape of electronic music. His latest releases have spanned the spectrum of electronic music, including his recent “Ring the Alarm” with David Guetta, vocal house collaboration “Distance” with Olivia Holt, dance-pop gem “Be Somebody” with Steve Aoki and Kiiara, and remixes for Martin Garrix and Jess Glynne. W&W have long been forerunners in the scene and were voted #14 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll in 2018. The duo completed a massive headlining tour last year and recently launched their own label, Rave Culture. Their star-studded list of collaborations includes Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and remixes for Steve Aoki and Maurice West. Stay tuned for new music coming from Nicky, W&W and their respective labels this summer! Nicky Romero’s “Redefine” 2019 World Tour – Phase One tickets:
Apr 12 – Shenzhen, China – Matrix Club
Apr 13 – Zhuhai, China – Illusion
Apr 18 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Zouk
Apr 19 – Pattaya, Thailand – Songkranzonic
Apr 20 – Seoul, South Korea – Club Chroma
Apr 27 – Den Bosch, The Netherlands – Kingsland
Apr 27 – Rotterdam, The Netherlands – Kingsland
Apr 27 – Alkmaar, The Netherlands – Slam Koningsdag
May 04 – Rishon Letzion, Israel – Desert Day & Nightclub
May 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Jewel
May 18 – New York, NY – Marquee
May 24 – Prague, Czech Republic – Epic
May 25 – Wijchen, The Netherlands – Emporium Festival
May 31 – Lima, Peru – Barranco Arena C.C
Jun 01 – São Paulo, Brazil – Laroc
Jun 08 – Frankfurt, Germany – Big City Beats
Jun 08 – Enschede, The Netherlands – Frestival
Jun 14 – Las Vegas, NV – Hakkasan
Jun 15 – Vancouver, Canada – Harbour Event Centre
Jun 22 – Madrid, Spain – A Summer Story
Jun 25 – Groningen, The Netherlands – Secret Forest Festival
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Dash Berlin Debuts On Protocol Recordings With His 1st Single “Keep Me Close”
Shortly after remixing Nicky Romero’s “Stay,” Dash Berlin makes a triumphant return to Protocol Recordings with his very first single on the label “Keep Me Close”. The veteran producer teamed up with fellow Dutchman and Protocol’s very own artist Timmo Hendriks for their first euphoric progressive collaboration. “Keep Me Close” delivers Dash Berlin’s signature ElectroProgPop style through vibrant melodies and breathy vocals, evoking memories of his timeless hits “Till the Sky Falls Down” and “Waiting” while providing a fresh perspective on the trance genre. He has previously made acclaimed remixes for Sam Feldt, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki, Lost Frequencies, and more. On the other hand, “Keep Me Close” follows Timmo Hendriks’s release from last month “For Your Love” with Romeo Blanco.
Dash Berlin has been a household name in electronic music since 2008, when the single “Till the Sky Falls Down” skyrocketed to the top of charts worldwide. The track was included on Armin van Buuren’s third chapter of his Universal Religion album, and Dash Berlin was subsequently signed to his label Armada Music. The world fell in love with Dash’s unique fusion of progressive house, trance, pop, and electro, which he continued to share with the world via tracks like 2009’s hits “Man On The Run” and “Waiting,” which became one of the most-loved songs of the era. “Waiting” won the IDMA award for “Best High Energy Track” and was nominated three times at the International Dance Music Awards during the WMC in Miami in 2009. It was also voted as the second-best trance track of the year on Armin van Buuren’s popular radio show “A State of Trance.” Dash Berlin was also nominated for the “Best European DJ” at the IDMA’s and entered the DJ Mag Top 100 poll at number 15 in 2010; he has remained in the top 20 of the poll for eight consecutive years. Timmo Hendriks has become a frequent name on Protocol’s roster since his debut track “In My Head” with Lennart Schroot, followed by “Thinking About You” with Lindequist, which was featured on the label’s “Miami 2019” EP. Hendriks has continued to team up with Lindequist on their tracks “Magical,” and this summer’s “Together.” He has also released singles “By Your Side” with Jordan Grace, “Deserve My Time,” with Trilane ft. Carys Selvey, “Be Alright” with Marc Benjamin, and recently “For Your Love” with Romeo Blanco, which were all widely supported in the industry. Dash Berlin and Timmo Hendriks are ever-evolving with the times and making new music, and we can’t wait for two of the scene’s favorite acts to release more music in 2020!
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Nicky Romero Goes Deep With New Monocule Alias, Drops “Time To Save” + EP
Maestro Nicky Romero debuts his alter ego with the new ‘Monocule Volume 1’ EP, which is out on his imprint Protocol Recordings. Throughout his illustrious career, Nicky has become synonymous with cutting edge progressive music and has since experimented with dance-pop crossover styles and more. Monocule is a brand new moniker that is dedicated to his passion for deeper, underground vibes. The EP’s first track “Time to Save”, produced together with Nicky’s Dutch fellow Tim van Werd and Protocol’s veteran Mosimann, has a decidedly darker vibe than the usual Protocol tracks, with growling basslines and emotive vocals by the Frenchman himself. “Close To Me” delivers cinematic melodies overtop a deep bassline and breathy lyrical overlays. At the same time, the final track, “Waiting For You” evokes memories of grooving on dark dance floors before the global pandemic. Read more from Nicky about his exciting new project below:
“Monocule is a brand new alias of mine, which lets me express my never-ending love for deeper classic progressive house vibes. During these uncertain times, it feels really good to lock myself up in the studios and work with a different spectrum of sounds. I’m excited to finally share my first single and EP with the world as Monocule and more than happy to have Tim van Werd & Mosimann being part of this inaugural release! Sky’s the limit for Monocule, so I’m stoked about this new sonic journey.” – Nicky RomeroSTREAM/DOWNLOAD
After taking the world by storm with early hits such as ‘Legacy’ (with Krewella) and #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 David Guetta, Mike Williams & Amba Shepherd, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, DallasK & XYLØ, Timmy Trumpet and Steve Aoki & Kiiara to remixes for the likes of 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 during these unprecedented times in the music industry. He recently debuted his ultra-modern “Another World” live stream concept this summer, and now announced the Monocule project. Romero has proved again his ability to evolve with the times, so keep an eye out for what’s next from him and the Protocol crew!
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Protected: Intricate Sessions, Vol. 3 Brings Progressive Vibes You Desperately Desire
Teamworx Throwback To Golden Era Of Progressive House With “Can’t Get Enough”
Israeli duo Teamworx returns to Protocol Recordings with a groovy progressive gem titled “Can’t Get Enough”, featuring vocals by Sarah De Warren. After their latest heavy-hitting track “Techno”, which received an edit by Nicky Romero himself, the veterans switch up their style with ethereal melodies and softly undulating basslines that melt into a deep and groovy breakdown. De Warren’s breathy vocal performance with lyrics like “I can’t seem to get enough, it’s all that I’ve been thinking of” make for a sensual but dancefloor-friendly vibe that will carry you long into the night. De Warren recently worked with Trilane & YARO on “Way Out,” on Protocol Recordings, which was widely supported by industry’s tastemakers, incl. BBC Radio 1. Teamworx have previously released “Just Like That” and “We Are Lost,” among others, this year on the imprint.
Founded by Nicky Romero, Protocol Recordings is one of the leading imprints for innovative house music; it boasts a roster of heavy-hitters complemented with immensely talented up-and-comers, all with a diverse range of sounds that are guaranteed to light up a dance floor. With more than a dozen releases on the label, the Israeli duo Teamworx have become veterans since they first exploded onto the scene with Corey James and their track “Make The Crowd Go,” which received massive support from industry heavyweights and is still played by Steve Angello in his live sets. They’ve collaborated with Nicky himself on “Champion Sound” and “Deep Dark Jungle,” as well as remixes for his tracks “Only For Your Love” and “Ring the Alarm.” Most recently, Nicky’s edit of Teamworx’s track “Techno” was celebrated as Protocol’s 200th release. Sarah De Warren has lent her beautiful vocals to tracks with Kaskade, Mike Perry, Ilan Bluestone, and many more; she has been featured on multiple successful releases on Spinnin’ Records, Armada Music, Anjunabeats and Ministry Of Sound.
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Marcus Santoro & FaderX Fuse House & Trance On “Out Of My Head”
Powerhouses Marcus Santoro and FaderX teamed up for their new vocal progressive track “Out Of My Head”, out on Protocol Recordings. It has all the workings of an addictive, euphoric single, delivering distinctly trance-influenced melodies, undulating basslines, and emotive vocals. This is the type of release that personifies Santoro and FaderX’s unique styles of fusing progressive house, big room, and trance into a unique formula of dance music. “Out Of My Head” marks the Italian trio FaderX’s 9th Protocol release and their first of 2020 after previously releasing on Future House Music, Doorn Records, Spinnin’ Records, and Found Frequencies. On the flip side, Marcus returns to Nicky Romero’s label after his earlier single “Faces” from March this year.
Founded by Nicky Romero, Protocol Recordings is one of the leading imprints for innovative house music; it boasts a roster of heavy-hitters complemented with immensely talented up-and-comers, all with a diverse range of sounds that are guaranteed to light up a dance floor. Marcus Santoro joined the ranks of Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu, Raiden, Trilane, and more in 2019 with his first single release, “Shine” in collaboration with fellow new artist Sentinel. Santoro, who has also released on Enhanced, Armada, and Flashover, got his start when his remix for Shapov & Trouze’s “The Way” on Axtone gained traction from artists and fans alike. Since then, Santoro has released “Blackout” ft. Lauren L’aimant and a successful remix for Nicky Romero’s “My Way,” which is still widely supported. FaderX have been a part of the label’s crew for several years now, always bringing the heat with groovy and electro house tracks like “Feed” with Corey James and “Free” with Maximals. Keep an eye out for more groovy music coming from Santoro, FaderX, and the rest of the crew soon.
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