After a one-year break caused by the worldwide pandemic, Amsterdam Dance Event is returning in 2021, so is Protocol Recordings’ iconic showcase. This year “Nicky Romero & Friends” will move to a new location, which is of one of Amsterdam’s most known venues – Escape. On October 14th, the club will feature plenty of the label’s established stars and rising talent. “Nicky Romero & Friends” mainstage, next to Nicky Romero himself, will see performances from Sick Individuals, Deniz Koyu, Marc Benjamin, Timmo Hendriks, DØBER, Tim van Werd, and you never know who might show up as a surprise guest! In the past years, Nicky Romero has invited some very special never-announced friends, such as David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, among others. In addition to the main room’s lineup, attendees will be treated to the Protocol Lab room featuring BLVNCO, Marf, Tommy Jayden, and Laura van Dam. You can already start preparing for a wild evening of dance music and partying. Snag your tickets below before they sell out, and be on the lookout for Protocol’s annual ADE-themed EP, coming out in October. See you in Amsterdam.
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. 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 the good vibes and wild nights with beloved veterans and fresh faces in the live performance circuit. Protocol’s ADE events have a reputation for being one of the best nights in dance music all year, and this one will be no different. Join them on October 14th at the Amsterdam’s iconic venue Escape. Previously Protocol has been expanding their showcases with events at Chroma Club in Seoul, South Korea; Bone Club in Pattaya, Thailand; ORA Nightclub in Miami, London’s Ministry of Sound and hosted their own stage at Medusa Festival in Spain and Hungary’s Balaton Sound, to name a few. Expect more cutting-edge new music and exciting concepts coming very soon!
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LUM!X Drops Nostalgic Feel-Good Dance-Pop Single “Kids Like Us”
Austrian-Italian electronic protege LUM!X returns with his newest release, “Kids Like Us,” a unique and uplifting Dance-Pop smash that conveys the youthful energy of its namesake. Pairing cinematic and euphonious melodies with a dynamic, uplifting drop, LUM!X makes a true statement by incorporating an attention-grabbing and singalong chorus featuring children’s voices.
The combination of joyous and nostalgic elements creates a truly special sonic experience that will transport the listener to the favorite childhood memories and partially encourage you to embrace the present moment with the same type of wonderment. LUM!X has been on a hot streak the last few years, achieving an incredible milestone of 2 billion streams across all platforms, as well as 2 diamond, 22 platinum, and 9 gold certifications under his belt.
LUCiD & FRiENDS is the pseudonym for a newly formed songwriting collective, whose members have been working with the likes of Karol G, Camila Cabello, Iggy Azalea, MNEK, Cheat Codes, Selena Gomez, Marshmello, Kendrick Lamar, Maroon 5, and more.
“‘Kids Like Us’ is a song that has a very special place in my heart. As I crafted the beats and melodies, I felt the music come alive, a vibrant tapestry of sound that beckoned you to feel like a kid again. The title came from a place deep within my heart, a longing for the innocence of youth when the world was a playground, and worries were but fleeting whispers. Like a technicolor dream, the song paints vivid images of laughter, sun-drenched afternoons, and endless possibilities. Each note was a brushstroke, every lyric a stroke of nostalgia’s brush. It was a melody that transported you back in time while keeping one foot firmly in the now, a balancing act of emotion and innovation. What started out as a very uncommon and difficult topline ended up being one the most emotional songs I’ve ever worked on. The big vocal hook, together with the pop-ish verses, is something very different from what I usually produce, but for me, that’s the magic about this record” — LUM!X
At just 21 years old, Austrian-Italian musician LUM!X, real name Luca Michlmayr, is quickly becoming one of the hottest names in the global electronic music scene. To date, LUM!X’s songs have been streamed well over 2 billion times, leading him to over 30 diamond, platinum and gold certifications. With a signature style that’s as smooth as it is hard and refreshing as it is versatile, LUM!X represents the next step in the evolution of the modern DJ, bringing with him a sound that’s not only primed for the radio and the club, but geared for the viral airwaves as well. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry already, including Gabry Ponte, DVBBS, KSHMR, and remixed the likes of Robin Schulz, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Alan Walker, and R3HAB to name only a few. In 2022, he became one of the first DJs to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, representing Austria in the competition. In 2023, he also won two prizes at the Amadeus Awards of Austria for Song Of The Year and Best Dance Act with his song “Halo,” featuring Pia Maria.
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Cash Cash & Taylor Dayne Team Up On 2023’s Take On “Tell It To My Heart”
The unstoppable production Dance-Pop trio Cash Cash teams up with one of the Top Dance artists of all time – Taylor Dayne, for their new smash hit, a 2023 take on “Tell It To My Heart,” originally released by Taylor back in 1987 as her debut single, after which she rose to global stardom.
Cash Cash’s new song incorporates newly recorded, simply stunning vocals from Taylor Dayne while adding fresh elements of autotune and vocoder to certain samples to make for a groovy and digitized sound. The New Jersey-based producer and songwriter group incorporates their dynamic sound in the form of upbeat, emotive chords and a progressive bassline mixed with in-your-face synths, giving the track a modern flavor of old-school, Disco-inspired ballads that pull on heartstrings for many years to come.
“Tell It To My Heart” is out on Ultra Records/Sony Music.
“‘Tell It To My Heart’ was such a legendary song of its time with such a unique sound. The vocals alone had such a powerful instant melody that in combination with the lyrics, made for an infectious hook. The track also had such a fun, iconic 80’s tone with the synths and instruments that we really wanted to preserve in our version. I think we found the perfect balance in taking a trip down memory lane while going someplace new at the same time. There’s a popular phrase that a hit song is a hit song no matter how it’s dressed up. We took this already phenomenal song and put a whole new 2023 suit and tie on it. Taylor also is one of those artists that’s simply #stillgotit, and it shows in this version in which she completely recorded brand new vocals for.” — Cash Cash
“I am really excited for fans around the world to hear my new single and collaboration with the great team Cash Cash ‘Tell It To My Heart.'” — Taylor Dayne
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Berlin Got An Electronic Music Anthem Produced By Scooter!
For many years, Berlin has been hailed as the epicenter of electronic music. It’s a city that has transformed alongside this genre, and it was about time that Scooter released a tribute anthem to celebrate it.
From underground clubs to massive festivals, the German capital has it all! Taking this into account, Scooter gets inspired by the vibrant ambiance of its nightlife, and this new banger called “Berliner Luft” invites you to throw your hands up in the air.
On a side note, to grasp the essence of “Berliner Luft” and Berlin’s electronic music scene, it’s essential to experience its party vibes firsthand. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than discovering the iconic Berghain or the hidden gems of Friedrichshain.
The urban area offers a diverse range of venues where you can enjoy non-stop fun as seen in the visuals.
Moreover, with the traditional Hard Dance style and unmistakable vocals of H.P. Baxxter, this tune will soon become a brand-new hit. Above all, catchy melodies and electrifying beats capture the spirit of this great Metropolis through an upbeat rhythm.
In brief, Scooter is a talented group that continues to reinvent themselves. Also, they never fail to impress; that’s the reason why I can’t wait to hear their next melodic stompers…