It’s rare to find multitalented artists banding together at a young age, but that’s exactly what happened when Ansolo, 21, and Maxum, 18, met hanging out attending Ultra Music Festival in 2015. The two began working on what is now their first release, “Yin Yang“, together when Maxum flew from his base city Toronto to New York to kick things off. They finished the project while Ansel was filming the Divergentseries movie Allegiant in Atlanta and would work via Skype between takes. “Yin Yang” was the result, and this driving, danceable house track is a triumphant first collaboration for the two up-and-coming artists. With its electro-esque basslines and funky riffs, “Yin Yang” will be a popular choice to make the dance floor sweat in clubs around the globe. “Yin Yang” will be released on Sander van Doorn‘s well known sublabel of Spinnin Records, which also plays home to fellow rising stars such as Bob Sinclair, Quintino, and Gregor Salto.
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If you don’t know the name Ansolo yet, you’ve probably seen Ansel Elgort on the big screen at least once in the past year. The producer is even better known for his acting career as the lead in films such as the Divergent series and The Fault in Our Stars. Juggling two successful careers, it’s no doubt that Ansolo is just tapping into his ability to impress. Nick Henriques – better known as Maxum – is another fresh face in the dance music scene with big promise; the Canadian teen has a knack for producing music that fuses soulful, old school vibes with a new and progressive sound. His raw talent has already granted him outstanding opportunities, like a debut appearance at legendary Guvernment Nightclub, main stage duties at Digital Dreams Festival, a remix for Galantis‘ famous “Peanut Butter Jelly” and now “Yin Yang“. Already supported by top players like Steve Angello, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Avicii, R3hab among others. Based on his track record thus far, Maxum has nowhere to go but up. Stay tuned for more from these talented producers, and in the meantime find your zen on the dance floor with “Yin Yang“.
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Nicky Romero & Sick Individuals’ New Vocal Progressive Gem “Only For You”
Nicky Romero teams up with fellow powerhouse duo Sick Individuals for their new release “Only For You”, a progressive vocal gem featuring Australian singer XIRA. The song opens with recurring piano melodies, which gradually build into an upbeat progressive symphony that serves as the perfect complement to XIRA’s heart-rendering vocal performance. “Only For You” is a feel-good song for the early, adventurous stages of love that will bring a smile to your face whether you’re in a relationship or reminiscing on one from the past. With the new release Nicky Romero continues his quite fruitful period, which comprises “I Need You To Know” single with Armin van Buuren, debut of his side-project Monocule, launch of “Another World” livestream concept, and 2020 rework of his timeless hit “Toulouse,” all that within 2 months. It clearly indicates that this dance music titan isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
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 collaboratoins 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 announced the Monocule alter-ego. If quarantine has proved anything, it’s that the Protocol crew is never one to slack on new music, so keep an eye out for what’s next!
Coming from the Netherlands, where there genuinely seems to be something in the water when it comes to electronic dance music success, Sick Individuals have released on some of the world’s most influential imprints – Revealed Recordings, Spinnin’ Records, Warner, Interscope, Def Jam and Capitol. Official remixes for Rihanna & David Guetta, Madonna, Moby, Rita Ora, Avicii and Icona Pop have peppered the global radio airwaves, ensuring their sound reaches millions of ears in all four corners of the planet. With numerous worldwide hit singles to their name, support from the biggest artists in electronic dance music and pop music and an international tour schedule that has notched up an impressive array of appearances at the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals – Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, Sensation, Mysteryland, Electric Zoo, Ushuaïa and Creamfields to name a few – Sick Individuals continue to set new boundaries with each passing year!
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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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