Nicky Romero

born on 6/1/1989

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Nicky Romero

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Nicky Romero
Nick Rotteveel (born January 6, 1989), known by his stage name Nicky Romero, is a Dutch DJ and house music composer/producer. He has worked with, and received support from, DJs such as Tiësto, Fedde Le Grand, Sander van Doorn, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Armand Van Helden, Avicii and Hardwell.[1] He currently ranks #7 on DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs poll. He is known for being a one hit wonder in the UK when his song 'I Could Be The One' went to Number 1 on the UK Singles Chart.

Early life

Nick Rotteveel was born and raised in Amerongen, the Netherlands. He moved to Kingston, Ontario, Canada, for a year, and later moved back to the Netherlands to continue his education.[2] Nicky hit the first snare drum at the age of six and started playing drums in a fanfare. After playing a year or three, he was asked to play in a group who had acts on the streets and big events. At the age of twelve he got his first set of drums and after three years of playing drums every day and night, he swapped them for turntables.[3]


School never had his interest, so after graduating he started producing music and eventually he signed with his first label called Once Records, which went on to release the tracks Privilege and Qwerty. Shortly after the track entitled Funktion One was released. From that moment on everything went very fast. Dutch DJ/producer Madskillz signed Funktion One at Azucar (from Madskillz & Gregor Salto) and later added Hear My Sound. In 2009 he remixed Sidney Samson and Tony Cha Cha's track Get On The Floor and a bootleg for David Guetta entitled When Love Takes Over. Both tracks got a lot of publicity where Ministry of Sound contacted him to do some remixes on their label. About a few hundred movies came up on YouTube from DJs who played the Nicky Romero bootleg When Love Takes Over. He made a remix for one and only Dirty South called Alamo to be found at Beatport now.[3]

In 2010 Nicky came up with a new track called My Friend (released on Spinnin Records) which contains a sample of the well known track by Groove Armada equally entitled My Friend. The combination between Groove Armada and the innovative Romero sound results in a monster track. My Friend has been played by Tiesto, Axwell, Fedde le Grand, Sander van Doorn and many more. This track reached #4 at Beatport worldwide overall chart, #1 at Dance-Tunes chart and several other famous DJ charts. 2011 saw Romero release plenty of remixes such as Where Them Girls At by David Guetta featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj, What A Feeling by Alex Gaudino featuring Kelly Rowland, Stronger by Erick Morillo and Eddie Thoneick featuring Shawnee Taylor, Where Is The Love by Eddie Thoneick and Rockin High by Ben Liebrand.[3]

In 2012, Romero achieved popularity with the recording "Toulouse," which became a mainstay on the Beatport Top Ten for a significant period of time.[1] Recognizing his talent, MTV named him an EDM artist to watch in 2012.[4] His popularity has risen in recent years, and he has attained a joint residency with David Guetta at party hot spot Ibiza for the summer of 2012.[5]

In October 2012, Nicky Romero received the DJ Mag 'Highest New Entry' award on DJ Mag's top 100 DJs fan poll, and with spot number 17, he is one of the highest new entries ever, together with Skrillex and Dash Berlin.[6][7] In that same year, Romero collaborated with Swedish DJ/Producer, Avicii, to produce the highly anticipated single "I Could Be the One" which became a massive success across Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, where the single debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 17 February 2013 for the week ending on 23 February 2013 becoming both Romero and Avicii's first chart-topper in the UK.[8] On the UK Dance Chart, "I Could Be the One" debuted at number one ahead of Baauer's "Harlem Shake", which entered at number two.

Following "I Could Be the One" in 2013, Romero released his long-awaited single, "Symphonica," that reached #1 on the overall Beatport Top 100 chart.[9] His next release, a collaboration with Krewella, "Legacy," also saw Beatport chart success hitting the #1 spot.[10] Romero then took on a collaboration with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, S.O.T.U., that he released on Steve Angello's Size Records.[11] Amid his 2013 releases, he performed as a resident at The Light Las Vegas and he also played numerous major festivals including Ultra Music Festival,[12] Coachella,[13] Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas[14] and Puerto Rico,[15] Sensation White,[16] and Tomorrowland, amongst others. One of his most notable gigs was at TomorrowWorld where he was one of the first music acts to present an interactive performance experience using Google Glass.[17]

In October 2013, Romero ranked at number 7 on DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs annual fan poll.[18] He helms his own weekly radio show, Protocol Radio and his own record label, Protocol Recordings.[19]

Legacy was used as the backing track by Australian television network Channel Seven in on-air promotions for the 2014 season return of hit show Revenge. After the advertisement's high rotation during the high rating 2014 Australian Open, the song charted in Australia at number 50.


In addition to all "Nicky Romero" singles, he also co-produced the track "Right Now" (featuring David Guetta) from Rihanna's seventh studio album Unapologetic,[20] which was released on 19 November 2012. Before his performance at Tomorrowland,[21] he mentioned in an interview with MTV that he was also working on a new project with Rihanna.[22] He co-wrote and produced "It Should Be Easy" by Britney Spears for her eighth studio album Britney Jean.

DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs Rankings

  • 2012: #17 (New Entry)
  • 2013: #7 (Up 10)



Year Album Peak positions
2014 Ignition 34


As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart position Album
"Toulouse" 2012 92 Non-album singles
"Sparks (Turn Off Your Mind)"
(with Fedde Le Grand featuring Matthew Koma)
"Like Home"
(with NERVO)
126 76 81 53 16 37 33
"Still The Same Man"
(with John Christian & Nilson)
(vs. Krewella)
(with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano)
"Wait for You"
(featuring Ida)
"Let Me Feel"
(with Vicetone)
2014 Ignition
"" denotes a recording that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

Title Year Peak chart position Album
(with David Guetta)
2012 41 Nothing but the Beat
"I Could Be the One"
(vs. Avicii)
3 4 15 13 10 37 22 3 12 26 1
"" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Wild One Two"
(Jack Back featuring David Guetta, Nicky Romero and Sia)
2012 52 43 65 171
"" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.



  • Prunk Le Funk - "Chronology"


  • Mell Tierra & Sebastian D featuring Stanford - "Maximize"
  • Steff Da Campo vs. Ecoustic featuring Lady Rio - "Freakybeatza" (Nicky Romero & Praia Del Sol Remix)
  • Sidney Samson and Tony Cha Cha - "Get On The Floor"
  • DJ Jean - "Play That Beat"
  • Pizetta featuring Reagadelica - "Klezmer"
  • Quintino featuring Mitch Crown - "Heaven"
  • Firebeatz and Apster - "Skandelous"
  • DJ Rose - "Twisted"
  • Quintin vs DJ Jean - "Original Dutch"
  • Michael Mendoza featuring I Fan - "Be Without You"
  • David Guetta - "When Love Takes Over" (Nicky Romero Bootleg)
  • DJ Jose - "Like That" (Nicky Romero Bigroom Remix)


  • Ian Carey featuring Michelle Shellers - "Keep On Rising"
  • Hardwell and Funkadelic - "Get Down Girl"
  • Sandy Vee featuring Robin S. - "Straight To The Sky"
  • Sol Noir - "Superstring"
  • Sivana - "Confusion"
  • Mischa Daniëls featuring J-Son - "Where You Wanna Go"
  • Grooveyard - "Mary Go Wild"
  • Housequake - "People Are People"
  • Fedde Le Grand featuring Mitch Crown - "Rockin' High"
  • DJ Jesus Luz and Alexandra Prince - "Dangerous" (Nicky Romero Festival Mix)
  • Kylie Minogue - "All the Lovers"
  • Ned Shepard - "Chromatic" (Nicky Romero & Nilson Remix)
  • Green Velvet - "Flash"


  • Taio Cruz - "Dynamite" (Nicky Romero Bootleg)
  • Usher - "More" (Nicky Romero Bootleg)
  • Abel Ramos featuring Rozalla - "Where Is The Love"
  • Daft Punk - "Aerodynamic" (Nicky Romero Bootleg)
  • Jerome Isma-Ae and Daniel Portman featuring Max'C - "Flashing Lights"
  • Tanja La Croix featuring Andy P - "Hard To Handle"
  • Flo Rida - "Turn Around (5,4,3,2,1)"
  • Housequake featuring Michele David - "Out Of The Dark"
  • David Guetta featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj - "Where Them Girls At"
  • Enrique Iglesias and Usher featuring Lil Wayne - "Dirty Dancer"
  • Sidney Samson vs. Tara McDonald - "Dynamite"
  • Junkie XL - "Molly's E"
  • David Guetta featuring Usher - "Without You"
  • Erick Morillo and Eddie Thoneick featuring Shawnee Taylor - "Stronger"
  • David Guetta featuring Sia - "Titanium"
  • Tonite Only - "Haters Gonna Hate" (Nicky Romero 'Out Of Space' Remix)
  • Kelly Clarkson - "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)"


  • Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. - "Give Me All Your Luvin'"
  • Eva Simons - "I Don't Like You"
  • Anakyn - "Point Blank" (Nicky Romero Edit)



  1. 1.0 1.1 Future Music. In pictures: Nicky Romero and his suburban studio. MusicRadar. Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  2. Nicky Romero (2012). Info. Nicky Romero. Nicky Romero. Retrieved on 19 August 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Info.
  4. Stewart, Adam (11 January 2012). EDM Rookies To Watch In 2012. Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  5. Martin Saavedra says (22 March 2012). An afternoon with Nicky Romero and MYNC: Miami 2012, Ibiza residencies, and more. Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  6. Nicky Romero profile at. Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  8. Avicii and Nicky Romero scoop first UK Number 1 single. (17 February 2013). Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  9. ANOTHER #1 ON BEATPORT NICKY ROMERO SYMPHONICA. Global Content Protection. Retrieved on 29 November 2013.
  10. Nicky Romero and Krewella take the #1 position with "Legacy". Beatport News. Retrieved on 29 November 2013.
  11. SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND. Retrieved on 29 November 2013.
  12. Ultra Music Festival 2013 reveals phase two lineup: The Weeknd, Sleigh Bells, Skrillex. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved on 29 November 2013.
  13. Coachella Lineup 2013: Stone Roses, Blur, Postal Service Reunion, and More. SPIN. Retrieved on 29 November 2013.
  14. EDC 2013 REVEALS ITS LINEUP!. Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved on 29 November 2013.
  15. Announcement: EDC Puerto Rico Lineup And Travel Packages. VIBE. Retrieved on 29 November 2013.
  16. SENSATION AMSTERDAM '13 LINE UP. Sensation. Retrieved on 29 November 2013.
  18. Nicky Romero. DJ Mag. Retrieved on 29 November 2013.
  19. Protocol Recordings. Protocol Recordings. Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  20. Nicky Romero kreeg kippenvel van Rihanna. (8 November 2012). Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  21. EDMTunes Submit Tune Nicky Romero Shares TomorrowWorld Experience Through Google Glass.
  22. Nicky Romero working with Rihanna on Right Now follow-up. Dancing Astronaut (2 August 2013). Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  23. Nicky Romero discography. ''. Hung Medien. Retrieved on 15 February 2014.
  24. Romero Nicky Romero - Belgium (Flanders) Charts. Hung Medien.
  25. Romero Nicky Romero - Wallionia (Flanders) Charts. Hung Medien.
  26. Romero Nicky Romero - Dutch Charts. Hung Medien.
  27. Irish Single Chart positions:
  28. 28.0 28.1 Nicky Romero & Nervo. Official Charts (23 February 2013). Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  29. Romero Discography NickyRomero. Hung Medien.

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