Nicky Romero And His Protocol Recordings Gear Up for Miami Music Week With “Nicky Romero Presents Protocol Miami 2017” Compilation And Showcase at ORA Nightclub
There is only a week remaining until the Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week are once again upon us! Thousands of artists, industry tastemakers and fans flock to the east coast’s hottest party destination for a week of the best electronic music and craziest parties of the year. Nicky Romero and the Protocol crew will be representing at their Protocol Showcase at ORA Nightclub this year, and have put together a compilation of the label’s most massive tracks to get you ready for Miami! Take a listen to this 20-track, high-energy mix and feel uplifted by energized by the exclusive sounds of Funkybeat’sOcean Drive, Stadiumx & Dzasko’sI Feel It All and Corey James & Regillio’sFront 2 Back and already widely recognized Nicky Romero & Navarra’sCrossroads, among others.
01. Funkybeat – Ocean Drive [Exclusive] 02. Glen Dale – Avenue [Exclusive] 03. Tom Tyger & Melsen – I Need U (Tom Tyger Miami Edit) [Exclusive] 04. Funkybeat & Asters – Jupiter 05. Stadiumx & Dzasko – I Feel It All [Exclusive] 06. MAXIMALS & FaderX – CNTRL [Exclusive] 07. Raiden ft. Bright Lights – Heart Of Steel 08. Simon de Jano & Madwill & JP Candela – Mediterraneo [Exclusive] 09. Sunstars – Flames [Exclusive] 10. Trilane & Yaro – Miss Out (ft. Max Landry) (Nicky Romero Edit) 11. Tim van Werd – Belong (ft. Max Landry) [Exclusive] 12. Teamworx – Around The World [Exclusive] 13. Vion Konger & Pessto – Like That [Exclusive] 14. Dumbers & Feng Shui – Don’t Stop [Exclusive] 15. Nicky Romero & Navarra – Crossroads 16. Maximals – Enigma 17. Rovack & Killmode3 – I Wanna [Exclusive] 18. Corey James & Regillio – Front 2 Back [Exclusive] 19. Arno Cost – 1000 Suns (Devin Rayden & Yono Remix) [Exclusive] 20. Nicky Romero – Nicky Romero presents Protocol Miami 2017 (Continuous DJ Mix)
The label is pulling out all the stops for their return to Miami – they have announced the lineup for the event to include Protocol’s heavy hitters and some new talent. Label boss Nicky Romero is bringing friends Florian Picasso, Yves V, Raiden, SDJM, Tom Tyger and some very special guests to take over ORA on March 23rd! Protocol’s special guests never disappoint; they have included Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, David Guetta and Martin Garrix in past years. Rest assured that this will be one wild party filled with good vibes and even better music. Get your tickets here. The Protocol gang will follow their Miami extravaganza with two more huge events at Fabrik in Madrid on April 8th and then at Balaton Sound in Hungary on July 5th.
18 Must Attend Pool Parties During Miami Music Week 2017
Fun in the sun is the name of the game during Miami Music Week this year. Get your tickets to these must attend events before they are all gone. There are a lot of events happening during the day starting Tuesday March 21st and going all the way through Sunday March 26th. Spinnin’ Records is back again this year with the Spinnin’ Hotel that has four events this year. Each of them hard to turn down. We also see Oliver Heldens is throwing a pool party and is already up to $ 100 a ticket. If you want to attend this in demand event, grab those now. Check all the events below.
Such an amazing EP my friend! I really want to ask you, how the hell did you come up with the name You Always Knew Me Last Week. I really have never bumped into an artist which a long yet creative artist name. Also, where are you from, and how long have you been producing.
I said the name in passing to a roommate while having a back and forth of random and ridiculous phrases. It’s just part of my sense of humor to say something like that. I joked that it would be the name of my solo project if I ever wrote stuff. I made it my tumblr name and then had a situation with a loved one a few months later that forced me to start writing personal stuff. I made a record under that name back in 2013 and when I had the time to write stuff again I decided to keep the name. I was making completely different music, but I thought I should stick with it. Recently I’m thinking of changing the name to something simpler. I’m from Livingston, New Jersey. I was living in Boston when I wrote most of this because my band and crew of musician friends are all Berklee grads. I’ve only been making stuff like this since August 2015. I was dabbling with ableton and sampling a bit in 2014, but barely knew what I was doing. I still feel like I don’t. I’m just a drummer with an ear.
I appreciate the fact you are a true experimental producer, your sound is really different. Why did you decide to become an experimental producer rather than being a common trap/modern Hip Hop mainstream producer?
I didn’t start listening to hip hop and soul until 2011. Before I was really just into Math Rock and Experimental rock while studying Jazz at Berklee. Then I heard Flying Lotus and Robert Glasper’s Black Radio. I immediately caught on to the whole swung hip hop and chill Dilla Beat thing. No matter what I’ve done as a musician it’s always been combining genres and experimenting with ideas because the last thing I ever want to do as an artist is repeat what’s been done. Mainstream music is a product to me. A complete waste of my time. I’m not big into rap either besides the old school stuff and Kendrick. Kendrick is pushing the boundaries. Kendrick is saying what needs to be said. I’m just trying to follow suite and keep it real. I’m not gonna pretend I come from struggle and I’m not gonna flaunt a privileged life style. I’m just speaking my mind. I speak my mind when I play drums so I’m just doing what I know. I wanted to do a live drums with samples project so I started chopping sections of songs I like without drums. Then I would go and rip some drums over em and demo it out. I just go about it with an open mind. I would come home from teaching kids drums, get high and play around with the melodies that come from cutting and pasting parts together. Throw some reverb on everything and it starts sounding dreamy and ethereal the way I like it.
Please breakdown the creative process of your latest EP “HAUNTER”. Also tell us a bit about the creepy EP cover?
After writing the majority of my full length I realized how much longer it would take to finish. I was anxious to put some stuff out already so I made a couple of tunes to hold everyone over. The first track a homie of mine did the samples for. I gave him a track to mess with and he came back with the Skeleton of “Haunted”. Then like the next three tracks I just put drums over em and had everyone else layer on top as well. It took me a while to write the right lyrics to “Haunted” though. I showed Michi like four different ideas before scrapping it all and going with the lyrics to “Haunted”. It came to me in 5 minutes. I had spent all summer getting back into writing lyrics (I hadn’t written in a few years). I had a lot of heartbreak happen this past year and I’ve been writing about it for months, but “Haunted” came out of thin air. It kind of just wrote itself as my thoughts flowed out about how I felt about everything. Michi then killed the vocal part and made it flow right. The other tracks were the same process of chopping and shredding. I wanted “9 9 9” to be about the numerological number 999. I see matching triplet numbers at least three times a day and 999 represents change so I told my old band mate Dylan to write about what it meant it him. I knew I wanted the song to have a rapping feel, vocally so I told him to sing it like his favorite band “Why?”. He wrote about a shitty new room-mate that moved into his place out in Washington. The last track Sunbath was the most unusual process. I recorded my jazz kit with two mics and made three different loop/drum ideas for my friend Chad Matheny of “Emperor X” to record over. I thought they would each be three different songs, but they became three different sections to a synth epic, once he started layering over 20 different sounds into the session. He just had me hit record then listened back and made cuts in certain spots to get the majority of what you hear in that track. It was surreal.
The Cover Art needed to capture the essence of the video and aesthetic of the record. The artist, Elle DioGuardi, uses mirrors as a medium for pieces. She carves words or phrases into the back of mirrors to get an interesting effect. I knew I wanted her to do something with that and shine some light through while also utilizing the reflection of the mirror. She carved HAUNTER and my “insignia” (unibrow-smiley face) into the mirror, put lights behind it, and took a couple different angles and shots outside her house. After looking at a few I picked the right one and we cropped it into a square album cover. I think it’s perfect.
Rappers/Producers nowadays think by throwing up a few beats/videos up on social media and pushing quick projects, they can blow up overnight! Clearly your skills are on a whole different level! Give us your view on how over saturated the market is right now with so many MC’s/Producers but not to many quality music.
Well plain and simple people gotta stop for a second and think “why am I doing this?” What’s your intent? I grew up finding it hard to fit in so naturally I learned to just be myself and allow myself to stand out. Embrace it. The market is always gonna be over saturated with bullshit. In my experience, whether its Hip Hop or Punk, or whatever, you gotta come from the heart. It helps to know what you’re doing technically, but at the same time there’s so much complex crap out there that you forget about the second the song ends. You can’t forget a feeling though. If your music can make a bunch of people feel something deep, then you will stand out. I think that’s why “big” artists seem like they got it made, but there making money for someone else too. They’re just playing the game. They still got people to answer to. But then you take Kendrick, Chance, Flying Lotus, even Kanye. They seem to run their own ship and they seem to be the real winners in all of this. Because if you’re trying to last. You gotta make something real. Something that the people feel. It’s the feeling that stands the test of time. They want to make something that’s bigger then themselves. I’m trying to do the same. I just want to bring music to the people and play. I don’t care if I have to tour out of my car alone for the rest of my life as long as I can play for people and share my music.
How many music videos do you have? Are there any tracks on your EP that you would want to shoot a video for?
As of now I just have the whole short film to HAUTER. I’m considering doing a video for a few songs performed live in a sweet location. I will definitely be making some videos for a few songs off of the upcoming full LP.
How often do you perform LIVE. Any live beat sets coming up? Shows lined up in the near future?
I’ve been trying at least a few times a month. I’m currently booking a two-week tour starting January 17th to February 1st that will take me to the Mid West and tackle the East Coast as well. My live set involves me playing live drums over the drum-less tracks out of ableton. People seem to dig it so far. I like to think of it as going to see a DJ perform, but I’m filling in the drums so you have something to watch.
Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?
In 5 years I would love to be able to open up for Flying Lotus or just be involved in the whole Brainfeeder crew of artists. That would be an honor to just kick it with those cats. Regardless I just want to still be on that road and continue to out do myself.
Here it is! Our most popular question! What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?
Underground hip hop is where it all begins. The hottest tracks aren’t gonna be coming through the radio any time soon so people gotta wake up and start looking a little closer to what’s going on around them. “The revolution will not be televised”. The real fun can be in your hometown.
Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.
Shout out to everyone involved in this record, my other bands People Like You and Pet Jail. Kash, Karen and Sloane Bryce, Boston Fam, Livingston Fam, and everyone at Underground Hip Hop Blog. Thank you.
Rihanna Releases New Single “Work” Featuring Drake, Teases New Album Release This Week
The wait is finally over, after a number of delays due to numerous rumors, Rihanna‘s long-awaited eighth studio album coming! Sooner than expected too, we’re talking about it dropping this week.
Rihanna started the day with a tweet that basically broke the internet in the world of music dropping he latest song featuring Drake and announcing ANTI is coming sometime this week. Since it’s premiere on BBC Radio 1 around 1 pm, “Work” is already topped the iTunes charts and shows no signs of slowing down. This bad boy is about to get some serious radio play.
You can check out her lead single below via a rip from BBC Radio 1 below and pick up your copy on iTunes or Tidal now.