Nicky Romero talks through his incredible DJ career to date ahead of Sunsets Festival DXB 2018

The Dutch DJ and record producer on his ‘pinch me’ career moments ahead of headlining at Barasti this weekend
Nicky Romero talks through his incredible DJ career to date ahead of Sunsets Festival DXB 2018
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22 Oct 2018 AT 11:55 AM
22 Oct 2018 AT 11:55 AM

Toulouse, I Could Be the One, Like Home; these are just some of the chart bangers to come out of Nicky Romero.

And this week, the 29-year-old DJ will take to Barasti beach to lay down his most popular tracks — and then some — at Dubai's Sunsets Festival 2018. 

Nicky will headline at the weekend-long event that promises ravers plenty of food and fun alongside the music between October 25-27. 

Ahead of the three day extravaganza, Nicky exclusively spoke to ShortList about his incredible career to date:

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You’re set to play the SunsetFestivalDXB very soon – what are you looking forward to most about the gig?
I love visiting Dubai, it’s one of my favourite cities on the planet and I’m excited to see all of the fans and their reactions to the new music during Sunsets Festival.

What is it you like about performing in Dubai?
I think the culture is incredible. People from all over the world gather here and the setting is unlike any other place I’ve travelled.

You’ve played (and lived) all over, what has been your favourite location?
Home (the Netherlands) is always my favourite but I’ve loved the moments I’ve spent in South Africa.

You’ve worked with so many influential people in the industry, too. What have you learned from other greats?
Patience. Careers are a marathon, not a sprint. It’s important to stay true to yourself and never be afraid to try something new.

What do you love about the DJ industry?
I’ve found that everyone is willing to collaborate and support. None of us got here alone and it’s important to always lend a hand and support each other’s music.

What has been one of your ‘best moments’ when collaborating with another artist?
During the creation of my latest single with Steve Aoki, we spent the afternoon at my studio in Amsterdam. During a break he wanted to see my motorbike collection and we ended up racing around the complex for about an hour. It was the perfect way to find new inspiration and take that energy back to the studio.

You’ve already had an amazing career – what’s been the biggest ‘pinch me’ moment?
I think what I am proud of most, is the fact that I started from nothing, literally a bedroom in my parents house and build it up to a small little empire. With daily roughly 20 people working, in a complete studio with recording room, radio room, multiple writer studios, a mix/master room.

What have you got planned next?
’m working on loads of new songs with friends, W&W, Afrojack, David Guetta, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and definitely my own new clothing brand ‘PRTCL’ which I’m proud to present.

And what’s the ultimate goal?
Keep making music that inspires me.

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