EDM Topics: Do DJ Dynasties Exist?
Jay-Z has Kanye West, Lil Wayne has Drake, and Eminem has 50 Cent. Rap dynasties exist, so why not DJ dynasties? Who will inherit the crucial responsibility of keeping the world dancing? The artist currently floating between two of the biggest DJ dynasties in the world is Nicky Romero. On one side of the ring we have David Guetta with his near-eclipsing disciple Afrojack, facing off against Tiesto and his growing team of floor-banging artists, including Hardwell and Dada Life (aside from their own personal labels). Being backed by either of these DJs would undoubtedly rocket one’s career on an astronomical path towards global dance-floor domination, but choosing a camp means Nicky Romero will be opening himself to the influence of their specialized sound.
I’ve been a big fan of Romero for a while now. When I first heard his remix of Dynamite it was like discovering The White Stripes before they dropped Seven Nation Army – you want to share their brilliance with everybody while at the same time selfishly holding their music as a piece of indie trend-setting euphoria. After seeing Romero at Ginger 62 (Vancouver) my mind was made up; this guy was going to be a globetrotting floor-crushing dance god. Now with tracks like Toulouse and Generation 303 currently shaking clubs around the world, the cat is out of the bag. Romero even managed to turn Madonna’s lacklustre and ultimately forgettable Give Me All Your Luvin’ into a dance-ready beat worth listening to.
After reportedly spending weeks of studio time with both David Guetta and Tiesto, Romero has recently topped Beatport charts with two releases: Generation 303 on Tiesto’s Muscial Freedom label and Wild One Two, his Guetta collaboration. So here’s the question: where does Romero’s genius fit?
His track Wild One Two flew to number one on Beatport and has widespread circulation among the DJ community, but the question remains: does the track sound like Romero? What I want more than anything is for his unique sound to stay intact. Most of his tracks leave the room shaking after they drop a heavy bass that sounds as though it’s echoing over an open field; although Guetta has stellar electro chops, he is more famous for his Top 40 genre-crossing hits. Does Romero need to be a radio success like Guetta or should EDM fans clamber to hold him as a dark little club-goers secret?
Having remixed a handful of Guetta’s songs, Romero takes Guetta’s streamlined dance elegance and morphs it into something more jarring: a good example can be found in his remix of Without You. As for Guetta’s go-to-man Afrojack, stylistically his schizophrenic blips and bleeps don’t match the crescendo of glorious bass which rule Romero’s world. That being said, Guetta’s team could use their star power to elevate Romero in the dance music community, but do they have what it takes to nurture and protect his sound?
Flipping sides to check out the team at Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label and you can have Romero kick out the epic motherf**ker alongside the likes of fellow Dutchmen Dada Life. Under the tutelage and guidance of Tiesto, who has taken more of a House turn recently with massive tracks like Maximal Crazy, Romero’s style would be welcomed with open arms. The fact is that Musical Freedom packs a beat-heavy superpunch: you have the ultra bass-heavy beats of Bassjackers, the outrageous party of Dada Life, the ever-rising Hardwell, and the never-ending remixes of new-comer powerhouse Tommy Trash.
So where should Romero end up? I believe he should solidify himself as the newest, and potentially fastest rising star member of Musical Freedom entourage. I wouldn’t have him denounce Guetta – he can pump out some collaborations and lock in some mainstream hits – but ultimately he should spend most of his time cranking out block-rocking beats with Tiesto and his crew.
Agree? Where do you think Nicky Romero should settle and grow into newfound superstardom? What other DJ dynasties are strong contenders for the title of Dance Music Royalty? Who will take over and lead EDM into the future?
Article by: Ryan Hayes