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Top Dutch djs’ parents form foundation to stop their sons being ripped off

The parents of some of the Netherlands’ most successful djs have formed a foundation to make sure their offspring and others are not ripped off by managers and promoters.

The dance world is a multi-million euro business and a lot of people are in it to make money, the parents say. The aim of the Dutch DJ Foundation is to represent the interests of Dutch djs and producers and offer advice to youngsters who are just starting out.

The foundation’s board includes the fathers of Hardwell, Martin Garrix and Quintino and the stepfather of Headhunterz. Older djs such as Oliver Heldens and Nicky Romero have given their support, broadcaster Nos says.

‘It seems to be normal that every dj is massively ripped off at least once in their career, Headhunterz’s stepfather Michiel van Kleef told broadcaster Nos. ‘We have to put an end to this.’

‘These lads end up in a world they do not know, and sit on the other side of the table from people who have been in the business a long time,’ Hardwell’s father Cor van de Corput said. ‘They are happy that their ambitions have been recognised and are quick to sign a contract.’


The parents decided to join forces after discussing the issues when they met at major performances. ‘We often talk about our sons and we realised that we have all made mistakes,’ Van de Corput said.

Managers, for example, have a commercial interest in their signings. ‘We want to be involved as a neutral party, to ensure the personal interests of the boys and girls are represented,’ Hardwell’s father said. ‘The industry is booming in the Netherlands and so many youngsters want to become djs.’

One recent conflict is that involving Martin Garrix and his former management Spinning Records. Garrix was 16 when he signed the contract but, says Van de Corput, had no idea of the consequences. ‘He did not realise that he is actually not the owner of his own music,’ Van de Corput says.

Forbes estimated earlier this year that Garrix earned $17m over the past year.


Nicky Romero teams up with Bud Light for new festival

As the months go by, it becomes more and more apparent how ideal Canada is in the EDM live show circuit. Today, we’ve received word of yet another addition to our northern neighbor’s saturated roster of performances taking place this Fall.

On October 2nd in Quebec City, DJ superstar Nicky Romero will be making an unexpected partnership with Bud Light at the Videotron Center for a night of music. Titled “Innerspace,” this event will feature some of the scene’s leading performers such as DJ Snake, Chuckie, East and Young, Mr. White, Moti and more.

Tickets for Innerspace can be purchased here before they sell out, but be quick!

Source: YourEDM

Win VIP tickets to see Nicky Romero in Manchester

We’ve got another double tap to win Instagram competition lined up to give you the chance to see Nicky Romero at Victoria Warehouse.

Nicky Romero’s live performances have been getting rave reviews (pun intended) and he’s gearing up to stop off in Manchester with his Protocol Recordings imprint this month, so we thought we’d give you and four of your mates the chance to hit Victoria Warehouse to experience it first hand.

The Dutch electronic superstar has brought his high energy sets to some of the best venues in the world, and now it’s time for Manchester’s treasured warehouse space to get its fill of his trademark big room sound.

The competition prize is five VIP tickets which include fast track entry and access to the VIP mezzanine with its own bar and toilets. All you have to do is like the image above on our Instagram account and then follow us.

The competition closes on Wednesday 23rd September, good luck!




Tiësto and Nicky Romero support charity Zutphen

ZUTPHEN – The charity dance event on November 21 in De Hanzehof in Zutphen gets the support from the DJs like Tiësto, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Nicky Romero.

There will be signed shirts, CDs, baseball caps and banners available for auction. The proceeds from these sales goes to research into the CSWS- syndrome; a form of epilepsy that occurs overnight.

Founder Eric Schmidt is pleased with the support of the artists.

For more information head to the event website:

Source: de Stentor

Nicky Romero’s Kickstart plugin among the most used

Kickstart is the 5th most popular audio effect plugin used on Splice!

Sidechain compression: no top-notch EDM, house or R&B production can do without. Kickstart is the fastest way to get that signature sidechain effect in your own tracks. Nicky Romero and Cableguys have it all laid out for you. Forget complicated compressor routings, simply drop Kickstart on your channels—a big Mix control and hand-crafted modulation curves get you started. You can use Kickstart in any VST or AU sequencer such as Ableton Live, Logic, Cubase, or FL Studio.

Source: Splice

REVIEW: Nicky Romero has his own video game & it’s actually super addictive

One of the best progressive house DJ/producers in the game and head of Protocol RecordingsNicky Romero now has his own video game as well. A simple platformer that follows his rather exciting journey to a DJ performance, it’s as cheesy as it sounds – and although it’s a promotional campaign for DJ Mag’s detested Top 100 poll – I can’t stop playing it myself.

Even better is the incorporation of a “Global Score” which, when reached, will unlock the official 8-bit release of Romero’s most famous anthem, “Toulouse,” for free download. So get jumping and sliding, fellow dance music and video game enthusiasts… This is a lot more enjoyable than it might initially appear.



Source: YourEDM

DJ Nicky Romero preps for Mansion’s last Friday

Mansion nightclub to celebrate last weekend

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – An iconic South Beach nightclub is preparing for its final weekend of fun.

The Miami Herald’s Lesley Abravanel said that a new nightclub to be named the Icon or Paradise will be taking the place of Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., after this weekend.

Mansion opened in 2004 and reinvigorated the South Beach nightclub scene.

Scenes from the 2006 film “Miami Vice” were filmed at the popular nightclub, which caters to bottle-service clientele.

However, Mansion’s troubled past may have contributed to its demise.

Chef Antaun Teasley was shot dead during a fight at Mansion nightclub’s VIP area last year. Then a Cameo nightclub bouncer was accused of beating up tourist Mohamed Youness Adlan so bad that he left him in a coma for three months.

The tragedies hit the Opium Group. The club’s insurance agreed to a $5 million settlement in the Adlan lawsuit that followed. French brothers Eric and Francis Milon were forced to make changes.

Nightlife entrepreneurs Louis Puig and his partner Justin Levine were moving forward with new ideas.

On Tuesday, there were still tickets for sale for Mansion’s last “Super Friday” night. Dutch DJ Nicky Romero (Nick Rotteveel van Gotum), one of the world’s best, will be playing.


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