A collaboration that absolutely breaks the EDM community as we know it. This week we are checking out a joint release between Armada Music and Protocol Recordings for “I Need You To Know”, the latest single from Armin Van Buuren and Nicky Romero. Romero is one of the modern producers to change and mold today’s electronic music scene how he sees fit. Not only has he founded one of the most prolific modern electronic music movements, but he is also constantly on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list year after year and has attributed heavily to the global spread of electronic music. Romero continues to surprise us, even dropping a mini-doc series back in 2019 and multiple successful releases now that he’s back on the wagon. Hell, he even put on one hell of a performance at the London opening of the Call of Duty League eSports tournament!
However, Nicky Romero can’t take all of the credit when there is a legend attached to the track. Our personal introduction to the electronic world, Armin van Buuren has blessed the EDM community with his talent for over twenty years. Armin’s lifelong devotion to the genre has even snagged himself a Grammy nomination back in 2013 for “This is What It Feels Like” with Trevor Guthrie. Armin continues to mold the current EDM genre by co-founding the ever-popular Armada Music label and the weekly A State of Trance radio show to a 44 million and growing audience.
Armin van Buuren: “Nicky Romero and I have known each other for years, so it’s kind of strange that we hadn’t yet made a record together until today, even though he made an amazing remix of my track ‘Unlove You.’ The long wait made it even more fun to finally work on a track together, and I’m very happy with how the record turned out. I am also beyond excited to show you the unique back-2-back set we’ll be doing to celebrate the release of our first-ever collab, and I hope it will give everyone the energy they need to hold on until we can throw actual parties again.”
Nicky Romero: “Armin and I have been close friends for a very long time but never found the right moment to collaborate. This track started months ago, just before quarantine when we were trading ideas for a remix, and the original ideas just started flowing naturally. Armin has had a huge impact on me and my musical style, and it’s been a lot of fun during this process. I know the fans will love it, and I have the feeling this is just the first of many.“
I want to put this out on the table right now, there is no way that I thought that these two powerhouses would ever join forces. Both monumentally successful in their own right, there was absolutely no need. However, “I Need You To Know” is a blessing in disguise for us stuck at home and unable to experience what actually makes the EDM community amazing and organic. Overflowing with high levels of energy that can’t simply be contained, primed and ready for the clubs to reopen and set dance floors ablaze. Armin and Nicky will also be mixing in a B2B set, which livestreams on Twitch, Facebook and YouTube from 7PM to 8PM CET (10AM – 11AM PST).
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