MTV named Nicky Romero an EDM artist to watch in 2012 and our eyes have been glued to the Dutch DJ ever since. So when he announced he’d be making his debut performance at Space Miami last Saturday, we jumped on the opportunity to check out the young star in action.
Brought into the electronic music world by mentor David Guetta, the 23-year-old Dutch superstar has already made an impressive name for himself as the next progressive-electro wonderboy. The rising star spent 2012 producing 14 hard-hitting and well-received singles, touring the nightlife metropolises of the world, and topping it off with a Miami New Year’s Eve weekend concert we’ll never forget.
Romero took the stage on the terrace at Space around 3 a.m. to an anxiously intoxicated crowd. Having been on our feet for hours at this point, we were ready to see Nicky work his magic.
The Dutch superstar hit us hard with an opening crescendo of tracks like Tommy Trash’s “Truffle Pig,” Hardwell’s “Three Triangles” and his duo with Fedde Le Grand “Sparks.” Romero was grinning from ear to ear as he led us up and down drum roll peaks, laser gun beams and heavy chord progressions. His song selection was lively and spontaneous, transitioning smoothly from infectious vocal drops to bassy, winding womps. Finessing the decks like a seasoned veteran, Romero almost made us forget about his novice status in the electronic music scene.
The Space Terrace was the perfect backdrop for Romero’s energetic and eclectic set. Crowds of thrilled and dedicated fans had waited patiently all night for their hero to set the stage alive, and basked in the glory of his incredibly impulsive track transitions. While dominated by Romero’s signature electro-banger sound, the set also sprinkled in hints of tech-house vibes from Chocolate Puma, nu-disco from Cosmic Gate and deep, progressive house from Anton Zaslavski.
When taking into account the three competing Miami concerts of the night (Dada Life at LIV, Sebastian Ingrosso at Story Nightclub, and Hardwell at Mansion), Space’s nearly sold-out audience proves just how strong Romero’s following is. After an unforgettable debut Space performance, we hope to welcome Nicky Romero back to Miami very soon!