New Year's Eve Weekend kicks off with Nicky Romero
Space kicks off the New Year's Eve weekend with a visit from Nicky Romero! One of the new generation of DJ talent out of the fertile musical ground of Holland, Nicky has been shaking up the world with his driving beats, taking massive crowds on unforgettable journeys through his music. And now, he brings the excitement to the Terrace for his Space debut! Joining him will be Space resident DJ Louis Puig.
It was January 6th, 1989 when young Dutchman Nicky Romero saw his first light of day. Born and raised in a small city called Amerongen, Nicky developed an interest for music at a very young age. At the age of 6 he hit his first snare drum after joining a marching band and this is where it all kicked off for young Nicky. After saving up for a little while, Nicky obtained his first drum kit and started banging away at it like there was no tomorrow. For the next three years there was only one beat to be heard in the Romero household, Nicky’s beat, practising the drums day and night.
Being bored with the drum kit, made way for a brand new set of turntables. Studying and practising his mixing skills were mainly what Nicky’s life consisted of at the time. Already flirting with the idea of making his own music and rocking the crowds some day. When Nicky finished school, the path was clear and the objective was set, producing music became not only a career, but a way of life!
The very first musical offerings Privilege and QWERTY by Romero were snatched up by a small boutique label called ‘Once Records’ the ‘Romero sound’ was born. Next to having a few more releases on small independent imprints, there was a remix for Tony Cha Cha and Sidney Samson: ‘Get On The Floor’ that whirled up a storm of publicity. All the aforementioned achievements, left one more aspect of the production game in need of conquering; the bootleg. Producing his own interpretation of David Guetta’s ‘When Love Takes Over’ resulted in instantly becoming the so called talk of the town with thousands of hits on Youtube and posts on various influential music blogs, Nicky made his entrance into the global scene.
Releasing ‘My Friend’ really paved the way for Nicky. The track released on Spinnin’ Records shot to a 4th place in the overall Beatport top 100 download chart and straight to the top spot on Dutch portal Dance–Tunes. This success resulting in the worlds top artists supporting almost everything Nicky releases nowadays. People the likes of Tiesto, Fedde Le Grand, David Guetta and Sander Van Doorn all often feature tracks by Nicky in their sets. All these accolades make for Nicky being one of the hottest, most sought after producers and remixers on the planet today. With remixes for Green Velvet, Tiesto, Flo-Rida and David Guetta the outlook for 2011 is a promising one.
Nicky’s tour schedule for 2011 is also filling up nicely. Getting invited to play Ultrafest during the WMC and a two-week tour in Australia already pencilled in, leaves just enough time to tour the US and travel through Europe rocking the crowds where ever he plays. All this next to maintaining one of the busiest production schedules know to man, Nicky Romero has truly entered the top realm within the global dance scene.
Louis Puig is an internationally known nightclub icon. Puig began his career approximately 35 years ago and has worked as a nightclub DJ, bartender, promoter, host, manager, operator, designer, builder, sound and lighting designer and installer. He has also designed, created, operated and owned some of the most successful clubs in Miami and South Beach. Puig is considered to be a revolutionary in the nightclub industry for his work in creating The Parkwest Entertainment Area in Downtown Miami. A once uninhabited and desolate slum area, Parkwest now vibrates with sky scraper condos and office buildings, the American Airlines Arena, restaurants and nightclubs. Thanks to Puig's foundation Parkwest real estate increased from $30 to $200 a foot in just 5 years. For his entrepreneurial efforts in helping to create economic revitalization to Downtown Miami, the City of Miami proclaimed October 14 as Louis Puig Day.
Puig began his career in 1976 as a club DJ and worked almost every nightclub position available and helped create some of South Florida's most popular bars and nightclubs. In 1994, Puig opened his own club, the world famous BAR 609 which was a feature of The Real World on MTV. From then on he continued to pioneer the Miami and South Beach nightclub industry. In 2000 Puig created the world famous Club Space which has broken attendance and sales records for Nightclubs in the US and has won various awards for being one of the top dance clubs in the world. Space currently holds the title for the longest operating dance club in South Florida. 2005 Puig became designer, partner, owner and operator of Spirits Nightclub at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Like Club Space, Spirits Nightclub was created by Puig from the ground up and thanks to his knowledge of design and construction; it was completed at a price unequaled in the industry. In 2007 Puig took over The Cameo (formerly Crobar) on South Beach and started Vice Ventures, an operations and marketing company dedicated to strictly to nightclubs and restaurants.
Puig currently works and resides in Miami Beach, Florida and travels all over the world operating and consulting for the nightclub and bar industry.