Another Thursday meant yet another night of EDM goodness at Big Night Entertainment Group’s The Estate, this time featuring the famous Dutchman of Protocol Recordings, Nick Rotteveel, better known as Nicky Romero. It was almost midnight and The Estate was at full capacity, and the crowd was fully primed and ready to go after an energy-filled set by the young duo – Vicetone. The boys, who have had many remixes and releases under Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings played many of their own tracks and such as “Tremble” and “Stars” featuring Johnny Rose.
Glow wands were waving and club-goers were cheering as the lights dimmed and Vicetone concluded their set. Above the booth, the LED video wall had images of shadowy figures, eventually revealing an army donning the infamous Guy Fawkes mask. The dramatic and suspenseful introduction gave way to the gritty melody belonging to “Toulouse”. But this was no ordinary version of Toulouse. Romero turned it into a bootleg of monstrous proportions. Adding the acapella from Aston Shuffle’s “Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost)”, vocal clips from Showtek & Justin Prime’s “Cannonball”, and Deorro’s “Yee”, the Dutchman made a grand entrance before revealing the brand-new “Under Control” by Alesso & Calvin Harris featuring Theo Hutchcraft.
Nicky Romero continued to please the energetic crowd, endlessly mixing a set full of high-energy bangers fit for a festival. He was not shy to get on the microphone either, interacting with a crowd who happily gave him cheers of approval. It was clear that they were ready for more as Nicky went on to play more of his own tracks such as “Symphonica” paired with vocals from “In My Mind”, his remix of “I Need Your Love”, and “Legacy” his collaboration with EDM-pop trio Krewella. Although a bit of a commercial set, the crowd had no problem eating it all up as the 24 year old continued to dish out hit after hit.
Other highlights from Romero’s set included a bootleg of Hard Rock Sofa – “Rasputin” with Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” along with vocals from his collaboration with Calvin Harris‘ “Iron”. Sing-along tracks “Like Home” featuring Aussie duo NERVO and his Avicii collaboration “I Could Be The One” garnered positive reactions, as well as Alesso’s remix of “If I Lose Myself”.
Overall, one might say that Nicky Romero’s set was very commercial and had few surprises, but you could not deny the crazy amount of energy he concocted in the DJ booth. From the Estate’s balcony, you could see that he was very busy at the controls and made sure that every track was mixed in flawlessly. The crowd came to see Nicky Romero and they knew exactly what to expect when they stepped through those doors. By the end of his set, Nicky Romero had successfully shown Boston that he had in fact Nothing Toulouse before mysteriously disappearing from the stage in Guy Fawkes fashion.