David Guetta and Nicky Romero’s ‘Metropolis’ music video may hold some merit within the post-graffiti community. The visual possesses artistic value after having appointed street art partisan, Mr. Brianwash, as its director.
It opens up with the pertinent message: “Art cannot be criticized because every mistake is a new creation.” Throughout the video, common street art tactics are employed to reinforce its meaning. Spray cans and buckets of paint make multi-colored splashes in the air (like something you might see at a Blue Man Group show). A turntable is used to create spin art. Paint is splattered on walls and wheat-paste posters cover up public domains. Street signs are altered and transformed to carry new meanings (“Love Construction Ahead and “Don’t STOP Music”). Television sets, a symbolism for mind control, are demolished with baseball bats. Because while some art involves creation, others may thrive on destruction. If we were to take anything away with us from this video, it’s that “Art is for everybody.” And music, our dominant form of art, is a unifying medium that reflects the common voice of the community.
It’s not really news to say that dance music has taken ahold of America with the recent acceptance of EDM into mainstream culture. And David Guetta has been named the culprit for merging both underground and pop music scenes. His high profile collaborations with American pop stars opened up the door for electronic music to become more accessible here in the States. But now, we may seem him moving back towards his roots with his label ‘Jack Back Records.’
In an interview with Beatport, Guetta proclaims, “I don’t do this for the money. I have no commercial ambition with it… Jack Back is not about making radio hits.” Although Guetta has seen tremendous success with his pop dance records, he intends on using his label to promote the future faces of the dance music.
Guetta has been criticized, by some, for being a “sell-out.” But regardless of their accusations, he remains unapologetic about bridging both opposing worlds of music. He protests,”I don’t see any opposition between the pop world and the DJ world, and not only that—it’s probably the opposite. Every DJ, including old-school DJs, as you call them—people that created house music—a lot of them come to see me and thank me for opening the doors, and I think that is making life easier for all the DJs, including underground DJs.”
Nicky Romero has always been in tune with his inner rhythm. Even at the age of six, it was not a rare event to find him banging away on his snare drum. Pursuing a growing interest in percussion and guitar, Nicky began to develop a strong rhythmic foundation. But it wasn’t until he was hired to pick up empty glasses and work the coat check at a local bar, that Nicky became enamored with the lifestyle of the DJ. Within a blink of an eye, he went from banging on his drums to dropping bangers during his DJ sets. And just like that, Nicky Romero was well on his way to developing his signature uplifting big room sound.
Although Nicky Romero has only been in the game for a few years now, it didn’t take long before he started sharing the stage with some of the greats. His production career gained substantial footing with the release of ‘My Friend’ featured on ‘Spinnin’ Records’. But it was Nicky’s bootleg of David Guetta’s ‘When Love Takes Over’ that placed him directly before the eye of the public. At that point, it was nearly impossible for Guetta not to take notice of the up and coming Dutch producer. Taking a strong liking to Nicky, Guetta immediately placed him under his wing. Nicky couldn’t have asked for a stronger backing than garnering support from the reigning #1 DJ in the world. Ultimately, their ongoing relationship led to Guetta signing Nicky to his newly established ‘Jack Back Records’ label - with their collaboration ‘Metropolis’ being featured as the label’s debut single.
Having been born with the raw talent and privileged with the ideal mentor, Nicky Romero has become one of the world’s most sought after EDM artists. But that’s not enough. Nicky Romero continues to press forward, as he prepares to launch his own ‘Night and Party’ label.
Nicky Romero joins us for an eventful “Day and Party” for this week’s edition of Wet Wonderland - Insomniac’s weekly pool party experience.
Date: Sunday May 13th 2012
Location: Las Vegas, NV - Marquee Day Club
Age Restriction: 21+