For a lot of party people, America's dance music obsession is a rather recent phenomenon. But for Harry Romero, it's been a way
of life for more than 15 years.
As a renowned producer, international DJ, and co-founder of
Subliminal Records, Romero has watched the EDM world change a lot over the
years, finally becoming more popular in his home country than he ever would
Now he's gotten together with label co-founders Erick
Morillo and Jose Nunez to form a new supergroup, dubbed Sympho Nympho, and they're determined to ride this wave to the top.
Right now, the guys are gearing up for their WMC performance on
Tuesday, March 20, at Amnesia, where they'll be joined by some very special
guests, and Romero promises a set with a totally fresh approach. "We're going to be showcasing all our new music and we're going to be playing live," he says. "I'll be playing the synthesizers and they'll be playing the drums or effects. Kind of like a deconstruction of what we do in the studio."
Romero considers the upcoming week of schmoozing and parties to be a
welcome distraction from the rigid schedules of pro DJ life. What party-goers
see as a week of full-on raging, DJs see as a friendly vacation.
"We have such a hectic studio life and life on the road, it's kind of an awesome pit stop for me," he says. "It's not about 'What time's my set? Make sure the car's there to pick me up at 5 a.m. and take me to my 7 a.m. flight!' You get to hang out and bullshit with people on a different level. It's kind of cool. And obviously, you get to showcase your stuff."
But the WMC of today is not like past conferences that Romero remembers. According to him, the whole game has changed. What was once a gathering of industry people has become a global phenomenon with a shift toward epic partying rather than signing deals.
"I mean no disrespect to the conference, but there's no
conference," he states plainly. "Just call it Miami Music Week. I dunno, call it whatever
you want. But it ain't a conference. Let's be honest."
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Meanwhile, beyond WMC, he, Morillo, and Nunez are putting the finishing touches on their upcoming Sympho Nympho studio album with songs featuring artists like Dizzie Rascal, Sean Paul, Wycelf Jean, and Pitbull. They've been in and out of meetings, Romero says, working with even more A-list musicians.
"I've never gone for anything this hard ever in my life. None of us have," he enthuses. "We've got our eyes on the prize. I mean, we've had meeting with some of the biggest names in music.
"Forget about house music. Just music, period. And the response to what we've been doing has been amazing. That's what keeps us going. That's our fuel."