Rihanna – “Right Now”
By the time Rihanna released her seventh studio album, Unapologetic, she had already caught the EDM bug, having churned out two Calvin Harris-produced chart toppers, “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been,” in her previous album Talk That Talk. Hoping to recreate the magic, she enlisted Romero to co-produce (alongside David Guetta) “Right Now,” a bass-grinding bop about seizing the moment.
Britney Spears – “It Should Be Easy”
Once the reigning pop princess, Britney Spears became a slave for dance beats on her 2013 album Britney Jean, recruiting a squad of European heavyweights such as Tiësto, Otto Knows, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Guetta to produce radio radio hits. Romero came on to co-produce “It Should Be Easy,” a big-room anthem that’s just begging for pyrotechnics and cryo cannons to go off with each chorus.
David Guetta – Bang My Head ft. Sia & Fetty Wap
Though he’s uncredited, Romero had a hand in creating David Guetta’s star-packed 2014 single “Bang My Head” featuring Sia and Fetty Wap. Now past the era of the big-room radio hit, the track is more subdued but still bangs with its tropical percussion.
Sekai no Owari – “Dragon Night”
This one’s a bit of a curveball. In 2015, Romero co-produced a track called “Dragon Night” for Japanese rock band Sekai no Owari’s third album, Tree, which debuted at No.1 on Japan’s Oricon Albums Chart. The track, which slowly transforms from a marching band melody into a club-friendly beat, was the band’s first flirtation with EDM, and it may not be the last: in April, they told JpopAsia that they’re planning an English-language album for 2017 and are again working with Romero on the project.
David Guetta & Showtek – “No Money No Love” ft. Elliphant & Ms. Dynamite
When will Guetta and Romero need to make their constant team-ups official by becoming a duo? Romero helped out with Guetta’s Showtek collaboration “No Money No Love,” a high-octane hybrid of electro house and reggae that appears on Guetta’s collaboration-stacked sixth album Listen.