In addition to being two of the fastest-rising acts in EDM, dominating the charts with original productions, and holding residencies at new Las Vegas mega-club Light, Nicky Romero and Krewella have something else in common: new track “Legacy.” The collaboration drops on Romero’s Protocol Recordings on July 15, but you can listen to an exclusive preview here:
“The first time we heard the track, it had the perfect mix of what we love: dark and emotional melodies with the ability to make the listener still dance,” Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf of Krewella told Billboard. “The concept is supposed to be relative to anyone. It was the simplest way we could write a thank you song to that one person who was a hand in the dark for us.
“Legacy” is a potentially explosive intersection point for two of the hottest acts in dance music, both at the peak of their momentum. The Netherlands-based Romero has been on a steady rise since the release of “Wild One Two” with David Guetta and Sia in February 2012. His collab with Avicii, “I Could Be The One,” just debuted at No.1 on the UK Top Singles Chart. Chicago trio Krewella burst onto the scene last year with their breakthrough single “Alive,” which peaked at No. 32 on the Hot 100. Released last week, the band’s latest single “Live for the Night,” already sits at No. 5 on the iTunes Top Dance Songs chart, with a full-length debut album expected in September.
According to Romero, “Legacy” started out as an instrumental and almost didn’t have a vocal at all, despite his best efforts. “I really wanted to do a vocal on this track,” he said. “I had my team source many vocals, but I was at a point where I was going to give up.”
That all changed when Krewella came into the ring. “Krewella told me they would like to have a go [at a vocal], and after a few tweaks, this was the result,” Romero explains. “Everybody is very excited about it.”
In addition to finishing their video for “Live For The Night,” Krewella is currently making time to hit the studio for additional collaborations with hardstyle DJ Headhunterz and trance master Gareth Emery. That’s all in addition to an upcoming bus tour this fall, replete with full production and live vocals.
For his part, Romero hints at a fairly major finish to 2013. “I have some tracks with David Guetta lined up, and we are discussing dropping an album soon,” he revealed. “Of course I can’t give you the complete skinny on my plans, but believe me you guys are in for a few surprises.”