October 23 | 2023
About Tony Romera.
Tony Romera began producing music in his bedroom using FL Studio software in the mid-2000s. In 2012, he was propelled onto the international scene thanks to the success of his remix of Chuckie & Promise 's Breaking Up with Bartosz Brenes. Land . Subsequently, he was spotted by Nicky Romero who allowed him to release the title Pandor on his label Protocol Recordings .
He launched his label Sans Merci in 2016 , allowing him to sign artists such as Keeld, Michael Sparks, Gaba and Ricky West.
Tomorrowland and collaberations
Tony Romera at Tomorrowland on July 29, 2023.
The same year, he created the group Bellecour, in duo with Keeld. The group's name refers to Place Bellecour in Lyon , their hometown.
Best French alternative DJ of 2017
He was awarded by DJ Mag France magazine as “best French alternative DJ” of 2017.
On October 9, 2021, Tony Romera released his debut album Introspection .
In 2022, following the sampling of the song "True Sorry" by trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf used on his song "Le Bon Vieux Temps" , Romera collaborated on the title El Mundo by Maalouf and singer Flavia Coelho 5 .
At the end of July, he was present for the first time on one of the stages of Tomorrowland , and he became number 1 in the best sellers ranking on Beatport with his remix of the title Raw by Julio Navas, Gustavo Bravetti and David Amo released on Toolroom Records .
Hey Tony! Can you tell us about your journey into music production and how you entered the electronic music scene?
I started making electronic music when I was 17. I was in the same class as my best friend and colleague, Keeld, and we began learning together. At that time, there were no tutorials on the internet, so we were experimenting, having fun, and working around the clock (I'm still doing this... haha).
How do you approach creating your unique sound?
I believe my sound has evolved over the years. It's a result of listening to a wide variety of music and experimenting with different styles, testing my tracks on various sound systems based on the venues I play at, and performing for diverse crowds. Many factors contribute to shaping your sound over time.
Who are your musical influences, and how have they shaped your style and sound?
My biggest influence since the beginning has been Daft Punk. I've always loved the French Touch, and it has significantly impacted my productions over the years. More recently, I've been drawn to the UK vibe, appreciating artists like Sosa, Cloonee, Michael Bibi, and others in the minimal tech house scene.
You've collaborated with various artists in your career. What do you find most valuable in collaborations, and how do you approach working with other producers?
Collaborations bring a fresh perspective to a project, which I find incredibly interesting. Another artist can add a whole new dimension to a piece of music. I've had the privilege of working with many amazing artists, and I'm truly grateful for those experiences.
Can you share your approach to DJing and performing live? How do you maintain high energy and connect with the audience during your sets?
I love starting with some cool house vibes to set the mood, transitioning into tech house, then delving into darker minimal tech house, and finally, some groovy techno or melodic house vibes. Taking the audience through various waves in this musical journey is always exciting. Playing extended sets is my favorite!
What advice would you give to aspiring producers looking to improve their production skills and create standout tracks?
The most important thing is to work consistently and create music every day. Patience is crucial; it takes time to be satisfied with your own music. Many artists you admire have been at it for over a decade, so don't expect to match their skills in just a few years. Additionally, resist the urge to buy too much equipment when starting out; acquire new gear gradually as you feel the need to upgrade.
You've released music on several notable labels. Could you share your experiences and insights into building relationships with labels in the electronic music industry?
Getting noticed by labels isn't always easy, but I've had the opportunity to work with some prominent ones. It's fascinating to observe how they operate. I've also run my own label for seven years, and collaborating with bigger labels like Toolroom has taught me a lot. It's like a family, and I'm immensely grateful for the experience.
Can you provide a sneak peek into any exciting projects or upcoming releases you have in the pipeline?
Absolutely, there's a wealth of new music coming in the next few months. I'll be releasing more tracks on Toolroom soon, as well as on labels like Sosa's Coco, Sonny Fodera's Solotoko, Chris Lake's Black Book, Tomorrowland, and more!
Building a fan base is crucial for any artist. What strategies have you used to engage with your audience and grow your fan community?
Honestly, I've always been myself, a regular French guy who loves house music, good food, and big parties. Haha.
Any parting words of wisdom for producers or DJs looking to make their mark in the industry?
Stay focused, work consistently, be patient, and never give up. Success will come eventually. It may seem random, but it's 100% true. And most importantly, immerse yourself in as much music as you can!
Thank you for your time and sharing your experiences!
Thanks for having me!
Listen to Tony Romera's latest release, 'House Y'all.'