In honor of #TranceGiving, aka Dreamstate SoCal 2017, we want attendees to have the opportunity to get to know the talent who will be our “Trancegiving Tour Guides”.
Each week, we will feature bios of DJs who will take the stage at Dreamstate SoCal this year, as well as some beats to help familiarize you with their work. Next in our series is… Robert Nickson!
Don’t forget to check out the other artist bios in our series to get familiar with the rest of the new artists on the lineup!
If melodic and euphoria-inducing trance is your thing, then Robert Nickson is your man!
The curious case of Robert Nickson is a study in how perseverance wins despite the hurdles that are thrown at new artists. Robert’s career began in the best possible way. His collaboration with Masters and Justine Suissa titled “Out There“ received airplay by every big DJ in 2003.
At the time, Justine’s popularity reached the highest of levels thanks to her song with Armin van Buuren, “Burned With Desire”. Being part of the group OceanLab was another significant factor in her career.
Soon after his initial release, Robert landed a contract with the biggest trance label at the time, A State of Trance. For the next six years, his productions filled fans’ hearts with joy and euphoria. Nevertheless, this support never translated into a successful DJ career. Unfortunately, in a scene where artists feel forced to perform to acquire financial support, Robert took the difficult decision to move away from music.
Listen to Masters & Nickson feat. Justine Suissa – “Out There” on YouTube:
In 2012, Robert came back to music with a new progressive house alias, RNX. This time around, there was no immediate splash. As a matter of fact, it took two more years for new music to show up.
It was also around this time that former trance producer Re:Locate approached Robert with the idea of creating a trance album together. The release of Essence in 2015 was lackluster, even though the music was well produced and quintessentially trance. Nevertheless, this sparked a creative flow that would soon put Robert on the map for good.
Listen to RNX – “Utah” on YouTube:
Early 2015 also saw the release of an updated version of Robert’s best production, “Spiral“. The song gained immediate support from the scene. Amongst fans of pure trance, the name constantly came up in discussions for song of the year. It seemed as if, for the first time in almost a decade, a huge buzz revolved around Robert Nickson.
The hype cemented with the release of an updated version of “Out There” the following year. Since then, we’ve seen multiple showings on Future Sound of Egypt and Pure Trance, arguably the two best trance labels when it comes to melodic, uplifting trance.
Listen to Robert Nickson Live @ Quest4Trance pres. Pure Trance ADE 2017 on SoundCloud:
The last 18 months have given Robert the chance to perform at the biggest festivals and club nights in Europe. From Ibiza to the UK, and of course his homeland of The Netherlands, Robert DJ has graced his fans with music. His recent set from the Pure Trance night at ADE is gathering a lot of support. Outside of new material, the live performance makes the set stand out. Yes, there are slight mistakes, but this is what makes such a set real. In today’s day and age where DJing is as simple as pressing a button, it’s refreshing to see artists taking it upon themselves to offer new ways of experiencing the music!
To mark the first time in over a decade that Robert travels to North America, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to hear a similar experience this November at Dreamstate!