2011 Grammy Award Winner
…June 9th, 2011
LED NIGHTCLUB RCA
Following the success of TiÃ«sto, Armin Van Buuren, and Fedde Le Grand, Nick Van de Wall aka Afrojack is the latest DJ, producer, and remixer to break through from the burgeoning Dutch dance music scene.
Born in Spijkenisse in 1988, he began playing the piano at age five, but after getting his hands on a copy of music sequencing program â€œFruityLoopsâ€, he started to play around with samples and create his own songs. After discovering the Rotterdam club scene, he began performing short DJ sets before traveling to Crete to hone his craft, playing at various clubs over a five-month period. Returning to his native Holland, he signed to the independent Digidance label and released his debut single, “Afrojack: In Your Face,” before forming his own record company, â€œWall Recordingsâ€, scoring club hit after club hit with “Math” and “Do My Dance” to name just two.
Following performances at dance festivals Tomorrowland and Sensation, and a stunning collaboration on David Guetta’s One Love album, (“Toyfriend”), he was invited to remix the likes of Madonna’s “Revolver” and Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro.” In 2010, he teamed up with electro-pop vocalist Eva Simons on his first U.K. Top 40 hit, “Take over Control,” and also released a rarities album, â€œLost and Foundâ€, featuring nine previously unreleased tracks in the same year. Just recently the 23 year old producer and DJ phenomenon received the â€œBest Remixerâ€ and â€œBreakthrough DJâ€ award at the 2011 IDMAâ€™s (International Dance Music Award) in Miami, Florida.
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The stars must’ve been aligned just right when Nick van de Wall (better known as Afrojack) saw his first ray of light. Music was his first love since his early youth. He started playing piano when he was only five. Being a very creative student, Afrojack spent most of his time listening to all kinds of music while studying. It was no surprise that it didn’t take him long to turn the tables and start making music instead of just listening to it.
At the age of 11, Afrojack gets hold of a program called Fruity loops. At this point in time his talent and passion for creating music truly surfaces. Rapidly acquainting himself with and appreciating Fruity Loops, it becomes his program of choice, which he uses to this day. Afrojack finishes school and decides to proceed with his musical career. Not being able to make a living out of it yet, he starts to work part-time in bars and catering. Now he has more than enough time to discover the club scene in Rotterdam, starting with his first night out in the old club Las Palmas when he was only 16 years old. After this, many club nights, side-jobs, small DJ-gigs for the fun of deejaying and a lot of studio time followed.
In 2006 he sets off to Crete (Greece) deejaying for five full months straight in every club that would have him, learning the craft and making his first â€˜flight hoursâ€™. It was also in Crete where he landed his first small hit, called â€˜F*ck Detroitâ€™. When returning home to the Netherlands, he was fired up and started producing more and more tracks, determined to get ihis productions released on a label. With a little help from Sidney Samson and Laidback Luke, Digidance decides to give it a shot, and it worked; â€˜Afrojack – In Your Faceâ€™ scored #60 in the Dutch Top 100 and #3 in the Dutch dance Top 30. Not too bad for the first release of an 18 year old kid.
In 2007 Nick starts performing under the name Afrojack, determined to try to make it to the top as a DJ and producer. Track after track and remix after remix follows and he even starts his own label â€˜Wall Recordingsâ€™. Afrojack is rarely seen outside of his studio. When he’s not deejaying, he is producing and it starts to pay off. His tracks start being supported by international DJ’s like Josh Wink, Dave Clarke, Laidback Luke, Fedde Le Grand, Marco V and Benny Rodrigues.
In 2008 he hits the clubs with â€˜Mathâ€™ and â€˜Do My Danceâ€™ and both tracks get picked up by every big name in the industry. Afrojack hooks up with the Partysquad to add vocals to â€œDo My Danceâ€and a couple of weeks later, the â€˜Drop Down (Do My Dance)â€™ co-op mix is born. This track hits the Dutch top 20 and gets crowned “Tune of the Week” by the biggest Dutch radio stations. Afrojack starts appearing at many important festivals, like Mystery Land, Tomorrowland (Belgium), Extrema Outdoor and Sensation.
The world heard more and more from Afrojack in 2009 and it didnâ€™t take a long time for David Guetta to notice Afrojackâ€™s talent. They decided to meet up in the studio, which resulted in â€˜Toyfriendâ€™, a collaboration between the two, and an Afrojack remix of Guettaâ€™s track â€˜Sexy Bitchâ€™. Afrojack also played at David Guettaâ€™s â€˜F*** Me Iâ€™m Famousâ€™-events.
09 June, 2011 at 21:30 – 02:30
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