Afrojack

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Afrojack
Afrojack close up 2011.jpg
Afrojack in 2011
Background information
Birth name Nick van de Wall
Born (1987-09-09) September 9, 1987 (age 27)
Spijkenisse, Netherlands
Genres Dance
Occupations DJ, producer, remixer, rapper
Instruments FL Studio[1]
Years active 1994–present
Labels Spinnin, Wall Recordings, Island, Def Jam
Associated acts David Guetta, Pitbull, Eva Simons, Steve Aoki, The Partysquad, Ian Carey, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, Sidney Samson, R3hab, Porter Robinson, Nervo, Chris Brown, Nicky Romero, Sting, Matthew Koma
Website www.afrojack.com
Afrojack on turntable

Nick van de Wall (born 8 September 1987), commonly known by his stage name Afrojack,[2] is a Dutch music producer and DJ.

Early life[edit]

He was born and raised in the Saturno suburb of Spijkenisse, Netherlands, similar to producers Vato Gonzalez and Sied van Riel.[3] His love for music began in his early youth, at five years old he learned to play the piano. [4]

Musical career[edit]

Afrojack was listed as number 7 on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ's of 2011.[5] His 2010 entry into the poll at number 19 was the highest new entry of that year's list.[6] He ranked at number 9 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ's of 2012.[7] In 2013, he ranked at number 9 again.[8] Afrojack's song "Take Over Control," which features Dutch singer Eva Simons, charted in 10 different countries.[9] In July 2010, Afrojack created an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1.[10] He released Lost & Found December 22, 2010. In 2011, he was featured on Pitbull's number 1 hit single "Give Me Everything" along with Ne-Yo and Nayer. He also contributed to the single "Run the World (Girls)" by Beyoncé.[11] In January 2012 Afrojack received an European Border Breakers Award.[12] Afrojack's newest single The Spark, featuring Spree Wilson has so far hit number 3 in Australia and New Zealand, and top 10 in over 7 more countries. In 2013, Afrojack was the 7th highest-earning DJ in the world, according to Forbes magazine.[13]

Afrojack runs an imprint label named Wall Recordings, which has Dutchhouse DJs such as himself, R3hab, and Sidney Samson and Mayaadh signed onto the label.[14]

His debut album, Forget the World, was released May 19, 2014.

Personal life[edit]

In April 2014 he was linked to Anouk who was pregnant at the time.[15] He is also an avid car enthusiast, as seen from his official Facebook page. He has owned several high end sports cars such as the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Aventador.

Discography[edit]

Main article: Afrojack discography
Albums
EPs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview: Afrojack". The Fresh Beat. 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2014-01-27. "I use and always used for almost 10 years now Fruity Loops, started with Fruity Loops 3, and now its FL Studio 8, its been a while. I use almost only standard Fruity compressors for effects, my main synths come out of the Arturia Juno and NI Massive / Pro 53, but also Fruity's old 3xosc, for the mastering." 
  2. ^ RA: Afrojack. Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  3. ^ Afrojack Discography at Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  4. ^ http://www.alluc.to/movies/actor/Afrojack
  5. ^ Top 100 DJs 2011 search. DJ Mag. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  6. ^ Music Interview: DJ Afrojack. Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  7. ^ Top 100 DJs 2012 search. DJ Mag. Retrieved on 2013-01-06.
  8. ^ Top 100 DJs 2013 search. DJ Mag. Retrieved on 2013-10-20.
  9. ^ "Afrojack Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ Radio 1 Programmes – BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix, Afrojack. BBC (2010-07-10). Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  11. ^ IMO Records. "Afrojack Biography", IMO Records, London, Retrieved on 25 January 2012.
  12. ^ "Dutch dj Afrojack wins EBBA", Sica.nl. Retrieved October 7, 2011
  13. ^ "Forbes Highest Paid DJs". 
  14. ^ "Wall Recordings". 
  15. ^ Afrojack second child

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