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Following the success of Tiësto, 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 Fruity Loops, 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, Wall Recordings, scoring club hits with "Math" and "Do My Dance." Following performances at dance festivals Tomorrowland and Sensation, and a 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, Lost and Found, featuring nine previously unreleased tracks, in the same year. In 2011 he collaborated with Miami rapper Pitbull for the hit single "Give Me Everything" and released his own hit track "The Future." A 2012 tour of America was followed by the announcement that a new Afrojack album would be released in 2013.
Nick van de Wall (born 8 September 1987), commonly known by his stage name Afrojack, is a Dutch music producer and DJ."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." RA: Afrojack. Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
He was born and raised in the Saturno suburb of Spijkenisse, Netherlands, similar to producers Vato Gonzalez and Sied van Riel. His love for music began in his early youth, at five years old he learned to play the piano.Afrojack Discography at Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved on 2011-01-06. http://www.alluc.to/movies/actor/Afrojack
Afrojack was listed as number 7 on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ's of 2011. His 2010 entry into the poll at number 19 was the highest new entry of that year's list. He ranked at number 9 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ's of 2012. In 2013, he ranked at number 9 again. Afrojack's song "Take Over Control," which features Dutch singer Eva Simons, charted in 10 different countries. In July 2010, Afrojack created an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1. 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. In January 2012 Afrojack received an European Border Breakers Award. 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.
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.
His debut album, Forget the World, was released May 19, 2014.Top 100 DJs 2011 search. DJ Mag. Retrieved on 2011-01-06. Music Interview: DJ Afrojack. Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved on 2011-01-06. Top 100 DJs 2012 search. DJ Mag. Retrieved on 2013-01-06. Top 100 DJs 2013 search. DJ Mag. Retrieved on 2013-10-20. "Afrojack Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Retrieved March 6, 2013. Radio 1 Programmes – BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix, Afrojack. BBC (2010-07-10). Retrieved on 2011-01-06. IMO Records. "Afrojack Biography", IMO Records, London, Retrieved on 25 January 2012. "Dutch dj Afrojack wins EBBA", Sica.nl. Retrieved October 7, 2011 "Forbes Highest Paid DJs". "Wall Recordings".
In April 2014 he was linked to Anouk who was pregnant at the time. 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.Afrojack second child