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Nick Van de Wall, aka Afrojack, joined Tiësto and Armin van Buuren in the line of globetrotting DJs, producers, and remixers to come out of 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 creating his own songs. After discovering the Rotterdam club scene, he began performing short DJ sets before traveling to the Mediterranean 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 & Found, featuring nine previously unreleased tracks. 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 confirmed his growing popularity, including dates at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and Coachella in Indio, California, plus more than 40 other venues. Soon after, he announced a worldwide deal with Universal and Island/Def Jam, resulting in global chart success with the single "As Your Friend," featuring Chris Brown. Two more singles, "The Spark" (featuring Spree Wilson) and "Ten Feet Tall" (featuring Wrabel), preceded the release of his 2014 album Forget the World, which also included guest features from Snoop Dogg, Sting, and Wiz Khalifa.
Nick van de Wall (born 9 September 1987), commonly known by his stage name Afrojack, is a Dutch music producer and DJ. In 2014 he released his debut album Forget the World. Afrojack regularly features in top 10 of DJ Mag Top 100 DJ's.Harris, Christopher (7 May 2013). "Afrojack's Driver License Jacked By Police, AFROKI Still On Track". Vibe. Retrieved 28 September 2014. Ortiz, Edwin (7 October 2013). "Listen: Paris Hilton f/ Lil Wayne "Good Time"". Complex. Retrieved 28 September 2014. The song is produced by electro house artist Afrojack Pollock, Matt. "Afrojack North Coast August 31". Chicago Innerview. Retrieved 28 September 2014. RA: Afrojack. Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved on 2011-01-06. Cite error: The named reference :0 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
Van de Wall was born and raised in Spijkenisse, Netherlands and is partly of Surinamese decent. He developed an interest in music at an early age and learned to play the piano at the age of five. From a single-parent household, his mother Debbie owned a local gym. After leaving school, Van de Wall studied graphic design for a year before embarking on a career as DJ/producer.Afrojack Discography at Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved on 2011-01-06. van Rossum, Maarten (19 February 2013). "Interview: Afrojack". Maarten! (in Dutch).
At the age of 14, Van de Wall started DJ'ing at local pubs and clubs and earning additional income with designing websites for fellow musicians. In 2007 he released In Your Face, the first recording under the Afrojack name. He received international success with the song 'Take Over Control' featuring Eva Simons, which charted in 10 different countries.
His 2010 entry into the poll at number 19 was the highest new entry of that year's list. Afrojack was listed as number 7 on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ's of 2011. He ranked at number 9 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ's of 2012. In 2013, he ranked at number 9 again.
In July 2010, Afrojack created an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1. He released the Lost & Found EP in 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 his own label, Wall Recordings, which represents Dutch DJs including R3hab, Sidney Samson and Mayaadh.
In 2011, Afrojack co-produced music with many artists including David Guetta, Mike Brown and Madonna. In 2012, he was a headlining at a number of electronic dance music festivals, including Tomorrowland (Belgium), Ultra Music Festival (Miami, Florida), Coachella (Los Angeles), Electric Daisy Carnival (New York City, Las Vegas).
His debut album, Forget the World, was released May 19, 2014 to mixed reviews.
On March 17 2015, Afrojack was featured in David Guetta's single Hey Mama in which he co-produced with Guetta, and also provided vocals at the start of each verse and the start of the bridge, along with Trinidadian born American singer and rapper Nicki Minaj, and uncredited vocals by Albanian-American singer Bebe Rexha.Cite error: The named reference :1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "Afrojack Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Retrieved March 6, 2013. Music Interview: DJ Afrojack. Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved on 2011-01-06. Top 100 DJs 2011 search. DJ Mag. 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. 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". "Biography". Metacritic score of 49, (accessed 19 November 2014).
Afrojack and Paris Hilton dated for 6 months, while he was producing her second album. From a previous relationship to Dutch model Amanda Balk he has a daughter, Vegas.Steinman, Alex (May 30, 2012). "Paris Hilton dumped by DJ Afrojack". NY Daily News. Coulehan, Erin (October 9, 2013). "'March of the Afrojack' Includes Time to Reflect". Rolling Stone.