Dutch producer Nick van de Wall or better known as Afrojack has blown the roof off clubs with DJ skills that continue to impress. His huge hit “Take Over Control” with recently interviewed Eva Simons took over the charts internationally.
He was featured on “Give Me Everything” making it to number one with Pitbull and Ne-yo.
Afrojack’s bringing these songs and more to Chicago for the music festival Spring Awakening and we caught with him on the road to get the scoop about the man spinning behind the turntables.
JN: What can you tell Americans about the Netherlands that would surprise them?
It never stops raining, but it’s still a happy place!
JN: What was it like working with Eva Simons? She is touring with LMFAO currently.
It was fun! We had a great creative vibe. Take Over Control did very well for us both and I’m very happy for her recent success.
JN: When did you first realize “Take Over Control” was going to be a huge hit?
You never really know until you see the crowd respond to a new song. With Take Over Control people liked it from the first time I played it, but it really kept growing and growing until it became a song that really every US audience sings along to.
JN: Have you heard back from the artists about the remix that you did for their songs? Such as Snoop Dogg, Pitbull or Beyonce…
That really depends on the remix and artist. I know many of them personally, or meet them in some club and sometimes it’s just the label or management that ask me to do a remix. Usually I get pretty nice feedback.
JN: “Can’t Stop Me” has such a big sound. It must be fun to play live! It is getting lots of radio play in Chi-town.
I love that record, especially because I recorded it with my friends, Shermanology. I am very happy for the support radio is giving the record, so let’s see if the windy city likes it when we perform it live!
JN: Where do you see dance music going in the future?
Dance music as a definition of one sound doesn’t really exist. I mean, there are so many different styles with the scene. Some styles will stay very underground, other styles will turn into a mixture of dance with pop, R&B, or rock and will no longer be “dance music”, but just music. It seems Dance Music is getting more and more mass appeal, which means it will be very important to keep the quality high and the sound in synch with the freshness of the underground.
JN: Who would you like to work with but haven’t?
I am seriously thinking about trying something with classical music. I just recorded a composition I did with a string quartet in Miami, which was great. I also really want to work on a soundtrack in the future. For example, I really respect and like Hans Zimmer’s work.
JN: Do you have more new music on the way?
Yes, I am about 80% done with my new album, which I will release in the fall. Some of the tracks from that album, I am already playing, like “Rock The House”, which is getting some amazing feedback.
JN: Where has been your favorite place to travel to?
Wherever I go on vacation.
JN: When is the last time you have been to Chicago?
Apart from a recent stopover coming back from Cancun, August 2011 was the last time I played Chicago at Lollapalooza. Chicago is where house music was born, so it’s a special place for guys like me.
JN: Spring Awakening is going to be so much fun. Do you have a big light show or guest singers planned?
I will be there with my whole Jacked crew, so expect a great show! DJ’s like R3hab and Quintino, MC’s, Shermanology singing and playing live and a bombardment of video content I helped to create myself for this tour.
JN: Tell our readers about the after party.
We very often get so much energy from performing that we want more fun after we’re done with our shows, so at the after party, we keep the vibe going until we fall over!
JN: When do you sleep?
Usually on a plane, when is hard to say, as I cross so many time zones within every week…
Look for Afrojack to hit the stage at Soldier Field, S. Museum Campus Drive, at 10:00 pm on Sunday June 17. Visit http://springawakeningfestival.com for the complete line up.
Also, don’t miss his after party at The Mid, 306 N Halsted, following his performance.
For more Afrojack check out http://www.afrojack.com.