The stars must've been aligned just right when Nick van de Wall (also known as
Afrojack) saw his first ray of light. Music was his first love since day one, although it
didn't manifest until his fifth year, when he started playing piano. Being a very creative
student, Afrojack spent most of his time listening to all kinds of music while studying. To
no surprise it didn't take him long to turn the tables around and start to make music
instead of just listening to it.
At the age of 11, Afrojack downloads 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 carrier. 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
In 2006 he sets off to Crete (Greece) deejaying for five full months straight in every club
that will have him, learning the craft and making his first ‘flight hours’. It was also in
Crete where he landed his first small hit, called "F*ck Detroit". When returning home to
the Netherlands, he's still fired up and makes some more tracks, and is determined to
get it out on a label. With a little help from Sidney Samson and Laidback Luke,
Digidance decides to give it a shot, and it worked; "Afrojack - In Your Face" scored no.
60 in the Dutch top100 and no. 3 in the Dutch dance top30. Not too bad for the first
release of an 18 year old kid. In 2007 Nick starts performing under the name Afrojack,
determined to proceed to the top as a DJ and producer. Track after track and remix
after remix follow. Afrojack is rarely seen outside of his studio. When he's not deejaying,
he is producing and it starts to pay off. His tracks get played and massively supported
by international DJ's like David Guetta, Josh Wink, Dave Clarke, Laidback Luke, Fedde
Le Grand, Marco V and national DJ’s like Chuckie , DJ Benny Rodrigues, Erick E, Roog
and Sidney Samson. Just to name a few.
In 2007 Afrojack starts his own record label, Wall Recordings (exclusively for Beatport
and Juno). A whole bunch of quality releases soon follow (Don't Be, Proper Introduction,
Thief etc.) In 2008 he hits the clubs with "Math" and "Do My Dance" and again both
tracks get picked up by every big name in the industry. Afro hooks up with Partysquad
and a couple of weeks later, a "Drop down (do my dance)" co-op mix is born and hits
the Dutch top 20, and gets crowned "Tune of the Week" by the biggest Dutch radio
stations, and even the biggest Dutch music television network "TMF". He also appears
at many festivals. To name a few: Mystery Land, Tomorrowland (Belgium), Extrema
Outdoor and Sensation Afrojack’s popularity is rising internationally. He is considered to
be a genius producer and creates a series of collaboration with international artists like
David Guetta, Diplo, Kid Cudi, Chuckie, Laidback Luke and Steve Angello. Most of his
tracks are featured on beatport.com. Respected by his colleague DJ’s for his production
talent and skills and loved by clubbers for his dancefloor bombs and energetic
performances, Afrojack sets a new standard in the industry and is here to stay.