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Afrojack

Afrojack
Afrojack in 2011
Background information
Birth name Nick Leonardus van de Wall
Also known as NLW, Kapuchon
Born (1987-09-09) 9 September 1987
Spijkenisse, Netherlands
Genres Electro house[1][2][3]
Occupation(s)
Years active 2004–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website .com.afrojackwww

Nick Leonardus van de Wall (born 9 September 1987), commonly known by his [5] He took part in Episode 2 of 'Behind The Speedo', which is a comedy series by Redfoo.

Early life

Van de Wall was born and raised in Spijkenisse, Netherlands and is partly of Surinamese descent.[6] He developed an interest in music at an early age and learned to play the piano at the age of five.[7] 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.[7]

Musical career

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.[7] 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.[8]

His 2010 entry into the poll at number 19 was the highest new entry of that year's list.[9] Afrojack was listed as number 7 on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ's of 2011.[10] He ranked at number 9 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ's of 2012.[11] In 2013, he ranked at number 9 again.[5]

In July 2010, Afrojack created an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1.[12] 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.[13] In January 2012 Afrojack received an European Border Breakers Award.[14] 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.[15]

Afrojack runs his own label, Wall Recordings, which represents Dutch DJs including R3hab, Sidney Samson and Mayaadh.[16]

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).[17]

His debut album, [18]

On March 17 2015, Afrojack was featured in David Guetta's single Hey Mama in which he co-produced with Guetta. The song featured him along with Trinidadian born American singer and rapper Nicki Minaj, and Albanian-American singer Bebe Rexha.

Personal life

Afrojack and Paris Hilton dated for 6 months, while he was producing her second album.[19] From a previous relationship to Dutch model Amanda Balk he has a daughter, Vegas.[20]

Discography

Albums

References

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  4. ^ RA: Afrojack. Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  5. ^ a b Top 100 DJs 2013 search. DJ Mag. Retrieved on 2013-10-20.
  6. ^ Afrojack Discography at Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
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  9. ^ Music Interview: DJ Afrojack. Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  10. ^ Top 100 DJs 2011 search. DJ Mag. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  11. ^ Top 100 DJs 2012 search. DJ Mag. Retrieved on 2013-01-06.
  12. ^ Radio 1 Programmes – BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix, Afrojack. BBC (2010-07-10). Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  13. ^ IMO Records. "Afrojack Biography", IMO Records, London, Retrieved on 25 January 2012.
  14. ^ "Dutch dj Afrojack wins EBBA", Sica.nl. Retrieved October 7, 2011
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  18. ^ Metacritic score of 49, (accessed 19 November 2014).
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External links

  • Official website
  • Afrojack on Twitter
  • Afrojack discography at Discogs
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