Take Nick van de Wall’s production arsenal, lay it out on the table, and what do you find? Plenty of gritty-basslined Dutch hits, anthemic gems for festival stages, along with radio-house tailored for mainstream success. Certifiying his wide range of talents and now delivering something more fit for nightclub festivities, Afrojack delivers a ‘For The Core,’ a 26-minute ID that could either be perceived as an extra-long dancefloor tune resemblent of an afterhours rollercoaster, or even a fullout set — one he’d dish out in a smaller venue. Either way, clocking in at under half an hour, the newest effort from Afrojack’s studio is one for fans to enjoy in yet another respect as “The Spark” grows in commercial popularity.Posted by
In the fifth, and final, installment of Afrojack’s “March of the Afrojack” docu-series, David Guetta opens up, speaking to the dutch producer’s talent which he saw early on. In an industry that is so cut-throat, it is imperative that someone truly believe in your work. And in this case, David Guetta was onboard with Nick since he first heard his music in Holland. Now, the tables turn as the Dutchman shows his fans how he is mentoring and helping young artists achieve their goals — just like the revered veteran helped him. This beautifully shot mini-episode brings Afrojack’s incredibly insightful docu-series to an end, closing it out with a last look at the Dutch producer’s ecstatic moments at this year’s Ultra.Posted by
Electronic powerhouses remix Donna Summer classics; delving into the decades and engaging the eras of dance music
From the outside Love To Love You Donna may sound like a remix album that could only be forced. After all, the most revered disco legend of Donna Summer is at hand, and the remixers ranging from Laidback Luke to Gigamesh are presently well established with a 21st century sound. But that’s not the case. Electronic heavyweights handle Donna Summer classics with care, rework with integrity, and pay homage to the icon through modern day channels. The remixes presented on Love To Love You Donna draw revelations, as some unite decades and prove how similar dance of the past is to dance of the present, while others prove that some of today’s producers have some talent that would’ve done over well on your parents dance floor. Delve into the decades with the four standout tracks below, but don’t stop there — the album is worth a listen in its entirety.
Dropping “The Spark” earlier this month, Afrojack introduced the world to the next-level material he’s been cooking up that, until recently, has been stashed away for a studio album release. The Spree Wilson-assisted record comes as an undeniable radio smash, but Afrojack is still paying mind to fans eager for his signature creativity. Pulling an exclusive edit from his archives, van de Wall is offering a rework of “Rock The House,” one of his most heralded festival hits. The original featured Afrojack’s one-two punch of a gritty-bassline and Dutch house frenzy on an explosive scale, but the latest version has the production whiz infusing robotic sounds, and even taking on the new title of “Rock The Rock.”Posted by
Afrojack goes back-to-back with Calvin Harris, reveals work with Steve Aoki in latest docu-series episode
The fourth installment to Nick van de Wall’s March of the Afrojack documentary series is here, serving further insight into the DJ’s relationships, this time with colleagues rather than family. Instead of previews cameos such as Afro-Mom or Afro-Daughter, fans see the familiar faces of Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki. Afrojack connects with Calvin in Miami, where the two extra-tall artists deliver a special back-to-back set. Meanwhile, he and Steve Aoki let fans into the world of Afroki, portraying an informal, outdoor studio session where both heavyweights play around with beats (and each other.)Posted by
The newest record from Afrojack will serve as the lead single off his debut album, replacing what many believed would be the Chris Brown collaboration, “As Your Friend.” Entitled “The Spark,” the latest follows suit of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” putting climactic drops behind and emphasizing appealing songmanship. That singing coming from Spree Wilson, the new kid on the block whose voice is reminiscent of a mix between rapper B.O.B. and Black Eyed Peas frontman will.I.am.
On the production end of things, Nick’s new single comes from the lineage of “Take Over Control” and “Can’t Stop Me,” but even cuts some bass and stage-fitting dynamics so that “The Spark” is less appropriate for his live shows and more so for global airwaves. The music video, released today simultaneously with the track on iTunes, comes as its own spark of lavish living where Afrojack himself appears in a sports car (which has has recently admitted to exceeding speeds of 200mph in).
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It’s the day EDM finally hit Wall Street. Robert Sillerman’s dance music empire known as SFX Entertainment offered an IPO this morning after acquiring many of the industry’s leaders over the course of its first two years in existence. Being traded on the Nasdaq stock market as SFXE, Sillerman’s juggernaut sold 20 million shares at $13, reaching the higher of the previously approximated $11-$13 range. Over the course of the day it saw a low of $10.64 and a high of $13.39, ultimately settling at $11.89 for a decline of 8.54% by Nasdaq’s 4pm closing bell — which was rung by CEO Robert Sillerman, SFX executives, and, surprisingly, Afrojack.
Stay tuned as Dancing Astronaut will be bringing you the latest in dance music’s Wall Street occupancy as the newly public SFX continues to make NASDAQ home.Posted by
Afrojack’s documentary-style video series is shaping up to be one of the most insightful features of its type compared to other YouTube webisodes from electronic artists. The first two episodes introduced fans to van de Wall’s mother, his childhood roots, and brought them behind the scenes of a DJs worst nightmare at Ultra Music Festival. The third installment comes packed with both fun, following Afrojack from Beyond Wonderland to his own Miami pool party, and depth, with the artist opening up about fatherhood and introducing fans to his daughter, Vegas. For the third time, Afrojack’s inner-thoughts are unveiled for a more vulnerable man not often seen from behind a DJ booth.Posted by
Following her DJ residency in Ibiza which has already been renewed for next summer, mega-brand Paris Hilton is making a return to singing for the first time since her 2006 self-titled debut. Entering music at a time when many hit records come electro-rendered, Paris follows suit with the catchy dance-pop “Good Time.” The soft-sung Hilton has old friend Afrojack on production duties, where van de Wall hands over a track with stylings reminiscent of “Give Me Everything.” Lil’ Wayne, who will host Paris’s new album on his YMCMB label, also makes an appearance with an extensive verse over some Afrojack-music, making for a pop-clash which also comes to fruition with the music video.Posted by
Last week fans were given insight into Afrojack‘s childhood and were introduced to his mother with the first episode of March of the Afrojack. For the video series’ second installment, Miami Music Week is revisited by its high and low points. Most notable was Afrojack’s unfortunate incident at Ultra Music Festival, where his Main Stage outing was interrupted by a sound outage. Live attendees and UMFTV viewers saw Nick deal with the incident, resiliently pumping up his crowd through the microphone. With March of the Afrojack, however, they can now see how he stormed the mighty hiccup from a behind the scenes angle.Posted by