Afrojack Preps for Debut Album and Collaborates with Friends
The Dutch DJ and producer behind the heavy-hitting song, “Take Over Control” is gearing up for his debut release. After successful chart-topping hits and collaborating with mainstream artists such as Ne-Yo and Pitbill, Nick van de Wall, better known as Afrojack, spent time at the Hollywood Paramount Studios writing and producing new music that will be featured on his first full-length release. "I want to keep it really true to myself and to my roots," Afrojack, tells Rolling Stone of his vision for the debut album he hopes to release later this year in September.
Afrojack, whose moniker is influenced from his once-outsized hair and jacked-up beats, has completed his untitled album and now putting together the final list of tracks for the dance-centric release. "I want to give it as much of a dance feel as possible," said Afrojack. "It's my first passion; I like the storytelling of instrumental club tracks way more than doing pop songs."
The 24-year-old spent some time in L.A. recording tracks with other artists and friends like LMFAO, Flo Rida, and Natasha Bedingfield. Afrojack took two weeks to record tracks for other artists around L.A. before heading back to Paramount to write and produce his new songs.
While in Tinsel Town, the DJ rented a home in the Hollywood Hills that he shared with his crew, which he had flown over from Europe. Afrojack estimates logging 14-16 hour days and shuts down a night for a quiet night for seclusion in his home verses his usually manic schedule. "When you're in the house in the mountains it's like you're in the middle of nowhere," he says while explaining his affection for L.A. "And then when you go down to the city, it's crazy and everyone's working."
He is set to embark on a U.S. tour scheduled for spring and summer and returning to next month’s annual Coachella music festival in Indio, CA, where 40% of his set will be new material for the audience.
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