For Dutch-bred DJ Afrojack making music is like directing a movie.
“A good song, it’s like a good story, and a good DJ set is like a good movie,” says Afrojack. “It starts off with the introduction, the characters, like this is what we’re going to do, and you make the party. Then, you make the interesting twist, and then you suddenly do something different. And then, the main characters come back together and comes out to one gigantic emotional explosion. And when you have that, you have a great movie, a great DJ set, a great story, a great everything.”
It’s this philosophy that has landed Afrojack, born Nick van de Wall, on some of the world’s biggest stages in six short years and has made his name synonymous with the world’s best DJs. Riding off the strength of his fist-pumping sets at festivals like Ultra, EDC & his Las Vegas XS residency at the Wynn, new EP and singles like “Rock the House,” “Take Over Control” or his collaboration with Steve Aoki “No Beef,” the 26-year-old is getting ready for his close-up. Early next year the “Can’t Stop Me Now” DJ will release his debut LP. This week he released the LP’s first single, “The Spark” featuring rising unsigned talent Spree Wilson. That song, he says, is “like the happy character, the party character” on his upcoming album, which will also include his rumored collaboration with Sting.
“It’s a really, really good song,” he says of the Sting track. “It’s beautiful. It’s sad. It’s inspirational, and the chords are beautiful. The chord progression is beautiful if you like that music too.” He also says there will be one track on the album that’s completely beatless, others that will feature his Wall Recording artists, while another “does something that has never been done before.”
“I look at the crowd and I see what they react to,” adds Afrojack. “If I know they don’t like Charlie Sheen jokes, I will give them Adam Sandler jokes. If they don’t like Adam Sandler jokes, I make sure I give them Tom Hanks jokes. You know? You have to build them, you have to bring them to a certain point of climax and then the moment that you can touch all of their emotions, that’s the most powerful thing about music for me.”
Watch Afrojack’s interview with VIBE in the video above. Cop his new radio-friendly jam “The Spark” on iTunes.