Afrojack is amongst the top ten DJs in the world with a reported $36 million in earnings. He’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in music and has appeared on the bills of the top music festivals around the world.
It’s hard to believe that Forget The World, which dropped yesterday, is his debut album.
With hits like “Give Me Everything” and “Take Over Control” you’d think that he’d already have several under his belt, but the 26-year-old Dutch DJ is just getting started.
First thing first, we wanted to know more about the music and info behind the choices he made for Forget The World.
The first, most important thing, is the reason its called Forget the World is because I always try to tell people you have to forget the world, follow your own dreams and become happy in life. For the musical part, I just called some friends and people I’ve met over the past year. I have a song with Sting, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, a couple of songs with Matthew Koma and Wrabel, and feedback has been amazing so far. I also have a song with Thirty Seconds to Mars, with Oscar winner Jared Leto.
While we’re impressed with all of the collaborations on the album, we had to find out a little more about how he got hooked up with Sting.
Sting is a good friend of a friend of mine and I made the song and I thought it would be awesome to have Sting on it, but I thought it would be impossible. And then through my friend, Sting got to hear it and he got really excited about it. He checked out some videos, he loved my work and said “Hey Nick. Let’s do this song together.” I was like, OK!
So what is his creative process like, getting him to the point where he has songs ready to send off to people like Sting, Snoop Dogg & Jared Leto? He explains.
When I’m in the studio, I just make songs non stop, writing and producing. And then at the end, like 6 months ago, I said, alright this is going to be the album. I think about what’s going on in music right now, and what’s going to be that next level thing, and that’s how I chose the records. That’s what I wanted to make.
Since he is killing it in the music industry right now, we wanted to know his thoughts about music right now.
I think it’s cool. Since I started producing I wanted to break open radio. That’s why I did ‘Take Over Control.’ That’s why we did “As Your Friend” or “Can’t Stop Me” because we wanted to take the radio and make it a little more available to dance music. It’s great to see that it was a great start because now you hear instrumental tracks like Martin Garrix “Animals” all over the airwaves. [You hear] the crazier and crazier stuff. And now we can keep getting crazier and crazier!
The minute he brought up the topic of radio, we knew exactly what he was talking about. As Carson said “This [dance music] really is AMP radio. We established this radio station in LA to help sort of be the canvas for people like yourself.”
Afrojack’s response made us pretty giddy. “I know, I remember coming here a long time ago when I just had ‘Take Over Control’ and this was the main radio station that was focused on bringing new music to the table. Not just dance music, but new music.”
This is one of the many reasons we love Afrojack. He is focused on the music, and he’s even more focused on the community that he’s part of.
For me, it’s really important that people understand the community. All of these people come together, you have to imagine a festival, 25,000 people, everything crazy, there’s no fights. Everyone just like “OMG I love this song.” It’s all love…and enjoy the music. Just share a passion together.
And that’s that.
Afrojack will be all over LA today [May 20th], filming his music video for ‘Dynamite’ with Snoop Dogg, rockin the airwaves here at AMP Radio in the late afternoon, hanging at G-Star Raw before the after party goes down at Create Nightclub. The first 100 people to show up at the Rodeo Store get free tickets to the party.
-Sarah Carroll & Sasha Huff, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles