Nick van de Wall (born 9 September 1987), better known by his stage name Afrojack, is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer from Spijkenisse. In 2007, he founded the record label Wall Revordings and in 2014 he released his debut album Forget the World. Afrojack regularly features as one of the ten best artists in the Top 100 DJs published by DJ Mag.
Van de Wall was born and raised in Spijkenisse, Netherlands and is of Dutch and Surinamese descent. He developed an interest in music at an early age and learned to play the piano at the age of five. 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 a DJ/producer.
At the age of 14, Van de Wall started DJ’ing at local pubs and clubs and earning additional income by designing websites for fellow musicians. 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. He took part in Episode 2 of ‘Behind The Speedo’, which is a comedy series by Redfoo.
“The coolest things in life are things that you have not done before. That’s the key to life: new things always.” ~ Afrojack
His 2010 entry into the poll at number 19 was the highest new entry of that year’s list. Afrojack was listed as number 7 on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s of 2011. He ranked at number 9 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s of 2012. In 2013, he ranked at number 9 again.
In July 2010, Afrojack created an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1. 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. In January 2012 Afrojack received a European Border Breakers Award. 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.
In 2011, Afrojack co-produced music with many artists including David Guetta, Mike Brown and Madonna. In 2012, he was a headliner at a number of electronic dance music festivals, including Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, and Coachella to name a few.
His debut album, Forget the World, was released May 19, 2014 to mixed reviews.