Today, Dutch DJ and music producer Nick van de Wall, popularly called Afrojack, will spin his magic on his maiden visit to the city. In an exclusive interview with Dhara Vora, he reveals his love for dancing and his plans to explore Mumbai
Q. What do you believe is the reason that many popular DJs hail from Europe, especially The Netherlands?
A. There is so much potential and opportunities; the love for music is immense. Music is embedded in the culture. It’s a rich location for dance music events, and a breeding ground for many talented DJs.
Q. As a kid, which musician, DJ did you look up to?
A. Benny Rodrigues and Laidback Luke. Those guys are my teachers!
Q. From the videos that you post on your Facebook page, we notice that you’re are a good dancer too. What other hidden talents and interests are unknown to your fans?
A. Three of my biggest passions: Life, touring and luxury cars. Someday, I will pursue art, produce events, and pursue a litany of thrill-seeking activities like base jumping and auto racing.
Afrojack at his Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Pics/AFP
Q. One of your most popular collaborations has been with Steve Aoki. Will we see more of that soon?
A. He is a friend and it’s a delight working with him. We should jam soon.
Q. Apart from DJs, are there any artistes with whom you would love to collaborate with?
A. I would love to work with Rock heroes like U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers. With Red Hot Chili Peppers, I’d want to bring Rock to EDM and bring back the power of Rock, With U2, I’d want to make the most beautiful song in the world.
Q. Millions of people dance to your music, whose music gets you to shake a leg?
A. There are a lot but Calvin Harris, Avicii and David Guetta are guys who inspire me a lot. A few names from back in the day who have my respect are Benny Rodrigues and Laidback Luke.
Q. What would you want to explore on your trip to Mumbai?
A. This is my first tour to Mumbai. I look forward to experiencing the outstanding love and energy. I have heard that the junk food is lip-smacking. I plan to indulge in it. I am not sure about the amount of time that I will have to look around but I shall play it by ear.
On: Today, 5 pm
At: Sardar Vallabhbhai Stadium, Worli.
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