One of the world’s top DJs was in town recently and performed in front of a sell-out crowd. Nick van De Wall, more popularly known by his stage name Afrojack, was at No. 9 in DJ magazine’s list of the world’s 100 top DJs. The Dutch native headlined the Close-Up Summer Solstice event at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds. He was joined by fellow artists Alex Gaudino, Cedric Gervais, Cobra Starship, Dev and Jumpsmokers. Before the DJ sets, top local bands like Urbandub, Sponge Cola and Sandwich played their hits to adoring fans.
Afrojack was undoubtedly the evening’s star attraction. The Manila Times caught up with him a few weeks after the show and he talked about the “crazy” Manila audience, what’s next for him and the artist he’d most like to work with.
The Manila Times: What was the experience like performing in Manila?
Afrojack: Well, it was crazy. I’ve never been to Manila but really loved it. It was too bad that I was just there for a few hours but I would like to spend more time when I will be back again. But it was nice to see all the people going crazy as soon as I arrived. I know it happens everywhere in the world, but in Manila they started screaming and pulling my shirts and so that was crazy.
TMT: What was the Filipino audience like?
Afrojack: They told us in advance that the crowd would be crazy and were waiting for this for a long time already. They knew a lot of tracks and they all went jumping when the drop came and everybody kept on dancing from the beginning to the end! It was dope.
TMT: Would you come back and perform again in Manila?
Afrojack: Yes, I would love to but don’t know any date yet. It will probably be next year or so. Have a lot of gigs in the US and in summer in Europe, so I’m quite busy. But I hope I will be back as soon as possible, had a great time there!
TMT: What else can fans look forward to for the rest of the year?
Afrojack: What is coming up is my new first album, which will be released sometime in September. Between all of my gigs, I’m working hard on my debut album to get it finished around this time. And I’m doing a lot of big gigs all around the world, like EDC, Ultra Europe and loads more. A lot to do and less time. So keep a look out for my new album and stay in touch through twitter! (twitter.com/djafrojack)
TMT: Is there a song that you think is fine just the way it is and will not benefit from being remixed?
Afrojack: Every song can be remixed by every artist. It’s not making the song better but rather making it “listenable” through different perspectives. That’s why it’s always fun to do and interesting to see how artists interpret the song.
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