Afrojack Reveals New Collabs With Martin Garrix, Ludacris & More
In a recent interview with Music Radar, dutch producer Afrojack discussed his upcoming album, his new producer alter ego NLW, his hip hop influence and how being a father has affected his career.
For his upcoming album, Afrojack spent a month in an LA studio working non-stop, collaborating with pop artists and rappers including Martin Garrix, Ludacris, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, French Montana, Ashanti, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, Far East Movement and Rita Ora.
Afrojack said fans can expect the new album "somewhere around February, March 2016."
"It's not going to be coming out until it is exactly what I want and where I want. Right now I'm just cruising along, just making music by heart and selecting the songs that I like really want to put on there. It's kind of difficult when you have like 200 songs to choose from."
Afrojack is known for mixing EDM sounds with hip-hop influences, working with rappers such as Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dog. The dutch producer has stated that he has around 30 hip hop style tracks laying around waiting to see the light of day, and that he's inspired by the creative process behind rap.
"The way they rap, really reminds me of the way that I like try to use synthesizers in my productions."
Afrojack doesn't want to find himself boxed into making just one type of music. To release music that wouldn't fit the Afrojack brand, the producer has developed a second moniker, NLW.
"The thing is, like, I have so many different styles of music and genres of music I like to produce, and I just really felt like instead of hiding that music away because it doesn't completely fit that 'Afrojack idea' instead of just hiding it away, why not just start a moniker, you know?"
Afrojack also talked about having a daughter and the effect that fatherhood as played on his career.
"I didn't want it to change my work. It changed not really the way I am with my money, but it gave me just a separate responsibility. So instead of just completely dropping everything, I just made sure that everything is arranged for the future and for my family's future. And I still try to put the pressure on myself to keep performing and keep taking everything to the next level, which is difficult sometimes, but I think in the long run it's going to be best for all of us."