If you've been anywhere near a club at all in the past two years, you'll have heard the tunes of Nick van der Wall, famously known as Afrojack. Not only would you have heard his music, you would probably be able to sing – or scream – along to at least one of his monster hits, which range from original songs to records with the crème de la crème of mainstream pop, hip-hop, dance and house.

Originally from the Netherlands, a hotbed for electronic dance music artists, Afrojack's breakout moment was in 2010 with Take Over Control – an explosively energetic dance anthem that, with the confident, sexy vocals of fellow Dutch artist, Eva Simons, quickly became a worldwide hit. The song's digital, hammer-like synth trended across mainstream music to such a degree that Afrojack's sound became very much in demand, even earning him a coveted slot on the BBC's Essential Mix that same year. Then, as if that wasn't enough, 2011 proved even bigger for the DJ, producer and writer, bringing a slew of A-List collaborations, including work on David Guetta's Titanium; Ne-Yo and Pitbull's Give Me Everything; and Beyoncé's Run the World (Girls), with it.

The 25-year-old, who boasts an army of nearly 1.5 million Facebook fans, has already sold platinum records and been nominated for – or won – multiple Grammys for his famous remixes after only three years in the scene. Whether or not you like the fact that the Dutchman has been instrumental in the spread – or, as some would argue, the watering-down – of EDM into other genres, given his age, ambition and ability to produce hits, it's clear that Afrojack is only just getting warmed up. Li Meng de Bakker

Play, Sat Apr 20.


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