Afrojack Says He'd Like to Work With BTS' Suga, Talks Okay-Pop: 'It's How the Music Industry Should Progress'


Global DJ Afrojack stepped into the scene on the age of 14. He has labored with well-known artists like Pitbull, Chris Brown, and David Guetta, and his beloved track “Take Over Control" peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100. Many Korean followers have come to see him at his live shows held of their nation, in addition to his efficiency at Ultra Music Festival KOREA in 2016.

The Dutch report producer and DJ met Billboard Korea throughout a latest go to to Seoul for the Incheon Chroma membership open get together. Check out our Q&A beneath.

First of all, welcome to Korea. You’ve visited Korea in 2011, and in 2013 and 2016 for UMF KOREA. What’s the aim of your go to this time?
Above all, I needed to satisfy my followers in Korea, and I used to be invited to Incheon Chroma Club's opening get together this yr.

Could you inform us just a little bit about your efficiency right this moment?
[I'll play a lot of music] from my Press Play EP which was launched lately, and I'm going to carry out remixes I've executed of Nicky Romero and Alan Walker.

Do you will have any particular reminiscences out of your earlier visits to Seoul?
Once, I spent sixteen hours taking part in poker [Texas hold 'em]. There had been fairly good gamers in Korea, although I had beat all of them! [Laughs] It was enjoyable.

Now that the Press Play EP is out, what are your future plans?
My Global Remix Battle is coming quickly. The objective of it's to find new, gifted DJs and producers. The alternative is open for anybody. It is probably going that the winner will get an opportunity to launch their official album [though my label] and join with Wall Recordings and LDH. Previously, I hosted the Global Voice Battle Audition to find gifted dancers and singers from age 15 to 25. I had loads of enjoyable discovering younger gifted folks and thought a DJ and producer battle audition could be significant. Until now, I met DJ/producer dreamers by my associates and folks I do know. Now I'm doing it overtly.

What are you in search of within the contributors?
Well, I don’t wish to prohibit my ideas to particular requirements. I would like the contributors to point out me what they’ve obtained that’s particular. It makes it simpler for me to seek out somebody I wish to work with. Creating the most effective music is necessary, however discovering the one that I can create nice music with can be essential.

If had been to be an analogous audition TV program in Korea, would you function as a choose or a particular visitor?
If this system’s objective meets mine, why not? Also, I've to be paid. [Laughs] Most of all, I've loads of issues I wish to do, like investing in labels.

Your stage title "Afrojack" was derived out of your former hairdo and a mode of dancing. Do you continue to like your stage title?
Frankly talking, since my hair has modified -- simply kidding. [Laughs] I nonetheless prefer it.

What’s it wish to see tens of 1000's of individuals dancing to your beat?
Totally fascinating. It’s surreal and full of pleasure. Performing at huge festivals is at all times enjoyable.

Do worldwide excursions offer you musical inspiration?
Yes. Most of the songs created in the previous couple of years had been created in lodges or throughout flights. They present a quiet and personal house. Especially in the course of the time when passengers are sleeping, the calm environment within the airplane makes me really feel like I'm alone in my world.

You’ve labored with many artists thus far. Who do you wish to work with sooner or later?
I do know BTS. They have a monitor [with] Steve Aoki. I want to work with Suga of BTS later. Like at all times, I'm actually having fun with working with artists proper now. While working collectively, we naturally turn out to be shut and never solely work collectively but additionally do different issues collectively.

What are your ideas about Okay-pop?
Great music. Although, as CEO of LDH EUROPE, I'm focusing extra on J-pop, like J Soul Brothers. That doesn’t imply I don’t like or don’t have [an] curiosity in Okay-pop. I imagine that leaders like YG and SM are placing into apply how the music trade ought to progress. I heard that their focus is in artists slightly than labels.

What’s the philosophy of LDH?
[Laughs] It's a secret. The major focus of Wall recordings and LDH is folks. It corresponds to the phrases that make up the acronym LDH: Love, Dream, and Happiness. If persons are the principle theme, every little thing else follows naturally. It may sound simple, however that takes loads of effort.

What recommendation would you give to the folks on the market dreaming of turning into a DJ?
Lots of people think about taking part in at huge festivals, however that's positively not [all there is]. Becoming a DJ actually means turning into a DJ. You have to have the ability to carry out at locations aside from huge levels. Start by getting out a CD participant and a drive, and simply play a beat. Start to report, remix and create sounds.

What does music imply to you?
Music is my lifeline. It’s the only rationalization I can provide you.

Any final greetings to Billboard Korea readers?
I hope to meet you guys once more, and I hope I get the chance to work with Korean artists quickly.

This article initially appeared in Billboard Korea. It has been translated and edited for readability.