Before Nick van de Wall became the globetrotting house rocker he is now, an 11-year-old Afrojack downloaded the mix program Fruity Loops (now FL Studio) and realized that his future belonged in the clubs. He started out spinning on the Rotterdam scene when he was 16 and by 2006 he was starting to make a name for himself across Europe, debuting under the Afrojack name the next year and launching his own Wall Recordings label.
On Saturday’s episode of MTV”s “This is How I Made It,” ’Jack describes his rise to fame and how it all began when 11-year-old break dancer Nick got his first taste of beat making and fell in love.
“There was this guy who made break dance edits off of certain tracks,” he explained. “And I was like, ’Wow, that’s so cool. How does he do it? Yeah, with a program. A music program.’ So I downloaded that music program and started editing everything.”
And by everything, he means everything. “If I heard a noise outside, I would record it and edit it,” he said. At 14, he went to his first dance club, the Las Palmas in Rotterdam, where he heard Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction” pumping through the speakers. “The build-up where it’s neehhh … pewwwww…. My head exploded. I was like, ’Wow, that’s dope music!”
Taking in the entire scene, Afrojack said he was overwhelmed, excited and mesmerized by the sights and sounds. “There’s shining lights everywhere and everyone’s just loving the music and they’re just sharing the passion … just music. Lights and love music. I felt so at home there. I was like, ’I want to stay in this room for the rest of my life.'”
Afrojack’s “This is How I Made It” airs on MTV on Saturday at 12p.m. ET/PT.