"I did an interview, and we were talking and talking and Miley came up, and I saw in [my manager's] eyes, like, 'I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole,'" he told MTV News. "[Because] after the video, people were going 'She's naked on a wrecking ball, you can't do that!' And I was like 'You know what? I'm going to remix it. Just because I can and because everyone's free to do whatever they want, I'm going to remix her song, to prove a point.'"
And after that initial spark of inspiration, Afro got down to business, remixing the track "in like four hours," then working it into his set the next night. And if there were any doubts about his decision to partner up with pop's most controversial star, they went away the second he saw the crowd react to his track.
"I played it the next night and people lost their ish. People went crazy, like, hanging from trees and the ceiling and jumping around," he laughed. "My music has a certain effect on my fans, but that remix killed it. Now I'm getting requests from radio DJs, asking for the remix so they can play it. Within a week. It's insane."
And it seems Miley's a fan, too, re-tweeting a link to the "Wrecking Ball" remix then joining Afrojack for a wild night out in Amsterdam. A thirty-second teaser of the song has already racked up more than 380,000 views on YouTube, and Afro said that a full version will be coming shortly ... and, who knows, maybe there will be even more Miley projects on the horizon. After all, sometimes it pays to ignore the naysayers and go with your gut.
"Miley's really nice. She's a really nice person," Afrojack said. "I think people view her one way, but the truth is, she's just doing whatever she wants, and it's working for her. I'd love to do more with her, I think she's really talented and she's got an amazing voice. So who knows?"