By Jeremy Blacklow
We last spoke with Afrojack in the spring just after he finished his headlining gig at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. At the time, the superstar Dutch DJ riffed on everything from his collaboration with Chris Brown to what exactly the story was behind the crashing of his brand new Ferrari.
Now, he's embarking on a new fall North American tour, "The Spark Tour," with exciting new plans in store for fans. We caught up with him in between gigs to check in with about Afroland, TomorrowWorld, and his plans to take over the universe.
Yahoo! Music: So, how's your summer been going so far?
Afrojack: This has been one of the best summers yet! I've played at a lot of big festivals and have been spending time at my residency in Ibiza. Between playing shows I'm also working on my album and new music, so it has been a non-stop summer. With the North American tour this fall, I am excited to play my new music for fans and see their reactions.
Have you had a highlight to your summer? Perhaps a festival that's been particularly amazing?
I don't want to say one specific festival, but I think highlights are really when I get to play back to back sets with some of my close friends. We spend so much time traveling that when we get together and then get to play our music together, it takes the experience to another level. Playing with Nicky Romero and Guetta at Tomorrowland, with Steve Aoki in Ibiza, it's those times when you just get to have some fun!
Tell me about "The Spark Tour" this fall — first of all, where'd the name come from?
I always do "Jacked" shows and both tours last year were "Jacked" tours. So, this time, for this tour, I wanted to use a different name so fans know that this is not going to be the same as last year. It is going to be even bigger and better. "The Spark Tour" has a secret meaning that I promise you are going to find out very soon!
And what can fans expect from you?
I'm ready for fans to hear new music and see a new show. This tour is really going to be about our evolution, I am spending every free moment I have working on the music so it has completely evolved. It is still Afrojack music, but they will hear a slight change.
What can you tell me about the opening acts that you're bringing on the road with you this fall?
All of the artists who are performing with me are not only on my label — Wall Recordings — but they're close friends; they're so talented and I really respect them. We are like a big family when we get together. Sometimes, I wonder if I am more excited to play or more excited to watch them play. This past year at Ultra, Leroy Styles played on my Jacked stage, I stayed up there with him the entire time and was full of this energy that came from the crowd to me to Leroy and back out to the crowd. It was an amazing show.
Which track of yours have you been having the most fun playing this summer?
I've had a lot of fun with some of my new album tracks, "Jack That Body," and a new big room club track Apster and I did was the cherry [on top] this summer.
And which tracks (your own … or others') have been getting the best crowd reactions lately during your sets?
"As Your Friend" featuring Chris Brown has definitely gotten a lot of reaction from fans. Even though it was released a while ago, people are still really drawn to it. Also, "Jack That Body," which I just released on Wall Recordings, has been a big hit at recent shows. At Creamefields I played one of the tracks off my album, seeing and hearing the crowd's reaction it made me feel really good and excited for the album to come out.
So, I understand you're planning on turning Coney Island into "Afroland" during your stop there in late September … what will that entail?
I love amusement parks and it's always been a dream of mine to have "Afroland." We did it once on my birthday with my friends and family in Ibiza, and it was an insane experience. Coney Island is one of the most recognized carnival atmospheres, so we're going to make the stage production huge and basically the whole area will turn into our venue. It'll be like stepping into Afroworld for a day.
And you're going to play the first ever TomorrowWorld in Atlanta -- what are your expectations for that one?
I think it will be a really awesome show, especially since it's the first. Tomorrowland is one of the best festivals to play; it's huge and draws an epic crowd every year, so I think the expectation when it comes to the U.S. is just as high. It'll be cool because there aren't a lot of festivals in Atlanta, so it's something different.
Do you have a favorite club to play in when you're touring the U.S.?
I love Vegas clubs, of course. There's nothing like playing in Vegas, especially at The Wynn and Encore's clubs. The fans are so energetic and just ready to party, plus they love the music. Also, I love Pacha NYC, it's like a dance temple!
Tickets for "The Spark Tour" are on sale now … Head to www.afrojack.com for more information. And check out this hilarious video from Afrojack on the secret behind why Dutch DJs are so popular!
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