The award-winning Dutch DJs and producers have teamed up for the monumental “Hands Up” transcending the best of signature Dutch house music and big room aesthetics. Released by Wall Recordings, the dynamic track spans between classic big beats to well-crafted progressive builds and catchy vocals from MC Ambush. Afrojack and Hardwell are having a huge year, simultaneously celebrating over 300 episodes of their popular Sirius XM radio shows to performing record-breaking headline shows around the world, with Hardwell even turning up as the surprise DJ guest at Afrojack’s recent birthday event NO PLACE LIKE HOME on Sept. 9 in Rotterdam Ahoy. Now together, the global dance music artists and friends are set to turn club floors on fire with their latest collaboration. After a short preview on Hardwell’s global radio show Hardwell On Air, the audience response was wild and clearly a sign of the song’s catchy vibe and huge appeal. Having earned the coveted title of No. 1 DJ according to DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll two years in a row by the age of 26, Hardwell’s proven record of success and versatility makes him a formidable force in the music industry. The multi-talented producer, musician, label owner, documentary film maker and DJ began his successful career at the age of 14 and has since been nominated for and received a wide accolade of awards including the 2014 MTV European Music Awards for “Best Dutch Act,” “Best Global DJ” at the 2016 IDMA’s in Miami and recently winning “Best Big Room House” and “Best International DJ” at the 2017 DJ Awards in Ibiza. His 18-month world tour “I Am Hardwell” featured at cities such as Singapore, Istanbul and Jakarta, earning him worldwide recognition and contributed to Hardwell becoming one of the electronic scenes most “clicked on” artists with over 753 million hits on YouTube and 8.9 million likes on Facebook. Having worked with many of the music industry’s most recognizable artists such as Jason Derulo and Craig David, his new single with Afrojack promises to be another runaway success. Afrojack has been one of dance music’s front-runners and has an incomparable reputation as a DJ and producer. Born Nick van de Wall, the Dutch electronic music phenomenon collaborated with the likes of David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Pitbull and The Black Eyes Peas, won a Grammy for his (and David Guetta’s) remix of Madonna’s ‘Revolver’. He is known to always be dedicated and devoted to bringing the best music experience to his listeners and rocks stages everywhere from Ibiza’s finest venues to globally acclaimed music festivals. He spent six years on the top 10 of DJ Mag’s coveted Top 100 DJ’s list and found his own record label called Wall Recordings. He’s been nominated for a wide variety of awards such as “Best Electronic” and “Best World Stage Performance” at the MTV Europe Music Awards and the NRJ Awards. Recently, he was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video for “Gone” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and spent 4 weeks at #1 on the US Dance Charts for “Another Life” with David Guetta. Afrojack has a long record of surpassing expectations and successfully making a place for himself in the music industry.
As of yesterday, Afrojack is being sued by his ex-girlfriend, Lauren Meditz, for $25 million. The lawsuit stated, among other things, that Afrojack made suicidal threats and had aggressively controlling behavior toward Meditz. Afrojack’s lawyer issued a statement: “The absurd lawsuit filed by disgruntled ex-girlfriend Lauren Meditz is nothing more than a shakedown of Nick van de Wall, aka Afrojack. These claims are completely false and fictional. You don’t have a valid claim just because your ex-boyfriend ends the relationship with you. This is not the first time that Ms. Meditz has filed this type of lawsuit. We are very confident this matter will be promptly dismissed.” Meditz claimed that they entered a verbal agreement that he would support her financially if she devoted her time and attention to his personal business.
The EDM bubble has been rumored to be on the verge of popping, but DJs that mix EDM continue to climb the ranks of celebrity and financial standing. Forbes recently made a list of some of the highest paid DJs in 2016. The highest paid among them are Avicii ($14.5 million), Afrojack ($15 million), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($15.5 million), Martin Garrix ($16 million), Kaskade ($19 million), Skrillex ($20 million), Diplo ($23 million), Steve Aoki ($23.5 million), Zedd ($24.5 million), and Calvin Harris ($63 million). The top acts command hundreds of thousands of dollars due in part to the bar set by payment from Las Vegas residencies. A quick glance at a list of DJ residencies in Las Vegas for 2017 will reveal many of Forbes’s highest ranking DJs. Listen to Steve Aoki explain the role of Las Vegas in dj payouts below. These days a DJ who makes an appearance at a large venue or on the main stage of a festival doesn’t come alone. In addition to the sound crew, there may be visual artists and other professionals who will work together to create a sensational, audio-visual experience around the DJ. The expense of travel and movement of all that equipment has to also be taken into account. A couch is not considered adequate accommodations so add in the expense of lodging. Let’s not forget stylists, artist managers, and other essential staff. When considering what goes into not only booking but bringing a DJ to an event, it is easy to see how costs add up. The entry-level DJ will quickly realize after starting out that before a steady income comes dues that must be paid. If a DJ is not established, he or she may be asked to play for free, in exchange for exposure and maybe a drink ticket or two. After some time spent working crowds and building a presence, what then would a DJ expect to be paid? There are several factors that go into how much DJs are paid: the type of party, the type of venue, the size of the venue, the duration of the time slot, and how far the DJ has to travel. A DJ who has asked to remain anonymous has said that he charges $150 an hour, but knows local DJs who are charging up to $250. He went on to say that a DJ of Tiesto’s caliber could command up to $300,000 for two hours. With this revelation, it’s hard to imagine the EDM bubble bursting anytime soon.