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Q+A: Afrojack talks debut album, Jared Leto, Hakkasan, Katy Perry and ‘The Simpsons’


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Grammy Award-winning DJ Afrojack.

Mizumi Grand Opening; Afrojack, Ashley Tisdale at Splash Dance

Andrea Wynn, her son Nick Hissom and Cheryl Burke at the grand-opening party for Mizumi at the Wynn on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Launch slideshow »
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Grammy Award-winning DJ Afrojack.

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Kate Upton and DJ Afrojack attend the grand opening of Andrea's at the Encore on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Afrojack Featuring Wrabel Ten Feet Tall

This year is shaping up to be a jam-packed one for Grammy Award-winning DJ Afrojack.

He makes his residency debut at Hakkasan in MGM Grand on Friday night, and he recently remixed a 30 Seconds to Mars song with the band’s frontman, recent Oscar winner Jared Leto.

Afrojack, 26 and born Nick van de Wall, launches his worldwide Spring/Summer 2014 collection for G-STAR on April 7, and his debut album, “Forget the World,” will be released globally May 19.

The standout Dutch DJ — he’s 6-foot-10 — who has a young daughter named Vegas answered questions via email ahead of his Friday night premiere at the mega-club.

What can fans expect in your debut night at Hakkasan Las Vegas on Friday?

Fans can expect a party like they’ve never experienced before. I want to change the party scene from how we know it today, and I think my residency at Hakkasan is the perfect place to do that.

What’s in store for you this year?

I have a bunch of projects in store for this year. I’m pumped that my debut album, “Forget the World,” will be launched at Ultra (Music Festival in Miami from March 28-30) and released worldwide May 19. I’ve been waiting for this for a really long time, and I can’t wait to get the final product out to my fans. I wanted to make sure it was perfect for them, and I hope they like it.

I also teamed up with G-STAR and am launching my worldwide Spring/Summer 2014 collection April 7. I tested the waters in fashion with my G-STAR capsule collection last year. It sold out in 48 hours, so I thought, “Let’s take this global!” I think the fans are going to like it. It’s super cool.

You’ve performed at some of the biggest nightclubs in Las Vegas. What are you looking forward to most at Hakkasan Las Vegas?

I’m looking forward to something new. Change is always good, and Hakkasan is already one of the most legendary Las Vegas spots. The production team behind the performances are some of the most creative people I’ve met. Prepare to be impressed.

You create your own music, as well as remix. Where do you find your inspiration?

I’m inspired by people, places, the fans — more importantly, I’m inspired by the challenge of making music better. My album “Forget the World” is a testament to that.

How has winning a Grammy Award changed your career?

I wouldn’t say winning a Grammy changed my career, but it has motivated me to work that much harder. To be recognized at that level when you are doing something you truly love makes me feel grateful more than anything.

Is there anyone in the music industry who you’d like to work with soon?

There will always be a ton of artists I’d love to work with, but if I had the chance to collaborate with Katy Perry, that’d be pretty dope!

Which artists are you listening to right now?

I like to switch it up. I can really get into any genre, but I recently collaborated with Jared Leto on a 30 Seconds to Mars remix. I’m a big fan of Jared’s work.

What do you like to do for fun when you’re in Las Vegas?

I spend time cruising the city in my cars hanging out with my boys. The city of Las Vegas is so full of life, and I’m lucky that I get to come back so often. It feels like a second home to me.

Tell me one thing people would be surprised to learn about you.

Most people don’t know that my life goal is to have a character on “The Simpsons.” It sounds stupid, but that show is so dope.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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