Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer Nick van de Wall’s tremendous reputation precedes him no end. Best known as Afrojack, he came in at number seven in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ poll this year, and has been using the lockdown period to focus on and revive his once-dormant house and techno alias Kapuchon. Here, the superstar DJ tells us why he’s getting back to his musical roots, why human relationships are so important, and reveals the production techniques through which he has made such a name for himself.
Joining us on a Zoom call recently from his house in Dubai, Nick van de Wall was buzzing to spill the beans on his latest project, into which he has no doubt poured his heart and soul.
When the first European lockdown began, he admits that it took some time to adjust to not being on tour, and to not have the pressure of writing. It provided him a real opportunity to reflect on his entire career and his musical identity, and so the decision to bring back Kapuchon was made.
“Of course it’s a terrible thing that’s happening, but I feel really lucky to have had this chance to change the situation,” says van de Wall. “It’s really pointed me in the direction of being more involved with the team and trying to do bigger, newer, and more innovative things in the future.”
It’s quite clear that van de Wall is no longer concerned with recycling the same formula of success that he’s been so lucky to have, and is keen to take on this new and exciting challenge:
“Getting a Kapuchon set and opening up a stage somewhere - that’s what I’m aiming for now.”
While he has still been enjoying releasing music pressure-free as Afrojack this year, the Kapuchon name has been bubbling under the surface, and van de Wall has been keen to shift the focus onto the deep house side of his musical repertoire.
“Kapuchon is new for all of us, so we’re looking forward to starting new relationships and getting back to a more organic and more human situation,” he explains. “As Afrojack, I’m represented by labels, distribution companies, agents - the list goes on. There’s so many layers between me and the people, but with Kapuchon I’m really noticing that it’s like going back to the roots, back to human relationships and growing together, and I think that makes it really exciting.”