five questions: afrojack

A second G-Star capsule collection, a new album, and more...


With already two Grammys under his belt and a highly-anticipated album set to release this May, Afrojack is setting the stage for a monumental 2014. But put aside his firm grasp on the electronic dance music scene for a moment, if you will, and you’ll learn that the Holland native is known for more than his chart-topping hits.
Launching a second capsule collection with G-Star Raw that will officially debut tomorrow during the Winter Miami Music Conference at the G-Star Raw Miami Beach Store, the line will consist of eight exclusive pieces that deliver a mix of leather and denim pants, shorts, tees, hoodies, and a hat, all of which feature high contrast black and white artwork.
So as the latest from the innovative denim brand and the DJ/producer gets ready to hit stores, along with his album ‘Forget The World,’ we caught up with Afrojack himself to get the scoop on fashion, music, and what posters he had on his wall (and for the record, Afrojack, we’re not sure who wouldn’t grow up with a crush on Beyonce, either). Read on below:
What can we expect from this collection, as opposed to the first? This is how I want to dress in the summer. It’s fresh. The white denim, the shorts, but the strong graphics holding it in place – it is Afrojack for the summer
Was there anything interesting you learned working on the first collection that made this one easier? Through the first collection, I learned how similar my approach to music is to the G-Star approach to product. It became clear that we both strive to innovate. We aim to be on the cutting-edge of our industries. By understanding each other’s philosophies and also aesthetics, that made collaborating again even more natural.
Do you have a favorite piece/pieces from the collection? I have to say the A-Crotch denim--I just can’t get over how well it fits. I’m excited to have a summer version now too.
What are the must have clothing essentials in your wardrobe? My two must haves are probably a pair of sunglasses and a hat. I can’t travel anywhere without those two, especially my G-Star Raw Afrojack hat!
Can you talk about your forthcoming album?  What went into making it?  Any notable features? I’ve been working on my album, ‘Forget The World,’ for a really long time because I wanted to deliver my most perfect work. There’s some dope collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Sting and some other really talented artists that I can’t wait to share with my fans, and on May 19th, they’ll finally get to hear it!
What was the first album you bought? I don’t remember, but I used to listen to a lot of different music so it could have easily been an album by Nirvana.
What posters were hanging on your bedroom wall in HS? I actually don’t think that I had too many posters on my walls growing up, but I’m sure I had a Beyonce poster or two...who wouldn’t grow up with a crush on her?
What was the first car you had? Suzuki Swift
What was the best or worst advice you were ever given?
I think the best advice I’ve ever been given is to always push the limit and go after what I want. I’ve had that mindset and mentality working in my favor since I started my career and I think that’s why I held off on sharing my album for so long, I wanted to make sure I was completely satisfied and it truly represented me.
Favorite TV/cartoon show growing up? The Simpsons. It is hands down the best cartoon of all time.
Anything else you want our readers to know about the album or the collection? Both my album and my collection fully represent my style and personality, which I'm really excited to share with the world. To finally be releasing not only one, but two extremely creative projects that I’ve put so much time into within the next couple of months is amazing. It will be cool to share all that hard work with everyone.