Afrojack Plots Next Sound on U.S. Radio: 'It's Time to Bring the Dance Back'

Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois for Billboard
Afrojack performs on Day 1 of the 2014 Made In America Festival in Los Angeles, CA. 

He offers preview with unreleased Katy Perry remix.

One of the highlights of the inaugural L.A. edition of Made In America was Afrojack's hour-long set, which found fans chanting his name even before he began playing. This is one of the last times American fans will see him in 2014, though, as he plans to spend most of the rest of the year in Europe.

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"In Europe, not a lot of people do what I do. Here in America, everyone is trying to do the same thing," he told Billboard while we visited with him in his trailer. "Here in America, they just figured out the hard kicks and everyone is like, 'Oh my god, the hard kicks.' I've been doing that for 10 years, and I don't want to do that, so in Europe I can play a different set than in America. Right now, the whole EDM culture is really hard-kick powered."

However, the Dutch DJ is hardly giving up on America, as he has plans to kick off 2015 Stateside. "I actually want to do a tour of America around January, February, because I'm pretty sure by the end of the year everyone is sort of finished with the nonstop boom, boom, boom for hours," he said. "Then I'm gonna take my chances and try some rehabilitation in music. I think in January is exactly the right time. Then every trick has been done with the hard kick and it's time for something new. That's what I'm working on now in the studio."

He offered us a preview, playing an unreleased remix of Katy Perry's "This Is How We Do." The song is now up on SoundCloud, and he told us the backstory of how it came to be there.

"I actually did a remix for Katy Perry and her management didn't respond. I was like, 'F--- it, I'll take it back.' And everyone was crazy about the remix," he said. "That's one of those tracks, when I did the remix I thought, 'Oh shit, I would love to keep this.' Then I got the track back, so I'm pretty happy."

Afrojack believes strongly in the song's style. "That's what I think is the new pop sound. That's what I think is gonna be cool on the radio. For me that remix is the sound I want to have on the radio within a year," he said.

How does he describe the sound? "Right now it's not a lot of dance in [music] anymore, it's more jump," he said. "I think it's time to bring the dance back a little."