Dutch big-roomer Afrojack might be assisting Paris Hilton’s production career, but as far as her foray into DJing goes, he’s face-palming with the rest of us. After the self-proclaimed queen of house music took the stage at the POP Music Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with bedazzled USB stick, miniature flag and not a whole lot of mixing, Afrojack was quizzed about it on radio. Refreshingly, he didn’t take the media-managed line, and admitted (somewhat weirdly) that he had no idea she had designs on DJing until he got a Google Alert after the show in Brazil.
“I’m not an asshole. I don’t want to put anyone down,” he said. “I think everyone should do what makes them happy, for all the right reasons. And I think it’s really important that if you seriously want to go in front of a crowd and DJ, you actually take the time to practise becoming a DJ. It’s hard work, you know – as a lot of people say, it’s not just pressing play. You have to know how the laptop programs or CDJs work, you have to know what the equaliser is, what the effects are. You can’t just pitch your flanger up and down and wave a flag.”
“I wasn’t supposed to say that, I’m sorry, but it’s true. Also, it’s pre-recorded. I wasn’t supposed to say any of this, my management’s fucking going to kill me. I saw it and was like, ‘Errgh.’ The reason why I’m saying these things is I’m pissed off ‘cause no one told me before, not even her.”
In conclusion, though, Afrojack reckons we should all have a chuckle and move on. “I see a lot of people going crazy, like, ‘This is the end of electronic dance music!’ No, it’s not. It happens, everyone goes, ‘Ha ha’, face-palm, then we continue doing what we’re doing.” You can listen to the radio spot below.