Afrojack Makes Dance Music History as First DJ to Ring NASDAQ Bell!
(Wednesday, October 9, New York ) Today saw producer and DJ Afrojack ring the Closing Bell at Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Time Square as SFX, the electronic dance music promotions company, went public. As one of the key influencers in the Electronic Music Industry, Afrojack represented this long anticipated move by ringing the iconic bell, which marked the close of trade, at 4.00pm ET.
The ringing of the closing bell is part of a historic week for the global producer and DJ, who was honored in the prestigious and exclusive handprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Saturday. Described as one of the main forces behind EDM’s growth and as the second DJ ever to receive the honor, it further cemented his position within EDM and the music industry as a whole.
Speaking about ringing the closing bell at the Nasdaq Afrojack said, "It's incredible to see how far this scene has come, from being fairly underground just five years ago, to being a billion dollar business today. It’s great to work with SFX and I wish them lots of luck with their venture.”
This iconic week will be topped off by the release of Afrojack’s newest single, The Spark, available worldwide on iTunes on October 11th. The track, featuring Spree Wilson, showcases infectious beats, larger than life production, killer pop hooks and euphoric melodies, giving a taste of what we can expect from his inaugural album, due for release in early 2014. Listen here.
Afrojack, born Nick van de Wall, has become the picture for today’s EDM fans, headlining numerous festivals, embarking on several global tours and an influencer in the music industry as a whole. His breakthrough single “Take Over Control,” featuring Eva Simons, became a worldwide hit; and he produced, co-wrote and featured on the No. 1 international party anthem “Give Me Everything” with Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Nayer, making him a multi-platinum artist. In 2013, Afrojack signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Island Records and Universal Music Group (UMG), through his own label Wall Recordings.