The Dance Music Producers of the MomentFrom David Guetta to Afrojack, here are the artists who are responsible for dance's new mainstream popularity
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Birth name: Nick van de Wall
About him: Thanks to his 2010 electrohouse bleep-jam smash "Take Over Control," as well as a David Guetta endorsement, the Dutch DJ was thrust into the international spotlight. 2011 was his coming-out party: Afrojack's Coachella set was attended by Sir Paul and "Give Me Everything," his hit single with Pitbull and Nayer, topped the Billboard Hot 100.
Artists he's produced for: Chris Brown, Pitbull, Beyoncé
Artists he's remixed: Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, the Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias
His sound: Wiry synth vocoders intertwined in a ball of bliss. Occasionally aggressive, but largely riding the feel-good train.
Track that best captures his essence: "Give Me Everything" (Pitbull feat. Afrojack and Nayer).
On what defines his sound: "It sounds dense," Afrojack has said. "It's very weird and that characterizes my style."