Review and photos by Anthony Cave
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Miami Beach, FL
Aug. 16, 2014
Afrojack stepped onto the elevated platform slightly hunched over with a backpack on his shoulders. Beach balls and bikinis graced the pool. Folks in the VIP section munched on Haagen-Dazs ice cream bars.
Then, the crowd roared, as the Dutch DJ put his bag down and warmed up the turntable.
Nick van de Wall, better known as Afrojack, had just flown in from London to perform at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach pool Saturday afternoon.
The annual daytime concert, hosted by Y100’s Mack, and appropriately dubbed Mackapalooza, started around 3 p.m. with tunes from DJ Obscene. And, from the looks of the crowd and the parents supervising their teens, for many, it was their last day of freedom with the first day of school coming up.
But, that did not stop Afrojack from calling it a “party.” The EDM hit maker started with the infectiously popular “Ten Feet Fall,” remixing Wrabel’s catchy vocals. And, with each song, besides the lyrics on the screen overhead, smoke machines to each side of the booth signaled the beat drop. Or, if you prefer, the part of the song you’re supposed to pace your hands back and forth to.
Unlike his Ultra Music Festival set back in March, Afrojack played a couple tracks off his new album, “Forget the World,” like “The Spark.” And, a few past notables like “As Your Friend” and “Give Me Everything” too.
Rather than strictly remixing the track, Afrojack would start with the instrumentals for the popular song, switch to something else and then gradually transition into the track fans could mouth the lyrics too.
I was slightly disappointed he did not play his 30 Seconds to Mars remix of “Do or Die.” He also spared “Take Over Control” from the set.
Still, I did not mind his closing, which ended right on queue. The weather, typical of this South Florida summer, started sunny and ended with rain.
As Afrojack geared up for a closing remix of “Ten Feet Tall,” showers started to fall as fans huddled under what little umbrella space was available.
Then, after a quick goodbye, it was back to London for the Dutch DJ.