When you’re one of the highest paid DJs in the world, it’s but obvious that you’ll invest that in something worthwhile. While a lot of them spend it on houses, partying or other things, Afrojack spends it on cars. The 6 foot 9 inch Dutch DJ and producer is an avid car lover and is known for owning some of the fastest cars there are. In a recent feature by Forbes Life, Afrojack gives his fans an insight into what cars he owns and his general love of them.
Explaining his love for cars, he said “I always loved cars. I used to play Need for Speed all the time … any racing game.”
Soon after he started DJing around Netherlands, Belgium , Germany and France, he bought a 1989 Suzuki Swift for $1000 to travel to all cities to perform. And he has never looked back since. Since his stock as a DJ grew, he traded his Suzuki Swift for a 1996 Volkswagen Passat in under a year. A year later he traded the Passat to lease an Audi A5. Speaking fondly about the A5, he says “It came so close to a sports car, that thing was just awesome”.
Two years after the Audi A5, he bought the BMW M6. “Speaks for itself, 540 horsepower and reaches 326 kilometers per hour” he says about the M6. Yet the biggest upgrade came later as he bought the Audi R8 next. “When I had the A5, I loved the R8 … but I couldn’t afford it”.
And all of this, when he was just 24!
2011 was a big year for Afrojack, with him launching his own record label, Wall Recordings and a multimillion-dollar deal to become a resident DJ at billionaire Steve Wynn’s Las Vegas clubs, including Tryst and XS. In 2012, he was ranked No. 9 on Forbes’ inaugural Electronic Cash Kings list with $9 million. He invested some of that money to buy an Audi RS6 , and tested out the car while driving it from Rotterdam to Paris with a couple of friends, reaching the destination in two and a half hours, what was a 300 mile journey, with an average speed of 120 miles per hour.
His next car however wasn’t a very fateful one. He purchased a $240,000 Ferrari 458, which he crashed the same day he bought it.
“Cars for me are like a piece of art,” he explains. “Even though I was really happy that I was completely fine and alive. … I also felt bad that I just wrecked an art piece.”
After receiving the insurance payment for the Ferrari, he bought the Lamborghini Aventador, with which he ran into trouble again. Racing a friend in an Aventador versus R8 race, he was pulled over by a highway patrolman for overspeeding. He was ticketed for 90mph, 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, but he says he was doing 200, which led to his driving license getting suspended.
As soon as he got his license back, he sold the Lamborghini and bought a Ferrari 458 again. “I remembered why I bought it in the first place. … It’s just the most aggressive Ferrari out there,” says Afrojack. “It screams at you. It’s like a bull-riding contest, while the F12 is like a really fast sparrow. A sparrow is cute but boring, no matter how fast it flies.”
But now, he prefers letting his driver chauffeur him around, as he prefers working in his Rolls Royce Ghost, a custom made car which with just a click of a button hides the classic Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and replaces it with a small, flat panel with a sweeping letter “A”–his logo.
Like all musicians, he’s constantly thinking about his future. But he’s also constantly plotting his next car. He recently purchased a matte gray Audi Q7 for his mother.
Now that’s an avid car collector. Makes us curious about his next automobile acquisition.