Over the past two months, Billboard has been following the story behind Afrojack’s separation from his manager Hugo Langras. Langras is the owner of a management firm, Montana ECI, and has been the Dutch DJ’s manager for a couple of years. During Billboard’s recent interview with Afrojack, it was revealed that the split did happen between the two and Afrojack had noted that it was because of “ethical and moral disagreements”. Following this interview, Langras released a statement confirming the break up but contradicting Afrojack’s reason behind this split. According to Langras:
“I can confirm that Nick wants to part ways with Montana ECI BV. Nick and I have had a very pleasant and extremely successful relationship for the last six years. Since we have several agreements in place that were closed with an eye to continuing this relationship for many more years, actually arranging this departure is complex. Our lawyers are working on a solution. I do not want to harm this process, so all I am willing to say is that I categorically deny that we had any moral or ethical disagreements. We have a business dispute. As Nick states himself in his interview with you, he wants to leave Montana ECI to try and do his own management and has started a firm which is involved in the same business as Montana ECI. I wish him all the best with his efforts. He is an amazing talent and a true visionary and I am certain he will be very successful. I am confident we will find a way to separate as friends.”
Returning to the Billboard interview, Afrojack had also stated that he is keeping his management under his control and will have a new team around him. The team’s main goal will be to work with fresh talents and help these producers learn things about the industry that Afrojack himself was not able to be taught. In addition, he looks to give these up-and-coming artists the opportunity to tour with him and play music on festivals or other dance music events. Afrojack may have separated from his manager but it does not seem to halt the Dutch icon from handling his own business.
During the interview, he said:
“I already set up my own back office, so there’s a group of great people around me that are helping out with social media, financial and legal stuff. I’m really focused right now to create what I feel is necessary from a company standing by an artist and artist needs.”
“You can’t go to school to be an artist. Everything you learn, you learn as you go up. It’s really good to be able to give the experience that I have to other artists, and where there are questions to actually given them answers. Because when I started and I had questions, there were never answers.”
“If you go on my social media, you see all the stuff I do. Getting into fancy hotels, the private jets, being like I’m so lucky that I get to play for tens of thousands of fans every night around the world. I know from my own experience how difficult it is to get in there and no one wants to share. Everyone’s always scared about their own careers and worried about, ‘am I gonna make my millions next year?’ I’m not worried about that (expletive). I just want to make it as fun as possible and give people the life that I’ve been given.”